The four matches hosted at Puskás Arena have turned Budapest into an emblematic site of the European Football Championships. With the carnival-like marches of fans, and a full stadium reminiscent of pre-pandemic football games, a special football celebration emerged in the Hungarian capital.
The Netherlands-Czech Republic match on Sunday concluded the games organized in the Hungarian capital. The Hungarian national eleven played their first game in Budapest with team Portugal on June 15th, followed by a match with the French squad on June 19th. The third match in Puskás Arena was the Portugal-France encounter on June 23rd.
Those who supported their national teams in Puskás Arena, regardless for whom they cheered, could experience a fantastic atmosphere at the only venue of the tournament that operated at full capacity. Playing in front of tens of thousands of fans surely gave a special feeling and determination to the footballers of each team. Portugal football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, expressed his joy over being able to play in a stadium full of fans.
The official fan zone of the tournament, next to Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park, has also been a popular spot, where hundreds of supporters gathered in front of the screens for each match. Although Puskás Arena won’t host any more games, the fan zone will welcome football fans until the end of the championships.
As the Euro 2020 games in Budapest have come to an end, we have collected some photos that reflect the atmosphere of the matches organized in the Hungarian capital.
The Hungarian supporters march to the first domestic EC match in Puskás Arena, the Hungary-Portugal game on June 15th. Photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI
Hungarian fans on Dózsa György Road, marching towards Puskás Arena. Photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI
Tens of thousands of Hungarian football fans filled Puskás Aréna at the Hungary-Portugal game. Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI
Hungarian fans in the official fan zone in City Park during the Hungary-Portugal game. Photo: Zoltán Balogh/MTI
Hungarian fans on the way to the Hungary-France match in Puskás Arena on June 19th. Photo: Zoltán Máthé/MTI
The Hungarian team greets the fans in Puskás Arena prior to the match with team France. Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI
Supporters holding up Hungarian national flags at the Hungary-France game in Puskás Arena. Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI
Attila Fiola’s goal at the Hungary-France game, with thousands of fans cheering in the background. Photo: Tibor Illyés/MTI
Hungarian players and fans overjoyed by the first goal of the Hungary-France match, shot by Attila Fiola. Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI
Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal at the Portugal-France match in Puskás Arena on June 23rd. Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI
Dutch supporters gathering in Heroes’ Square prior to the Netherlands-Czech Republic game. Photo: Balázs Mohai /MTI
Excited Dutch fans before the match against Czech Rep. Photo by Balázs Mohai/MTI
Dutch fans in Puskás Arena. Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI
Dutch fans in Puskás Arena. Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI
Supporters of the Czech team in Puskás Arena. Photo: Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI
Tomás Koubek, Czech goalkeeper (on the right), and his teammate, Vladimír Coufal (on the left) celebrating their victory holding the national flag of the Czech Republic, after having beaten the Dutch team 2-0. Photo: Tamás Kovács/MTI
Hungarian supporters in the fan zone. Photo by Zoltán Balogh/MTI
Featured photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI