There is a reasonable argument that this year’s European soccer championship should not be happening. Like the Tokyo Olympics, the tournament is a holdover from last summer, when it was called off because of the pandemic. But it’s not as if the coronavirus has vanished, obligingly, from the scene. On July 1st, the World Health Organization reported a ten-per-cent increase in cases across Europe in the previous week, seeded, at least partly, by people going to stadiums and bars. In the United Kingdom, where the tournament’s semifinals and final will take place, a third wave of the virus, powered by the Delta variant, is potentially on its way: more than twenty-six thousand cases were recorded on June 30th, sixty per cent more than the week before. Hospitalizations remain low, but have also increased by more than fifty per cent in England in the same period. Germany’s Interior Minister has called the gathering of large, beer-drinking, anthem-singing crowds across the continent “utterly irresponsible,” and the Prime Minister of Italy, whose team has performed strongly so far, has suggested that the final should be moved from London to Rome.