Meet Skillzy, a larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture.
The official mascot for UEFA EURO 2020 has been unveiled during a spectacular pre-match display in Amsterdam.
Accompanied by two of the world’s leading freestylers, Liv Cooke and Tobias Becs, Skillzy showed off a few moves to the 55,000 crowd ahead of the European Qualifier between the Netherlands and Germany.
Together, they form the UEFA EURO 2020 Mascot Team and will challenge freestylers and football fans in each of the 12 Host Cities to join them via an online competition, Your Move.
“Being able to take the beauty of freestyling, street football and panna to football fans all over Europe is a really special opportunity,” says Liv, an English former world champion and Together #WePlayStrong ambassador.
“Whether it’s playing in the park or on the world stage, whether it is football or freestyling, it’s about expressing yourself with the ball at your feet.”
Your chance to get involved
People from all 12 UEFA EURO 2020 host nations are now invited to follow Liv’s advice and show what they can do: upload a video of skills that best represent your host city and you could bag a role during the finals!
Liv and Tobias will shortlist the entries for a public vote when two people (one male, one female) will be chosen for each of the host cities: Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.
“UEFA EURO 2020 will be one of the biggest sporting events in history, and the involvement of freestyle culture will only enhance it as a spectacle and make sure there is something for everyone,” says Tobias, a former European champion from Norway. “This feels like a really exciting crossover moment.”
The 24 winners will become local UEFA EURO 2020 Freestylers and will get the chance to display their skills at selected events.
To learn more, please visit www.euro2020.com/your-move