All you need know about Euro 2020

Courtesy: UEFA

The European Championship is having a new format after 59 successive tournaments. The next tournament will mark 60th anniversary, and  will see the tournament held across the European continent. Here are all you need to know about the next championship. 

How many teams will qualify?
The success of the first 24-team UEFA European Championship – UEFA EURO 2016 – vindicated UEFA’s decision to broaden the net for the final tournament, and 24 sides will be involved again at UEFA EURO 2020. There will be no automatic qualifiers, however, with all the nations with host cities required to earn their place at the finals.

The European Qualifiers – running from March to November 2019 – will send 20 competitors to the tournament, namely the top two teams in each of the ten qualifying groups. Four more countries will qualify via the new UEFA Nations League, with the decisive play-offs to be staged in March 2020.

Why a ‘EURO for Europe’?

“Instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020,” explained then UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino as he introduced the UEFA EURO 2020 concept in 2012.

“2020 is the 60th anniversary of the European Championship. Obviously the fact the EURO will feature 24 teams instead of 16 puts an additional burden on countries to host such an event. It becomes much more difficult for many countries – the requirements are becoming bigger and bigger.

“An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way such an event requires.”

Fans’ considerations were also taken into account. Consequently, travel distances will be factored in when assigning hosting teams to tournament groups – and where feasible, flights will not exceed two hours’ duration between host cities.

The format will be the same as for UEFA EURO 2016. The top two in each of the six groups will proceed to the round of 16 along with the four best third-placed finishers.

Which cities will host games?

Munich (Germany) – three group matches and a quarter-final

Baku (Azerbaijan) – three group matches and a quarter-final

Rome (Italy) – three group matches and a quarter-final

St Petersburg (Russia) – three group matches and a quarter-final

Brussels (Belgium) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Copenhagen (Denmark) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Budapest (Hungary) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Amsterdam (Netherlands) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Dublin (Republic of Ireland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Bucharest (Romania) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Glasgow (Scotland) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

Bilbao (Spain) – three group matches and a round of 16 match

London (England) – see below

Where will the semi-finals and final be?

The semi-finals and final of UEFA EURO 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

The decision by the UEFA Executive Committee means England can prepare to stage a third major footballing championship after the 1966 FIFA World Cup and EURO ’96.

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