Copenhagen cleared to host high-profile soccer and cycling action next summer
The Danish Football Union (DBU) has confirmed that the country's capital, Copenhagen, will still host four matches from soccer's rearranged European Championships in June next year.
There had been reports that because the city is also due to host the start of cycling’s iconic Tour de France on 2 July 2021, the Euro 2020 matches (Copenhagen will host three group stage matches and one round-of-16 clash in the latter half of June) would be rearranged for other countries or cities.
However, after negotiations that have been described as tense, Copenhagen’s mayor Frank Jensen and the DBU’s chair, Jesper Moller, confirmed that agreement had been reached with all stakeholders, Uefa and the ASO, the Tour’s organiser.
The 2020 Euros were scheduled to take place in June and July this year, but have now been pushed back by 12 months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The championship, however, will still be called Euro 2020.
Issues had apparently arisen relating to the rights of race organisers and commercial partners to be in the city several days before the Grand Départ, dressing and branding the capital.
Reports in Denmark last week did suggest that sponsors of both events were close to agreeing to live side by side. In any event, Skoda, a major Tour sponsor, is also part of the Volkswagen group, which is a commercial partner of Euro 2020.
The Danish capital was officially unveiled as the host of the 2021 Grand Départ in January 2019, in what will be the furthest north the race has ever visited.
Meanwhile, Aarhus, from Danish soccer’s top-tier Superliga, have partnered with Zoom, the video and audio conferencing online tool.
The partnership means that when Superliga action starts back up again later this month after a postponement caused by the pandemic, Aarhus fans will be able to watch the action as if they were inside the home stadium.
They will be able to watch the matches via Zoom group calls, with their faces appearing on giant screens that will be put up around the stadium. Supporters can select which stand they want to view the action from, and the ‘tickets’ will be free.
Aarhus have said that so far, over 4,000 people have reserved slots on the calls.
The Danish Superliga gets back under way on 28 May, behind closed doors, and the Danish League Association is planning for it to conclude by late July.