Euro 2020 finally kicked off over the weekend.
It’s been a long time coming, but after a year of postponement due to the pandemic, European football’s flagship tournament got underway over the weekend, and will play right through to 11 July.
24 countries are battling it out for the trophy at the highly-anticipated tournament, including three UK home nations – England, Scotland, and Wales.
The tournament’s first match saw Italy secure a win over Turkey on Friday, but for many Mancunians and football fans up and down the country, all eyes were set on Sunday when England would face the team that knocked them out of the World Cup in 2018.
Gareth Southgate’s squad faced Croatia in their first match at Wembley Stadium, securing an impressive 1-0 win to kick-start what is hoped to be a special summer.
The sun was shining, the temperatures soaring – and fans celebrated in style.
While we’re all holding onto the hope that football could actually be coming home this year, for many in our region, it quite literally already has as they decked their gardens out especially for the occasion.
Manchester is a city that’s obsessed with football and it’s understandable that people would be going all out for Euro 2020, so we took to Facebook to ask our loyal audience to send us the best pictures of your garden setups ready for the match on Sunday – and that’s exactly want you did.
We received hundreds of comments, but here’s some of our favourites.
How brilliant are all of these?
As mentioned, we received over 200 comments on our post that were filled with photographs and videos from the special day, but we had to pick just a handful to feature in this article as we unfortunately couldn’t include them all.
If you’re keen to check out the rest of everyone’s handy work though, head on over to the post on Facebook here to see more.
Ready to do it all again when England face Scotland on Friday?