The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all the football fans around the world in some way or another. To mention one, maybe the most highly anticipated summer tournament, Euro 2020, has been postponed to next year.
As a result of this, some of the players coming toward the end of their careers could miss out on the chance to showcase their talent for one last time. Unfortunately, Croatia’s midfield maestro Luka Modric could be one of those to miss Euro 2020.
Although this decision might seem as very disappointing for many, it might mean good news for certain individuals. In fact, some top players who were set to miss out are now back in contention for a place in their respective national teams.
Harry Kane – England
England captain Harry Kane is among those ‘happy’ with this delay. The Spurs striker had set his mind to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Euro 2020. But now he’ll surely have the necessary time to complete his recovery properly and be ready for the new season.
In some way, this is also good news for the Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate. With most of his attacking players either out injured or out of form, this gap year will surely give him an advantage.
UEFA Women’s Euro 2021
With women’s football looking to gain popularity year by year, the postponement of Euro 2020 could be seen as bad news. The European tournament is scheduled for July of next year. However, this happens to be within the same period when the men’s Euros are set to be played.
The sport would have had a summer of their own during which there could have been a significant spike in popularity. But now this opportunity has been lost. As a result, many managerial positions could be uncertain especially those whose current contract is about to expire.
Future stars of European football
While some veteran football stars might be ageing by another year, for some rising talents this delay is surely an advantage. They will have another year of experience until the start of the European Championships.
The prime example for this is Norwegian superstar Erling Braut Håland, who is just 19 years old. Others include the striker’s conational Martin Ødegaard, England star Jadon Sancho and Italy talent Nicolo Zaniolo.