UEFA Euro 2020, simply called Euro 2020, is expected to be the 16th European football championship, which is held every four years by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
At the beginning, the event is planned to take place in 12 cities of 12 countries of UEFA from June 12th, to July 12th, 2020. However, on March 17th, 2020, UEFA has announced to delay the Euro 2020 because of Covid-19 expanding over Europe. Accordingly, it is suggested to be held from June 11th, to July 11th, 2021.
UEFA confirmed on their Twitter account that although the event would provisionally take place in 2021, Euro 2020 will still be known as “UEFA Euro 2020”. This status of UEFA immediately meets the indignation of the community of European football fans. The netizens give many comments such as: “UEFA always makes their decision in a hurry. God knows”, “The new name of the tournament should be EUROCorona”. One person even leaves a humorous comment: “EURO 2020 takes place in 2021 but it could be called EURO 2022!”.
Due to the criticism from the netizens, a few hours later UEFA had to reverse its notice with an apology for confusion. “We apologize for the previous information, it is clear that no decision has been made regarding the reorganized EURO name to be held in 2021. The previous message was posted in error.”, wrote UEFA.
Euro 2020 is only one of many sports tournaments which is delayed or cancelled because of Covid-19. Almost all of the big tournaments in Europe have closed indefinitely, and still depend on the evolution of the disease.
The postponement of Euro 2020 may benefit some teams. For instance, Belgium’s Eden Hazard will have an additional one year to recover from his injury. But in the contrary, UEFA’s decision also brings anxiety to some experienced European football players as they will get 1 year older when the tournament takes place next year, such as Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) will be 36 years old, or Olivier Giroud (French) will be 34 years old by next summer. The same thing happens with Luka Modric (Croatia),
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