Everything about UEFA Euro 2020
The competition is held every four years since 1960, and yet there are many features about the event that makes it unique.
For instance as we know this is the first time that the tournament takes place in several countries across Europe. Furthermore, it will be the first time in the history of UEFA European Championship that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used. The competition features 24 teams for the second time in its history.
The present article aims to review all you need to know about UEFA Euro 2020.
Everything you need to know about UEFA Euro 2020
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How did the UEFA European Championship develop?
In 1927, Henri Delaunay, the French Football Federation’s administrator submitted a proposal to FIFA to begin a European football competition. His idea, however, was fulfilled after his death as the first European Championship took place in 1960. The tournament was held in France and in Delaunay’s honor the trophy was named after him.
Why are multiple countries hosting UEFA Euro 2020?
UEFA Euro 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the tournament. In order to celebrate the event, UEFA has decided to spread the tournament across and hold the matches in a variety of countries instead of having one host country. This decision is going to offer an opportunity to many countries to host one of the world’s greatest sporting events. It should be noted that being selected as a host does not mean the national team of the country is automatically qualified.
Which countries host UEFA Euro 2020?
According to Gianni Infantino, “Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020.” UEFA Euro 2020 will begin in Rome on 12 June 2020 and will be brought to an end a month later in London.
12 countries across Europe are going to host matches throughout the tournament:
What is the format of UEFA Euro 2020?
The format of UEFA Euro 2020 will see no changes compared to UEFA Euro 2016. Once more, there will be 6 groups comprised of 4 teams. The winner and runner-up in each group, alongside the best four third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16.
Which teams have directly qualified for UEFA Euro 2020?
At the moment, 20 teams are qualified for UEFA Euro 2020. Azerbaijan is the only country out of the 12 host countries that was eliminated in the qualifying group stage. 7 countries have qualified directly for the competition and 4 will have to encounter the play-offs, knowing only 3 of them will be able to qualify.
Here is the list of the teams that are already qualified for UEFA Euro 2020:
1. Austria, 2.Belgium, 3.Croatia, 4.Czech Republic, 5.Denmark, 6.England, 7.Finland, 8.France, 9.Germany, 10.Italy, 11.Netherlands, 12.Poland, 13.Portugal, 14.Russia, 15.Spain, 16.Sweden, 17.Switzerland, 18.Turkey, 19.Ukraine, and 20.Wales.
What was the format of UEFA Euro 2020 qualification?
As stated above, none of the countries that host the matches receive an automatic qualification. The process of qualifying started in March 2019 and will end in March 2020. 20 of 24 teams were successful to reach the final stage of UEFA Euro 2020 in November through the qualifying group stage.
Let’s have a review over the group stage:
Which teams still have the chance to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020?
The remaining 4 teams will be decided in March 2020. 16 teams may still find their way to the final tournament through the play-offs. In what follows, we have described the play-off paths:
What do we know so far about UEFA Euro 2020 group stage?
The group fixtures were decided on 30 November 2019. The group stage will take place during June 12, 2020 - June 24, 2020. In what follows, you can see the groups of UEFA Euro 2020:
How much is the prize money of UEFA Euro 2020?
The total prize money of UEFA Euro 2020 is €371 million. This year’s price pool is significantly higher compared to UEFA Euro 2016 in France. Each participating team receives a fee of €9.25 million. The winner of the competition has to potential to reach the maximum earning of €34 million. Here are the details of UEFA Euro 2020 prize money distribution:
How does the official match ball of UEFA Euro 2020 look like?
The official match ball of UEFA Euro 2020 is made by Adidas. The name of the ball is “Adidas Uniforia” which represents the blending of the words “unity” and “euphoria”. Adidas Uniforia is predominantly white and features black brush strokes with neon blue, pink and yellow stripes. The design reflects the unique unity seen in UEFA Euro 2020. The black brush strokes encapsulate the blurring of boundaries and crossing of borders while the different bright colors represent the diversity and the event’s attempt to bring different cultures together.
What about the UEFA Euro 2020 tickets?
The process of ticket application began in December 2019 and is closed now. Nonetheless, the supporters of the football teams that qualify through the play-offs have the chance to apply online for the tickets in April 2020. To re-sell the tickets, fans can try the official UEFA re-sale platform at the end of February 2020.
It might be interesting to know that UEFA Euro 2020 has achieved a record number of ticket requests. At the moment, the overall ticket requests have reached the record number of 28.3 million. The sales have taken place in two phases: 1. General public sales with 19.3 million ticket applications during 12 June-12 July, and 2. Fans of the qualified teams with 9 million ticket applications during 4-18 December. Clearly, the world is responding with passion to the first Europe-wide competition. Once again, football has managed to unite the people all over the world with success.
However for now, we just have to wait and see what happens to the tournament due to Coronavirus. For more information read our article on “The Coronavirus Outbreak Puts UEFA Euro 2020 At Risk”.