Not Brussels, but Rome is organizing the opening match of this European Championship tonight. It is a European championship that visits 11 host cities.
“That is a gift from Michel Platini, the former bobo who has since been spit out,” explains Peter Vandenbempt again.
“It was presented as a big celebration for the 60th anniversary of the European Championship, so that smaller countries that cannot organize it on their own, could also get such a European Championship match.”
Due to corona, a lot has been tinkered with. Dublin has been scrapped, Sevilla replaces Bilbao. “It’s all a little less romantic in the meantime.”
“At the time, including in the aftermath of the banking crisis, there was no valid candidate to organize. Platini did not want Turkey and he had also set his sights on the FIFA presidency.”
“Then you better placate countries to recruit votes, but in the meantime UEFA is saying: never do this again, even without corona it is not a good idea.”
“UEFA now likes to present this European Championship as the window to renewed freedom. That is why it is also a bit symbolic that Italy, hit hard by the virus, organizes the opening match.”
“It’s the rebirth of football, with people in the stadium, but everyone still holds their heart.”
“Hungary is throwing open its doors and 25,000 people are also welcome in St. Petersburg,” says our commentator, who is already in Russia for the first match of the Red Devils on Saturday evening.
“Yesterday I was again on prospecting: corona no longer exists here. Everyone is just walking around here and I am happy that I have already been vaccinated twice.”
“That European European Championship, that was something in the beginning, but in the meantime it is a very bad idea.”