Robbie Keane to spearhead Street and Community Football Legacy Programme.
UEFA, the Football Association of Ireland and Dublin City Council launched the Dublin logo as a host city venue for UEFA EURO 2020.
FAI CEO John Delaney, Dublin City Council’s Cllr Dermot Lacey, UEFA Executive Committee member Frantisek Laurinec, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross and Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, as well as former Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews attended the launch at the CHQ Building in Dublin.
Dublin will play host to three group matches and one Round of 16 game in what will be a unique multi-country format to one of international football’s premier tournaments.
FAI CEO John Delaney said that the Dublin brand launch for UEFA EURO 2020 marked a “unique partnership across Football, Government, City Council and more than 20 other agencies and organisations”.
“All partners collectively wore the green jersey in winning the bid for these games which we expect will have a significant sporting, tourism and economic benefit for Dublin and Ireland,” said Delaney.
“I would like to thank UEFA for awarding us host city status for this famous tournament. The hosting of these games gives us a great opportunity to grow football – particularly Street and Community football – and I am delighted that Robbie Keane has agreed to lend his support to leave a strong football legacy for the next generation.
“Also, I would like to wish Dundalk the very best of luck in their UEFA Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar tonight. Stephen Kenny’s team have been terrific ambassadors for Irish football and I hope that they can progress further in the competition.”
Cllr Dermot Lacey commented: “On behalf of my fellow Councillors and all Dubliners, I am delighted to be part of the UEFA EURO 2020 initiative. Dublin is a great sporting city and EURO 2020 will no doubt cement and build on that.
“Dublin will have its special Irish welcome ready for thousands of football supporters from all around Europe. They will experience all this great city has to offer including its easily accessible stadium within walking distance of the heart of the city. Supporters will get the opportunity to mingle and enjoy Irish hospitality in areas like Grafton Street and Temple Bar before taking a leisurely stroll to the stadium.”
UEFA’s Frantisek Laurinec said: “I am delighted that we are here in Ireland – a country with truly passionate and exceptional national football team supporters – to take an important early step along the road to the European Championship final tournament in four years’ time.
“After staging the UEFA Europa League Final in 2011 with great success in Dublin, it is with great pleasure that we will be returning to this wonderful city and stadium for three group matches and Round of 16 match in four years’ time, where UEFA EURO 2020 matches will unfold.”
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “I am delighted that Ireland will be hosting part of the EURO 2020 tournament in June 2020. We have a proven track record of hosting major global events successfully. While the tournament itself is taking place at our magnificent Aviva Stadium in Dublin, I know that the Football Association of Ireland are preparing plans to ensure that the impact and legacy of the event will most definitely be felt nationwide. We will provide a great welcome for whoever is drawn to play in Dublin and I am sure that we will contribute to a great tournament.”
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross said: “I was in France this summer for EURO 2016. It was a fantastic experience and I am really looking forward to the tournament coming to Dublin. Not only will it be a great occasion, EURO 2020 will have many tourism benefits for the country. Sports tourism is important to Ireland; it raises revenue and boosts the economy, and it also helps support and creates jobs.
“I am sure that hosting games in EURO 2020 will have a significant economic impact on not only Dublin but the whole of Ireland – bringing many thousands of visitors to our shores.”
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan said: “The staging of these matches in Dublin presents a great opportunity for young Irish people to see some of the best players that European football has to offer. This can only inspire and encourage more young boys and girls to get involved in sport. It will also help the Football Association of Ireland, which is already doing a magnificent job in promoting, fostering and developing football at grassroots level throughout the country.”
Former Republic of Ireland captain and record goalscorer Robbie Keane will spearhead Dublin’s Legacy EURO 2020 campaign, which will build on Street Football with the ultimate goal of getting more boys and girls out playing football in their communities.
The Samuel Beckett Bridge was chosen as Dublin’s host city logo. The bridge features as a universal symbol of connection and unity, which inspired the logo for the UEFA 2020 brand, which features the Henri Delaunay Trophy at the centre, surrounded by celebrating supporters. The tournament brand concept connects bridges of all 13 host cities.
The 12 other host cities for UEFA EURO 2020 are: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), St Petersburg (Russia)