This was going to be a huge summer for sport. We would have had the typical excitement of the GAA championships, with Ireland's quest for medals at the Olympics in Tokyo was also set to grip the nation.
However, no event would have got more attention in this part of the world than Euro 2020. While some of that may have been dependant on Ireland's ability to actually qualify for the finals, a major tournament being held on Irish soil for the first time would have been a massive deal.
The Aviva Stadium was set to host four fixtures, three group games and a last-16 tie. Ireland would have played in two of those had they qualified, while England were also likely to be playing in that knockout game, possibly against Germany.
The event has now been pushed back until 2021, meaning Irish football fans will have to wait a year before seeing a major tournament in Dublin. Until then, this is the closest we will get.
The Euro 2020 video game has been made available to download today. An add-on to Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, it is free to download.
We are delighted to announce that the postponed UEFA EURO 2020 content is coming to #eFootballPES2020 on Thursday 4th June featuring all 55 participating UEFA National teams, 2 brand new Stadiums and more! 👀🌟 #PlayingIsBelieving pic.twitter.com/7Th57QGrKA
— eFootball PES (from 🏠) (@officialpes) May 18, 2020
All 55 UEFA members will be available to use in the game, meaning you can finally take Gibraltar all the way to European domination if you're feeling up to it.
The add-on includes:
・ Official UEFA EURO 2020™ license added along with several new cinematics and animations
・ New stadiums, including Wembley Stadium and Gazprom Arena
・ UEFA EURO 2020™ added to Cup Mode
・ UEFA EURO 2020™ added to Master League and Become a Legend
・ UEFA EURO 2020™ added to Local Match mode
・ Official UEFA EURO 2020™ match ball added
Here at Balls, we will be attempting to lead Ireland to glory over the next week or so, so keep an eye out for those videos on Facebook every night at 8pm.
You will have to own PES 2020 in order to download the add-on, but we have some good news for you on that front.
The game is currently available to download for just €5.99 on the PlayStation Store, meaning you really have no excuse.