This UEFA European Football Championship was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020, but it has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.
On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the
UEFA Euro 2020
would be delayed by a year due to the
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 now 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. Stay tuned.
Are you ready to know more? Let's start.
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.
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 has offered 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.
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.
Here are the cities and the stadiums to host the competition:
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Johan Cruyff Arena
Baku (Azerbaijan) - Olympic Stadium
Bilbao (Spain) - San Mames
Bucharest (Romania) - Arena Nationala
Budapest (Hungary) - Puskas Arena
Copenhagen (Denmark) - Parken Stadium
Dublin (Republic of Ireland) - Aviva Stadium
Glasgow (Scotland) - Hampden Park
London (England) - Wembley Stadium
Munich (Germany) - Allianz Arena
Rome (Italy) - Stadio Olimpico
Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Krestovsky Stadium
As planned before, Rome's Stadio Olimpico will host the opening match on June 11, and England's national stadium Wembley will host both semi-finals and the final.
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.
24 teams have been qualified for
UEFA Euro 2020
. Azerbaijan is the only country out of the 12 host countries that was eliminated in the qualifying group stage.
Here is the list of the teams qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 (2021):
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, 20. Wales, 21. North Macedonia, 22. Scotland, 23. Slovakia, 24. Hungary
As stated above, none of the countries that host the matches receive an automatic qualification.
The process of qualifying started in March 2019 and was ended in October 2020.
Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
Now that we know about the groups and the stadiums, it's time to go through more details. Soon each stadium will host three group-stage matches from June 11 to June 23.
Every two groups will host one group as listed below.
Rome and Baku
Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen
Amsterdam and Bucharest
London and Glasgow
Bilbao and Dublin
Munich and Budapest
At the end of the group stage, the winners and runners-up of each group will move up to the knockout stages, as well as the four best third-placed teams.
Friday June 11
Group A: Turkey vs Italy; Kick-off 8pm (Rome)
Saturday June 12
Group A: Wales vs Switzerland; Kick-off 2pm (Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland; Kick-off 5pm (Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia; Kick-off 8pm (St Petersburg)
Sunday June 13
Group D: England vs Croatia; Kick-off 2pm (London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia; Kick-off 5pm (Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine; Kick-off 8pm (Amsterdam)
Monday June 14
Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic; Kick-off 2pm (Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia; Kick-off 5pm (Dublin)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden; Kick-off 8pm (Bilbao)
Tuesday June 15
Group F: Hungary vs Portugal; Kick-off 5pm (Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany; Kick-off 8pm (Munich)
Wednesday June 16
Group B: Finland vs Russia: Kick-off 2pm (St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales: Kick-off 5pm (Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland; Kick-off 8pm (Rome)
Thursday June 17
Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia; Kick-off 2pm (Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium; Kick-off 5pm (Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria; Kick-off 8pm (Amsterdam)
Friday June 18
Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia; Kick-off 2pm (Dublin)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic; Kick-off 5pm (Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland; Kick-off 8pm (London)
Saturday June 19
Group F: Hungary vs France; Kick-off 2pm (Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany; Kick-off 5pm (Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland; Kick-off 8pm (Bilbao)
Sunday June 20
Group A: Italy vs Wales; Kick-off 5pm (Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey; Kick-off 5pm (Baku)
Monday June 21
Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands; Kick-off 5pm (Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria; Kick-off 5pm (Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark; Kick-off 8pm (Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium; Kick-off 8pm (St Petersburg)
Tuesday June 22
Group D: Czech Republic vs England; Kick-off 8pm (London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland; Kick-off 8pm (Glasgow)
Wednesday June 23
Group E: Slovakia vs Spain; Kick-off 5pm (Bilbao)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland; Kick-off 5pm (Dublin)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary; Kick-off 8pm (Munich)
Group F: Portugal vs France; Kick-off 8pm (Budapest)
Here is the UEFA Euro 2020 knockout stage schedule
June 26: Group A winners vs Group C runners-up, London - Group A runners-up vs Group B runners-up, Amsterdam
June 27: Group B winners vs Group A/D/E/F third place, Bilbao - Group C winners vs Group D/E/F third place, Budapest
June 28: Group D runners-up vs Group E runners-up, Copenhagen - Group F winners vs Group A/B/C third place, Bucharest
June 29: Group E winners vs Group A/B/C/D third place, Glasgow - Group D winners vs Group F runners-up, Dublin
July 2: Saint Petersburg and Munich
July 3: Baku and Rome
July 6 and 7: London
July 11: London
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.
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.
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 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.
That's everything you need to know about UEFA Euro 2020 (2021). Let us know if you have any other questions in the comment section.