UEFA EURO 2020

Euro 2020 will get finally underway on the 11th June 2021. After a delay of one day short of a year, fans, players and punters will no doubt be chomping at the bit. This will be the first-ever “nomadic” major football tournament in which 11 cities in 11 countries around Europe will host games. If things go to plan, this will be the perfect antidote to what has been a tough 18 months for so many people around the globe.

The stadiums may not be full but the host cities will do everything they can to make this a true festival of football and a summer to remember. Read on as we explain everything you need to know about the tournament. This includes information on the Euro 2020 schedule, which grounds will host matches and how to get hold of Euro 2020 tickets.


When will the Euro 2020 Championship begin?

The tournament starts on 11th June 2021 so you might wonder why it isn’t being known as UEFA EURO 2021. The official explanation is that the original name was kept “to honour the event’s original vision.” Call us cynical but we rather suspect that the tournament sponsors, hosts, merchandise manufacturers and organisers did not want to create a lot of extra work and expense by changing the name to Euro 2021. They certainly didn’t want to have to discard all the branded Euro 2020 goods that had already been created.

Whatever the reason for the name not changing, the four-yearly continental football feast was originally due to kick-off on the 12th June 2020. It was obviously not possible to host it then and so on the 17th March 2020, UEFA held a videoconference with its 55 members and announced the tournament would be delayed by a year. The big kick-off is just around the corner now and the first game of the tournament will see Italy host Turkey in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico.


Which are the host stadiums and cities of UEFA EURO 2020?

At the time of writing there remains some doubt as to whether all the host cities will be able to fulfil their obligations. However, with a little luck, the following 11 cities and stadiums will welcome Euro 2020 teams this summer.

Wembley Stadium (London)

Wembley in the English capital will host games in Group D as well as a Group A v Group C last 16 clash. The 90,000 capacity venue, built between 2003 and 2007, will also host both semi finals and the final, with English fans dreaming of finally ending the long wait for glory.

Allianz Arena (Munich)

The Allianz Arena, normally home to Bayern Munich, will host games in the groups, as well as a quarter final. Germany’s Group F matches against current world champions France, defending European champions Portugal and a decent Hungary outfit will be played at the 75,000 capacity stadium (though the capacity is only 70,000 for international games).

Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

As said, Rome is hosting the first game of Euro 2020 and the Stadio Olimpico will also be the venue for Italy’s games with Switzerland and Wales in Group A. Home to Lazio and Roma, the famous old stadium also hosted the 1990 World Cup final between West Germany and Argentina.

La Cartuja (Sevilla)

The 1999 La Cartuja is situated in Seville, Spain and is home to the local football club. It’s a multi-purpose facility that can accommodate up to 60,000 people. It’s one of the stadiums that tried to host the Summer Olympics in 2004 and in 2008 but failed both times. Finally, La Cartuja will shine in a big event, such as Euro 2021.

Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam)

This stadium – another named after a legend – hosts Netherlands’ three Group C clashes and a match from the last 16. In Euro 2000 it did not bring much luck for the hosts, however. Although they beat the Czechs and France in the groups, they were eliminated on penalties by Italy in the semis.

Parken Stadium (Copenhagen)

Our final 2020 venue is in Demark and will see that nation’s games with Finland, Belgium and Russia in Group B. With a capacity under 40,000, this is by some distance the smallest stadium being used at Euro 2020. But there is little doubt the Danes will make the atmosphere feel like there are many more inside the ground.

Hampden Park (Glasgow)

Scotland’s national stadium is situated in the misleadingly beautiful-sounding Mount Florida area of the city. It has a capacity of just under 52,000 these days; this is some way down on the estimated 149,547 who saw Scotland play England back in 1937. However, the famous Hampden Roar may be enough to see the Scots escape from their group. Scotland play Croatia and Czech Republic, with Croatia versus Czech Republic, and a Round of 16 clash also featuring here.

Olympic Stadium (Baku)

Rome’s is not the only Olympic stadium being used as the Azerbaijani capital of Baku will also host games in Group A, as well as a quarter-final. The 68,700 capacity venue was controversially used for the all-London 2019 Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg)

Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup and they will play their part in Euro 2020, with Saint Petersburg home to matches in Group B and a quarter final. The Krestovsky Stadium, home to local side Zenit, is set to host the 2022 Champions League final.

Arena Nationala (Bucharest)

Romania’s 55,600 capacity Arena Nationala is a UEFA category four stadium and will host four games at this tournament. The largest football ground in Romania, it is where the national team plays, as well as Liga 1 sides FCSB and Dinamo Bucharest.

Puskas Arena (Budapest)

Budapest’s Puskas Arena, named after the legendary Hungary and Real Madrid star Ferenc (84 goals in 85 games for his country!), was opened in 2019. It will host Hungary’s games with Portugal and France, the clash between those latter two teams, and also a tie from the last 16.


EURO 2020 Tournament format

Euro 2020 features 24 teams divided into six groups of four according to seeding and other criteria. It is a traditional group format with each side playing the other three sides once. The group winners and runners-up progress to the last 16, along with the best four third-placed sides. To decide who makes up the last 16, the Euro 2020 table for the third-placed sides will use various criteria to decide who makes up the last 16.

These are, in order, points, goal difference, goals scored, wins, and, if needed, fair play criteria and qualification success. From there we go into a standard knockout format: Round of 16, quarters, semi, final. This pre-determined route to the final will see games using extra time and penalties if needed.

With no traditional “host” for Euro 2020, all 24 teams have had to qualify, including 2016 winners Portugal. Their Euro 2020 results were actually not all that impressive as Cristiano Ronaldo and co finished second to Serbia in Euros qualifying Group B. Second was enough though, as the top two in each of the 10 groups qualified automatically. Play-off winners took the final four places. The Nations League was crucial in this process as each Nations League winner earned a play-off spot. Unless that is, they had already qualified for the tournament.


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Who are the Favourites to Win Euro 2020?

It’s been a while since online bookmakers came up with their odds for favourites to win the UEFA Euro 2020. However, odds remain dynamic and change according to the info about teams, footballers, and management team in the latest news. No matter how the predictions may change the tide, the top favourites that make it to the charts often remain the same. According to the online bookmakers, let’s have a quick look at the national teams with the best chances of winning the tournament.

  • @6.00 – France
  • @6.00 – England
  • @6.80 – Belgium
  • @8.20 – Spain
  • @8.20 – Germany
  • @9.00 – Portugal
  • @11.00 – Italy
  • @12.00 – Netherlands

All other teams have odds of @20.00 or more, meaning they stay far behind the top 8 favourites picked by the bookies. What may surprise some punters are the odds for Croatia @30.00, Turkey @50.00 and Switzerland – @70.00. If you are interested in the teams with the least chance of success, that will be North Macedonia that comes with the odds of @500.00 to win the Euro 2020.


Predicted Top Scorers for UEFA Euro 2020

It is not only winners that bookmakers allow you to bet on. There are lots of sports markets at the disposal of bettors. One that draws lots of attention is the chance to bet on the football player that scores the most goals during the match. If you are a fan of such types of wagers, then you will be more than pleased with the top goalscorer odds. Here is a list of the scorers for Euro 2020 that come with the best bookie’s odds.

  • @8.00 – Harry Kane
  • @9.00 – Romelu Lukaku
  • @10.00 – Cristiano Ronaldo
  • @10.00 – Kylian Mbappé
  • @17.00 – Memphis Depay
  • @19.00 – Timo Werner
  • @21.00 – Antoine Griezmann
  • @21.00 – Serge Gnabry
  • @21.00 – Ciro Immobile
  • @21.00 – Robert Lewandowski

Dragging a little behind come Eden Hazard @26.00, Marcus Rashford @34.00 and Kevin De Bruyne with odds of @51.00. Predicting the runners for top goalscorer is no easy task, making it possible to find a value bet with the best odds likely.


Where to watch Euro 2020 live on TV?

As said, the Euros is a huge event across the continent and indeed the globe. It is being televised in just about every country in the world and certainly all of the major football-loving ones. Here are some of the options for watching:

CountryStationsNotes
UKBBC and ITV Shared with both covering the final.
USAABC, ESPN, ESPN 2, (Univision) Covering five, 39 and seven games respectively. Univision have Spanish language rights.
GermanyARD, ZDF and Deutsche Telekom Shared between the broadcasters.
SpainMediaset Espana Commercial free-to-air broadcaster has shown the last two Euros.
FranceTF1, M6 and beIN Sports As in 2016 TF1 and M6 will share matches with paid service beIN the only place to watch all 51 games.

Will fans be allowed in the stadiums and where to buy Euro 2020 tickets?

At this stage, the picture remains incomplete regarding ticketing and how many fans will be allowed inside the stadiums. At the time of writing this is is certainly subject to change. However, the good news is that we should have a decent number of supporters in the various Euro 2020 stadiums.

The current deadline for the various hosts is the 19th April 2020. Though this has changed many times, by this date venues must confirm they will be able to play their part. They must also say how many fans will be allowed inside their ground. As things stand, we are still waiting for full confirmation from Bilbao, Dublin, Munich and Rome. There is the suggestion that some of the games scheduled in some of those cities may now move elsewhere.

Of the other eight stadiums, most have committed themselves to at least 25% of their full capacity. Baku have said they can welcome 50%, as have the Russian authorities (and possibly more). Hungary are the only host nation confident they can operate at 100% (subject to unconfirmed stadium entry requirements).

Wembley has said they expect at least 25%, or around 22,500 fans, for their group games and Round of 16 matches. But they are optimistic about a significant increase for the two semis and the final.

In terms of tickets, aside from the black and grey markets, there may still be tickets available through official channels. With capacities not confirmed and UEFA’s ticket returns system still open, much is undetermined. The official UEFA 2020 website is the best place for the latest information and we will know more once the returns window closes on the 22nd April.


Official song, slogan, mascot and the ball at EURO 2020

What seems like a lifetime ago now, back in October 2019, it was announced that superstar producer, DJ and EDM legend Martin Garrix would write the official song of Euro 2020 and the walkout music. The track is set to be announced in spring 2020 and should be a banger!

The slogan of the tournament, used chiefly at first to promote ticket sales, is “Live It. For Real”. As for the mascot, Skillzy is your man; officially described as “a larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture.” Skillzy, tricks and all, was revealed in Amsterdam before the Dutch played Germany in qualifying, with extra “skillz” provided by Liv Cooke and Tobias Becs, two of the greatest football freestylers in the world.

As for the football the real stars of the Euros will use, that will once again be made by German giants Adidas. Europe’s largest sportswear brand has made the ball for every Euros right back to 1968 and this tournament’s iteration is called the Uniforia. This is a rather ugly portmanteau of unity and euphoria. The ball itself is largely white with black sections and detail in what the official Adidas site describes as “Signal Green” and “Bright Cyan”. But we would call it neon blue, yellow and pink!


Why will UEFA Euro 2020 be held in 2021?

As mentioned earlier, this tournament should have kicked off on June 12th 2020 but due to the pandemic, it rapidly became clear that would not be possible. The authorities decided it would not be fair on players, fans or the health services of host countries to proceed. As such, they took a relatively speedy decision in mid-March (2020) to postpone for a year.

As well as the obvious reasons for this it was also considered necessary to offer the various domestic leagues around the continent extra time to complete their 2019-20 campaigns. UEFA hoped that by moving the competition back almost exactly a year they would be able to host Euro 2020 (in 2021) entirely as normal. Whilst that will not be the case getting good numbers of fans inside almost all the grounds now seems likely. We should therefore be set for a brilliant tournament.


FAQ

When will the UEFA EURO 2020 begin?

The first game kicks off at 21.00 (Central European Summer Time) on the 11th June 2021. The first match will see Turkey meet Italy in Rome.

Who is the host of the European football championship in 2021?

There is no single host for this nomadic championship dreamed up by Michel Platini. Instead, 11 cities will host games. The host cities are London, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Rome, Munich, Seville, Baku, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bucharest and Saint Petersburg.

Which team will defend the title from the last EURO championship?

Portugal is the defending champions, having beaten France in the final of Euro 2016 1-0 in Paris.

When is the final match of the tournament, and which stadium will host it?

The final will take place at London’s Wembley Stadium on the 11th July 2021 at 21.00 (CEST).

Will the VAR system be used at the EURO 2020?

In September 2018 the decision was made to use VAR (video assistant referee) at Euro 2020. This will be the first time it has been used in the European Championships.

How much is the prize reward for the tournament?

Winning Euro 2020 is about more than just glory; national football federations will receive considerable sums no matter how successful they are. All 24 teams get at least €9.25m with a further €1.5m for a group stage win and €750,000 for a draw. From there, an additional payment is made for every further stage of the tournament a side reaches. The €10m prize for the winners means that whoever lifts the trophy could win as much as €34m in total.