100 days until the start of the European Championship, what a party in Campidoglio!The countdown to UEFA EURO 2020 continues as the Unique Jersey is unveiled and the Mobility makers programme is launched
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
All eyes were on UEFA EURO 2020 in Piazza del Campidoglio today, as we reached 100 days until the competition kicks off on 12 June, with Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri playing the tournament opener against Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The event, organised by Roma Capitale together with the local operator Filmmaster Events, saw 15 shirts inspired by the colours of all the nations to have won European Championships in the past. The shirts were covered in phrases and stories recalling each of the teams’ exploits, tracing the history of the competition up to this year’s edition, the first to be held internationally with the games played across twelve different host cities.
Daniele Frongia, Councillor for Sport, Youth Policy and Major City Events of Roma Capitale, as well as Roma Capitale’s Extraordinary Commissioner for EURO 2020 spoke from Piazza del Campidoglio today. Gianni Rivera, European Champion in 1968 and World Cup runner-up in 1970 also spoke at the event.
Frongia said the following: "We’re just three months away from the most important sporting event of the year: UEFA EURO 2020. We’ve got just 100 days until the tournament kicks off and as promised, with this countdown too, we’re giving everyone, citizens and tourists alike, a chance to see the city transform itself for the competition, offering plenty of moments of hospitality, sport, organisation and entertainment. Five hundred Mobility Makers, volunteers from the city of Rome, will help in supporting the city, the tourists and the players themselves. I’d like to invite all of the people to sign up to experience the Euros first-hand, as people at the heart of the Fan Zones and the Football Village in the city. Applications are open to all people between 18 and 65, with everyone interested able to apply on the website: www.roma2020mobilitymakers.it."
For Rivera, on the other hand, a morning full of memories: “It’s not just football that has changed since the Euros in Rome back in ’68, but also the organisation too. A tournament played across twelve European cities with such an intense and articulated programme of events was unthinkable 50 years ago. It’s wonderful to recall our success back in 1968 on a day that means so much in the build-up to EURO 2020. The years pass and the people in the limelight change, but the passion for the game will always be there. Piazza del Campidoglio is an exceptional setting for the event to celebrate 100 days until kick-off. Rome will once again host a great event and I’m sure we won’t be lacking in support for our boys on the pitch.”
As host city, the very first Unique Jersey was presented to Rome today: a frame designed for memorable selfies and memories with the shape of a shirt cut out in the middle. The Mobility Makers programme was also launched, giving Rome’s citizens the chance to support the Football Village and Fan Zones by helping out with UEFA EURO 2020 themselves. The initiative, supported by Volkswagen, will form a team of 500 Mobility Makers with citizens between the age of 18 and 65 able to apply on the website: www.roma2020mobilitymakers.it.