Corona only sidelined ?: Turkey against Italy: This is how the European Championship kick-off in Cologne works


Cologne –

Will King Football manage to sideline this terrifying and dominating topic for almost a year and a half? Corona does not allow extravagant public viewings and mass parties, but pack watching on a small scale is much better than nothing. This is shown by the reactions of the fans on Friday evening, June 11th: EXPRESS looked around the city during the opening game between Turkey and Italy.

  • EM in Cologne: Turkey against Italy
  • Fans are excited about their teams
  • EXPRESS at the Aachener Weiher and in the southern part of the city

“Italia, Italia”: A young cyclist rides through the Zugweg in the south of Cologne. Albeit quietly, he wholeheartedly starts the Italian national anthem when he sees some football fans arrive. Italy fans are slowly gathering in the restaurants and bars during the intense summer heat.

European Football Championship: Finally watching football in packs again

“After the tribulation, rain and Corona trouble – now finally football!”, Giuseppina Goduto (31) from Italy is happy when EXPRESS meets him. She came to Vringsveedel from Rath-Heumar to watch the duel between Italy and Turkey. This year the mood is not comparable to that of previous tournaments, but she still firmly believes in a change in mood due to the EM. “Everything will get better now, especially if Italy wins,” said Goduto with a laugh in the Italy jersey.

To a nice EM: Turhan Can (30, left) and Birkan Celik (27) from Cologne watched the game in the beer garden at Aachener Weiher.

She has known the boss of the Formula Uno bar personally for years.

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“It’s nice that life is coming back. Even if this is not a real public viewing, as I usually do, “says bar boss Carmelo Bennardo, thoughtful and nevertheless optimistic:” But this is the first step. And when the first goal is scored for Italy, the atmosphere will be great, ”believes Bennardo.

In the “Sportbar Italia” the guests see it similarly. “The Italians win, and then there is no stopping them”, the group agrees. And: “We finally want to see the ball rolling,” said the Südstadt Italians enthusiastically. Then another Kölsch!

EM, Turkey versus Italy: Turkey flag in Keupstrasse Cologne

Keupstrasse sees red: a huge Turkey flag on Friday, June 11, before the start of the European Championship, leaves no doubt for whom the most football hearts are beating here.

Also raise the cups at the Aachener Weiher: The two law students Turhan Can (30, left) and Birkan Celik (27) from Cologne keep their fingers crossed for Turkey. Turhan says that he’s been “really outside” for the first time since November. He is particularly pleased “that Turkey is right there in the opening game.”

Birkan says: “I hope for a good game. I am happy that so many nations are participating in the European Championship. This is how people come together and can finally have a good time together again. “

They are also hoping for that in Keupstrasse: a huge Turkey flag leaves no doubt as to which nation most residents keep their fingers crossed for.

The two hope that Turkey will survive the group stage. Birkan: “The main thing is that they fight. We fans want to see that. “

The game will kick off at 9 p.m. You can find out how the football evening in Cologne develops here during the course of the evening.

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