It’s one of the biggest competitions for international football across the globe. Second, only to the World Cup, the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships will be sure to deliver on the hype.
We’ve seen the best in Europe compete for the prestigious European Championship over the years.
This tournament has seen the likes of Ronaldo, Beckham, Zidane, Henry and many more go head to head for the title. And just like the years before it, next years Euro 2020 Championships will see the games gladiators do battle once more.
The Bidding Process
Following on from a two-day meeting held in 2012, UEFA sent out invitations to its 53 member associations across Europe. These invitations were to be the Euro 2020 host, and each invitation included minimum qualifying criteria. Each individual Country then had until May 15th 2012 to express their interest in hosting the event.
What many didn’t know at the time was that UEFA president Michel Platini was to make a tournament changing suggestion. The day before the Euro Finals in 2012, Platini suggested that the event should be spread across 12 or 13 Cities across Europe. In December of 2012, UEFA acted on Platini’s suggestion and confirmed that this would be the system for Euro 2020.
By April 2014, UEFA announced the Countries who had bid successfully.
Of course each of the successful venues had to meet UEFA criteria for hosting the large event.
The 12 major Cities with a successful bid are listed as follows: London, Munich, Rome, Budapest, Baku, St Petersburg, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Glasgow and Copenhagen.
How The New System Will Work in the Euro 2020
Following on from UEFA approval of the spread hosting system, 12 major Cities have been awarded hosting rights.
The Euros 2020 will be the first year that this system is in place. In previous years one Country is awarded the rights to host the event. However, the Euro 2020 host will now be spread across 12 different nations.
This being said, the specific games that each City would host was by no means random. There were advanced criteria to meet should a City want to host the latter stages of the event. For these reasons certain Cities are only eligible to host the early rounds.
Those Cities who are only eligible to host the group stage and round of 16 games are as follows: Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Budapest and Glasgow.
The Cities who are eligible for the group stage and quarterfinals include Munich, Baku, St Petersburg and Rome.
Wembley Stadium will be the venue for the semi-finals and finals. Wembley Stadium will also host games from the group stages and round of 16.
It is important to note that no Country has the rights to automatic qualification by hosting. For example, Wembley Stadium hosting the semi-finals and finals does not mean England automatically qualify.
Details Of The Euro 2020 Championships
The Euro 2020 draw will be held on November 30th 2019. There are currently 55 European teams battling to qualify for the finals of the championship. Results are flooding in weekly.
The European Championships will begin on June 12th 2020 and end on July 12th 2020. Many have been critical of the spread host system, and we will find out how effective it is soon enough. While many have been critical, others have stated that it is more equal and fair for spectators.
The tournament will also contain some of the most prestigious stadiums from around Europe. Some are more famous than others, but all promise to be a sell-out event.
London will host their games at Wembley Stadium (Capacity 90,000). Rome will host their games at the Stadio Olimpico (Capacity 72,698). Munich will host their games at the Allianz Arena (Capacity 75,000). With stadiums this big the crowds are going to be loud and the action is going to be intense!
While the spread hosting system is brand new, there are other first time events happening. The Euro 2020 Championships will be the first time that VAR is used for the event.
And from the selected 12 host Cities, 8 of the respective nations and 7 of those stadiums have never hosted a European finals event before. The only 2 stadiums that have are the Stadio Olimpico in Rome and Wembley Stadium in London.
Who To Look Out For
We can all agree that the 2018 World Cup was an incredible event. And the World Cup is often an indicator of which teams could do well in the euro event.
European football has long been dominated by teams such as Italy, France, Germany, Spain and England (sometimes). However, the 2018 World Cup paved the way for other teams to make a name for themselves.
Of course France won the World Cup. With players like Mbappe they have a fighting chance to take home the European trophy as well. But who else is in the mix?
The young England team are playing some great football lately. They seem to be young, hungry and fearless on the pitch. This could bode well for the Euro 2020 event.
Croatia of course made the World Cup final. Some question that the team is aging somewhat. But the standard of football they are still playing is great to see.
Then there are the current holders of the trophy, Portugal. Anything is possible with Ronaldo on the pitch, or injured on the bench it seems. His motivation and passion drove Portugal to victory back in 2016. Could it be the same again?
We all can’t wait for the event. And it promises to be full of drama, action and most importantly, top quality football.