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Sunday 18 February 2018

Revealed! Samuel Beckett Bridge adorns Dublin logo for Euro 2020

Ryan Nugent

SOME 160,000 fans are set to flock to the Aviva Stadium generating €50m for the Dublin economy as the FAI launched their rights to host four Euro 2020 matches.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was unveiled as the logo for Dublin as part of Uefa's brand theme of city bridges.

Dublin will be one of 13 different host venues across Europe.

Dublin is set to play host to three group matches and one last 16 clash, with Ireland - if they qualify - understood to be involved in at least two of those.

The FAI and Dublin City Council "collectively wore the green jersey" in winning the bid, according to FAI Chief Executive, John Delaney.

Among guests at the event was Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Sports Minister, Shane Ross and Ireland manager and assistant manager, Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

The Taoiseach said that the reputation of Irish supporters will be there to see for all visitors.

"Others are going to have the opportunity to come to where these fans are from," he said.

The logo features the city's Beckett Bridge as part of UEFA's brand theme of city bridges for this 60th anniversary running of the tournament, which is being hosted across 13 European cities.

FAI CEO John Delaney said that the Dublin brand launch for UEFA EURO 2020 marked a "unique partnership across Football, Government, City Council and more than 20 other agencies and organisations".

"All partners collectively wore the green jersey in winning the bid for these games which we expect will have a significant sporting, tourism and economic benefit for Dublin and Ireland," said Delaney.

"I would like to thank UEFA for awarding us host city status for this famous tournament. The hosting of these games gives us a great opportunity to grow football - particularly Street and Community football - and I am delighted that Robbie Keane has agreed to lend his support to leave a strong football legacy for the next generation.

"Also, I would like to wish Dundalk the very best of luck in their UEFA Europa League game against AZ Alkmaar tonight. Stephen Kenny's team have been terrific ambassadors for Irish football and I hope that they can progress further in the competition."

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was chosen as Dublin's host city logo. The bridge features as a universal symbol of connection and unity, which inspired the logo for the UEFA 2020 brand, which features the Henri Delaunay Trophy at the centre, surrounded by celebrating supporters. The tournament brand concept connects bridges of all 13 host cities.

The 12 other host cities for UEFA EURO 2020 are: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bilbao (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), St Petersburg (Russia)

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