Copenhagen and Bucharest have confirmed their intention to host matches of the European Football Championship, postponed to 2021 due to the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
“It is clear that the postponement will bring additional costs and changes in training plans, but the health and safety of fans and players is much more important than financial issues. The City Hall of Bucharest has once again declared its ability to bring this complex project to an end and will continue its cooperation with UEFA and the Romanian Football Federation in order to hold UEFA EURO matches at the National Arena at a high level”, – writes the organizing committee of Bucharest.
The organizers indicated that the option of refusing to hold matches of the tournament due to its postponement was not considered. According to them, after the “tests that the coronavirus has thrown to humanity,” the unification of Europeans around the football championship will be even more important.
Copenhagen authorities have also sent a declaration of intent to continue the organization of EURO.
“This is a historic opportunity to hold the final part of the EURO in Denmark, where we will be able to create a great football festival. We are ready to hold four matches of the tournament in the summer of 2021, but we will not be able to do it without the support of our partners. We are happy with this support, but we still have a lot of work to do and we will be able to talk about it with confidence when the final agreement is signed,” the head of the Danish Football Union Jesper Möller said in a press release of the organizing committee.
Bucharest is to host three Group C matches between Ukraine and Austria, as well as one match of the 1/8 finals. Copenhagen, in turn, intends to host three Group B matches, in particular, the match between the national teams of Russia and Denmark, and one match of the 1/8 finals.
In March, UEFA rescheduled the European Championship for the first time in history due to the threat of coronavirus proliferation. The tournament is to be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
In the same month, against the backdrop of the pandemic, many major sporting events around the world were cancelled or postponed, including major football championships in Europe, the Champions League and Europa League and the Tokyo Summer Olympics.