A few days after Russian President, Vladimir Putin said Russia will do everything possible to be the best host for the matches of the European football championship another commendable event took place in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
A countdown clock was unveiled in Russia’s second largest city to take stock of time left (190 days) before the start of the 2020 UEFA European championship.
The ceremony to unveil the clock was attended by FC Zenit St. Petersburg forward and captain of the Russian national football team Artyom Dzyuba, former players of Zenit Alexander Kerzhakov and Vyacheslav Malafeyev, as well as tournament mascot Skillzy.
Matches of Euro 2020 are to be held at stadiums in 12 different cities across Europe, namely- London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), Baku (Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg (Russia), Bucharest (Romania), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Bilbao (Spain), Budapest (Hungary), Glasgow (Scotland) and Copenhagen (Denmark)-between June 12 and July 12, 2020.
The newly-built football arena in Krestovsky Island, St. Petersburg will host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinal games.
A decision to hold the Euro Cup in various European countries instead of in one or two hosting countries was made at the UEFA Executive Committee’s meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on December 6, 2012.
Russia won the maiden edition of the tournament hosted by France 60 years ago, beating Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro) 2-1 in the final at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.