Popular words Euro2020: It was interesting and instructive


There were hardly any boring matches on the continent, the video referee system worked well, but the expression of friendship between the countries failed.

With the victory of the Italian national football team, the European Football Championship ended on Sunday, which was very interesting and instructive in many ways. For the first time, the tournament was held in eleven countries. One of the goals was to express European unity in this way, but this was not achieved, not least because Hungary was not a partner in this. There were events in the stands of the Hungarian national team matches – the raising of an anti-LGBTQ banner, the chanting of homophobic rhymes, racist provocation – which caused outrage in most of Europe. The legislation, officially known as the Anti-Pedophilia Act, which was adopted during the European Council, but which in practice restricts the rights of gays, has done a lot of damage to the country’s international image. It is a great pity that the country’s managers did not grow up for the football team: after the draw, the Hungarian team could not be expected to advance, as with the winners of the last three big tournaments (Germany – 2014 World Champion, Portugal – 2016 European Champion, France – 2018 World Champion). Federal captain Marco Rossi has promised to make it difficult for rivals with much better players in every match with his band, and he has kept that to the maximum. The Hungarians only got 3-0 from Portugal, but in the 84th minute the result was still a goal without a goal, then they reached 1-1 against France and led to the hair in Germany, they also had a realistic chance to fight for progress, but came again in the 84th minute when the Germans equalized to 2-2, dropping the Hungarians. They said goodbye with their heads raised, as well as thanks to the twice 55,000 druckers who sported the Rossi team’s sports in the Puskás Arena, it is a great pity that this positive is pushed into the background due to 100-200 disruptors. The most shocking moment of the tournament was the case of Christian Eriksen, the Danish midfielder stopped his heart in the group match against the Finns and had to be revived. Exemplary as the team captain Simon Kjaer kept his cool in this terrible situation, it was also touching in the jump that the Danes stood up for their teammate in every match, who thankfully recovered, living on an implanted pacemaker. It is not yet known whether you can continue your professional career. The terrible tragedy left György Bognár, a former national footballer, the head coach of Paks, who behaved nationally in outrage at the M4 Sport studio. He apologized in retrospect, but that at most alleviates some of the weight of what he did, whatever happened is unforgivable. The best team in the European Championships was the Italian, whose unity was the greatest strength. Roberto Mancini has featured all the field players entered in the matches, making his football players feel like he cares about everyone, he needs all his players to succeed. It also took luck to win the gold medal, especially in the semi-finals, where the Spaniards played better and more dangerously than the Italians, but failed in the penalty shootout. Also in the finals, the penalties decided in the end, twice in a row such a battle can only be won by a team whose members are mentally very strong.

Proven video judge

According to UEFA’s analysis, the video judging system used for the first time at the European Championships has proved its worth. The quick decisions and thus the almost complete elimination of mistakes were due to the fact that three teams of video referees assisted the referee in each match at the European Federation’s Nyon headquarters. One group watched only the ambushes, the other the irregularities behind the referee and the roughness that hit the red card, and the third helped to judge the penalties. As a result, post-goal scoring lasted an average of 27 seconds, with a 43-second decision time for possible red flat cases and a 1-minute 40-second decision on penalties. The latter, on average, was greatly aggravated by the case of Raheem Sterling in the Anglo-Danish semi-finals, when it took minutes for the penalty to be finally decided, and the referees to argue with each other for days after that.

The Czech model is different

In Hungary, the state supports professional football, and in the Czech Republic, which has similar facilities, the government provides financial assistance for the development of facilities. According to the National Sports Agency’s (NSA) Sports Development Action Plans 2020 and 2021, they will better support sports that have the potential for international success. The facilities are on average 49 years old. Last year, 8.5 billion kroons (about 100 billion forints) went to the entire Czech sport from the state budget, 10.1 billion were planned this year, but in the end the increase was delayed due to the coronavirus epidemic. The NSA was established in 2019 and will gradually take over the management of sports matters from the Department of Education. The agency is responsible for allocating grants. The NSA’s action plan highlighted the need for a new sports law as the current one is obsolete. An analysis of the current situation will be completed by the end of 2021, which will serve as a basis for drafting the new law. The Czech national team reached the quarterfinals at the European Championships, beating the Netherlands for the top eight. RT


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