Euro 2020,the 16th edition of the flagship UEFA competition, is being styled as a celebration, with games being held across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever tournament (though it will strictly be 61 years).
Euro 2020 features 24 teams- 20 from automatic qualification and the remaining four decided through the play-offs.
The format for the final tournament will be the same asEuro 2016, making forsix groups comprised of four teams.
The winner and runner-up in each group, along with the four best third-placed sides, will progress to the round of 16.
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The group stages were confirmed with the Euro 2020draw on November 30, 2019.
The Euro 2020group stage is provisionally proposed to take place from June 11, 2021– June 24, 2021 .
Host nation Italy will kick off the tournamentagainst Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The 16th edition of the European Championship will provisionally kick off on June 11, 2021 and it will conclude on July 11, 2021.
It will be held across 12 different cities in Europe, with UEFA celebrating the 60th birthday of the first European Championship (then called the European Nations Cup), which was held in France in 1960.
The semi-finals and final will be contested in London at Wembley Stadium.
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There are no tickets on sale for Euro 2020 as the ticket portal has now closed.
Fans were given the opportunity to purchase tickets through their own individual federation until December 2019.
However, supporters are encouraged to keep checking the official Euro 2020 tickets website if tickets become available in the future.
Due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus, there remains a question about whether or not UEFA decide to permit fans to attend the games in the stadium.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told German broadcaster ARD in October 2020 that he is optimistic of fans being allowed to participate in the tournament.
“For the moment, we are planning the Euro exactly as we want it to be. We are considering how to do it with fans, without fans, or with 30, 50 or 70 percent (of capacity in stadiums),” he said.
He added: “Of course, I would have told you in February that the Euros would take place as normal with full stadiums this summer, but everything changed within a month.If you had asked me in February if I was prepared for a pandemic that would stop the world, I would have said you were crazy.
“But now we’re well prepared. We’re smarter and stronger than last year as we now know that anything can happen.”
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In the United Kingdom,the Euros will be broadcast live on BBC and ITV.
In the United States,the tournament will be shown on television on ABC, ESPN and ESPN 2. It will be livestreamed on the ESPN app.
VAR (Video Assistant Referees) will be used at Euro 2020 for the first time in tournament history.
Ceferin said:”We are confident that introducing VAR in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation of VAR in the Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition.”
The Uniforia ball, designed by Adidas, will serve as the match ball for all Euro 2020 matches.
The ball is mostly white and includes multi-coloured black strokes with additional blue, neon and pink stripes.
The name of the ball is taken from the combination of the words “unity” and “euphoria”.
“In this ground-breaking tournament, adidas will celebrate football – and sport – as something that can bring the world together,” said Florian Alt, Adidas’ vice-president of brand marketing.
“Football is for everyone, regardless of who you are, where you come from or what surface you play on – it unites us all when we play. With Uniforia, while it is just a symbol, it is a symbol we all can – and should – unite behind.”
‘Skillzy’ will be the official mascot of the tournament, and as evident from the name, will celebratefreestyle football,street footballandpannaculture.
The Euro 2020 slogan is “Live It. For Real”.
Dutch DJ Martin Garrix will be performing the tournament’s official song, which will be unveiled at the full opening ceremony in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico.
The official Euro 2020 song will be played as teams walk on to the pitch and will accompany the television broadcasts.
Garrix said:”It’s an incredible honour to be asked to create the official song for Euro 2020 and I am so excited to let everyone hear it.”
Even though UEFA pushed back the tournament a year due to the complications of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will still be called Euro 2020 and not Euro 2021.
The decision to keep the name stems from the fact that most marketing and promotional materials were already branded with ‘Euro 2020’ and they are unwilling for it to go to waste.
UEFA confirmed their decision to keep Euro 2020 as the name of the tournament in April 2020 , going on to add that the original name is a symbol of how the football world stuck together amidst the difficulties of dealing with the effects of thecoronavirus.
UEFA stated: “It will furthermore serve to remember how the whole football family came together to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficult times Europe, and the world, had to go through in 2020.
“This choice is in line with UEFA’s commitment to make Euro 2020 sustainable and not to generate additional amounts of waste. A lot of branded material had already been produced by the time of the tournament’s postponement.
“A change to the name of the event would have meant the destruction and reproduction of such items.”
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Portugal are defending title holders of the European Championship, having wonthe 2016 edition in what was their first tournament win.
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