The countdown to UEFA EURO 2020 officially began yesterday when the newly-elected UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin unveiled the tournament logo at a ceremony at London City Hall.
London will host the Semi Finals and Final of the tournament but it is also a huge deal for Ireland with Dublin hosting four matches of a major tournament for the first time.
Further details of Dublin’s involvement will be unveiled at a special local launch in the capital next month. The announcement of the choice of Dublin to host games alongside Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg was made in September 2014
The FAI bid featured very well in the UEFA evaluation report and will deliver a major boost for Ireland in terms of the transport and accommodation needs of total attendances of 200,000 fans.
The logo centres on the theme of the bridge, as a universal symbol of connection and unity, connects the bridges of all 13 host cities, with the iconic Tower Bridge taking centre stage in the London host city logo.
The 2020 UEFA European Championship will mark the 60th anniversary of the competition. This historic edition will feature matches hosted in 13 countries across Europe, with the semi-finals and final staged at Wembley Stadium in London in July 2020.
“There is great pleasure in being able to bring EURO 2020 to so many countries and cities,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferinto.
“To see football acting as a bridge between nations, and to carry the competition closer to the fans, who are the essential lifeblood of the game.”