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Other serious historical incidents that never forced to postpone a Eurocup

first_img1992: War leaves Yugoslavia outThe Yugoslavia team had a powerful team in the early 1990s. Their hopes were largely based on the generation that had conquered the 1987 U-20 World Cup with footballers such as Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban, Pedrag Mijatovic, Davor Suker, Branko Brnovic and Igor Stimac. Everyone by 1991 had matured and joined other talents such as Darko Pancev, Dejan Savicevic, and Sinisa Mihailovic.Based on Red Star, Yugoslavia completed a brilliant qualifying phase for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden. In Group 4, alongside Denmark, Northern Ireland, Austria and the Faroe Islands, they won seven games and lost one to become the team. highest scorer with 24 goals. Nevertheless, that generation of great soccer players could not participate in the tournament.In 1990, conflicts between the various republics that formed Yugoslavia made the outbreak of a war practically inevitable, which finally began in 1991 with the brief conflict in Slovenia that gave way to the war in Croatia and its extension to Bosnia. The UN intervened and on May 30, 1992 issued resolution 757 in which, among other opinions, it sanctioned the Yugoslav government by preventing the participation of its athletes in international competitions.The Euro Cup, which was to start on June 10, condemned Yugoslavia, which was already concentrated to participate in the tournament. His replacement, Denmark, was summoned urgently and many of his players were on vacation. Interestingly, he won the Swedish Euro Cup after beating Germany in the final.1996: The Manchester Terrorist AttackThe 1996 European Championship in England was marked by the terrorist attack in Manchester during the first phase. At 11:17 a.m. on June 15, an IRA-placed bomb van exploded on Corporation Street, wrecking the city’s shopping center. There were no fatalities, but 211 were injured.It was a severe blow to England, which two years earlier had achieved a ceasefire to end terrorist activity. As a result of the attack, the Russia-Germany that had to take place that afternoon in Old Trafford was postponed and security was multiplied to avoid another catastrophe. Finally, the match was played the following day with a 3-0 victory for Germany with goals by Mattias Sammer and a double by Jürgen Klinsmann. The German team qualified for the quarterfinals and Russia was eliminated.2014: Incidents of Serbia-Albania in the classificationIn the qualifying phase for the 2016 European Championship in France, the match between Serbia and Albania had to be suspended due to incidents that caused a drone with the “Greater Albania” flag to erupt while the clash was taking place.At 41 minutes, the English referee Martin Atkinson and the players retired to the locker room after the appearance of the drone with the flag over the Partizán stadium that caused outrage from the spectators. The Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic picked up the flag to lower the apparatus and was pushed by several Albanian players that caused a tangana on the field, the launch of firecrackers and flares and an attempted field invasion.Atkinson finally decreed the suspension of the party, which was considered of maximum risk due to the enmity between the fans of Serbia and Albania for the conflict in Kosovo, an ancient Serbian province populated mostly by Albanians that became unilaterally independent in 2008. After the incident, UEFA sanctioned Serbia with three points and playing two games behind closed doors while their rival was sentenced to lose that match 3-0. The postponement of Euro 2020 due to the coronavirus is not the only shock that a competition has suffered throughout a history that began on September 28, 1958 with a match that the Soviet Union won 3-1 against Hungary.Since then and until today, the Euro Cup, both in its finals and qualifying phases, has suffered five serious incidents that have never, as UEFA decided on Tuesday, caused the tournament to be suspended.1960: Franco prohibits Spain from traveling to Russia for the semifinalsIn the 1960 Euro Cup, called the Nations Cup, Spain lost a great opportunity to win the trophy. The team then led by Ramón Gabilondo was one of the favorites of the competition. With names like Luis Suárez (Golden Ball that year), Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Antonio Ramallets, Fernando Olivella or Ladislao Kubala, he had many ballots to take the victory.In the first round, he razed Poland. He won 2-4 in the first leg with doublets by Luis Suárez and Di Stéfano and 3-0 in the return, with the successes of Enrique Gensana, Gento and, again, Di Stéfano. In the quarterfinals, the Soviet Union awaited, which eliminated Hungary. Nevertheless, Franco’s decision, in a tense political climate, not to face the Soviet cadre and, above all, to prohibit them from entering Spanish territory, prevented Spain from winning its first title.The slightest option of falling defeated in the communist country was not liked by Spanish politicians, who were also not willing for any Soviet to step on Spain. In the end, UEFA decreed the expulsion of Spain from the Euro Cup and the classification of the Soviet Union, then champion, for the next phase. In 1964, curiously, Spain played against the Soviet Union and won its first Eurocup at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.1964: The Albania-Greece war and organizing SpainThe 1964 edition was marked by two moments. The first with the declaration of Spain as organizer of the final phase to avoid a repetition of the events of 1960, when it refused to confront the Soviet Union causing its automatic elimination. In this way, he could play the games at home, with the only condition that the USSR could tread on Spanish territory. José Villalonga’s team eliminated Romania, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Hungary and, in the final, beat the Soviet team to win the title.The second with the pairing of Albania and Greece in the preliminary phase. That edition, like the one in 1960, was not spared political problems. The draw revealed that Albania and Greece had to face each other, on Hellenic soil on June 21, 1962 and in Tirana on March 31, 1963. Neither party came to be held because Greece withdrew.The relations of both countries were always complicated. The border between the two is over the historical region of Epirus, the object of dispute between both states. In 1913, northern Epirus with a Hellenic ethnic minority became part of Albania. The south, with Albanian communities, was left for Greece.World War II distanced the link between the two countries. Albania, occupied by Italy, served as a bridge to attack Greece, which stopped the transalpine army. Germany helped its ally and finally caused the fall of Athens until 1944, when Hitler’s troops left the Hellenic country. After the conflict, Greece suffered a civil war that was won by Pro-NATO forces, which claimed the northern territory of Epirus and expelled the southern Albanian population accused of collaborating with the Italian-German occupation regime.The state of war started in 1940 was maintained during the following decades and it was this conflict that motivated Greece not to play in 1962 and 1963 against Albania, which went on to the next round due to the withdrawal of its rival to be eliminated by Denmark.last_img read more