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‘I spent the whole night celebrating’: Italy fans revel in Euro 2020 triumph

Fireworks, flags, tooting car horns and Brexit taunts greet shootout victory against EnglandWithin moments of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s decisive save, the screams of tens of thousands of fans exploded across Italian towns and cities. The celebrations cont…

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‘Mancini has been absolutely wonderful’: praise for manager as Rome unites behind Italy

Italy fans came to tournament with low expectations, but their team’s unity and focus have impressedCelebrations erupted across Italy as the national football team secured their win in the Euro 2020 final after a tense penalty shoot-out.“It’s a unique …

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1,000 Italy fans to be allowed in to UK for Euro 2020 final at Wembley

Lucky holders of €610 tickets will have to fly in and out on Sunday, remain in a bubble and quarantine on returnOne thousand Italy supporters are to be shuttled into the UK this weekend to provide an officially sanctioned Azzurri chorus for the Euro 20…

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All roads lead to Rome for England’s ardent army of expat fans

Foreign-based fans slept in cars and even planned marriage proposals to be at the scene of Euro 2020 quarter finalThey came from Berne, Berlin, Luxembourg and Dubai, some forgoing a night’s sleep as they drove across the Alps or took red-eye flights. S…

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‘Wonderful to see’: Ukrainians in England revel in Euro 2020 encounter

Saturday’s quarter-final has revitalised a sense of community and identity, though some are torn about who to supportNine-year-old Luca Mullaney was over the moon when Ukraine beat Sweden on Tuesday. The half-Ukrainian boy from Bradford did a series of…

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‘Wonderful to see’: Ukrainians in England revel in Euro 2020 encounter

Saturday’s quarter-final has revitalised a sense of community and identity, though some are torn about who to supportNine-year-old Luca Mullaney was over the moon when Ukraine beat Sweden on Tuesday. The half-Ukrainian boy from Bradford did a series of…

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‘It’s a disgrace’: English fans in Italy scramble for tickets for Rome showdown

Confusion over availability of tickets for Saturday’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against UkraineEnglish people living in Italy were left feeling frustrated, confused and disappointed as they scrambled to buy tickets for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final m…

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England fans in UK can’t go to Rome for Euros quarter-final due to Covid rules

FA says it can’t sell tickets domestically for Saturday owing to Italy’s five-day quarantine period English expatriates will be called upon to roar Gareth Southgate’s side to success in their Euro 2020 quarter-final on Saturday after Covid restrictions…

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German fans downcast but not despairing at Euros loss to England

Locals in Berlin were subdued about their tournament exit as if resigned to being the underdogWhen Raheem Sterling slid the ball into the German net in the 75th minute, Bruno Farace gave his son Matteo a big hug – half in jubilation, half to lend comfo…

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Italy will not take knee at Wembley after criticism over Rome shambles

Just five of team took knee before Euro 2020 match against Wales, and none will do so against AustriaItalian football players will not take the knee before their team’s Euro 2020 game against Austria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The decision not to …

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Rainbow stadiums: German football lights up for solidarity – in pictures

Following Uefa’s decision to block a planned LGBTQ+ rainbow stadium protest at Munich’s Allianz Arena, football stadiums elsewhere in Germany pledged to light up in rainbow colours instead during the Euro 2020 match against Hungary Continue reading…

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Hungary’s Orbán cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row

Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on stadium illuminationThe Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has cancelled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 football match between Hungary and Germany in response …

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‘Shameful’: Uefa blocks LGBTQ+ rainbow stadium protest in Munich

Lighting display planned for Germany’s Euro 2020 match with Hungary to protest at country’s discriminatory lawMunich’s mayor has attacked the “shameful” decision by Uefa to quash his city’s plans to illuminate its Allianz Arena in rainbow colours in su…

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Les Hijabeuses: the female footballers tackling France’s on-pitch hijab ban

Young players excluded from matches because of their religious dress find a way to play on and encourage other hijab-wearing women into the sportFouné Diawara was 15 years old when she was first told she could not wear her hijab in a football match.It …

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Euro 2020: split loyalties as UK bars put up the bunting for Croatian fans

Despite Covid restrictions, pubs are getting ready for supporters to see their team take on EnglandEd Thomas has never shown the European Championships in his bar, but this time he’s hung up the bunting and will watch his team play their first Euro 202…

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Ukraine’s new football kit featuring map of Crimea causes outrage in Russia

National team shirt features map of Ukraine that includes Russian-annexed CrimeaThe head of the Ukrainian football association has caused outrage in Russia by unveiling a new national team shirt emblazoned with a map of Ukraine that includes Crimea.Rus…

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Porto locals’ anger as Covid rules eased for Champions League final fans

Residents fear spike of infections as English supporters arriveHundreds of maskless fans flood bars by city’s Douro riverA last-minute decision to relax Covid-19 safety rules for Saturday’s Champions League final has angered locals as hundreds of Engli…

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Supporters may own German football clubs but the wealthy can bend the rules

Germany appears to offer a solution to the European Super League debacle but money also has a voice in the Bundesliga Related: The week English football fans bit back against the billionaire owners The last time I was down in the catacombs of Borussia …

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With the ESL, football fans have shown how to take on corporate power and win | Owen Jones

If popular outrage can have such a dramatic effect in football, then why not in even more consequential areas of life?If the age of There Is No Alternative has an ethos, it is this. Elected governments no longer have any levers to pull: their powers ha…

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Could a fan-friendly ownership model like Germany’s work in English football? | Uli Hesse

Appalled by the botched European Super League plans, many want a reset in England. But there are cultural and legal barriersNow that the so-called European Super League has collapsed in on itself amid a flurry of fan revolt, recriminations and stilted …