The Eurocup most expected is about to start a year late because of the pandemic, that prevented it from being held in the summer of 2020. The 24 teams They will fight from next June 11 to achieve glory in the ‘Old Continent’.
Divided into six groups, the teams will play in eleven different cities in the first multi-site edition ever. Group F presents itself, with France, Germany and Portugal in the battle for the two places that give access to the round of 16, such as the group of death. Hungary will try to break all the odds to sneak into the top two and pass the stage.
For its part, Spanish selection, which will be in group E, will face lesser rivals, such as Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. Although removed from the main focus, there will also be other Spaniards representing the country. And it is that, this edition will have the participation of two Spanish referees: Carlos del Cerro Grande and Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
UEFA selected 18 referees for Euro 2021, including Mateu Lahoz and Del Cerro Grande, in addition to having also chosen the Spanish Jesús Gil Manzano as referee for the Copa América 2021 in Argentina and Colombia as an agreement of a cooperation program with CONMEBOL.
The Madrid and Valencian referee have been chosen for the most important national team event on the continent in a list in which a woman also appears for the first time in history. It’s about the French Stephanie Frappart, who has coached several matches in UEFA men’s club and national team competitions this season.
Frappart has been selected as a support referee, and will act as the fourth referee in matches together with other teammates according to the attached full list of referees.
Another novelty is that a South American referee will join the group of European referees and a European referee will travel to South America. Argentine referee Fernando Rapallini and his assistant referees will join their European counterparts chosen for the Euro, while a Spanish referee team led by Gil Manzano will take part in the 2021 Copa América in Argentina and Colombia.
“The exchange of referees with CONMEBOL for our two flagship tournaments will enrich both competitions and enhance the experience of the best referees,” said the UEFA President, Alexander Ceferin. “Europe and South America have a lot of footballing quality and tradition, also in refereeing. This exchange is a defining part of our cooperation program, which will help us improve our competitions,” he said.
Four referees from VAR and AVAR
Four more referee representatives have been appointed by UEFA to act as VAR and AVAR. Three First Division referees and an assistant. The Canary Hernandez Hernandez, the Valencian Martinez Munuera and the Murcian Sánchez Martínez They are the three arbitration representatives.
Finally, the assistant will also be present Iñigo Prieto López de Cerain. Unknown to many but with enormous experience both in AVAR and in UEFA and FIFA. Their most recent continental event was the first final phase of the U21 European Championship last March. The Navarrese already was also in the World-wide one of Russia like AVAR.
The preparation of the referees for Euro 2020 has included a course for all referees, assistant referees and video referees, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 10 to 13 May. The referees, assistants and support referees They will have their base camp in Istanbul from June 7 until the completion of the quarter-finals, at which point the referees will travel to London for the final three matches, UEFA reported.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.