UEFA Euro 2020: What you must know

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The UEFA Euro 2020, postponed from final yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic, kicks off on Friday, with Turkey taking over previous winners Italy in Rome.

When the motion will get underneath manner in entrance of a deliberate 16,000 followers at a quarter-full Stadio Olimpico, the overwhelming feeling for European soccer’s governing physique, UEFA, will likely be of aid following the unprecedented choice to place the event on maintain final yr.

Portugal, who’re grouped with Hungary and previous winners France and Germany, are the defending champions, having gained the 2016 version.

What are the important thing dates?

The event kicks off on Friday, June 11. The knockout section begins on June 26 with the ultimate going down on July 11 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The place is the event being held?

For the primary time within the event’s historical past, it will likely be going down throughout the continent with 11 host cities in all: London, Saint Petersburg, Baku, Munich, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Seville.

What number of groups are collaborating?

A complete of 24 groups divided into six teams will likely be collaborating within the event, which contains 51 matches.

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia

Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

What’s the event format?

The highest two groups from every group, plus 4 greatest third-place finishers, will progress to the round-of-16 section which will likely be adopted by the quarterfinals, semifinals and the ultimate.

Are followers allowed inside stadiums?

Sure. Every of the 11 venues has been given clearance to host followers. UEFA confirmed that Saint Petersburg and Baku could have as much as 50 capability; Budapest goals to host a full home; Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville will likely be internet hosting 25 to 45 p.c; London could have a minimal capability of 25 p.c; Munich goals to host roughly 22 p.c of the stadium capability.

Which venues had been dropped?

Dublin and Bilbao had been dropped from the record of host cities after refusing to provide ensures over spectator numbers, however Seville stepped in for the latter whereas Dublin’s video games went to London and Saint Petersburg.

How is UEFA feeling now?

Regardless of the pandemic-forced delays, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been bullish, insisting Euro 2020 will likely be protected.

“It will likely be the proper alternative to point out the world that Europe is adapting. Europe is alive and celebrating life. Europe is again,” he stated lately.

Have any gamers examined optimistic?

On Sunday, Spain captain Sergio Busquets examined optimistic for COVID-19 and left their coaching base. It comes after the Netherlands dropped goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from their squad due to a optimistic check.

Issues over doable virus clusters led to UEFA permitting nations to call expanded squads of 26 gamers.