UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin joins football fans everywhere in hailing the start of UEFA EURO 2020 – a global sporting spectacle that promises to provide "a host of wonderful moments that those who love the beautiful game will remember forever."
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Welcome to UEFA EURO 2020
For six decades now, the European Football Championship has left an indelible mark on the football landscape. Many of the continent’s greatest footballers have starred in this tournament and played an unforgettable role in enriching the annals of Europe’s football history, and fans worldwide have been given a wealth of memories to cherish – remarkable matches, fantastic goals and performances of great individual brilliance.
This summer, football fans everywhere will once more experience the drama and excitement of a tournament that has become one of the world’s major showpiece sporting events, boasting a unique and enduring appeal and magic that grows with each edition.
A source of national pride and identity
National team football holds a special place within the European game. It is a vital source of national identity, and acts as a unifying factor, because it brings together fans from across a country in support of their national team. Countless players speak of the pride they feel in wearing their national team shirt, and the thrill of creating immense joy for their compatriots when the team enjoys success.
The first EURO tournament in France in 1960 featured four teams and fulfilled a long-standing dream cherished by UEFA’s first general secretary, Henri Delaunay. He was a crucial catalyst in the birth of the competition in the 1950s, and his legacy will always be remembered because the coveted EURO trophy bears his name. Over the ages, the EURO has grown in stature into one of football’s stellar attractions, and the latest finals will culminate in lasting glory for the winners and joy for their fans when the final is staged at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium on 11 July 2021.
Football unity and solidarity
EURO 2020 is taking place a year later than scheduled owing to the pandemic. The health and safety of everyone concerned has always been our ultimate priority in the decisions that have been taken, and UEFA has also been extremely fortunate in being able to count on the excellent cooperation of Europe’s football stakeholders – national associations, clubs, leagues and players’ unions – along the way. The spirit of unity and solidarity that has prevailed shows just what can be achieved when football acts as one for the common good.
These finals will leave behind a host of wonderful moments that those who love the beautiful game will remember forever. EURO 2020 will be a fitting celebration to mark 60 years of European national team football’s premium event.
Enjoy the EURO – and may the best team win!