Presentation of UEFA EURO 2020 host city logo in Saint-Petersburg
On Thursday, 19 January the ceremony of unveiling the UEFA EURO 2020 host city logo of Saint-Petersburg took place in the First Cadet Corps Manege building in the heart of Russia's northern capital.
PHOTOThe ceremony was attended by UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin rendering the first visit to Russia after his election, the deputy of the Russian prime-minister, FUR President Vitaly Mutko, the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Georgiy Poltavchenko, CEO of the Russia-2018 LOC Alexey Sorokin, FUR CEO Alexander Alaev, the head coach of the Russian National team Stanislav Cherchesov, FUR Executive Committee members including FUR First Vice-president Nikita Simonyan, FUR Vice-president, RFPL President Sergey Pryadkin, FNL President Igor Efremov, PFL President Andrey Sokolov, AMFR President Emil Aliev, FUR President Adviser, President of Football Veterans' Union Alexander Mirzoyan and FC Zenit Saint-Petersburg president Alexander Dyukov.
The upcoming tournament will come into the history of the European football as the first European Championship that will be hosted by 13 cities: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Bucharest (Romania), Glasgow (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland), Copenhagen (Denmark), London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy) and Saint-Petersburg (Russia).
The EURO visual identity for 2020 presented last September in London sees each of the 13 host city logos feature a single bridge from the city in question. In Saint-Petersburg the famous Palace Bridge was chosen for the city logo.
Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA President:
- It is not the first time I am here in Saint-Petersburg. This is the city with a long history and one of the most beautiful in the world. I am sure that Russia will fulfill all the guarantees provided. We are ready to stage the European Championship in a new format and this is a serious challenge even for such a large organization as UEFA. And, of course, it will be a challenge for football fans that will have to cover thousands and thousands kilometers throughout whole Europe. It will be something new for them but I am sure it will be very interesting at the same time.
Vitaly Mutko, Russian Vice Prime-Minister, FUR President:
- The Russian football has a great legacy. It was born in Saint-Petersburg and developed from here; Russia is the first European champion of 1960. That is why when UEFA created the project of the anniversary championship we couldn't help submitting the application. Here there is no need to create anything - there is everything in place already in Saint-Petersburg: the stadium and infrastructure. We will take care of the supporters. Under UEFA requirements there will be a visa free entry to the country for ticket holders. In 2020 every football supporter expects brilliant game and the highest result, I hope the national team will show it having gained experience at the FIFA Confederations Cup. What is my opinion about the unveiled logo? I think it is just perfect. The beautiful bridge - one of the most prominent in the world. I believe that the logo itself will be well recognized and popular. I am happy that Saint-Petersburg will have a chance to see the best teams in the world.
Stanislav Cherchesov , the head coach of the Russian national team:
- The profession of the head coach suggests that we have to think about the first closest challenge. In our case this is the FIFA Confederations Cup. We want to have a competitive team at this tournament and we consider this competition as official not as the friendly one. We have to make every football fan say: "I want to support this team". And the players know what they have to do.