UEFA EURO 2020 Baku

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Baku – football under the sea

Baku is the easternmost outpost of the UEFA EURO 2020TM. Football has a long tradition here as well. The city is even home to a club with Champions League experience.

Baku is the easternmost outpost of the UEFA EURO 2020TM. Football has a long tradition here as well. The city is even home to a club with Champions League experience.

Football with amputation: Back in the game

Farhad Ayyubov lost his left lower leg after being shot while serving on active duty in Afghanistan for seven months. However, Farhad isn’t the type of person to give up. Instead of slipping into depression, he discovered football. As therapy.

The Karabakh Amputee Football Federation was founded in Azerbaijan. 12-year-old Ali, who also plays, says: “It’s fun, football made me happy”.

The players with amputations show how powerful sport can be and that life always goes on. Farhad says: I no longer see myself a disabled person, I see myself as an athlete”.

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Quarter-Final

July 3
Czech Republic – Denmark

The UEFA EURO 2020TM Championships in Baku ended with another quarter-final match for true football fans: the Czech Republic against Denmark. A match between two underdogs who made it into the last eight driven by passion, emotion and determination.

For Shabnam, it was about enjoying the EURO experience to the full, savouring the atmosphere created by football fans in Baku and discovering how important that sport and the European Championships are to Baku und its people.

The fact that the tournament in Baku ended with both teams showing great fight and the Danes narrowly progressing was the cherry on top for all the local fans.

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Matchday 3

June 20
Switzerland – Turkey

Quiet streets in Baku? No way!
On the third matchday, there was really something going on in the city of winds. People, music, crazy costumes and performances could be found in every corner and alley. And in the middle Shabnam (@stylelusionOpens an external link), who threw herself into the celebrations for us and got us in the mood for the last group game in Baku. 

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Matchday 2

June 16
Turkey - Wales

And on to the Baku football cages!

Before the second Euros match, Shabnam still had to show us a few places that would make every football lover’s heart swell with joy, in perfect football weather and with a great atmosphere in the city.

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Matchday 1

June 12
Wales - Switzerland

The first matchday in Baku was over in a flash and we can look back on a very special experience that will leave lasting memories! Our local, Sheba, showed us the city through her eyes. We are fascinated with the new soccer cages introduced in Baku. We can barely wait to see more!

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Baku and the UEFA EURO 2020TM

Baku Olympic Stadium is the home of the Azerbaijan national team. Shortly after its completion it hosted the first European Games in 2015. In 2019 Chelsea FC won the Europa League title by beating Arsenal 4-1. The final was the first European Cup final to be played in Azerbaijan, the furthest east that a final has ever been played. Another curiosity: It was also the first European Cup final played below sea level. Baku is 28 metres below sea level, making it the lowest-lying capital city in the world.

Three Group A preliminary round matches will be played in Baku, plus a quarter final. According to current plans, 31,000 fans, or roughly 50 percent of capacity, will be able to watch the UEFA EURO 2020TM live.

Baku and football

The first football clubs were founded in Baku back in 1905, mostly as representatives of the local oil companies. The golden era of Azerbaijani football is considered to be the 1960s, when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. And Anatoly Banishevsky is considered the country’s greatest footballer. The striker was born in Baku and only played for the club Neftçi Baku, which competed in the highest Soviet league at the time, for his entire life. As part of the USSR squad Banishevsky played at the 1966 World Cup, finishing fourth.

Another Azerbaijani also rose to fame at the tournament: Tofiq Bahramov was a linesman in the final between England and Germany. He signalled to Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst with a hand gesture and nod of the head that Geoff Hurst’s legendary Wembley goal was indeed a goal. To this day it remains one of the most controversial decisions in football history. Tofiq Bahramov Stadium in Baku, the second largest football stadium in the country after the Olympic Stadium, is also named after him.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan established its own league in 1992. Eight clubs currently play in the Premyer Liqasi, with the country’s three main clubs – Neftçi Baku, Keshla FK and Qarabağ Ağdam – all based in Baku.

Qarabağ is currently the most successful, winning the championship title for the past seven years on the trot. The club is actually based in Ağdam, but the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the border region with neighbouring Armenia forced the club to relocate in 1993 and it has been based in Baku ever since.

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The city’s greatest football moment

In 2017 Qarabağ FK became the first Azerbaijani team to ever qualify for the Champions League group stage. Although they finished bottom in a group that included Chelsea FC, AS Roma and Atlético Madrid, the Azerbaijani champions held Atlético Madrid to a 0-0 draw at home. And the draw was well earned, as Qarabağ kept pace with the Spanish giants in front of 47,923 spectators at the Olympic Stadium in Baku. It was the first point earned by an Azerbaijani team in Champions League history.

More Cities

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Glasgow – a city between two clubs

Glasgow is a hard-working place, be it in the factory or on the football pitch. And a bitter club rivalry has kept the whole city on tenterhooks for 130 years.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Munich – blue pride and red records

FC Bayern have dominated in Munich for decades. But things might have turned out differently if a young Franz Beckenbauer hadn’t been slapped in the face.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
London – the heart of the European championship

The British capital will be the centre of the UEFA EURO 2020TM, with the final and other matches taking place there. A hotbed of football, the city is rich in history. And professional clubs.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Amsterdam – where it’s all about Ajax

Football was revolutionised in Amsterdam. Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels invented "voetbal totaal" – a tactic that still shapes the sport today.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Rome – Europe’s capital of passion

Rome loves and agonises over football. The city is marked by a bitter rivalry between its two biggest clubs. There is only one question: red or blue?

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Budapest – birthplace of a football legend

Ferenc Puskás is the greatest Hungarian footballer of all time. Even 55 years after his career ended and 15 years after his death, he is as revered as ever.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Copenhagen – Danish dynamite with 145 years of tradition

Denmark’s 1992 European championship title was a sensation. The long journey to that day began with English immigrants in 1876.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Bucharest – heated derbies and a traditional club split in two

Bucharest was a football stronghold in the mid-1980s. But a new owner, a ministry and a court caused one traditional club to be split into two.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
St. Petersburg – a city at its football zenith

While four big traditional clubs vie for fans in Moscow, St. Petersburg has only Zenit – which, however, has dominated football in the country for several years.

UEFA EURO 2020TM:
Seville – rivals all the way to the river

The rivalry between Sevilla FC and Betis Sevilla takes over the whole city. And the Andalusian clubs don’t limit their competition to the football pitch.

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