European Football Championship: Heidi Beckenbauer carries the European Championship trophy on the opening ceremony | EUROtoday

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Dancers in vibrant costumes have the night European Football Championship in Munich. Heidi Beckenbauer, the widow of Franz Beckenbauer, who died in January, carried the European Championship trophy into the stadium – an emotional second for a lot of followers.

At the opening there have been two massive banners with the phrases Welcome to Germany to see. Pyrotechnics have been additionally set off. The artistic thoughts behind the opening ceremony was Carlos Navarrete-Patiño, who has additionally staged exhibits for the International Olympic Committee, Formula 1 and Cirque du Soleil.

Scholz needs gamers success for the primary match

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) wished the German group each success. “It's finally starting! I wish all fans a good European Championship, exciting games and a great atmosphere in the stands, on the fan mile and in front of the TV. I'll keep my fingers crossed for our boys in the game against Scotland this evening,” wrote Scholz on X.

Follow the opening match of the European Football Championship in our dwell weblog.