A lot of cameras are in play when the EURO2020 final is to be decided on Sunday. All feeds are produced from the UEFA International Broadcast Center - IBC - in the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. And as en extra bonus we also tell you the story about a very long fiber cable from Baku...
Yes, in fact, the semi-finals are covered in an almost identical way when the winner has to be found by the one year delayed end of the European Football Championship. The area in the Netherlands occupies four football pitches, an area of almost 26,000 m2 and due to the pandemic, smaller ‘hubs’ have also been located in London and the Swiss Nyon, with tasks such as editorial content production and quality control of the images produced.
As many as eighteen feeds from different cameras and angles are supplied to IBC. Among these 18 is also the so-called ‘world feed’, which was heavily criticized during the Christian Eriksen collapse. This is where BBC among others continued to show the Danish football star's fight for life, in the form of a life-saving rescue from the Danish medical team. Those pictures were produced from the socalled 'world feed' or as it's called officially; 'Live Stadium Feed'. Since it is estimated that at least 100 million have been tuned in to each match, it was a bit of a slat that got these traumatic images directly into the 'box' the previous evening in June. It just shows what – also – required by the production team when things go fast during a live event.
For the actual TV coverage here in the final phase of EURO2020, ie the imminent final, with Italy as one party, as well as the remaining matches, which only constitutes semi final 2, ie Denmark's semi-final on Wednesday against England, be set up four 'pitch-view' studios, ie areas with a view of Wembley's unique football pitch. In these pitch studios, experts will have to be wise before, during and after the match, while as many as 130 commentators will be ready for the crucial match, on Sunday 11 June at 9 pm. A match that is expected to be seen in the area of 300 million viewers.
40 cameras per match
And in order for that not to be enough, UEFA's football production has cost itself well over the 40 cameras in the stadium here in the final phase, which will thus form the basis for the 18 feeds. Last but not least, there has been a direct fiber connection between UEFA's international broadcast center and Baku, where the Danes just celebrated great triumphs against the Czech Republic. The cable is mastodon long 6,500 kilometers. A bit of a distance for ordinary football geeks who possibly thought everything was broadcast via satellite these days.
In other words, the really big guns have been in the production line during this edition of the European Football Championship - and it has been an impressive TV production from start to finish, we report in football dexterity, from here footballogy.net's editorial office in Copenhagen. Possibly slightly colored by Denmark's, great success during EURO2020.