Could UK host Euro 2020? Latest news, fixture dates and confirmed groups for rescheduled tournament this summer

The rearranged Euro 2020 is coming up this summer as the tournament gets set to finally celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Countries across Europe were gearing up for the tournament last year with it originally set to start on June 12, 2020.

Euro 2020 has been rearranged to this summer following the impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown

But the coronavirus lockdown has had unprecedented impacts on the footballing world and forced organisers to have a rethink over when the tournament could go ahead.

Last March, it was announced that it had been put on hold until the summer of 2021 but will still be known as ‘Euro 2020’.

The tournament is taking place 60 years on since the first of its kind and is still set to be held at a number of cities around the continent, culminating with the final at Wembley in London.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal beat France in the final of the last competition while England crashed out in the round of 16 to minnows Iceland.

Now all eyes will start to turn to this summer’s tournament with the Euros finally ready to go ahead…

Euro 2020: Dates

The rescheduled tournament is currently slated to kick-off on Friday, June 11, 2021 with Rome’s Stadio Olimpico staging the opening match between Turkey and Italy.

England kick off their campaign against Croatia at Wembley on Sunday, June 13.

Scotland start a day later against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park, as do Wales, who play Switzerland in Azerbaijan.

The mouthwatering Group D showdown – England vs Scotland – then takes place at Wembley on Friday, June 18.

Once the group stage is done, the round of 16 will begin on June 27, with the quarter-finals a week later on July 2.

And after the semi-finals on July 6 and 7, the winners will be crowned on Sunday, July 11 at Wembley.

Euro 2020: How the tournament works

The competition will be made up of 24 teams in six groups.

The top two in each group will progress to the round of 16 with the fourth-placed team eliminated.

The four highest ranking third-placed sides will also make it into the knockout phase with the remaining two sides going home.

The tournament will then progress through the knockout phase before a champion is crowned.

Unlike the World Cup, there will be no third-place play-off at the Euros.

Euro 2020 Group Stage

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

Euro 2020: Stadiums and cities

The group stages will be held at the major stadiums of various European cities:

  • Group A: Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy) and Olympic Stadium (Baku, Azerbaijan)
  • Group B: Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia) and Parken Stadium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Group C: Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam, Holland) and Arena Nationala (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Group D: Wembley Stadium (London, England) and Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Group E: Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland) and San Mames (Bilbao, Spain)
  • Group F: Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) and Puskas Arena (Budapest, Hungary)

Wembley will stage the business end of the tournament. The 90,000-seater stadium is the biggest venue being used and will host the final.

Because of the travelling involved, the semi-finals will also be held under the famous arch in London.

In addition, Wembley will host three group matches and a round of 16 clash as will Scotland’s Hampden Park and Ireland’s Aviva Stadium.

The quarter-finals are being held in Saint Petersburg, Rome, Munich and Baku.

Key fixtures at Euro 2020

England (Group D)

  • England v Croatia: June 13 at Wembley
  • England v Scotland: June 18 at Wembley
  • Czech Republic v England: June 22 at Wembley

Scotland (Group D)

  • Scotland v Czech Republic: June 14 at Hampden Park
  • England v Scotland: June 18 at Wembley
  • Croatia v Scotland: June 22 at Hampden Park

Wales (Group A)

  • Wales v Switzerland: June 12 at Olympic Stadium (Baku)
  • Turkey v Wales: June 16 at Olympic Stadium (Baku)
  • Italy v Wales: June 20 at Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

Euro 2020: Ticket information

UEFA could reportedly look to refund all tickets for Euro 2020 and start the buying process again once stadium capacities have been confirmed.

The Times have reported that fans are facing continued uncertainty over their tickets and may have to buy them again in the near future.

Individual national governments have not yet stated how many fans will be permitted to attend games.

As such, the current ticket holders may be refunded and the process restarted.

More than 1.5million of the three million tickets for the tournament had been sold, though many of them will have been returned already.

It is expected that only home fans will be allowed into games but full details on this will follow.

Euro 2020: What has been said?

UEFA are unlikely to take up any offers from the UK to host the entire Euro 2020 tournament.

According to The Times, culture secretary Oliver Dowden ‘has signalled’ to the governing body that crowds are expected back in UK stadiums before the rest of Europe due to progress on coronavirus vaccinations.

Wembley Stadium will be a key venue in the tournament and the government is now ready to take on more games, The Times said.

However, UEFA remain committed to hosting the tournament across the 12 designated cities and recently rebuffed a similar offer from Israel to help with hosting games.

Additionally, UK health secretary Matt Hancock was unaware of any offer to host the tournament, saying: “I haven’t seen anything on that, I understand that that’s not right.”

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