UEFA postpones the European Championship to the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus

Now, the highest body in European football is studying the feasibility of finishing club tournaments: Champions and Europa League.

UEFA has decided to postpone the Euro Cup , which instead of being played from June 12 to July 12, as scheduled, will take place during the summer of 2021 . It was the first agreement reached at the meeting on Tuesday, in which the highest body of European football has taken into account the opinion of the Association of European Clubs (ECA) , Professional Leagues (EPFL) and of footballers unions (FIFPro) . In fact, the Norwegian Federation has put on its website that the probable date of the tournament will be between June 11 and July 11, 2021 .

In a telematic way, and with the presence of the 55 European national federations , UEFA has considered the appointment unfeasible this summer considering the trickle of measures that the European countries are adopting (and which includes the closing of borders in many of them) to try to stop the coronavirus pandemic. It also didn’t help that the tournament, for the first time in its history, was designed to be played in 12 different countries , with the fans going back and forth for a month.

Throughout the day, all the protagonists will try to square a calendar that makes the Champions League and the Europa League viable , interrupted in the round of 16 by the pandemic. The Leagues manage a scenario that, at best, would allow them to start their tournaments the first weekend of May and finish it in the last days of June, with the Champions League final, in Istanbul, on the 27th (the of the Europa League, on Wednesday the 24th). Always thinking of a closed-door match scenario and counting on the players, once the isolation in the countries is lifted, they need a minimum of days (around 10) to carry out a mini preseason .

If it could not be resumed in that first weekend of May, and the end of the competitions entered in the month of July, a labor conflict would arise , since the contracts of the players end -whoever does- on June 30 , so on this issue the clubs are also debating .

THE COPA AMERICA, IN 2021

The Copa América, scheduled for June and July this year in Colombia and Argentina, was postponed until the same months of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Conmebol announced in a statement on Tuesday. The tournament thus goes from June 11 to July 11 next year, according to the joint decision between Conmebol and UEFA .

The president of the Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez , said in the statement that it is “an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation and therefore responds to the fundamental need to avoid an exponential evolution of the virus.”

The inaugural match, out of a total of 38 matches, was scheduled for June 12 at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, and the final for July 12 at the Barranquilla Metropolitan.

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