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Global Europe 19-07-2021

The Brief – Watch your Olympic (flag) politics

Since their start in 1896, modern-day Olympic Games have rarely been free of politics. The upcoming Tokyo Games, opening on Friday, seem unlikely to break away from that pattern.
Health 12-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – Notti Magiche

After the grand finale, came the mourning after; if you are an England fan, that is.
Health 12-07-2021

Italy erupts in celebration after Euro soccer triumph

Italians poured into streets and squares in massive numbers as the national soccer team beat England to win Euro 2020, celebrating a success widely seen as a rebound from the heartbreak failure of not qualifying for the last World Cup.
Health 09-07-2021

The Brief, powered by UNESDA – Dreams of summer

After four weeks of a European Championship that started with the horror and near tragedy of Danish star Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the pitch, football’s coming home. Or to Rome.
Health 02-07-2021

Italian football fans and sustainability

In the framework of the LIFE TACKLE project, we are not only looking at professionals in the sporting sector (stadium managers, footballers, team owners, etc) but also at those who breathe so much life into football: the fans. FIGC, the...
Health 29-06-2021

EU’s Schinas says UEFA should rethink Wembley final

A top European Commission official has said he has "doubts" about COVID-hit Britain hosting the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final at Wembley and urged UEFA to "analyse" that choice of venue.
Health 23-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Football in the time of COVID

The idea to have a continent-wide Euro 2020 was a romantic idea when it was first proposed in the salubrious days of 2012. But to plough ahead with it in 2021 – as national authorities are scrambling to prevent COVID variants from spreading – smacks of pig-headedness.
Health 16-06-2021

London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam are most eco-friendly sports cities in Europe

A recent Reebok study has ranked the most eco-friendly cities for practising sports, with London, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam coming out on top in Europe, and France trailing behind in 19th  place.
Health 16-06-2021

Social media challenge urges French athletes to be more green

Former rugby player and founder of the Fair Play For Planet label Julien Pierre has launched a challenge to film himself on social networks collecting waste or cycling to the stadium as part of the #FPFP challenge.
Health 10-06-2021

‘Most eco-friendly’ Euro championship to date will see players, fans travel continent

The European football championship starts on Friday (11 June) and teams will face each other in 51 matches in 11 cities across the continent. Despite the travelling, UEFA has pledged that it will be “the most eco-friendly championship to date”. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 07-06-2021

Euro 2020 set to capture continent’s attention but pandemic challenges remain

The Covid-19 pandemic was responsible for its postponement but, with the health situation on the continent gradually improving, the delayed Euro 2020 finally kicks off on Friday (11 June) in Rome.
Health 28-05-2021

Athletes join forces to make sports greener in Europe

Sporting events should be given an environmental red card given the amount of energy they consume and waste they generate. To back the sports world in its ecological transition, athletes got together at a conference organised by the European Surfrider Foundation on Tuesday (25 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 25-05-2021

UEFA director: ‘It is important for us to show leadership in greening football’

Even with its unique pan-European nature and reductions in fan travel due to the pandemic, Euro 2020 would have been the most environmentally conscious Euro tournament yet, says Michele Uva. And Euro 2024 in Germany will be “the most sustainable tournament ever,” he assures.
Health 27-04-2021

French football club FC Metz looks to making its pitch more eco-friendly

At a time when the EU has just raised its climate ambitions, Metz football club, which currently ranks 10th in France's Ligue 1, is trying to curb the heavy carbon footprint that comes with the watering, lighting, and fertilising of football pitches. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 20-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – When greed is not good

The absence of sport, and particularly football, Europe’s favourite game, made last year’s lockdowns to stop the spread of Covid-19 even harder to bear. Since last summer, we have had the eerie spectacle of football without supporters. Lockdown football is...
Health 20-04-2021

Europe reunited against football Super League proposal

From top EU officials to European leaders, UK politicians and bosses of nationalist parties: the universal condemnation against the project of a new football tournament has reunited Europe for once.
Health 08-04-2021

French rally champion commits to planting one tree for every lap win

Three-time French rally champion Yoann Bonato announced in late March that he would commit to planting a tree each time he sets the fastest time 'scratch' during a 'special', of which there are many during a race. As he will be competing in 17 races in the 2021 season, there is a chance for many trees to be planted. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 08-04-2021

VfL Wolfsburg tops new Bundesliga environmental rankings

Football club VfL Wolfsburg is the most environmentally friendly team in the Bundesliga, according to the latest rankings from Sport Positive, an organisation working to rank Europe’s football leagues by environmental commitment.
Health 30-03-2021

Paris 2024 Olympics on course to being world’s first ‘climate-positive’ sporting event

The Olympic Games to be held in Paris in 2024 will be the "first sporting event in the world" to have a positive impact on the climate, according to the Paris 2024 board of directors, which approved its climate strategy in mid-March. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 12-03-2021

Slovak vaccine-induced political crisis and “green” football

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are bringing our international network to Brussels, focusing on Slovakia’s current political situation and how it is affected by the purchase of the Russian Sputnik vaccine
Health 08-03-2021

Football can drive green revolution, French group says

Football might not be seen as the most eco-friendly of sports, but a new report suggests it has the potential to become one of the main drivers of the coming green transition, EURACTIV France reports.
Health 02-03-2021

Toulouse stadium to invest in fight against climate change

The largest stadium in the French city of Toulouse that hosts mostly football and rugby matches announced its partnership last month with Time for the planet, an initiative that allows citizens, investment funds, banks, and companies to invest as little as €1 in the fight against climate change. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

Two-thirds of French sports fans ready to boycott non-eco-friendly events

Sports fans are interested in environmental issues and brands should take such trends into account, according to the new "Meaningful Passions" study. The study also confirmed that about two-thirds of French fans would even boycott an event with no environmental commitment. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 24-02-2021

French association teaches sports clubs to be more environmentally friendly

The French association Match for Green, which aims to make sports more environmentally friendly, started offering training to support sports clubs in their green transition from Monday (22 February). EURACTIV France reports.

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