Henrik Larsson becomes Euro 2020 ambassador

By Hamish Carton

September 6, 2019

Former Celtic legend Henrik Larsson has been given a major UEFA honour by being named as an ambassador for Euro 2020.

Next summer’s tournament will be held across 13 European cities, as a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the competition. Unlike Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, Sweden weren’t successful with a bid to be one of the cities.

They wanted to host some matches at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, where Celtic visited last week. However, their disappointment at not making the cut may be tempered slightly by the news of Larsson’s appointment.

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The former Celtic hero will be one of the 48 ambassadors, UEFA announced on their website.

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They describe Larsson as a “Celtic strike legend who set up two in Barcelona’s 2006 UEFA Champions League final win.” A vague description that doesn’t nearly do the great man justice.

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Larsson is joined by some more familiar faces on Euro 2020 list

The Swede isn’t the only notable name on the lengthy list. His Seville foe Victor Baia is one of Portugal’s ambassadors while Alan Shearer and Michael Owen also made the cut.

Hopefully there are a fair few Celtic players playing in the tournament next summer. The Scottish contingent – featuring the likes of James Forrest and Ryan Christie – will fancy their chances of making it to the 24-team finals while Kristoffer Ajer’s Norway and Marian Shved’s Ukraine are also in with a shout.