100 days before the start of the Eurocup, many doubts hang over the great celebration of European football at the national team level. UEFA maintains that, despite the offer of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson to organize the entire tournament on British soil, it will not be necessary to take him at his word and the final phase can be held as planned, on an itinerant basis, in 12 countries. But no one escapes the doubts surrounding this plan, as is the health situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Euro 2020 was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic and will be played from June 11 to July 11 in 12 cities in 12 countries. London’s Wembley Stadium is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final, as well as group stage matches. The host cities for Euro 2020 are Bilbao, London, Glasgow, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest and Baku.
UEFA on Tuesday refused to comment directly on Boris Johnson’s offer and referred to April 5 as the day on which the situation will be discussed, headquarters to headquarters, to comment on the health protocol, but that it works to carry out the Eurocup as scheduled. Daniel Koch, medical adviser on the European Championship, said last week that the postponement or cancellation of the tournament is not contemplated. UEFA studies, with respect to the public in the stadiums of the final phase, various scenarios: 100 per cent of spectators, from 50% to 100%, from 20% to 30% or behind closed doors.
But, although UEFA’s desire is to maintain the new format of a European Championship in 12 countries, the body that governs European football does not control the sanitary regulations that are imposed at all times by the governments of the respective host countries and that can make it impossible to displacements, more with the multiplication of variants of Covid-19.
There are opinions for and against a European Championship in 12 countries. Loïc Ravenel, scientific collaborator of the Neuchatel CIES Football Observatory, assured that “if the format was already complex in itself, with the pandemic it is unsustainable.” In fact, it was speculated that in the end it will be played in a single country, there was talk of Russia or the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Zbigniew Boniek, a member of the UEFA Executive Committee and president of the Polish Football Federation, said that “it is now easier for the Euro to be played in 12 countries than in just one.”