CM – Euro 2020: Italy and Turkey get the ball rolling as the tournament kicks off under the COVID-19 cloud


Postponed 12 months ago due to the pandemic, Euro 2020 will be held across the continent for the first time, with games hosted by 11 cities from Seville to Baku.

Euro 2020 sign promoting the tournament in Baku. AP

An Italy in good shape will meet Turkey in Rome on Friday, while Euro 2020 finally starts a year behind schedule and the coronavirus continues to cast a shadow on the tournament.

The one postponed 12 months ago due to the pandemic The European Championship – with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal as defending champion – will be held across the continent for the first time, with 11 cities from Seville to Baku hosting it.

The idea was first discussed by Michel Platini almost a decade ago when he was President of the UEFA was and survived the COVID-19 crisis, but the games will be played in front of a limited audience and with stressful health restrictions.

In Rome, the Stadio Olimpico will be around 25 percent full, which means 16,000 fans are in attendance to see Roberto Mancini’s Italy in the first Group A game against Turkey.

« The opener is always difficult and there will be a lot of emotion, but you d Don’t get too carried away, « said Mancini, who led the Azzurri back to a major tournament after the shameful failure of the 2018 World Cup.

 » We have put together a great squad. We want to keep having fun together and will try to make it to London. I’m very confident, « he told reporters.

London will host the semi-finals of the 24-team tournament as well as the final on July 11th.

Spain’s preparations are in place after two players, Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente, tested positive, although Llorente returned a negative test on Thursday.

For fear of a possible wider outbreak in the official 26-man squad, the team even had to name a « parallel » squad of 17 reserve players.

Although Captain Busquets is still suffering from COVID-19, Llorente’s test result will allay fears that the first-choice team may miss the opening game against Sweden on Monday in Seville against Spain.

Two Swedish players – Juventus striker Dejan Kulusevski and midfielder Mattias Svanberg – also tested positive, with six substitutes called in.

But despite the ongoing Bed UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin was optimistic and insisted that the euro was safe.

« It will be the perfect opportunity to show the world that Europe is adapting, » he said recently. « Europe lives and celebrates life. Europe is back. »

The clearest example of this is Budapest, where the new Puskas Arena will hopefully be full.

But the majority of the 11 venues in different countries will only partially occupied for games, even if Denmark announced that they would lift the mask rules and allow 25,000 instead of 16,000 fans to take part in games in Copenhagen.

Munich will only accommodate 14,000 fans – around 22 percent of the capacity of the Allianz Arena, which will take place on least-used stadium.

Dublin and Bilbao were removed from the host list as they couldn’t guarantee they would meet UEFA’s requirements to accommodate a limited audience, but Sevilla replaced Bilbao during Dublin’s games after London and St. Petersburg left.

France are firm favorites on the pitch, despite being one of the few traditional giants who don’t have games at home. The world champions’ first game will take place against Germany in Munich on Tuesday.

Other likely contenders include Belgium, sweating over the fitness of key player Kevin De Bruyne after suffering facial injuries in the recent Champions League final.

In England there is hope that Gareth Southgate’s young team will be able to play most of their games at Wembley.

England have never reached a European Championship final, but captain Harry Kane believes they will Team will begin their application in a « better place » than before reaching the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

The European Football Association said the message « Glory to the Heroes », a rally during the 2014 anti-Russia protests in Ukraine, which can be seen in the shirt, is « clearly political in nature » and needs to be removed.

However, the Ukrainian Football Association said it was in talks with UEFA to reverse its decision to make g.

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The authorities in Russia’s second largest city have installed additional hospital beds while assuring that the increase in cases is due to a « cyclical » phenomenon.

Ronaldo scored a goal in the 44th minute and increased his international game record to 104 goals.

All other players in the Spanish squad tested negative for COVID-19, the association said.

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