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EURO 2020: What’s on the card?

When and where is it, who’s playing who, how will it work and how can you be there? All you need to know about EURO 2020.

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Last updated: 16.02.2020
Euro 2020 | Sports Social Blog

Key Dates:

26/03/2020: Play-off semi-finals: -

Iceland v Romania                                         Bulgaria v Hungary

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland    Slovakia v Republic of Ireland

Scotland v Israel                                            Norway v Serbia

Georgia v Belarus                                      North Macedonia v Kosovo

31/03/2020: Play-off finals

12/06/2020: Opening game: Turkey v Italy, Stadio Olimpico at Rome

12/07/2020: Final, Wembley Stadium at London

 

Group Stages: - (Draw conducted on 30th November at Bucharest)

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Play-off winner D (A)*

Group D: England, Croatia, Play-off winner C, Czech Republic

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Play-off winner B

Group F: Play-off winner A (D)*, Portugal, France, Germany

*Play-off Winner A is allocated to Group F and Play-off Winner D to Group C. If Romania qualify as Path A winners, they will play in Group C and Play-off Winner D will be switched to Group F

 

Hosts: -

For the first time in the 60-year-old history of the competition, there are no permanent hosts and the duty has been divided among 12 cities. They are: -

London, Baku, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, and Glasgow.

With the advent of this new method, none of the host countries have a direct qualification.

"There is great pleasure in being able to bring EURO 2020 to so many countries and cities, to see football acting as a bridge between nations, and to carry the competition closer to the fans, who are the essential lifeblood of the game," says UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin.


Qualification: -

Twenty-four teams will be playing out of which, 20 have been selected through the European Qualifiers, and the additional 4 teams are yet to be confirmed from the UEFA Nations League and will be confirmed once the playoffs get done by March.

 

Format: -

Like the EURO 2016, the top two from the 6 groups (6 x 2 = 12) will proceed to the round of 16 with the 4 best third-placed teams moving as well.

 

Ambassadors: -

EURO 2020 has ambassadors from all the participating countries and some of the big names off the 48-man list are: -

Andrey Arshavin (Russia)

Deco, Luis Figo, Nuno Gomes, Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal)

Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)

Paul Gascoigne, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer (England)

Youri Djorkaeff, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires (France)

Ruud Gullit, Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands)

Jurgen Klinsmann, Miroslav Klose, Lothar Matthaus (Germany)

Gaizka Mendieta, Carles Puyol, Marcos Senna, Xavi, Xabi Alonso (Spain)

Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)

 

Mascot: -

The mascot for EURO 2020 is Skillzy, who is defined as a larger than life character who is inspired by street football and freestyling as a whole.


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