The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means it’s likely to be quite some time before football returns.
All leagues in England have been suspended, as have the Champions League and Europa League. The vast majority of leagues across the world have also been suspended until further notice as the world tackles this crisis.
This summer’s European Championships, meanwhile, have been pushed back to next summer.
While health obviously takes priority above everything else, every fan is missing football right now. Life just isn’t the same without it.
However, ITV have just revealed some fantastic news to put some smiles on the faces of British football fans.
From May, ITV will show all 31 games from Euro ’96 - a much-loved major tournament which featured a host of classic moments and left many of us with unforgettable memories.
Gazza’s goal against Scotland, England hammering the Netherlands 4-1, Three Lions becoming the soundtrack of an entire nation. Heady days.
In a statement, ITV confirmed: “With Euro 2020 postponed for twelve months, the ITV Hub has raided its archives to provide football fans with a slice of sports nostalgia as the platform unearths every match from Euro 96.
“Airing from May, ITV Hub takes a trip down sporting memory lane and will air all 31 games from one of the most closely contested tournaments in recent history.
“In addition, ITV4 will also play out the five games that featured the England football team in some of their most memorable head to heads, as well as the final between Germany and the Czech Republic.
“Football fans will be able to relive the drama from the epic summer of ’96, during which host nation England fought to bring the trophy back home, with a squad made up of sporting legends Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Paul Gascoigne, Sol Campbell and Teddy Sheringham.
“1996 was the last time England reached the semifinals of the European Championships and remains fondly remembered thanks to Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds’ chart-topping anthem Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home).”
Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV added: “Nothing brings the country together like Euro fever, and with this year’s tournament postponed to 2021, we’re giving our audience a chance to relive one of the all-time great sporting events, Euro ’96.
Thanks to the ITV Hub and ITV4, there’ll be no shortage of vintage football classics for fans to indulge in over the next few months.”
Tell all your mates to get involved!
We cannot wait.
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