The Henri Delaunay Trophy tour in Russia kicked off in St. Petersburg on Saturday. The trophy will go to the UEFA Euro Cup winner. It was first awarded to the USSR team in 1960.
The Trophy's exhibition tour in Russia proceeded along St. Petersburg rivers and canals with stops at different points. Everyone willing was able to take a photo of themselves with the trophy.
On Saturday, Saint Petersburg Stadium was the first stop on the Henri Delaunay Trophy's tour, as reported by the press service of the UEFA EURO 2020 Local Organizing Committee in St. Petersburg. Young people from the city's social facilities who are taken charge of by the Stars for Children and 47 in Game Foundations, saw a presentation on the trophy. The children had a meeting with St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov, EURO 2020 Local Organizing Committee general director Alexei Sorokin and European champion David Trezeguet.
"This is my fifth visit to beautiful St. Petersburg. I know that everyone is ready to hold a wonderful Euro Cup," said David Trezeguet. "I hope Russia will remember the emotions it will feel during Euro 2020. I congratulate Russia and St. Petersburg on allowing 50 percent of the seating capacity to be filled."
Afterwards the Trophy was part of the music and dance show, "The EURO Constellation" at the Mariinsky Theater. Boris Eifman Dance Academy students, FC Zenit Academy footballers, ballet company soloists, the French national team ex-forward David Trezeguet, and principal dancer Viktoria Teryoshkina were on stage at the Mariinsky Theater.
The Trophy's boat trip across the city included doctors and medical workers who had been fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The next stop was at the Apartment No. 60 museum installation after which the cup was taken to Football Park on Zayachy Island.
"The Cup is in St. Petersburg which means the tournament is about to start," EURO 2020 Local Organizing Committee general director Alexei Sorokin said. "The city has several venues to watch the matches, and the Government has allowed foreigners to visit St. Petersburg, which is a key city, along with London. Seven games will be played here."
An equal opportunities match was held at Football Park. Children with mental disabilities walked out onto the pitch with famous athletes, businesspeople and representatives of public organizations. David Trezeguet had the first kick in this unifying game while Irina Tereshchenko was the referee.
On Monday, May 24, the UEFA EURO 2020 Trophy will be on display for Moscow football fans. The exhibit in the capital will be hosted by Gorky Park until 11 pm.