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VOLUME 8 ISSUE 2 – Select the Winner

Some say watching a high-end soccer match is watching 22 millionaires ruining a perfect grass pitch. For many others, it is what they have been eagerly waiting for, for a long time, and in the case of the UEFA Euro 2020 soccer tournament, for five years. From 11 June to 11 July 2021, the tournament will finally take place, after it was postponed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This time not in one, but in 12 European countries, where 24 nations compete against each other. Portugal will seek to defend its crown but will face stiff competition from a wide-open field, including World Cup champions, France.

As all eyes will be on the ball, rolling on perfectly kept grass pitches, it is a great opportunity to dive into the challenges of breeding the best grass varieties for sports matches. European Seed asked several sports grass breeders about their goals and challenges towards breeding ever better grass varieties that can withstand the wear and tear of highly combative players. At the same time, we reached out to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to get their take on how best to maintain a good grass pitch.

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