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Euro 2020: Trophy brings joy to Italy after a year of COVID-19 suffering
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Euro 2020: Trophy brings joy to Italy after a year of COVID-19 suffering

“It’s been a complicated year for everyone but especially for us who were one of the first countries hit. This is a signal of a new beginning,” said Michela Solfanelli, a 30-year-old event producer based in Milan.

UEFA explores expanding European Championship to 32 teams from 2028 edition
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UEFA explores expanding European Championship to 32 teams from 2028 edition

It was only in 2016 that the tournament jumped from 16 to 24 teams. But UEFA is starting to analyse the feasibility of 32 of its 55-member nations contesting the European Championship from 2028

Euro 2020 final: Excitement builds in England ahead of 'biggest moment' against Italy
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Euro 2020 final: Excitement builds in England ahead of 'biggest moment' against Italy

Beyond Wembley, expectant England supporters will also converge on fan zones and pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs in towns and cities across the country as the country comes to a temporary standstill at 8pm.

Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate's England seek history as Italy aim to spoil party
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Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate's England seek history as Italy aim to spoil party

Southgate's side has sent the nation into a frenzy by reaching their first European Championship final, leaving them one win away from a first title since the 1966 World Cup.

Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen never showed any signs of deteriorating health, says Inter Milan team doctor
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Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen never showed any signs of deteriorating health, says Inter Milan team doctor

The Inter Milan and Denmark star suddenly fell to the turf in the 43rd minute of Denmark's opening Euro 2020 game, laying motionless as medical personnel administered CPR.

Euro 2020: Watch the best saves from the last edition of European Championships
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Euro 2020: Watch the best saves from the last edition of European Championships

While the Euros are known to offer a showcase of some flashy goals, the world’s best shotstoppers are also on the field, wanting to make a mark. Watch the top saves from the previous edition:

Euro 2020: Hungary set to face tough challenge in tournament's Group of Death sans injured midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai
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Euro 2020: Hungary set to face tough challenge in tournament's Group of Death sans injured midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai

Szoboszlai was the player who earned Hungary a ticket for this year’s tournament. The qualifying playoff final in November was already two minutes into stoppage time when his well-placed 20-yard strike gave Hungary a 2-1 win over Iceland.

Euro 2020: Watch best goals and top assists from the last edition of European Championships
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Euro 2020: Watch best goals and top assists from the last edition of European Championships

The Euros have always offered a delectable fare of goals. As we count down the hours to Euro 2020, here’s a look at the top goals and top assists from the previous edition:

Euro 2020: Joachim Loew hoping to leave Germany on a high despite tough draw
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Euro 2020: Joachim Loew hoping to leave Germany on a high despite tough draw

With Joachim Loew departing after the tournament and a replacement already set to take over, expectations are low for Germany at the European Championship.

As UEFA orders changes to Ukraine jersey, a look back at instances when politics tackled football to the ground
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As UEFA orders changes to Ukraine jersey, a look back at instances when politics tackled football to the ground

As UEFA orders Ukraine to make changes to their Euro 2020 jersey to remove a "nationalist" slogan that sparked protests from Russia, AFP looks at other political controversies on the pitch.

Euro 2020: Slovakia pin their hopes on seasoned skipper Marek Hamsik, again
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Euro 2020: Slovakia pin their hopes on seasoned skipper Marek Hamsik, again

Five different coaches have been in charge and a handful of regulars have retired since Euro 2016, but captain Marek Hamšík remains the team’s figurehead.

Euro 2020: First-timers North Macedonia hope to give Goran Pandev a fitting goodbye
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Euro 2020: First-timers North Macedonia hope to give Goran Pandev a fitting goodbye

North Macedonia will make their first appearance at a major tournament with Goran Pandev, their talismanic captain, at the forefront.

Euro 2020: Phil Foden, sporting new blond hairstyle, hopes to recreate Paul Gascoigne's magic
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Euro 2020: Phil Foden, sporting new blond hairstyle, hopes to recreate Paul Gascoigne's magic

Foden is aiming to channel the magic of Paul Gascoigne at Euro 96 in the Euro 2020 campaign — and has started by dyeing his hair to match the former England midfielder

Euro 2020: Fans at England's European Championship games to use vaccine passports
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Euro 2020: Fans at England's European Championship games to use vaccine passports

There will around 22,500 spectators for England's first two group games, against Croatia and Scotland at Wembley, with the stadium running at 25 percent capacity.

Euro 2020: No Zlatan Ibrahimovic in squad but it may prove to be blessing in disguise for Sweden
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Euro 2020: No Zlatan Ibrahimovic in squad but it may prove to be blessing in disguise for Sweden

During the four and half years Ibrahimovic was away, Sweden established a new identity and better team ethic. Play no longer went through one individual.

Euro 2020: Scotland looking to make most of opportunity to participate in international tournament on home soil
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Euro 2020: Scotland looking to make most of opportunity to participate in international tournament on home soil

The first final tournament game ever to be played in a Scottish stadium will see the home team hosting the Czech Republic on 14 June in Glasgow in the European Championship.

Euro 2020: Spain coach Luis Enrique banks on youth as old guard fades away
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Euro 2020: Spain coach Luis Enrique banks on youth as old guard fades away

Since winning back-to-back European Championships with the 2010 World Cup title in between, Spain have been a flop at major football tournaments as the team’s aging veterans lost their sheen.

Euro 2020: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe set to lead attack as France look to avenge 2016 loss
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Euro 2020: Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe set to lead attack as France look to avenge 2016 loss

Even the generally pragmatic Deschamps struggled to contain his enthusiasm when asked recently about a forward line featuring Benzema alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo backed by talented youngsters in squad as Portugal aim for second successive title
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Euro 2020: Cristiano Ronaldo backed by talented youngsters in squad as Portugal aim for second successive title

The defending champions are bringing one of their most talented teams in years to Euro 2020, loaded with players who can support Ronaldo and make Portugal a contender again.

Euro 2020: Centred around David Alaba, Austria aim to improve dismal record in tournament
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Euro 2020: Centred around David Alaba, Austria aim to improve dismal record in tournament

The team is still centred around David Alaba, though the Bayern Munich defender doesn't always carry his club form to the national team, where he is mainly used as an attacking midfielder.