It is about that time for the greatest event on Earth. Euro 2020 will be coming this summer, and everyone is very excited. There will be twenty-four teams playing in the tournament. There are 51 matches and the games are in 12 different cities. The UEFA Euro 2020 will be unlike any other sporting event you have ever seen.
The Euro 2020 is not strictly one city like before. This year, UEFA is mixing it up a little. Euro 2020 will be in many different cities across Europe, the United Kingdom, Russia, and Azerbaijan. This is going to be a great way to let fans see live football teams that they would not see in their homeland.
Who Has Qualified?
The teams are:
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
- Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
- Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria (Play-off Winner D)
- Group D: Croatia, Czech Republic, England, (Play off Winner C)
- Group E: Play-off Winner B, Poland, Spain, Sweden
- Group F: France, Germany, Play-off Winner A, Portugal
There are 16 teams that will be in the play-offs, four teams qualify. These teams are, Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Scotland, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.
The Euros are similar to the World Cup in they are usually played on one specific country. However, UEFA changed their minds this year. They want to have games spread over different time zones and ranging about 4,000 miles.
Where Are The Matches?
- Glasgow- Hampden Park
- Dublin- Dublin Arena
- London- Wembley Stadium
- Bilbao- San Mames
- Copenhagen- Parken Stadium
- Amsterdam- Johan Cruyff Arena
- Munich- Football Arena Munich
- Rome- Stadio Olimpico
- Budapest- Puskas Arena
- St. Petersburg- Krestovsky Stadium
- Bucharest- Arena Nationals
- Baku- Olympic Stadium
Wembley Stadium has a total of seven games because it picked up games that were originally supposed to be in Brussels.
The games are all over Europe because 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the first Euro Championship in 1960. UEFA wanted to spread it around and spread the cost of hosting these events. In 2016, France did a great job of hosting it, however, when asked to host the Euro 2020, there were not many volunteers.
The only bids came form Turkey, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Georgia. UEFA decided to simply spread it out this year instead. This way, the countries do not have to build any stadiums like they would have to do if they simply were the hosts.
There were no stadiums built for the Euro 2020.
The home nations are going to play all over Europe. It all depends on what group they are in and how they were drawn.
Are Tickets Available?
There may be tickets still available, however, this summer there were over 19.3 million requests for tickets. There was an application process and 1.5 million tickets were made available. There were 1.9 million requested just for Wembley and that equals 22 times the capacity there.
The next chance to snatch tickets was in December, but not all fans could buy them. The free tickets have been made available through ticket brokers and the national associations for football.
There will also be fan parks available to watch the games as well. Check out the Euro 2020 web page for specifics.
The UEFA Euro 2020 is sure to bring a lot of excitement and visitors to Europe. The squads are training and ready, the cities are getting ready to host many visitors, and the fans simply cannot wait for the summer when the action begins.