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UEFA confirms Euro 2020 in 13 cities

European football's Swiss-based governing body UEFA on Friday confirmed that the 2020 European Championship will be staged in 13 different cities across the continent.

UEFA's executive committee, meeting at the association's headquarters at Nyon in the canton of Vaud, rubber-stamped the proposals, which were first made public last month, for the 2020 finals to be the first "Euro for Europe".

Previous tournaments have been held in one country or, as was the case at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, jointly-hosted by two neighbouring countries.
 
For 2020, UEFA have stipulated that there will be a maximum of one venue per country, and added that the two semi-finals and the final will all be held in the same stadium.
 
The remaining 12 winning bids will each host three group matches as well as one knockout tie from either the Round of 16 or the quarter-finals.
 
No nation will qualify automatically for the finals, but every host that qualifies will be guaranteed two home matches in the group phase.

No such guarantees would be given for the knockout stages.

UEFA also said they will try to take travel distances into account when allocating hosting teams to groups, "for example, and if feasible, with flights not exceeding two hours' duration between two host cities to allow easy access to travelling fans."

UEFA president Michel Platini insisted everything would be done to make a pan-European event — to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the first European Nations Cup — as fan-friendly as possible.
 
 "We will play across the whole of Europe. All 53 national federations can be candidates," he said.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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