The 16th edition of the UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020, shall be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021 in 11 host cities.
Starting from June 11 to July 11, 2021, the greatest soccer players in the world shall gather together, for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, in 11 host cities for the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe.
UEFA President Michel Platini stated in 2012 that the tournament would be hosted in many nations as a "romantic" special event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition.
The tournament format will be the same as for UEFA Euro 2016. The top two in each of the six final tournament groups will proceed to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.
Just like every quadrennial, there's no shortage of football-related stories as the event draws near. Do you feel confident about your favorite team's chances? Did the manager pick the right squad? Who's going to be your star player? How far do you think your team will go?
The host country Italy shall get the party started in Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 11 against Turkey, and by July 11 a new champion shall be crowned.
Having the biggest capacity of any of the stadiums entered for the competition, the Wembley Stadium in London has been chosen to host the semi-finals and final for the second time, having done so previously at the 1996 tournament.
The Portugal team is the defending champion, as they have won the UEFA Euro 2016 competition.
The video assistant referee (VAR) system shall make its debut in this tournament.
About the UEFA Euro 2020
The UEFA Euro 2020 is a quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
The final tournament will be held on July 11 at the Wembley Stadium in London.
Overall, 51 matches featuring 24 nations shall be played in 11 stadium venues across several countries.
Three group games, one quarter-final
Baku, Azerbaijan: Baku Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany: Football Arena Munich
Rome, Italy: Olimpico in Romein
Three group games, one round of 16 game
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johan Cruijff ArenA
Bucharest, Romania: National Arena Bucharest
Budapest, Hungary: Puskás Aréna
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park
Seville, Spain: Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla
Six group games, one quarter-final
Saint Petersburg, Russia: Saint Petersburg Stadium
Final and semi-finals, two round of 16 games, three group games
London, England: Wembley Stadium
LOGO BRAND and SLOGAN
For the first time in its history, the Euro 2020 tournament will be played in 11 different cities with 11 different cultures. Therefore, the logo makers needed to create a brand that could celebrate diversity while promoting belonging.
They found a symbol that could link all cities and citizens of Europe: the bridge. The bridge forms the base of the logo. It supports the Henri Delaunay Cup that is at the center, surrounded by celebrating fans.
"Live It. For Real." is the official slogan of the tournament. The slogan is meant to encourage fans to see the matches live in the stadiums across Europe.
UEFA announced on November 6, 2019 that the Uniforia by Adidas will be the official match ball of the Euro 2020 tournament. Mostly white, the ball features black strokes with blue, neon and pink stripes. The name is derived from a portmanteau of "unity" and "euphoria".
The UEFA Euro 2020 mascot is Skillzy, a larger-than-life character inspired by freestyling, street and panna culture.
TV BROADCASTING RIGHTS
The tournament will be broadcast via radio and television all over the world.
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands.
In the United States, the UEFA Euro 2020 will be aired by ABC, ESPN and Univision.
In the United Kingdom, soccer fans can tune in to BBC and ITV.
Below are the following countries divided into groups A to F:
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany
Want to know more details per team, like who's their coach and star player, when's their best years, how they qualified for the Euro 2020, and the latest news about each country? Then check out this informative article by the official UEFA.com website.
A total of 51 games will be played to determine the winner of the UEFA Euro 2020 competition.
Below you will find the UEFA Euro 2020's complete schedule, fixtures and venues:
Date: June 11 to July 11, 2021
Friday 11 June
Group A: Turkey vs Italy (Rome)
Saturday June 12
Group A: Wales vs Switzerland (Baku)
Group B: Denmark vs Finland (Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium vs Russia (St Petersburg)
Sunday June 13
Group D: England vs Croatia (London)
Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands vs Ukraine (Amsterdam)
Monday June 14
Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs Slovakia (St Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs Sweden (Seville)
Tuesday June 15
Group F: Hungary vs Portugal (Budapest)
Group F: France vs Germany (Munich)
Wednesday June 16
Group B: Finland vs Russia (St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey vs Wales (Baku)
Group A: Italy vs Switzerland (Rome)
Thursday June 17
Group C: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark vs Belgium (Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands vs Austria (Amsterdam)
Friday June 18
Group E: Sweden vs Slovakia (St Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
Group D: England vs Scotland (London)
Saturday June 19
Group F: Hungary vs France (Budapest)
Group F: Portugal vs Germany (Munich)
Group E: Spain vs Poland (Seville)
Sunday June 20
Group A: Italy vs Wales (Rome)
Group A: Switzerland vs Turkey (Baku)
Monday June 21
Group C: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine vs Austria (Bucharest)
Group B: Russia vs Denmark (Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland vs Belgium (St Petersburg)
Tuesday June 22
Group D: Czech Republic vs England (London)
Group D: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow)
Wednesday June 23
Group E: Slovakia vs Spain (Seville)
Group E: Sweden vs Poland (St Petersburg)
Group F: Germany vs Hungary (Munich)
Group F: Portugal vs France (Budapest)
Round of 16
Saturday June 26
Game 1: Group A runners-up vs Group B runners-up (Amsterdam)
Game 2: Group A winners vs Group C runners-up (London)
Sunday June 27
Game 3: Group C winners vs third-placed side from Group D/E/F (Budapest)
Game 4: Group B winners vs third-placed side from Group A/D/E/F (Seville)
Monday June 28
Game 5: Group D runners-up vs Group E runners-up (Copenhagen)
Game 6: Group F winners vs third-placed side from Group A/B/C (Bucharest)
Tuesday June 29
Game 7: Group D winners vs Group F runners-up (London)
Game 8: Group E winners vs third-placed side Group A/B/C/D (Glasgow)
Friday July 2
Quarter-final 1: Game 6 winner vs Game 5 winner (St Petersburg)
Quarter-final 2: Game 4 winner vs Game 2 winner (Munich)
Saturday July 3
Quarter-final 3: Game 3 winner vs Game 1 winner (Baku)
Quarter-final 4: Game 8 winner vs Game 7 winner (Rome)
Tuesday July 6
Semi-final 1: Quarter-final 2 winner vs Quarter-final 1 winner (London)
Wednesday July 7
Semi-final 2: Quarter-final 4 winner vs Quarter-final 3 winner (London)
Sunday July 11
Semi-final 1 winner vs Semi-final 2 winner (London)