Cologne –

“I-ta-lia!” And “Tür-ki-ye!”: With the opening game of the European Football Championship (kick-off at 9 pm) a colorful and exciting piece of life will return to the streets of Cologne on Friday (June 11th). No question: this will be Cologne’s first European Championship party!

  • EM 2021: Opening game Turkey against Italy
  • Cologne is facing the first party of the European Championship
  • Hosts Ertan Sayan and Carmelo Bennardo are ready

Almost in time for the start of the tournament, the corona values ​​in Cologne fell at least so far into the green that after the outdoor and indoor areas of the restaurants were allowed to open again, since Friday there is even no test obligation for the inside.

EM 2021: Turkey vs. Italy will be Cologne’s first party

Of course, the following applies: Watching packs remains forbidden, but something can be done in small “packs”!

In the Barcode restaurant, Ertan Sayan is looking forward to the start of the European Championship.

Football fever rises every hour in the city bar “Barcode” on Maastrichter Straße. Red-White beats the fan heart of host Ertan Sayan (48), who is expecting an intense game: “Turkey will see the game as a final and play to win. The team is young, dynamic and stable. “

Cologne hosts Ertan Sayan and Carmelo Bennardo are ready for the start of the European Championship

He calculates that there is room for 200 guests (in front of ten TV screens) in the bar, where partition walls have been set up – another 80 on the terrace (two TV screens). After seven months of lockdown, the landlord waits with a new sound system and a newer one Ventilation on. So it’s done!

Change of scenery to one of the most Italian places in Cologne: The sports bar “Formula Uno” in Zugweg in the southern part of the city. At previous tournament highlights, the Tifosi made the street the center of mass ecstasy.

Turkey versus Italy: EM 2021 starts with “Cologne” blasts

Now the owner Carmelo Bennardo says: It will be fun, but everything will be a little smaller – and all the finer: “Before the kick-off, I’ll give a little welcoming speech in Italian, and after me a Turk – to the get-together, the good togetherness a good game and a good tournament. “

Italian fans in Cologne at the EM 2016.

At the 2016 European Championship, Formula Uno (Zugweg) was in a state of emergency during the matches of the Italian team. Because of Corona, there won’t be such pictures this time.

The game is only shown in the interior on a projector. What is his result tip? “May the better one win.” The better one? “It can get tight: 1-0 or 2-1 for Italy!”

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