After a long wait, the UEFA European Football Championship is almost here. Euro 2020 is ready to start a bumper summer of the sport until the coronavirus intervenes, which means UEFA has delayed the tournament to the summer of 2021.
Here’s everything you need to know, including fixtures, schedule, match location and how to watch from where you’re based.
What is Euro 2021?
Euro 2021, otherwise known as the UEFA European Football Championship, is the 16th round of the men’s football tournament since 1960 which takes place every four years.
The official brand means that this year’s contest is called Euro 2020, despite what took place in 2021. However, most people still refer to it as Euro 2021.
All 55 UEFA member states get a chance to qualify for the event, but only 24 teams make it to the final tournament. Euro 2020 was supposed to be played throughout June and July 2020, but ended up being delayed by a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Portugal are the defending champions from Euro 2016, but either of them or any of the countries where the matches are held automatically enter the tournament.
Past winners have included Spain (1964, 2008, 2012), Greece (2004), France (1984, 2000), Denmark (1992), Netherlands (1988), Germany (1972, 1980, 1996), then Czechoslovakia (1976), Italy (1968) and the Soviet Union (1960), but never England. We were third back in 1968, and combined third in 1996, so it was time for England to bring it back.
When does Euro 2021 start?
There is no long wait now, such as the start of UEFA Euro 2021 Friday 11 June 2021. The contest will end on Sunday 11 July 2021 in the last battle.
How to watch UEFA Euro 2021 in the UK
The BBC and ITV have announced that they will share the broadcasting rights for Euro 2021. They will switch to having the top picks for each round, with both channels showing the final at Wembley Stadium.
Matches from the European Championships are usually shown on BBC One, but may be on BBC Two or even BBC Four when the matches are played simultaneously.
ITV is available on your TV, online at ITV Hub website, or via the ITV Hub mobile app for iOS at Android. You can also watch ITV live using any Freeview app. Matches from the European Championships tend to be on the main channel, but they can also be on ITV4 occasionally.
To watch any of the live channels you will need a TV license. This applies even if you use BBC iPlayer to catch up, but you can still watch past broadcasts on the ITV Hub.
How to watch UEFA Euro 2021 from the US and abroad
For US -based readers, you have several options for watching Euro 2021. You can watch games directly via ESPN at The ABC, or stream them to websites if you have channels as part of your cable package. Alternatively, you can sign up for ESPN +, Sling o fuboTV.
If you want to watch both the BBC and ITV from outside the UK, using a VPN is probably your best bet.
A VPN (or virtual private network) is software that allows you to mask your IP address to appear as if you are nowhere to be found. So, you can be in Spain and pretend to be browsing from the UK, then access BBC or ITV services as normal.
Euro 2021 fixtures and schedule
Here is the full schedule of group stages, knockouts, quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course the most important final. All times are in BST (British Summer Time), and include the location where the match will be held.
In the first stage, the top two in each group along with the four best third place teams went through the knockout stages.
Friday 11 June
8pm: Turkey vs Italy (Rome)
Saturday 12 June
2pm: Wales vs Switzerland (Baku)
5pm: Denmark vs Finland (Copenhagen)
8pm: Belgium vs Russia (St Petersburg)
Sunday 13 June
2pm: England vs Croatia (London)
5pm: Austria vs Northern Macedonia (Bucharest)
8pm: Netherlands vs Ukraine (Amsterdam)
Monday 14 June
2pm: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
5pm: Poland vs Slovakia (St Petersburg)
8pm: Spain vs Sweden (Seville)
Tuesday 15 June
5pm: Hungary vs Portugal (Budapest)
8pm: France vs Germany (Munich)
Wednesday 16 June
2pm: Finland vs Russia (St Petersburg)
5pm: Turkey vs Wales (Baku)
8pm: Italy vs. Switzerland (Rome)
Thursday 17 June
2pm: Ukraine vs Northern Macedonia (Bucharest)
5pm: Denmark vs Belgium (Copenhagen)
8pm: Netherlands vs Austria (Amsterdam)
Friday 18 June
2pm: Sweden vs. Slovakia (St Petersburg)
5pm: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
8pm: England vs Scotland (London)
Saturday 19 June
2pm: Hungary vs France (Budapest)
5pm: Portugal vs Germany (Munich)
8pm: Spain vs Poland (Seville)
Sunday 20 June
5pm: Italy vs. Wales (Rome)
5pm: Switzerland vs Turkey (Baku)
Monday 21 June
5pm: Northern Macedonia vs Netherlands (Amsterdam)
5pm: Ukraine vs Austria (Bucharest)
8pm: Russia vs Denmark (Copenhagen)
8pm: Finland vs. Belgium (St Petersburg)
Tuesday 22 June
8pm: Czech Republic vs England (London)
8pm: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow)
Wednesday 23 June
5pm: Slovakia vs Spain (Seville)
5pm: Sweden vs Poland (St Petersburg)
8pm: Germany vs. Hungary (Munich)
8pm: Portugal v France (Budapest)
Saturday 26 June
5pm: 2A vs 2B (Amsterdam)
8pm: 1A vs 2C (London)
Sunday 27 June
5pm: 1C vs 3D / E / F (Budapest)
8pm: 1B vs 3A / D / E / F (Seville)
Monday 28 June
5pm: 2D vs 2E (Copenhagen)
8pm: 1F vs 3A / B / C (Bucharest)
Tuesday 29 June
5pm: 1D vs 2F (London)
8pm: 1E vs 3A / B / C / D (Glasgow)
Friday 2 July
5pm: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (St Petersburg)
8pm: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (Munich)
Saturday 3 July
5pm: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (Baku)
8pm: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (Rome)
Tuesday 6 July
8pm: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (London)
Wednesday 7 July
8pm: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (London)
Sunday 11 July
8pm: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (London)
Where is the host of Euro 2021?
There is no single destination for Euro 2021, with matches spread across different Europe. UEFA President Michael Platini then said it was to mark the 60th birthday of the tournament.
It is at London’s Wembley Stadium that the most important matches are held, however, the UK hosts both the semi-finals and finals. Previously home to Euro 1996, this is the second time Wembley has had fun.
Other hosts of Euro 2021 include:
- Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
- Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
- Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
- Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
- Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
- Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
- Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
- Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain
Which football teams will compete in Euro 2021?
Of the 55 teams, 24 qualified to get through the final tournament. They have been split into six different groups, loosely based on how they perform with the qualifiers. Here are the different groups and what countries they belong to:
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
Some of the early favorites to win the competition were Belgium, France and Portugal – but anything can happen.
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