The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic halted several wheels in the football world. Not only were domestic leagues and competitions put on hold, international mundials such as the UEFA Euros 2020 had to be postponed.
A year after, soccer fans await the sixtieth edition of the UEFA European Championship with much excitement and trepidation. Domestic soccer leagues have since resumed with emphasis on preventive measures and the rollout of vaccines across countries. Nonetheless, the pandemic is far from over.
In this article, Mightytips’ author Kate Richardson examines the changes and format to be expected when the European Championship finally takes place this summer.
For the first time since the European Championship began, it failed to hold as scheduled in 2020. Rather, the 24 nation competition will take place in the summer of 2021. While the competition will retain the name “Euro 2020”, it will be played across 12 countries, in a new development.
In the words of Michel Platini, the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the “one-off romantic event” celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the European Championship.
However, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that having the games played in several countries will reduce the influx of tourists, players, and team members into a single host country. This will undoubtedly help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus and make it easier to control immigration.
Euro 2021 (or 2020, if you like) is a tournament of many firsts. Asides from being played in 12 different cities (and countries), the tournament is also the first time UEFA will permit the use of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the competition’s history.
What Country Is Hosting Euro 2021?
As we mentioned earlier and confirmed by UEFA, the European Championship will simultaneously occur in 12 different countries. This means that each group will play in separate countries, with Group A playing majorly in Italy.
Some of the other countries where the European Championship matches will take place include:
– and the Republic of Ireland.
This will make games available to more European soccer fans and add color and culture to the Mundial.
How Many Countries Will Be Competing In Euro 2021?
While the traditional schedule and hosting requirements have been altered, Euro 2021 will still feature 24 teams. The majority of the countries that will be participating in the competition are familiar names, with 19 of them having been at the 2016 edition of the tournament.
Leading the way amongst the teams is the Portuguese, who are looking to defend the title they battled to in 2016. On the competitive front, Euro 2021 is filled with several teams who have previously lifted the trophy, such as Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, and Russia.
Just as we have teams with a pedigree in the European Championship, some countries will be flagging off their debut Euros campaigns in 2021. These countries are Finland and North Macedonia, the competition’s newbies.
When Will Euros 2021 Hold?
Euros 2021 is scheduled to commence on the 11th of June and will last for a period of thirty days. This is in line with the traditional one-month duration for international soccer competitions. Soccer fans can expect to see thrilling games from the 11th of June till the 11th of July, when the final game takes place.
Frequently Asked Questions About Euros 2020/21
In this section, the team of experts at Mightytips give answers to some of the recurring questions about the upcoming European Championship.
When Will The Next European Championship Take Place?
Traditionally, the European Championship takes place every four years. As such, it’s a quadrennial tournament. However, last year’s edition had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Having already granted Euro 2024’s hosting rights to Germany, it’s likely that UEFA will return to its original schedule after Euro 2021, meaning the next edition should take place in the summer of 2024.
What Country Is The Most Successful in European Championship History?
In the competition’s 63 year history, several countries have emerged champions, even on multiple occasions. However, two countries stand out from the rest of the pack.
Germany and Spain both have three titles apiece and are jointly tied as the most successful teams in the competition. On the other hand, Spain is the only team to have won consecutive editions of the European Championship. The two European giants will be looking to outgun each other come June 2021.
How Much Is The Competition Prize Money?
The competition prize money for the emerging champion of Euros 2021 is ten million euros. Additionally, all participating teams get a sum of €9.25million.
Other monetary prizes include rewards for winning matches in the group and knockout stages of the competition. Cumulatively, the eventual winner of the competition will take home about €34million.
Will Fans Be Allowed Into Match Venues?
While UEFA hopes to have fans in the stands during Euro 2021, that decision may be out of its hands. This is because the host countries are at different levels of vaccination and coronavirus cases.
As a result, it’s possible that UEFA may let fans into stadiums in some countries, but not in others. For instance, England plans to have fans come in to watch the final game of the competition at Wembley stadium.
Euro 2021 or 2020, as UEFA would have us call it, is bound to thrill soccer fans and be worth the wait. At Mightytips, we’re committed to bringing you the latest updates, news, and information surrounding the round leather game. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating this page and our website as the competition draws nearer and progresses. You may also check out our blog for more information on soccer tournaments across the world and online freebet tips.