Euro 2020 has been reschuled to next summer following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic but the tournament is still set to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Countries across Europe were gearing up for the tournament earlier this year with it originally set to start on June 12.
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But the coronavirus lockdown has had unprecedented effects of the footballing world and forced organisers to have a rethink over when the tournament could go ahead.
In March, it was announced that it had been put on hold until next summer 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, concluding 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.
The qualifying play-offs for next summer’s tournament will be completed next month having also had to be put back.
Once they are done, all eyes will start to turn to next summer with the hope the Euros can finally 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.
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
- Play-off winner A (Hungary or Iceland)
- Play-off winner C (Serbia or Scotland)
- Czech Republic
- Play-off winner B (Northern Ireland or Slovakia)
- Play-off winner D (Georgia or North Macedonia)
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.
News over whether fans will be able to attend the matches will follow in due course.