Everything about UEFA Euro 2020 (2021)
On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the UEFA Euro 2020 would be delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, which was confirmed on 17 June 2020.
However, it is still named "UEFA Euro 2020".
The competition has been held every four years since 1960, and still, there are many features about the event that make it unique.
For instance, the 2020 tournament was supposed to take place in several countries across Europe, and for now, we assume it is going to be the same with one year of difference.
Furthermore, it will be the first time in the history of the UEFA European Championship that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used. The competition features 24 teams for the second time in its history.
In this article we aim to review all you need to know about UEFA Euro 2020.
Everything you need to know about UEFA Euro 2020
Are you ready to know more? Let's start.
How did the UEFA European Championship develop?
Why are multiple countries hosting UEFA Euro 2020?
UEFA Euro 2021 or Euro 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the tournament.
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.
You Might Also Like: Best football players of the 2020s: prediction
Which countries host UEFA Euro 2020?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, It was planned for UEFA Euro 2020 to begin in Rome on 12 June 2020 and be brought to an end a month later in London, with 12 countries hosting matches across Europe.
In May 2020, Aleksander Čeferin, President of the UEFA, stated that in principle the tournament would take place in the twelve selected host cities.
However, later it was said that three hosts were unsure if matches could be held under the new schedule.
Due to this problem, the tournament venues and match schedule was reviewed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting on 17 June 2020, and later on, UEFA confirmed that all twelve original host venues would remain as hosts for the tournament in 2021.
You Might Also Like: Premier League Top Goal Scorers of All-Time
What is the format of UEFA Euro 2020?
The format of UEFA Euro 2021 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.
You Might Also Like: Revealed: Football club kits in 2020-21
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 October 2020.
20 of 24 teams were successful to reach the final stage of UEFA Euro 2020 in November through the qualifying group stage.
Which teams still have the chance to qualify for UEFA Euro 2020?
The remaining 4 teams will be decided in October 2020. 16 teams may still find their way to the final tournament through the play-offs.
You Might Also Like: The richest football players in the world
What do we know so far about UEFA Euro 2020 group stage?
The group fixtures were decided on 30 November 2019 and they will take place during June 11, 2021 – June 23, 2021.
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.
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.
UEFA Euro 2020 tickets
The process of UEFA Euro 2020 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 July 2020 according to UEFA.com.
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. 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.
What else do you know about the UEFA Euro 2020? Let us know in the comment section.