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Upcoming 2020 UEFA European Football Championship Guide

After a year of speculation and uncertainty due to the global pandemic, the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship is scheduled to begin on June 11, 2021.

Originally scheduled on June 12 to July 12 in 2020, the 2020 UEFA European Football Tournament is the 16th UEFA European Championship organized by the European Football Association.

This year, the European soccer championships will also celebrate their 60th anniversary, which inspired the Union of European Football Association to host the European Football championship across the continent.

The tournament will be held in multiple cities across Europe. The opening game between Turkey and Italy will be held in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The semi-finals and finals are scheduled to be played at the Wembley Stadium, London.

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Brief History of the UEFA European Football Championship.

The UEFA European Football Championship started in 1960. It is ranked the second most prestigious national association football competition after the FIFA World Cup.

The idea was first coined by French Football Federation’s secretary-general Henri Delaunay in 1927 and was not materialized until 1958. The first UEFA tournament was held in France with a total of 17 teams.

The UEFA is held every four years, starting from 1960. Over the years, the popularity of the UEFA has skyrocketed, with a total of 2 million live viewers in 2016.

Many confuse UEFA European Football Championship with the European Cup, but they are different and hold different rules and protocols for the teams and the players.

The Format of Euro 2020

The championship format of EURO 2020 is the same as the UEFA EURO 2016.

The tournament will be played in six groups, each consisting of 4 teams. The top two teams that finish in the first and second place will automatically qualify to the round of 16 and the four best teams that finish in third place.

The competing teams in the UEFA are chosen by a combination of qualifying groups and playoff games. The teams that wish to qualify must win a play-off or must finish in a qualifying spot. After this, the qualifying teams attend the final round in the host country.

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The host country is automatically qualified for the tournament using seeding based on their performance in the previous FIFA World Cup qualifying and the final European Championship.

What are the countries participating in UEFA 2020 and the groups they are in?

Excited to know more about the teams participating in Euro 2020? With the current status of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, we confirm 24 teams, including Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, England and 17 other football teams, will participate in Euro 2020.

Based on hosting games at the tournament, certain teams are placed in a total of 5 groups for Euro 2020:

  • Group A includes Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland.
  • Group B includes Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
  • Group C includes Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia.
  • Group D includes England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland.
  • Group F includes Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary.

What will happen if the COVID-19 outbreak worsens during Euro 2020?

The global pandemic is still spreading throughout the world, but UEFA holds the unwavering view that COVID-19 cannot hamper the entirety of Euro 2020.

Though an official protocol following the COVID-19 has not been drafted yet by the UEFA, more information is about to be finalized by the official body before the championship in June.

Will the upcoming football championship still be called Euro 2020, or will it be now called Euro 2021?

Following the 12 months delay, it was unsure whether the rearranged tournament be called Euro 2020 or Euro 2021. But after close consideration and evaluation, UEFA has confirmed that the rearranged tournament still holds its initial title, Euro 2020, which marks the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship.

Will the fans be allowed to attend live matches in stadiums?

As of now, the answer is yes! As initially planned, Euro 2020 will be held in the same venues as scheduled in 2020.

In place of 12 venues, the tournament will be held in 11 venues across Europe. Dublin, where the game was originally planned to be hosted, has been removed, and Seville has replaced Bilbao. Tournaments which were originally planned to be held in Ireland have been rearranged to London and Saint Petersburg.

What will happen if the ticket holders of Euro 2020 cannot attend the live match in the stadium?

Currently, UEFA is moving forward with the assumption that the tournament will be held in the pre-planned venues- but with a lesser crowd.

UEFA confirmed, if the situation worsens and matches are being held behind closed doors or with a smaller crowd, the ticket holders of Euro 2020 will be granted a full refund.

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The officials also declared, if the tournament is being rescheduled or held in a different venue, as previously planned, and the distance between the original and the new venue is over 50 km, the ticket holders will be granted a full refund, in case they cannot or don’t want to attend the tournament.

However, more information on the venues and the crowd capacity is yet to be finalized by the UEFA.

Awards

The Henri Delaunay Trophy

Starting from the first tournament in 1960, the UEFA champions were awarded The Henri Delaunay Trophy in honor of Henri Delaunay. He was the first to strike the idea of the UEFA European Football Championship. The winning team holds the cup for four years and then passes to the winners of the next tournament.

The Henri trophy was remodeled in 2008, and the new is designed much larger, weighing around 18lb, and is made of sterling silver. The name of the champion team is carved on the trophy (which was previously glued to the plinth).

Individual Awards

Currently, UEFA European Football Championship gives out five post-tournament awards:

  • For the best player of the season- Player of the Tournament.
  • For the most thriving goal scorer of the season – Adidas Golden Boot.
  • For the second most thriving goal scorer of the season – Adidas Silver Boot.
  • For the third most thriving goal scorer of the season –Adidas Bronze Boot.
  • For the youngest player under 21 years- SOCAR Young Player of the Tournament.
  • For the most outstanding performance- Man of the Match Award
  • For the best-combined team of players- Team of the Tournament.

The long-awaited EURO 2020 is about to start, and we cannot help but anticipate the future of the game.

The excitement of the tournament is already buzzing in the air, but with a pinch of fear. Fans have been eagerly waiting for a year for this national European football championship, and now that the time has finally come, we hope there is no more delay or waiting.

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