Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli is a football fan we all know. He took to Twitter to show his support for Germany for UEFA Euro Cup 2016. The tournament kicks off later on Friday night. Billed as the biggest tourney outside the World Cup, it is expected to set the pulses racing. After a gruelling qualifying campaign, Euro 2016 gets underway with Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the continent’s biggest stars descending on France having to fend off minnows aiming to make their presence felt. (Also see: UEFA Euro 2016 Fixtures & Time Table)
This will be the first 24-team European Championship, a month-long marathon, a far cry from the eight-nation event when France with Michel Platini were last hosts in 1984. France launch the tournament with a Group A game against Romania on Friday. Les Bleus remain the last host country to lift the trophy — named after a Frenchman, Henri Delaunay — and also winning the World Cup as hosts in 1998, when Didier Deschamps was the captain.
Now he is the coach of a side looking to lift the spirits of a nation beset by social unrest and fears of a repeat of the Paris attacks last November. The tension has made some players nervous however.
“I would like to concentrate fully on football during the Euro, and I would feel much better if my family is not sitting in the stadium,” said Germany’s Jerome Boateng, who has told his wife and children to stay away from the country in case of an attack. Here is hoping for great action. (With agency inputs)