Overview

Ever since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic back in March of last year, football has been played without fans or spectators. This has led to incredible football matches like the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern and PSG with no fans to be able to support either team or watch the biggest game of the season. With a handful of testing games of a few thousand fans in the Premier League, most games of the 2020-21 season have been with no fans physically in the stadium, leaving every fan and supporter of their favorite football club to watch from their homes. However, as of Friday April 9th, 2021, positive news for the upcoming European Championship 2020 has been released involving spectators. 

EURO2020 Spectator Information

With vaccines now rolling in for millions of people, UEFA have announced that, along with the WHO, they will be working to have spectators back in the stadiums for the EURO 2020 tournament. As of now, 8 stadiums have noted down their support and will look to bring fans to the stadiums, including Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, etc. Other cities such as Bilbao, Dublin, and Munich, have until next week Monday to make a decision regarding this. The news, however, does not necessarily mean that every stadium can be filled at 100% capacity. Budapest will be the only city that is most likely to achieve a full capacity stadium for their games. Amsterdam and others will look to have more than a quarter filled with supporters, which is thousands more than currently allowed for all games in their respective domestic leagues. Some requirements will still be made for supporters who wish to participate in the games coming up. These requirements range from travel restrictions to covid-19 measures, and vary from city to city.

Perspectives and Requirements

In addition, as more days pass and federations look to see if there can be more positive news on the subject of Covid-19, stadiums could allow for more fans to be allowed in during the tournament as well. Obviously for a financial/business perspective, bringing fans back, even at an unfilled capacity, will bring much needed ticket revenues for the respective teams and their stadiums. In order for clubs to bring fans back in, a clear and concise communication with both the WHO and the respective governments need to take place. This will be to ensure that safety for the spectators is provided while granting the wishes of the respective football clubs. There will still be a need for more time for clubs and nations to bring back the ticket losses throughout the season, but it still presents a start. With this positive news, it is only likely now that more and more fans will be able to participate and go back to their ‘passionate spectator ways’ in the near future.

 

With this news, hopefully we can see at least the football fans and spectators shine a brighter light to what has been a dark time, not only for football lovers, but for everyone who has struggled and suffered due to the Covid-19 virus. 

New Format for the UEFA Women’s Champions League: An Evolution for Women’s Football

This Sunday 16 May at 21:00 CET, the final of the Women's Champions League will take place between Chelsea and Barcelona at the Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden. Neither team has won the trophy before. Chelsea is playing in their first Women's Champions...

Robertinho do Carmo’s Brazilian National Team and Série A storyline

One of the handful professional coaches who are working with Evytal is the world renown Robertinho do Carmo. Born on the 22nd of June 1960 in the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Robertinho grew up loving and playing football all his life. At the age of 18 he joined...

Is VAR going to be in action Next Season?

VAR  ( video assistance referee ) was first introduced in the 2018 World Cup and it has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, recently the VAR has been facing a lot of criticism because of inconsistency with its decisions. The VAR was introduced in the...

Carlos Alberto da Silva Filho

Carlos Alberto da Silva Filho [14-04-2002] is a young Brazilian superstar in the making and is taking Brazil over by storm. He has been outperforming his competition and catching the eye of several Brazilian Série A clubs as well as from European giant clubs....

Manager Sackings and the After Effects

In recent news regarding the Premier League both Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur, and Unai Emery, Arsenal, were sacked. This article will be looking at the effects on the team as well as the management of the club once a Head Coach/Manager has been fired.  ...

The Importance of Self-Discipline in the Footballing World

Self-discipline is a skill that everybody could benefit from yet many people are not able to fully master it. An interesting article called, Skills That Matter the Most, written by Tony Schwartz, defines self-discipline as the ability to say no when you are being...

Arsene Wenger’s World Cup / Euro Proposal

Big on the news this week is chief of global football development at FIFA, Arsene Wenger. More specifically, on March 16th, 2021, he has proposed what can be considered bold but necessary. The main idea and proposal at hand is to alter the four-year cycle of World...

Will We See the Return of Football this Season?

The Covid-19 has impacted the world of sport greatly leaving many tournaments all over the globe either postponed or cancelled. Football has also been a target, like all other sports, which has resulted in many leagues being put on hold. Questions such as, should the...

Factors That the Covid-19 has Drastically affected

The Covid-19 virus has affected football in Europe since February where games were played behind closed doors and was eventually suspended until further notice. Rumours are moving around suggesting that the Bundesliga as well as the Premier League wish to return in...

What Good Managers Do

In the last decade many managerial styles have been invented and tested in the business environment where some have proven to be very effective and some not as much. However, any current/future business owner will know the importance of a manager’s leadership style as...