by Isaac Durham

England flags are being pinned up all around the country in anticipation of the biggest football competition of the year. But, how does the competition work who are the favourites and where can you watch the tournament?

When will the tournament take place?

The Euros will begin on June 11th, 2021 when Turkey ‘kick off’ against Italy. After that, a steady stream of matches run right up until the final, taking place on July 11th, 2021.

The competition was supposed to take place last year, but due to the pandemic and ever-changing travel restrictions, it was postponed until this year. The event’s name, however, has not changed, so it is still known as ‘Euro 2020.’

Which countries are participating?

Twenty-four countries from all around Europe have qualified for the tournament’s group rounds. Italy, Belgium, Russia, England, Spain, and Portugal are just a few of the big names. But even smaller countries like Wales and Scotland will participate in Euro 2020.

How will you be able to watch the competition in England?

The BBC and ITV have agreed to split the broadcasting rights for the matches. However, the BBC will broadcast the majority of these matches. The broadcasters for the knockout stages have not yet been confirmed (also known as the R16 stage).

How has COVID affected the competition?

Varied nations have faced different problems as a result of the pandemic, and the danger remains high for some. Only 11 nations will host matches due to Coronavirus travel restrictions. The Wembley Stadium will host all of England’s matches. It has also been decided that the competition’s final would be held in London.

How does the competition work?

For the group stages, group winners, runners-up, and the best four third-placed teams advances. There are six groups total, and four countries in each group.

Once the group stages have taken place, it moves on to the round of 16. All the countries play one match, and if they win, then they proceed with the competition. If they lose that match, they are eliminated from the competition. Eight countries will move on.

After, the knockout stage continues with the semi finals, and quarter finals. Only the winners proceed.

And the top two countries battle it out at the final in Wembley Stadium at 8pm on July 11th.

Which teams are in each group?

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

Who are the favourites for Euro 2020?

England is the favourite to win the tournament, according to PaddyPower (as of June 7, 2020). Their chances are at 9/2.

France (5/1), Belgium (13/2), and Spain (7/1) are all on the betting radar.

Can supporters watch the Euros in-stadium?

Yes! Fans will be welcomed back to the stadiums in all of the host towns for the matches this summer, although with restricted capacity…

· Saint Petersburg and Baku – 50% capacity.

· Budapest – 100% capacity.

· Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville- 25% – 45% capacity.

· London – 25% capacity.

· Munich – 22% capacity.

Earlier this year, a ballot system was established to allow people to purchase tickets. When necessary, self-isolation and hotel quarantine remain in force.

So England, get your wall charts and England bunting up, and get ready for the year’s greatest football competition!

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