UEFA EURO 2020: the full guide to the European Championship

UEFA Euro 2020: the full guide

Everything you need to know about the 2020 European Championship

You don’t need to be a soccer fan to know that the UEFA EURO Championship is the most prestigious international soccer tournament in the world (after the FIFA World Cup, that is). The tournament sees the finest football nations across Europe compete for the trophy, once every four years.

Founded in 1960, this year’s edition marks the 60th anniversary of the competition. For this occasion, the matches won’t be played in one stadium as usual, instead they will take place in 12 different stadiums across 12 different European countries, with the semi-finals and finals to be held at Wembley Stadium in London.

The 12 cities that will host the UEFA EURO 2020 Championship will be Rome, Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest, Glasgow, Baku, Munich, London and St. Petersburg. Bruxelles was also supposed to make the cut but the stadium is still under construction.

Rome to inaugurate the 2020 UEFA EURO Championship with opening match

The tournament will inaugurate in Rome at 9pm on June 12th. Rome will also host the Euro 2020 opening concert inside the Colosseum, featuring international musicians.

From June 12th till June 24th, the group stages will run, where up to four matches per day will take place. Each group is made up of four teams and the top two teams in each group, in addition to the four best runners-up, will progress to the knockout stage.

Twenty-four are the national teams qualified for the 2020 European Championship: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales, plus four play-off winners to be announced in March 2020.

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland (matches in Rome and Baku)

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia (matches in Amsterdam and Bucharest)

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Play-off winner D (A)* (matches in St. Petersburg and Copenaghen)

Group D: England, Croatia, Play-off winner C, Czech Republic (matches in London and Glasgow)

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Play-off winner B (matches in Bilbao and Dublin)

Group F: Play-off winner A (D)*, Portugal, France, Germany (matches in Munich and Budapest)

*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. The play-off winners will be known in March 2020.

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Matches played in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico

Friday, 12 June – Group A: Turkey v Italy (21:00, local time)

Wednesday, 17 June – Group A: Italy v Switzerland (21:00, local time)

Sunday, 21 June – Group A: Italy v Wales (18:00, local time)

Saturday, 4 July – QF4: Winner 8 v Winner 7 (21:00, local time)

UEFA EURO 2020 Group Stages

Friday June 12
Group A: Turkey v Italy (21:00, Rome)

Saturday, June 13
Group A: Wales v Switzerland (15:00, Baku)
Group B: Denmark v Finland (18:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Belgium v Russia (21:00, St Petersburg)

Sunday, June 14
Group D: England v Croatia (15:00 Wembley)
Group C: Austria v Play-off winner D or A (18:00, Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands v Ukraine (21:00, Amsterdam)

Monday, June 15
Group D: Play-off winner C v Czech Republic (15:00, Glasgow)
Group E: Poland v Play-off winner B (18:00, Dublin)
Group E: Spain v Sweden (21:00, Bilbao)

Tuesday, June 16
Group F: Play-off winner A or D v Portugal (18:00, Budapest)
Group F: France v Germany (21:00, Munich)

Wednesday, June 17
Group B: Finland v Russia (15:00, St Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey v Wales (18:00, Baku)
Group A: Italy v Switzerland (21:00, Rome)

Thursday, June 18
Group C: Ukraine v Play-off winner D or A (15:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark v Belgium (18:00, Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands v Austria (21:00, Amsterdam)

Friday, June 19 
Group E: Sweden v Play-off winner B (15:00, Dublin)
Group D: Croatia v Czech Republic (18:00, Glasgow)
Group D: England v Play-off winner C (21:00, London)

Saturday, June 20
Group F: Play-off winner A or D v France (15:00, Budapest)
Group F: Portugal v Germany (18:00, Munich)
Group E: Spain v Poland (21:00, Bilbao)

Sunday, June 21
Group A: Italy v Wales (18:00, Rome)
Group A: Switzerland v Turkey (18:00, Baku)

Monday, June 22
Group C: Play-off winner D or A v Netherlands (18:00, Amsterdam)
Group C: Ukraine v Austria (18:00, Bucharest)
Group B: Russia v Denmark (21:00, Copenhagen)
Group B: Finland v Belgium (21:00, St Petersburg)

Tuesday, June 23
Group D: Czech Republic v England (21:00, London)
Group D: Croatia v Play-off winner C (21:00, Glasgow)

Wednesday, June 24
Group E: Play-off winner B v Spain (18:00, Bilbao)
Group E: Sweden v Poland (18:00, Dublin)
Group F: Germany v Play-off winner A or D (21:00, Munich)
Group F: Portugal v France (21:00, Budapest)

The top two teams in each group plus the four best third-placed teams will go through to the knockout stage.

UEFA EURO 2020 Knockout Phase

Round of 16

Saturday, June 27
1: 2A v 2B (18:00, Amsterdam)
2: 1A v 2C (21:00, London)

Sunday, June 28
3: 1C v 3D/E/F (18:00, Budapest)
4: 1B v 3A/D/E/F (21:00, Bilbao)

Monday, June 29
5: 2D v 2E (18:00, Copenhagen)
6: 1F v 3A/B/C (21:00, Bucharest)

Tuesday, June 30
7: 1D v 2F (18:00, Dublin)
8: 1E v 3A/B/C/D (21:00. Glasgow)

Rest days on 1 and 2 July


Friday, July 3
QF1: Winner 6 v Winner 5 (18:00, Saint Petersburg)
QF2: Winner 4 v Winner 2 (21:00, Munich)

Saturday, July 4
QF3: Winner 1 v Winner 3 (18:00, Baku)
QF4: Winner 8 v Winner 7 (21:00, Rome)

Rest days on 5 and 6 July


Tuesday, July 7
SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 (21:00, London)

Wednesday, July 8
SF2: Winner QF4 v Winner QF3 (21:00, London)

Rest days on 9, 10, 11 July


Sunday, July 12
Winner SF1 v Winner SF2 (21:00, London)

The Azzurri: a team to watch

UEFA Euro 2020: the full guide

From the international shame of not being qualified in the FIFA World Cup in 2018, the Azzurri have become a team to watch in the 2020 European Championship. With a perfect score of 10 wins and no losses nor draws during the EURO qualifications, scoring 36 goals and only conceding 4, Italy had the highest goal difference in all the tournament qualifications, second only to the Belgian national team. In the past two years the Azzurri have revolutionised their game, thanks to a new core of young, hungry and talented players, especially in the mid-field and offence where they show a great depth of talent. The national team has changed from a classic Italian style of defence and counter attack to a more elaborate and technical style thanks to the new coach, Roberto Mancini, who he himself was one of the most talented players of his generation.

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