Although the European Championships have been postponed by 12 months, it has not been announced about what the tournament will be known as.
The event is scheduled to start on June 11 with the final being played one month later on July 11, exactly 12 months after the old dates were decided by UEFA.
In spite of UEFA confirming the change in dates to 2021 in March, the organization confirmed that they haven’t made any decision on the tournament’s name following a tweet seemingly sent out in error.
The tweet read: “CONFIRMED: Although it will provisionally take place from 11 June – 11 July 2021, #UEFAEURO2020 will still be known as UEFA EURO 2020.”
However, just minutes later, the tweet was deleted with another post that reads: “With apologies for the earlier error, to be clear no decision has yet been made on the name of the rearranged EURO to be held in 2021.”
The reason why UEFA hasn’t made a decision seems to be a commercial one since marketing and promotional materials might all be emblazoned with the name EURO 2020 and just a simple change seems too expensive to change the name of the entire tournament.
There is also the idea of multiple cities in Europe hosting the event was to celebrate 60 years since the first European Championships, held in France on only 4 days.
Although the tournament is certainly going ahead in 2021 beyond the control of UEFA, remaining the name Euro 2020 allows them to keep it as a 60-year commemoration of the first Euro in 1960.
The other concern UEFA might have is that renaming the event to Euro 2021 could undermine the women’s counterpart, already been rescheduled to make space for the men’s edition.