It has been a long wait for football fans to watch some quality international football as matches have happened behind closed doors for more than a year now.
But finally, the patience of the fans will be rewarded with Euro 2020.
With spectators set to be present at all the venues, the tournament is set to deliver the same excitement it did four years ago.
And even if you can’t be there in the flesh, the tournament is set to be telecasted throughout the world via several streaming platforms.
So let us look at all the information you need to know about Euro 2020, including the venues, the channels broadcasting the spectacle, and how the fixtures look for the mega event. Let us get started.
Euro 2020 Venues
The selection of venues for Euro 2020 is perhaps the most exciting part of the tournament.
For a tournament that started more than 60 years ago in 1958, this is the first time that it will be held throughout the continent in 11 different countries.
After all, the whole European crowd is longing for football, and UEFA has responded tremendously by giving eleven countries the privilege of hosting this premier European competition.
This move also serves to share the responsibility of ensuring social distancing and the safety of the spectators among different countries.
Let us briefly look at the countries and stadiums that will be the setting for the best players of Europe to display their magic.
While Azerbaijan did not qualify for the tournament finals, the proud country will be represented at the Euros by their incredible Baku Olympic Stadium.
Three group games and a one-Quarter Final will be played in the 69000 plus seater arena where 50% of the fans will be allowed.
The stadium is not new to hosting the most important European games as the stadium was also the venue of the 2019 Europa League Final as Chelsea beat Arsenal.
Initially, the three group games and one Round of 16 games allotted to Spain were to be played in Bilbao.
But as things stand, it has been moved to Stadium La Cartuja Sevilla.
Stadium La Cartuja mainly hosts home games for the Spanish National Team and is also set to be the venue of the Copa Del Rey finals from 2020 to 2023.
The 60000 seater venue will add to the beauty of the event as more than 25% of the seats will be available for the fans.
The historic Hampden Park will host three group games and one Round of 16 fixture.
The stadium was the biggest stadium in the world back when it was constructed about a hundred years ago.
The tournament will be the venue for two of Scotland’s group games against Croatia and the Czech Republic, where the atmosphere is set to be electric even if 25-33% of the stadium will be filled.
Being the venue for three group games and one Round of 16 fixture, Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark, will host 15,900 fans.
Denmark will be looking to take advantage of their home conditions to qualify from their group that includes Belgium and Russia as well.
Named after the legendary Ferenc Puskas, the Puskas Arena in Budapest is set to host three group stage contests and one RO16 fixture.
The doors of the stadium will be open for as many fans as the 60000 plus arena can fill, however, a vaccination record is considered mandatory.
The National Arena in Bucharest will be one of the two potential venues that will be able to host 100% of its 54000 capacity.
The stadium is set to be the venue for three Group C matches and also one Round of 16 tie.
Like most other venues, the Johan Cruyff Arena, the home stadium of AFC Ajax, will be operating at 25% of its capacity for the Euro finals.
And it will host three of the Netherlands’ home games against Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia.
As Italy tries to negotiate a tricky group containing Turkey, Wales, and Switzerland, they will have the luxury of playing at home at the Stadio Olimpico.
With 25% of the stadium available for fans, around 16000 fans are set to be present for three group games and a Quarter Final.
Allianz Arena in Munich will be hosting three group games and a one-Quarter Final.
22% of the stadium capacity will be allocated to the fans as Germany play teams like Portugal, Hungary, and France in what many think of as the group of death in this summer’s competition.
The Saint Petersburg Stadium, where Zenit plays their home games, is set to be the setting of six group games including two Russian fixtures and a Quarter Final.
50% of the fans will be allowed in the arena, with more than 30,000 seats available for fans to watch their heroes.
The Wembley Stadium is the setting of the penultimate stages of the event, with both semi-finals and the final taking place at the historic venue.
Besides that, three group games of England will also be played here and two Round of 16 fixtures.
Wembley’s gates will be open for around 22,000 fans for the group games, while the capacity for the semi-finals and final is yet to be confirmed. Let’s hope for the best.
Euro 2020 TV Channels Broadcasting
Even if you can’t watch the game live, you can always tune in to the plethora of channels covering the blockbuster event.
Also, be sure to check the timing and schedule of the broadcast partner to make sure you are tuned in at the right time.
Euro 2020 Live Streaming
If you do not have a cable connection to watch the blockbuster event, you don’t need to worry.
Plenty of live streaming services throughout the world are covering the event.
Some of these are mobile applications as well making it easy for you to tune in even if you do not have a laptop.
A great example is the ESPN app where you can watch the Euro 2020 for $5.99 a month in the United States.
You can also watch Euro 2020 through other streaming apps depending on where you live.
In the United Kingdom, ITV and BBC have their apps for you to join the action.
Amazon Prime is available in a variety of countries and is another great option to watch the tournament.
In the USA, PlayStation Vue and Sling Sports are perhaps the best options to follow the tournament.
All in all, you have enough options to watch the games live and be a part of the footballing celebration.
Euro 2020 Fixtures
As you look at all the fixtures of Euro 2020, you can’t help noticing a few mouthwatering clashes.
Let us look at the five games we are looking forward to in the main event this summer.
- Italy v Turkey
The tournament kicks off with this exciting fixture where the mercurial Turkey side faces off against the Italians at the Stadio Olimpico.
Italy still has players like Chiellini at the back, but their forward line is full of breathtaking talent and a definite cause for excitement.
As for Turkey, they score a lot and concede a lot. And if it is to be a multi-goal thriller, it would be exactly what fans want.
2. England v Croatia
A repeat of the World Cup Semi-Final will see England trying to avenge their loss and top their group.
Croatia is an awkward team to face as they are full of experienced players that know how to manage a game.
After this fixture, we will know better what England is made of and if the hype they are getting this time around is justified or not.
3. France v Germany
While Germany does not have momentum on their side and Joachim Low seems to be on the way out, they can still prove to be a test for France.
France, on the other hand, would want to stamp their authority on the group by winning against the Germans.
Hopefully, it is another quality game between the last two World Cup winners.
4. Denmark v Belgium
The reason we think that this game is fascinating is that it would prove to be a respectable test for the Belgian side against a decent Danish side.
Belgium has enough talent in their ranks but Denmark has the ability to frustrate. Let’s see how this one turns out.
5. Portugal v France
Whatever happens in the first two matchdays, this game is still going to be special.
Either both teams would fight for qualification or for the top place in the group, and either way, we get to see two of the most special attacks in the tournament go head to head.
Euro 2020 Favorites
While the tournament is full of teams at their stunning best, some teams have to be declared favorites as per the custom.
Out of these, we like these five teams to go all the way and lift the European Championship.
The World Cup winners have to go into the tournament as obvious favorites due to the sheer number of superstars they have in their side.
From the likes of Mbappe to Pogba to Kante, the French National Team already has enough superstars.
But in this summer’s tournament, they have the services of in-form Karim Benzema, whose national team exile finally seems to be coming to a close.
The only hurdle seems to be their tough group, where Portugal and Germany will prove fierce competitors, so starting well is vital for the French side.
Belgium in recent times has always promised a lot only to fall short in crucial games.
But as their golden generation gets older and more experienced, this time around, they may be ready to go all the way.
Lukaku has had the season of his life with Inter Milan, and De Bruyne has been the superstar for Man City for quite some time.
Players like Tielemans and Courtois will also be key cogs to their system as they look to build from their Semi-Final reaching side in the World Cup.
If they can get Hazard playing at his best, they may as well go all the way this time.
If you look at the Portuguese squad right now, you can easily conclude that it is a much well-rounded side compared to the one that went all the way last time.
There is significant competition for places, especially in the midfield and attack.
Ruben Dias and Pepe would be leading the defense, as Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva take up the creative burden.
The responsibility for scoring goals would be on Cristiano Ronaldo and the in-form Andre Silva and Liverpool forward Diogo Jota will provide the impetus from the bench.
The Netherlands was shaping up well for the Euros before the injury to Virgil Van Dijk.
As things stand, they still have a talented group with several young players waiting to prove themselves on the international stage.
At the back, De Vrij and De Ligt are sure to provide stability at the back. Going forward, De Jong and Depay will lead the build-up play with young players like Malen and Bergwijn providing support.
While the Dutch side may not look completely ready to win this edition, some of their young guns may punch above their weights and pull off a surprise.
In every single knockout tournament, England is hyped beyond comprehension, only to lose out when the going gets tough.
But the current team has already made the World Cup Semi-Final and their star seems to be rising every game.
With players like Jaden Sancho and Phil Foden supporting stalwarts like Harry Kane in attack, they definitely have goals in them.
What remains to be seen is how well they defend against teams like France or Portugal who have enough firepower of their own.
The fact that 11 different countries will be hosting the mega event tells you how much shared responsibility there is to make the whole thing work.
Substantial work is being put in by the authorities to make sure of the safety of the players and the fans.
So the fans going to the stadiums need to follow regulations to make sure they have a safe and entertaining experience.
As for the fans watching at home, Euro 2020 is set to be a slight return to normalcy, with fans returning to the stadium and providing the atmosphere every single viewer of the game has missed.