Issue 195 of UEFA's official magazine celebrates EURO 2020 – a tournament that enthralled football fans and fascinated observers across the world.
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EURO 2020 lived up to its billing as a major global sporting spectacle, and UEFA Direct brings various facets of a memorable summer month into vivid focus in words, facts, figures and pictures.Read UEFA Direct
EURO 2020: memories to last forever
• Forza Italia!: How Italy stormed to the title – and how the tournament unfolded.
• Smells like team spirit: Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini reveals how they overcame recent disappointments to roar back to the top.
• EURO stats: How and when the goals were scored, and which players ran the fastest and furthest.
• Refining scoring – and saving: The EURO 2020 technical report explains the paradox of how an event packed with goals ended with a goalkeeper, Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, crowned player of the tournament.
• Creating new refereeing benchmarks: Why the referees and video assistant referees (VAR) deserved widespread praise for their excellent EURO performances.
• Copenhagen’s heroes: Medical personnel and Denmark’s captain Simon Kjær saved the life of Denmark’s Christian Eriksen after his on-field collapse at the EURO match against Finland – their actions were honoured with the 2021 UEFA President's Award.
UEFA President editorial: Strengthening football for tomorrow
UEFA has launched the Convention on the Future of European Football, a consultation process bringing together the European game's major stakeholders to address key issues, especially the recovery of football from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin writes in UEFA Direct that the process is designed to build a sustainable future for football that benefits everyone – "aiming to promote democracy, transparency and constructive dialogue," he says. "It is our duty to preserve football's essential values and principles – especially that of sporting merit."
UEFA Direct looks in detail at the inaugural meeting in Nyon that kicked off the consultations, and highlights how solutions will be sought for a variety of challenges.
Elsewhere in UEFA Direct 195
• Tribute to excellence: UEFA’s Players of the Year awards ceremony in Istanbul
• UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea add to their list of honours on an exciting night in Belfast.
• U21 EURO: Germany capture their third title in their third successive final.
• Farewell to the away goals rule: More than 50 years after its introduction, UEFA decides that this way of deciding match winners is increasingly out of place in the modern game.
• FA activities across Europe: News and views from UEFA’s 55 member associations.
UEFA Direct 195 – essential reading for those who follow UEFA and European football…Read now