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Fans at European Championship 2024: ‘Everyone is having a good time’

Image source, Ross Hamilton

Image caption, Ross Hamilton (right) met ex-Scottish international player and coach Gary McAllister while in Germany

  • Author, Shivani Chaudhari
  • Role, BBC News, Essex

Euro 2024 is already in full swing in Germany, with hundreds of thousands of football fans in the country set to enjoy the tournament. Three sets of fans from Essex have spoken about the lengths they went to to catch the action live.

‘Everyone had a good time’

Image caption, Noah Byron, Tom Noonan, Samuel Adams and Tom Free drove to Germany on Saturday and will return later after England play Denmark

Mr Free, 24, who was driving the car, said they had spent about four years traveling around Europe watching England play to build up loyalty points and qualify for tickets.

Previous matches have included trips to Poland, Italy and San Marino and the friends will remain in Germany until England’s match against Denmark later.

“The atmosphere was really good,” he said.

Mr Free estimated the trip cost around £800 each.

Samuel Adams, 26, a financial analyst, said: “It was really good. Everyone had a good time.”

‘A good way to reconnect with my country’

Image source, Ross Hamilton

Image caption, Ross Hamilton will travel to Germany every time Scotland plays in the European Championship

Football fan Ross Hamilton has used annual leave to fly to matches in Scotland.

“We haven’t done justice to ourselves, but we are eternal optimists,” he said.

The insurance worker, who has lived in Colchester for the past 11 years, said: “It’s a good way to reconnect with my country, that’s why I travel.”

‘Looking at two countries that I don’t support’

Image source, Liam Wilson

Image caption, Jack Pittman and his father Andrew traveled to Berlin to watch the match

“I traveled to another country to look at two countries that I do not support,” he said.

“I’m glad I went to watch a match of the 2024 European Championship.”

He traveled to Berlin with his father Andrew and childhood friend Liam Wilson.

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