Euro 2020 is finally upon us, a year after it was originally scheduled to begin. It’s going to have been worth the wait though, it promises to be one of the closest and most exciting international football competitions we’ve seen for a long time.
It’s also going to be a bit special. UEFA, Europe’s football confederation, has decided to do something different this year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Championship.
So if you’re a football fan that wants to follow every kick, throw-in, and save of the competition, here’s everything you need to know.
Where is Euro 2020 Being Held?
The European Championship follows a similar format to the FIFA World Cup. It’s held every four years and is usually hosted by one country, with all teams and fans coming together for a giant celebration of the beautiful game.
However, UEFA has decided to host Euro 2020 right across the continent as a way to involve as many fans as possible to celebrate 60 years of the competition and its 15th running.
11 different cities in 11 different European nations will be hosting games. They are:
- Saint Petersburg
When is Euro 2020 Taking Place?
The first Euro 2020 group fixtures took place on 11th June, with Turkey taking on Italy in Rome. The knockout phase of the competition won’t begin until Saturday 26th June, with games scheduled to take place in Amsterdam and London.
The quarter-finals will be held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July and the semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th July.
The final will be held in London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday 11th July.
Betting on Euro 2020
Like with all other major football tournaments, millions of pounds, euros and dollars are expected to be wagered by fans across the world as they attempt to predict the outcome of games and which nation will be crowned winners at the end.
For more than a year now, England has been the favourite among most oddsmakers following the performance The Three Lions put in at the World Cup in Russia. With the team being in such strong contention for its first major international trophy since 1966, many fans will be looking to have a little flutter as well.
But since there are dozens of different bookies in the UK, all claiming to have the best odds and great apps, it can be hard to know which one to use, especially if you don’t bet on a regular basis. Sites like OLBG have recognised this and have put together helpful guides for those patriotic English punters that want to compare the best options for betting on Euro 2020.
England aren’t the only team in contention though. France has recently seen its odds improve dramatically, with Belgium not far behind either. It means fans can look forward to a closely fought tournament.
Watching Euro 2020
Wherever you are in the world, you’re almost certainly going to be able to watch Euro 2020 on TV. UEFA has agreed contracts with local broadcasters in just about every country and region in the world from Afghanistan and Albania to Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Here in India and across the Indian subcontinent, the contract for broadcasting rights has been sold to SonyLIV and games will be shown on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 3. If you’re used to watching cricket, which is usually shown on Hotstar, you may need to get an extra subscription.
You’ll also be able to get live text commentary from many major news outlets. Most British newspapers and media broadcasters will run this for most or all games, which is great for when you’re out and about and can’t watch on TV. This content is usually available around the world too, with few or no geo-restrictions.
In between games, you’ll be able to catch up on all the latest developments like injuries, starting elevens, and other gossip through social media and sports websites. UEFA’s own will be publishing regular updates, as will journalists, pundits, commentators, and fans on sites like Twitter.
Which Teams Are Competing in Euro 2020?
24 teams have qualified for Euro 2020, with many of the continent’s most successful footballing nations taking part. Many familiar names that are staples at the European Championship like England, Germany, France, and Portugal are included in the 24, but so are some others North Macedonia, Slovakia, and Switzerland.
The teams have been divided into six groups of four, and they’ll each play each other once during the group stages in a round-robin format.
The teams and their groups are:
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Wales, Turkey
- Group B: Denmark, Belgium, Russia, Finland
- Group C: North Macedonia, Austria, Netherlands, Ukraine
- Group D: Croatia, England, Scotland, Czech Republic
- Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
- Group F: Hungary, Germany, Portugal, France
With so many different cities hosting games this year, nine countries will be hosting home games, a unique prospect that could result in some interesting match results.