Today UEFA announced Copenhagen as one of 13 cities to host the EURO 2020 final tournament.
At a ceremony in Geneva today, UEFA’s Executive Committee announced that Copenhagen will be hosting four matches during the EURO 2020 final tournament. To mark the 60-year anniversary of the first European Championship final tournament in 2020, the matches will be staged in 13 host cities across Europe. Among them is Copenhagen which was among the 32 cities to initially express an interest in hosting the tournament and one of 19 cities to submit a bid on 25 April 2014.
“This is fantastic news for Danish football, for Copenhagen and for all football fans in Denmark. We are proud of the trust shown by UEFA by having us co-host one of the world’s largest sporting events, and we look forward to show Europe our best,” says Jesper Møller, president of the Danish Football Association.
The Danish Football Association has been working closely with the City of Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and Telia Parken on the bid to host EURO 2020. Now there is a lot of work to be done to prepare for the big event before, during and after the four matches.
Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, is also proud to have been selected as one of the hosts of EURO 2020:
“I am proud that Copenhagen has been selected as one of the EURO 2020 host cities. It is the first time ever that Denmark has been selected to host a final tournament in the European Championships, and I look forward to welcoming Danes and the world to celebrate football in Copenhagen. I have no doubt that players, spectators and the people of Copenhagen will give football fans all over Europe an unforgettable experience. I for one am really looking forward to joining in the football celebrations in Copenhagen.”
Carl Christian Ebbesen, Copenhagen Mayor of Culture and Leisure, is equally delighted:
“I am so thrilled that Copenhagen has been selected to host such a big international event as EURO 2020. Watching the football stars enter the stadium will be a huge experience for the entire nation, the thousands of visitors and tv audiences,” says Carl Christian Ebbesen.
The final tournament will not only bring attention to the city of Copenhagen, but is also a golden opportunity to promote some of the unique aspects of Danish sporting and club culture:
“Leading up to 2020, we will join forces with the Danish Football Association and the City of Copenhagen to prepare for the event and not least take this opportunity to promote Danish football and associative culture in Denmark and internationally,” says Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, which worked closely with the Danish Football Association on the European U21 Championship final tournament in Jutland in 2011.
The Danish EURO 2020 bid is a joint effort between the Danish Football Association, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the City of Copenhagen.
The final tournament is played in 13 different European countries to mark the 60-year anniversary of the first European Championship final tournament, which was played in France in 1960.
Copenhagen will host three group stage matches and a round of 16, which will be played in Telia Parken.