Why is it referred to as Euro 2020 rather than Euro 2021?
Following the postponement due to the Coronavirus epidemic, Euro 2020 will finally take place this summer, a year after it was initially scheduled.
The Pan-European competition will include 24 teams competing in 51 matches across 11 venues, with the semi-finals and final taking place at Wembley Stadium on July 11.
The home nations of England, Wales, and Scotland are all competing in the event, with Hampden Park hosting the group stage and several knockout matches.
Both the English and Scottish football stadiums will be 25 percent full, with 22,500 and 12,000 supporters in attendance, respectively.
The teams of Gareth Southgate and Steve Clarke have been drawn together in Group D and will face off on June 18.
The tournament’s qualification began in March 2019, with the delayed play-offs scheduled for November 2020.
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium qualified for the tournament as early as October 2019, after coasting to qualification from qualifying Group I.
The epidemic offered a variety of challenges, and Euro 2020 was no exception. UEFA insisted on keeping the name because it “keeps the competition’s concept.”
However, marketing and branding materials had already been issued prior to the global lockdowns, with more products on the way.
“It will also serve as a reminder of how the entire football family rallied together to respond to the unusual conditions of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the difficult times that Europe, and the globe, had to face in 2020,” UEFA stated in a statement.
“This decision is in line with UEFA’s goal to make UEFA EURO 2020 environmentally friendly and waste-free.
“By the time the event was postponed, a lot of branded stuff had already been prepared. The destruction and reproduction of such things would have resulted from a naming change for the event.”
Wales are the first of the home nations to play with their game against Turkey commencing at 2pm on Saturday, June 12.
England kick-off their tournament against 2018 World Cup semi-final opponents Croatia on Sunday, June 13 at 2pm.
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