UEFA Euro 2020: Host Cities and Prediction
The summer sun is out, who is ready to get kicking?
With summer right around the corner, the long-awaited UEFA Euro 2020 Football Championship is finally inching in! I believe that football enthusiasts from around the globe can no longer contain their excitement and anticipation to watch the matches either in their home countries or arenas and stadiums in one of the host cities.
The quadrennial international men’s football championship is the 16th UEFA European Championship, organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Being the 2nd most-spectated football tournament in the world, UEFA Euro 2020 takes place once every four years. Home to several touristy spots like the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum, France was the first country to host the Euro Cup in the 1960s.
The Euro Cup is a primary competition where members of the 55 national football teams worldwide compete against one another and come out as the continental champion of Europe. To date, the Portugal National Football team is the title-holder for bagging champion in the 2016 Euro tournament.
To commemorate its 60-year mark since its inauguration, UEFA intends to celebrate with much grandeur and inclusivity.
Diverging from history, UEFA Euro 2020 this time around will feature 24 teams and will take place across 12 different venues, cities, and nations. However, since there are 24 participating teams, there will be no automatic qualifier which means, each of UEFA’s member nations will have to get kicking and earn their place at the finals.
Each venue will host at least there group stage games and a knock-out round tie.
1. Parken Stadium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
a) Saturday, 13 June – Group Stage B, Denmark vs. Finland
b) Thursday, 18 June – Group Stage B, Denmark vs. Belgium
c) Monday, 22 June – Group Stage B, Russia vs. Denmark
d) Monday, 29 June – Round of 16 2D vs. 2E
2. Ferenc Puskas Arena (Budapest, Hungary)
a) Tuesday, 16 June – Group Stage F, Play-off winner A or D vs. Portugal
b) Saturday, 20 June – Group Stage F, Play-off winner A or D vs. France
c) Wednesday, 24 June – Group Stage F, Portugal vs. France
d) Sunday, 28 June – Round of 16 1C vs. 3D, 3E or 3F
3. Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland)
a) Monday, 15 June – Group Stage E, Poland vs. Play-off winner B
b) Friday, 19 June – Group Stage E, Sweden vs. Play-off winner B
c) Wednesday, 24 June – Group Stage E, Sweden vs. Poland
d) Tuesday, 30 June – Round of 16 1D vs. 2F
4. Johann Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
a) Sunday, 14 June – Group Stage C, Netherlands vs. Ukraine
b) Thursday, 18 June – Group Stage C, Netherlands vs. Austria
c) Monday, 22 June – Group Stage C, Play-off winner D or A vs. Netherlands
d) Saturday, 27 June – Round of 16 2A vs. 2B
5. National Arena Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania)
a) Sunday, 14 June – Group Stage C, Austria vs. Play-off winner D or A
b) Thursday, 18 June – Group Stage C, Ukraine vs. Play-off winner D or A
c) Monday, 22 June – Group Stage C, Ukraine vs. Austria
d) Monday, 29 June – Round of 16 1F vs. 3A, 3B or 3C
6. Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
a) Monday, 15 June – Group Stage D, Play-off winner C vs. the Czech Republic
b) Friday, 19 June – Group Stage D, Croatia vs. the Czech Republic
c) Tuesday, 23 June – Group Stage D, Croatia vs. Play-off winner C
d) Tuesday, 30 June – Round of 16 1E vs. 3A, 3B, 3C or 3D
7. San Mames Stadium (Bilbao, Spain)
a) Monday, 15 June – Group Stage E, Spain vs. Sweden
b) Saturday, 20 June – Group Stage E, Spain vs. Poland
c) Wednesday, 24 June – Group Stage E, Play-off winner B vs. Spain
d) Sunday, 28 June – Round of 16 1B vs. 3A, 3D, 3E or 3F
8. Baku Olympic Stadium (Baku, Azerbaijan)
a) Saturday, 13 June – Group Stage A, Wales vs. Switzerland
b) Wednesday, 17 June – Group Stage A, Turkey vs. Wales
c) Sunday, 21 June – Group Stage A, Switzerland vs. Turkey
d) Saturday, 4 July – Quarter-final 3, Winner 3 vs. Winner 1
9. Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)
a) Tuesday, 16 June – Group Stage F, France vs. Germany
b) Saturday, 20 June – Group Stage F, Portugal vs. Germany
c) Wednesday, 24 June – Group Stage F, Germany vs. Play-off winner A or D
d) Friday, 3 July – Quarter-final 2, Winner 4 vs. Winner 2
10. Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy)
a) Friday, 12 June – Group Stage A, Turkey vs. Italy
b) Wednesday, 17 June – Group Stage A, Italy vs. Switzerland
c) Sunday, 21 June – Group Stage A, Italy vs. Wales
d) Saturday, 4 July – Quarter-final 4, Winner 8 vs. Winner 7
11. Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
a) Saturday, 13 June – Group Stage B, Belgium vs. Russia
b) Wednesday, 17 June – Group Stage B, Finland vs. Russia
c) Monday, 22 June – Group Stage B, Finland vs. Belgium
d) Friday, 3 July – Quarter-final 1, Winner 6 vs. Winner 5
12. Wembley Stadium (London, England)
a) Sunday, 14 June – Group Stage D, England vs. Croatia
b) Friday, 19 June – Group Stage D, England vs. Play-off winner C
c) Tuesday, 23 June – Group Stage D, the Czech Republic vs. England
d) Saturday, 27 June – Round of 16 1A vs. 2C
e) Tuesday, 7 July – Semi-final 1, Winner QF 2 vs. Winner QF 1
f) Wednesday, 8 July – Semi-final 2, Winner QF 4 vs. Winner QF 3
g) Sunday, 12 July – Final, Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF2
Londoners are extremely proud and excited to host 7 of the UEFA Euro 2020 matches at Wembley Stadium, which accommodates up to 90,000 spectators. It is also England’s first time hosting a senior international football tournament since 1996.
Should England qualify for the final tournament of UEFA Euro 2020, England fans and supporters alike will stand a chance to spectate the national team in action on at least 2 matches on home soil at Wembley Stadium.
On top of hosting sports tournaments, Wembley Stadium has also housed international music concerts from tip-top performers like Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Green Day AC/DC, and Asian K-pop sensation, BTS.
Which football team do you think will hoist the Henri Delaunay cup high up in the air, with the crowd chanting and shrieking with overwhelming bliss and pride, and bag the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship title? Hard to tell.
After all, France bagged the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and key players like Mbappe, Griezmann, and Pogba are still in the squad.
The World Cup 2018 runner-up, Croatia, is also a strong competitor to look out for. However, UEFA Euro 2020 might be the team’s star players like Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic’s last major international tournament.
Germany, the winner for World Cup 2014 is fired up and set to redeem themselves in UEFA Euro 2020 Group F after having failed to progress to the group stage in this year’s tournament.
Christiano Ronaldo, a familiar name that everybody in and outside of the football community has heard of, intends to defend the title his team, Portugal National Football team have fought against odds to win in 2016.
Italy and Wales had their fair share of successes in the European Championships last time, therefore they are sure to set some bars and expectations to hopefully relive their glory days. On the flip side of the coin, the Netherlands is aiming to make a statement and prove their worth upon being qualified for their first major tournament in six years.
Other teams that are expected to perform are Belgium, Spain, and England. On the other hand, Switzerland, Denmark, and the Sweden teams are looked forward to shining bright and perform optimistically in EUFA Euro 2020 too.
On top of celebrating the spirit of sports and the sharing of the same passion for football among one another in a community, the football season is also a prime time for bettors to get some betting action. Otherwise known as soccer in certain countries, soccer betting becomes more apparent when a big tournament such as UEFA Euro 2020 is set in motion. Bettors get to bet on players that they think is the lucky star of a team or on teams that they are confident will make it to the finals, and essentially, become the UEFA Euro 2020 Champion.
Football betting Malaysia has developed exponentially throughout the years. Now that more reliable Malaysia sportsbook and online sports betting platforms are made available, it is no doubt that bettors, no matter in which corner of the world, are more actively involved.
Sports betting indeed adds to the fun and excitement of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. Imagine sharing the hype of the matches with circa 3.5 billion people from around the world, and possibly winning heaps of money from betting on something that you truly enjoy? Count me in!
But, it’s always advisable to look at some of the Euro 2020 predictors for useful tips and strategies on which team to bet on to maximize your chances of winning and betting experience.
Most importantly, practice mindful betting and bet responsibly!