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Euro 2020 is taking place between June 11 and July 11, 2021, after being delayed for one year because of the pandemic. The Euros are the second most-watched football tournament in the world. The tournament is between European countries. This means that some of the best players and best teams in the world are playing at the Euros. 300 million people watched the Euro 2016 final; however, it is still smaller in popularity than the Fifa World Cup. 1.12 billion people watched the 2018 World Cup final.

During the tournament, players and managers have to give interviews before games. At the interviews, there are sponsor names on the wall and sometimes sponsor drinks in front of the players. Cristiano Ronaldo went viral when he moved the Coca-Cola bottles that were in front of him. He held up his water and told people to drink that instead of Coca-Cola. This started a trend where other players started moving the drinks too. Paul Pogba, who plays for France, was in an interview when there was a beer bottle featured on the table in front of the camera. Pogba does not drink alcohol for religious reasons and moved the beer off the table so he wasn’t advertising it. Ronaldo and Pogba’s actions led to other players removing the drinks in front of them as well. It also led the Russian manager to drink the Coca-Cola on the table during his interview in jest. The players promoting drinking water instead of soda became popular online. The videos went viral and people seemed to appreciate the players promoting healthier drinking habits. Although, this has now caused UEFA to warn the players.

UEFA is the organiser of European football. They plan and host the Euros and other football tournaments like the Champions League. UEFA has said that players who move drinks could be fined. They say that removing the drinks breaks the contract that UEFA and the players have with the sponsors. It isn’t clear if the sponsors are actually angry about the situation. Some people believe that this gets more advertising for the drinks that are removed because the videos have been going viral. Regardless, players could be punished if they remove the drinks without a good reason. UEFA said that Pogba removing the drink for religious reasons is okay but players removing drinks because they don’t like them is not. UEFA hasn’t fined any players or teams yet. Eyes will be on players like Ronaldo at their next interviews to see whether they continue to remove the drinks.

Difficult Words

Sponsor (n/v): A person or company who helps pay for a sporting or artistic event.

Trend (n/v): A popular or common action.

Feature (n/v): Given extra attention.

Jest (n/v): To do or say something for amusement, as a joke.

Regardless (adv): Without considering something else, despite.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. SponsorA. Given attention.
 2. TrendB. Joke
 3. FeatureC. Despite
 4. JestD. Supporter
 5. RegardlessE. Popular

True or False?

  1. The Euros is a famous baseball tournament. T / F

2. The Euros is not as popular as the Fifa World Cup. T / F

3. It is not common for football players to give interviews. T / F

4. Cristiano Ronaldo is a big supporter of Coca-cola. T / F

5. UEFA said players could be fined if they remove drinks from interviews. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. tournament / are / football / the / most-watched / The Euros / second

2. on / the / names / At / there / the interviews, / sponsor / wall / are

3. alcohol / does / Pogba / religious / reasons / drink / for / not

4. to / manager / the Coca-Cola / led / It / drink / also / the Russian

5. that removing / say / drinks / breaks / They / the contract / the

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

PromotingRemovingInterviews
BetweenPopularityContract

Euro 2020 is taking place (1)______________ June 11 and July 11, 2021, after being delayed for one year because of the pandemic. The Euros are the second most-watched football tournament in the world. The tournament is between European countries. This means that some of the best players and best teams in the world are playing at the Euros. 300 million people watched the Euro 2016 final; however, it is still smaller in (2)_____________ than the Fifa World Cup. 1.12 billion people watched the 2018 World Cup final.

During the tournament, players and managers have to give (3)_____________ before games. At the interviews, there are sponsor names on the wall and sometimes sponsor drinks in front of the players. Cristiano Ronaldo went viral when he moved the Coca-Cola bottles that were in front of him. He held up his water and told people to drink that instead of Coca-Cola. This started a trend where other players started moving the drinks too. Paul Pogba, who plays for France, was in an interview when there was a beer bottle featured on the table in front of the camera. Pogba does not drink alcohol for religious reasons and moved the beer off the table so he wasn’t advertising it. Ronaldo and Pogba’s actions led to other players removing the drinks in front of them as well. It also led the Russian manager to drink the Coca-Cola on the table during his interview in jest. The players (4)_____________ drinking water instead of soda became popular online. The videos went viral and people seemed to appreciate the players promoting healthier drinking habits. Although, this has now caused UEFA to warn the players.

UEFA is the organiser of European football. They plan and host the Euros and other football tournaments like the Champions League. UEFA has said that players who move drinks could be fined. They say that removing the drinks breaks the (5)___________ that UEFA and the players have with the sponsors. It isn’t clear if the sponsors are actually angry about the situation. Some people believe that this gets more advertising for the drinks that are removed because the videos have been going viral. Regardless, players could be punished if they remove the drinks without a good reason. UEFA said that Pogba (6)_____________ the drink for religious reasons is okay but players removing drinks because they don’t like them is not. UEFA hasn’t fined any players or teams yet. Eyes will be on players like Ronaldo at their next interviews to see whether they continue to remove the drinks.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is football popular in your country?
5. Have you been watching Euro 2020?
6. What do you think about players removing the drinks?
7. Do you think removing the drinks is damaging to the brands?
8. What do you think about the idea that players removing the drinks is actually better advertising for the companies?
9. Is soda or water more popular in your country?
10. Should UEFA fine the players if they continue to do this?
11. Is it better for players to be promoting healthy lifestyles instead of the sponsors?
12. Do you drink enough water?
13. Do you think the companies involved in this will be as angry as UEFA is?
14. What’s the most popular sporting event in your country?
15. What sport is your country best at?
16. Should Euro 2020 have been cancelled again because of COVID?
17. What do you think about spectators being allowed at Euro 2020 games?
18. Are spectators allowed at sports events in your country?
19. If Euro 2020 is held safely do you think other sports events will return to normal soon?
20. Should UEFA work with healthier sponsors in the future?