UEFA producer Fareham backs England’s success ahead of quarter-final



Most of us will be watching the game from the pub or the comfort of our sofas – but Dan Almond, born and raised in Fareham, will be at the pitch for the game.

The 53-year-old has been an independent producer for 20 years and is currently working with UEFA during the tournament.

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Dan Almond, 53, works as a producer for UEFA at Euro 2020 tournament

He was able to watch the first game of Euro 2020 when Italy beat Turkey 3-0, and that game will be the second he watches this tournament.

“For me, Pompey always comes before England,” Dan said.

“But I’m happy to see our team win tomorrow night, I hope. I am truly privileged to be in this position and to be paid to do something that I love.

“The Stadio Olimpico won’t be near full capacity – probably only about a third – but the atmosphere will still be absolutely amazing.”

After moving to Italy five years ago, Dan and his wife Prue also run a bed and breakfast in Ambrogio, called Via Bruno Rossi 23.

He said: “It’s my third Euro now – I also covered the 2012 and 2016 competitions.

“I’ve done so many things for UEFA here. I’m working on a feature film called Host City, where we talk to English and Ukrainian fans – and I’ve been touring with the Italian national team.

“We also worked on the opening ceremony, so I had the chance to meet Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta.”

When not following Portsmouth FC, Dan is a fan of SPAL, a Serie B team based in the Emilia Romagna region.

Dan believes that if England can beat Ukraine, they can beat the Czech Republic or Denmark in the semi-finals.

But when asked if he thought it was “coming home,” the independent producer was a little more cautious.

He said: “To be honest my money is on Belgium to win it all.

“But I live in Italy and grew up in England, so if any of these teams win, I’ll be happy too.”

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