Friday, June 11, 2021

Patios Are Open, and Euro 2021 Starts Today…The World is Back!

 The long delay is over and Euro 2020 is finally here in 2021. For fans across the world, it’s better late than never. Along with patios reopening in select cities across Ontario, it’s the perfect time for the Euro Cup!

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What a great way to help kick start the local economy! Find your favorite team, head down to your favorite patio, and cheer on!

It will be the 16th Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The first match begins today at 3 p.m. Friday, with Italy and Turkey kicking off one of the sport’s most celebrated tournaments.

Twenty-four teams, nine hosts but only one winner.

Due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 Euro has adopted a decentralized hosting format.  The hosting cities are London; Rome; Munich; Baku, Azerbaijan; St. Petersburg; Budapest; Seville, Spain; Bucharest; Amsterdam; Glasgow; and Copenhagen. Each stadium has its own policy on attendance, but every stadium will have fans in varying capacities.

For the top teams, there are many questions. Can France live up to the hype of the favoured team and seek revenge, after losing to Portugal in the 2016 finals? Can Cristiano Ronaldo carry Portugal to another Euro crown? Will Italy return to their former glory after missing the 2018 World Cup? There are many arches to follow through Euro this summer.

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