The UEFA Euro 2020, postponed from final 12 months 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 method at 20:00 GMT in entrance of a deliberate 16,000 followers at a quarter-full Stadio Olimpico, the overwhelming feeling for European soccer’s governing physique, UEFA, shall be of reduction following the unprecedented choice to place the event on maintain final 12 months.
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 participating?
A complete of 24 groups divided into six teams shall be participating 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 finest third-place finishers, will progress to the round-of-16 section which shall 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 can have as much as 50 capability; Budapest goals to host a full home; Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville shall be internet hosting 25 to 45 p.c; London can 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 listing 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.
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— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 7, 2021
How is UEFA feeling now?
Regardless of the pandemic-forced delays, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been bullish, insisting Euro 2020 shall be secure.
“It is going to be the right alternative to point out the world that Europe is adapting. Europe is alive and celebrating life. Europe is again,” he stated not too long ago.
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 take a look at.
Issues over attainable virus clusters led to UEFA permitting nations to call expanded squads of 26 gamers.