Rome has revealed its UEFA EURO 2020 host city logo, with the Eternal City promising to welcome fans with "great joy" as one of 12 venues staging the tournament.
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The "joy, passion and beauty" of football shone brightly as Rome unveiled its host city logo for UEFA EURO 2020 on Thursday.
The impressive Sala delle Armi at the Foro Italico sports complex hosted the ceremony – close to the Italian capital's Stadio Olimpico, the setting for three group stage matches and one quarter-final in four years' time.
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin was present, relishing what he called Rome's "beauty and rich history", and promising that UEFA EURO 2020 – to be played in 12 European cities – will be an "unforgettable experience".
The famous Sant'Angelo Bridge is at the core of Rome's host city logo. This is in line with the championship's new visual identity, within which each of the 12 city logos feature a single iconic bridge from the city in question – acting as a strong symbol of connection between the various venues.
"We are really glad to be in a country where football is so important," said Mr Čeferin. "In 60 years, the EURO has become one of the major sporting events in the world, and this tournament will give us the perfect opportunity to bring football to the four corners of the continent."
Rome hosted EURO finals in 1968 and 1980. "We are finally returning to the Eternal City," the UEFA President reflected. "It will be a wonderful trip, an unforgettable experience. It's wonderful when football is like a bridge."
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio also expressed his pride. "We are facing an important challenge now – the involvement of 12 different cities," he said. "It's a fascinating challenge, rewarding both our football tradition and our ability to organise events."
Italy staged this year's UEFA Champions League final in Milan as well as the UEFA Women's Champions League final in Reggio Emilia.
"Football is joy, passion and beauty," Mr Tavecchio continued, "and the logo underlines the power of football to unify and share experiences. We will do extraordinary things as a team together with the other cities."
"We want our city and the whole of Italy to be part of this great event," said Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi. "The Stadio Olimpico, Piazza di Siena, Piazza del Popolo and Circo Massimo will all host fans and tourists, and we will welcome them with great joy."