The revamped Euro 2020 tournament is now less than a month away as UEFA finally prepares to celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary.
Countries in Europe were preparing for the tournament last year, which was originally scheduled to start on June 12, 2020.
But the coronavirus lockdown has had unprecedented impacts on the football world and forced organizers to rethink when the tournament could take place.
Last March it was announced that it had been suspended until summer 2021 but will still be known as “Euro 2020”.
The tournament takes place 60 years later since the first of its kind and is still expected to be held in several cities across the continent, culminating with the final at Wembley in London.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal beat France in the final of the last competition while England crashed in the round of 16 against Iceland.
Now all eyes will start to turn to this summer’s tournament with the Euros finally ready to go in a few weeks …
Euro 2020: Dates
The rescheduled tournament is currently scheduled to kick off on Friday 11 June 2021 with the Stadio Olimpico in Rome hosting the opener between Turkey and Italy.
England kick off their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday 13 June.
Scotland start a day later against the Czech Republic in Hampden Park, as do Wales, who face Switzerland in Azerbaijan.
The enticing Group D clash – England v Scotland – will then take place at Wembley on Friday 18 June.
Once the group stage is over, the round of 16 will begin on June 27, with the quarter-finals a week later on July 2.
And after the semi-finals on July 6 and 7, the winners will be crowned on Sunday July 11 at Wembley.
Euro 2020: how the tournament works
The competition will be composed of 24 teams divided into six groups.
The first two in each group will advance to the round of 16, with the team ranked fourth being eliminated.
The four best-ranked third-place teams will also enter the knockout stage with the remaining two teams returning home.
The tournament will then progress through the knockout phase before a champion is crowned.
Unlike the World Cup, there will be no play-off for third place in the Euros.
Euro 2020 group stage
- North Macedonia
- Czech Republic
Euro 2020: talkSPORT coverage
talkSPORT will bring you 50 matches during the tournament, including the knockout phase.
We’ll bring you all England, Scotland & Wales matches live and, of course, the final on July 11th.
Euro 2020: stadiums and cities
The group stages will take place in major stadiums in different European cities. The Aviva Stadium in Dublin and the San Mames in Bilbao must withdraw.
- Group A: Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy) and Olympic Stadium (Baku, Azerbaijan)
- Group B: Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and Parken Stadium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Group C: Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam, Holland) and Arena Nationala (Bucharest, Romania)
- Group D: Wembley Stadium (London, England) and Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
- Group E: Estadio La Cartuja (Seville, Spain) and Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
- Group F: Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) and Puskas Arena (Budapest, Hungary)
Wembley will stage the end of business for the tournament. The 90,000-seat stadium is the largest venue used and will host the final.
Due to travel, the semi-finals will also take place under the famous London Arch.
In addition, Wembley will host three group matches and two round of 16.
The quarter-finals take place in St. Petersburg, Rome, Munich and Baku.
Main events of Euro 2020
England (Group D)
- England v Croatia: June 13 at Wembley
- England v Scotland: June 18 at Wembley
- Czech Republic – England: June 22 at Wembley
Scotland (Group D)
- Scotland v Czech Republic: June 14 at Hampden Park
- England v Scotland: June 18 at Wembley
- Croatia v Scotland: June 22 at Hampden Park
Wales (Group A)
- Wales – Switzerland: June 12 at the Olympic Stadium (Baku)
- Turkey – Wales: June 16 at the Olympic Stadium (Baku)
- Italy – Wales: June 20 at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
Euro 2020: will the fans be there?
UEFA has demanded that every host can organize matches with at least 25% capacity in the stands.
The Danish government was the first to confirm that matches in Copenhagen will be played in front of at least 11,000 supporters.
The matches in London will be with at least 17,000 fans and possibly many more. The FA Cup final will have 21,000 spectators on May 15.
Meanwhile, Dublin and Bilbao have lost their matches after confirming they will not be able to meet UEFA’s demands. Games from these cities were moved to St. Petersburg and Seville.
Munich were in major doubt but confirmed they will retain their hosting rights for the tournament.
Confirmed information from host cities:
- Amsterdam – At least 25%, increase possible
- Baku – 50%, without authorized foreign spectators other than citizens of participating teams
- Bucharest – At least 25%, increase possible
- Budapest – Full capacity
- Copenhagen – 25% – 33%, possible increase
- Glasgow – 25%
- London – At least 25%, increase possible
- Munich – At least 20%
- Rome – At least 25%, increase possible
- St. Petersburg – At least 50%, increase possible
- Seville – 30%
Euro 2020: When should you confirm the roster?
England, Wales, Scotland and other teams participating in the Championship must register their teams by Tuesday 1 June – 10 days before the opening match.
England boss Gareth Southgate will likely announce who he faces in the week of May 23, after the Premier League season ends.
Each team must have three goalkeepers.
Only players from these teams will be able to play but the teams will have until their first matches of the tournament to replace an injured or ill player.
Teams are usually only allowed to nominate teams of 23 players, but UEFA has confirmed this has been pushed back to 26 amid the implications of COVID.
The day’s teams will still only be allowed to contain 23 players.
UEFA has also confirmed that the coronavirus is classified as a ‘serious illness’, meaning a player can be substituted if they test positive before a team’s first game.
The governing body also said goalkeepers will be able to be called in in the event of injury or illness before each game.