Still no enthusiasm for the European Championship among German TV viewers, the mayor of Munich expects many to be “happy alone” on Tuesday – and the Allianz Arena came under fire: the European Championship splinters on Monday.
TV ratings were better at the last European Championship: a cameraman in Bucharest.
+++ Great Britain allows 40,000 spectators at EM Finals +++
Despite the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Great Britain will allow thousands of spectators at several major sporting events in the coming weeks. For example, around 40,000 spectators could attend the final of the European Football Championship at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 11, as Culture and Sport Minister Oliver Dowden announced to the PA news agency on Monday. The final is part of a series of tests by the British government with which it seeks to gather knowledge about the safety of key events in times of pandemic.
+++ Italy considering high potential in Rome for EM quarter-finals +++
Are more spectators allowed at the Olympic Stadium in Rome for the EM Quarterfinals? After an early European Championship win against Turkey (3–0) in front of nearly 16,000 fans, the Italian federation is considering increasing the capacity for the FIGC quarter-finals. “We are working closely with other associations to see if more spectators than the quarter-finals are possible,” said FIGC President Gabriele Gravina in Florence on Monday.
+++ against France in Germany home jersey +++
The German national team will officially team away in the European Championship opener against France in Munich (9 pm, LIVE! et Kicker) on Tuesday, but will wear a white home jersey and white shorts. France plays in a dark blue with dark blue trousers – and thus in nominally homely attire as well.
+++ Mask mandatory in the Munich field too +++
EM spectators will also have to wear masks on the Munich ground pitch. This was confirmed by Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetsch on Monday. At other EM stadiums, fans have mostly not worn masks in their seats in previous games.
+++ Fire in Munich +++
Alarm at Allianz Arena: A day before the first game of the German national team, a fire broke out at the Munich Stadium. The Munich Fire Department said a fire broke out in a technical room early Monday. There was a fire in the distribution of electricity, but the fire was quickly brought under control. Many rooms were full of smoke and had to be ventilated for hours. According to the fire department, the fire had no effect on the encounter between Germany and France that took place at 9 pm on Tuesday. There was no information initially about the extent of the property damage.
+++ TV ratings so far clearly below 2016 average +++
Compared to the 2016 tournament, TV odds for European Championship games are still manageable. To date no TV broadcast has crossed the ten million mark – Sunday’s most-watched game was against Netherlands Ukraine on ARD with an average of 8.82 million TV viewers. In England vs Croatia, only 4.88 million sat in front of the television. For comparison: according to AGF Video Research, the average audience participation at the 2016 European Championship Games in France was 11.741 million spectators.
+++ PK under pressure: Alba has to take a quick shower +++
Because they wanted to fly back to their EM quarters in Seefeld/Tyrol that evening, the Austrians were in a hurry after a 3–1 win against North Macedonia in Bucharest. Unfortunately, the journalist had a lot of questions at the press conference. “I still have to take a shower,” laughed David Alaba, and coach Franco Foda pressed on: “It’s not like we miss our plane.” When PK was finally over, Foda warned: “You have to hurry now, David, you can’t take a shower for so long now.”
+++ Reiter: “You can even raise your arms and be happy on your own” +++
Ahead of the German national team’s first European Championship appearance in Munich in front of about 14,500 spectators, Mayor Dieter Reiter warned fans to be careful: “You don’t have to lie in each other’s arms, you just put your arms up.” Throw up and cheer,” said the SPD – the politician of the “Sudetush Zeitung”. The cleanliness concept to a large extent ensures that there are no hotspots around the arena. “But in subsequent ceremonies, we cannot provide the interval, nor can we improve it in terms of time.”