This European Football Championship is in many ways specific, but mostly because it will be played exactly one year after it was planned. This should have been EURO 2020, but pandemic COVID 19 influenced all sport events in the world, including European football festival which had to be postponed.
24 national teams will participate, all divided in six groups by 4 selections, and two best national teams will take placement to the round of 16, as well as the four best third placed teams from each group. This is second European Football Championship in a row with 24 national teams participating and playing by this system of the competition.
The news is that this is first time that one big football competition will not be held in just one or two countries, but as many as 11 cities trough Europe. It was originally planned to be played in 12 host cities, however, Irish Dublin dropped out and the matches from that city were moved to London and St. Petersburg, while instead of Bilbao, Sevilla got the hosting role, so now everything is distributed in 11 stadiums.
We have already written in the announcement that the European Championship will be played in 11 cities, in 11 different stadiums, and they are geographically distributed in such a way that the EURO will be played in practically every part of the “Old Continent”. This was UEFA's wish, with the aim of making the matches available to as many spectators as possible, however, the corona virus pandemic still ruined the plans, and it is uncertain whether and how many fans will be able to attend the matches.
Below we present 11 stadiums hosting EURO 2021.
- Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Johan Cruyff Arena
- Baku (Azerbaijan) – Olympic Stadion
- Sevilla (Spain) – Estadio de La Cartuja
- Bucharest (Romania) – Arena Nationala
- Budapest (Hungary) – Puskas Arena
- Copenhagen (Denmark) – Parken Stadion
- Glasgow (Scotland) – Hampden Park
- London (England) – Wembley
- München (Germany) – Allianz Arena
- Rim (Italy) – Olimpico
- Sankt Petersburg (Russia) – Krestovsky Stadion
Johan Cruyff Arena
The home of Ajax is one of the choices that seem quite logical for the EC, also this stadium was already built for the needs of one previous European Championship. It was for EURO 2000, which was hosted by the Netherlands together with Belgium, and then, in addition to the group stage matches, two duels of the round of 16 were played here, as well as one quarterfinal and one semifinal. The 1998 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus was also played at this stadium.
|Name of the stadium||Johan Cruyff Arena|
|Year of built||1996|
|Team playing at the stadium||Ajax|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Groupe C and one match of the round of 16|
This stadium does not have a special history, but it is a really modern sports building, in which a lot of money has been invested. It is known that Azerbaijan is a rich country and they decided to build a home for their national team worthy of the best world selections, although Azerbaijan is an average national team, which fails to qualify for big competitions. They won't be at this one either, but UEFA still rewarded them with hosting a few games.
|Name of the stadium||Olympic Stadion|
|Year of built||2015|
|Team playing at the stadium||Azerbaijani national Team|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group A and one match of the quarterfinals|
Estadio de La Cartuja
If the EURO had been held as planned, last year at this time, this stadium would not have been the host. Meanwhile, Bilbao dropped out of the list of hosts and Sevilla jumped in, but it is interesting that it will not be played either at the FC Sevilla stadium or at the FC Betis stadium, but at the sports building which is actually intended mainly for athletic competitions. However, the matches of the Davis Cup tennis were played at this stadium, as well as the finals of the Copa del Rey 2020.
|Name of the stadium||Estadio de La Cartuja|
|Year of built||1999|
|Team playing at the stadium||–|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group E and one match of the round of 16|
Another stadium that does not have a rich history, but can be called a more modern facility, which was completely renovated ten years ago. Before that, Romania really did not have a stadium that would be representative, so they decided to build a home for their football team. Together with Bulgaria, they applied for the organization of the EURO, so that was the reason for the construction of this stadium, which in 2012 hosted the finals of the European League, between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.
|Name of the stadium||Arena Nationala|
|Year of built||2011|
|Team playing at the stadium||FCSB, Dinamo Bucharest|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group C and one match of the round of 16|
In order for Eastern Europe to be as represented as possible in the organization of this championship, UEFA has decided that Puskas Arena in Budapest will also host four matches. Quite justified, because it is one of the newest stadiums in Europe, which opened in 2019 and is home to the Hungarian national team. This selection has already played a lot of matches at that stadium, but last year the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern and Seville was also played.
|Name of the stadium||Puskas Arena|
|Year of built||2019|
|Team playing at the stadium||Hungarian National Team|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group F and one match of the round of 16|
We can't say that this stadium belongs to the more modern ones, but it was still decided to play four games here, so that Scandinavia as a part of Europe would be represented. For many years, the Danish national team has been playing its matches at this stadium, but the final matches of the former Cup Winners' Cup in 1994, as well as the finals of the former UEFA Cup in 2000, have also been played. Parken is also the stadium with the smallest capacity of all 11 where EURO 2021 will be played.
|Name of the stadium||Parken Stadion|
|Year of built||1992|
|Team playing at the stadium||FC Copenhagen|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group B and one match of the round of 16|
This is definitely the oldest stadium on the list of those that will host EURO 2021, but of course this football building has undergone numerous reconstructions throughout history. It is home to the Scottish national football team, but it is interesting that the two biggest clubs in this country, Celtic and Rangers, do not play there. It would take a long time to list all the big games and finals that have been played there for decades behind us, so it can rightly be said that it has the status of a “cult” stadium.
|Name of the stadium||Hampden Park|
|Year of built||1903|
|Team playing at the stadium||Scottish National Team|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group D and one match of the round of 16|
Another “cult” stadium, about which one could really write a lot and not mention everything again. A huge number of great matches, grand finals, but also music and other events are part of the history of Wembley, which was actually only renovated in 2007. It was a complete reconstruction of the old building and now it is a super modern stadium, with the largest capacity of all the hosts of this EP. The largest number of matches will be played at this stadium, including both semifinals, as well as the grand finale.
|Name of the stadium||Wembley|
|Year of built||2007|
|Team playing at the stadium||England National Team|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group D, two matches of the round of 16, semifinals and finals|
Germany has the most modern stadiums in Europe and it is a country that is always ready to organize one big competition on its own, but this time the choice fell only on the stadium in Munich. Looking at the year of construction, Allianz Arena is no longer even one of the newer stadiums, but the home of the most trophy-winning German club Bayern is certainly rightfully on the list of hosts and many great matches have already been played at this stadium, among which will now be included three group stage matches and one quarterfinal of this EP.
|Name of the stadium||Allianz Arena|
|Year of built||2005|
|Team playing at the stadium||Bayern Munich|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group F and one match of the quarterfinals|
The stadium in Rome was built a long time ago but underwent a major renovation ahead of the 1990 World Cup. And after that it was further embellished, especially ahead of the 2009 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United. Even before that, a number of big matches were played here, including the grand final of the aforementioned World Cup in 1990, between Germany and Argentina. By the way, the city rivals, Roma and Lazio, are also playing their matches at this stadium.
|Name of the stadium||Olimpico|
|Year of built||1953|
|Team playing at the stadium||AS Roma, Lazio Rome|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group A and one match of the quarterfinals|
Russia hosted the last World Cup and because of that many stadiums in this country have undergone a major renovation, and among them is the stadium in St. Petersburg, which has many names due to sponsors. We name it after the region in which it is located and the current Russian champion Zenit plays at this stadium. At the mentioned World Cup in 2018, as many as seven matches were played at this stadium, including a match for third place, and one semifinal.
|Name of the stadium||Krestovsky Stadion|
|Year of built||2017|
|Team playing at the stadium||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|Matches to be played on the stadium||Group B, Group E and one match of the quarterfinals|
We have already written in the announcement that there are a total of six groups at this European Championship, and there are four national teams in each. The system of competition according to which one can pass to the eighth finals even from the third position in the group certainly leaves a lot of space for the favorites for some mistakes, but also for some outsiders to get to the knockout phase, i.e., to the round of 16.
Looking at the composition of the groups, it is quite clear that Group F stands out, one that includes the current world champions French, the current European champion Portugal, as well as the multiple world and European champion Germany.
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
- Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
- Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
- Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
- Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
- Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
This group has a clear favorite, and it is of course the selection of Italy, but also the fight for second place could be very interesting. First of all, we might watch Switzerland and Turkey, who is getting better, in that fight, although Wales should never be written off, considering that they have been very good in recent years and often in big competitions. Of course, the advantage for Italy is that the matches of this group will also be played in Rome.
Italy is the first favorite of this group, but not only that. This selection, after a great failure when they did not win a place at the World Cup in Russia, was completely revived and now they are playing really well. Suffice it to say that the Italians last lost in September 2018, when they were defeated by Portugal in the League of Nations. Qualifications for this championship with all ten victories, and in three qualifying matches for the next World Cup, they won. Because of all that, they are among the favorites to come to the very end of the tournament.
Switzerland has been a constant in major competitions for the past several years and the last one to miss is the 2012 European Championships. Since then, they have been playing on all other tournaments with more or less success, but some particularly good results have not been achieved. In those nine years, they appeared twice at the World Cups, first in Brazil in 2014, as well as Russia in 2018, they were eliminated from each in a very similar way.
At the World Cup in Brazil, in the group stage, the Swiss recorded the expected victories over Ecuador and Honduras, which was enough to get to the round of 16, despite a fairly convincing defeat by France with 5: 2. In the eighth finals, the mighty Argentina was waiting for them, to which they offered great resistance and the match went into overtime, in which they were unlucky and received a goal that eliminated them from this competition.
At the World Cup in Russia in 2018, they did not lose any of the three games in the group stage, but they drew twice and won once, which was enough for second place. They managed to draw with Brazil, and the key was the victory over Serbia, after which the draw with Costa Rica was quite enough. In the eighth finals, they had a slightly easier task than four years earlier, because the rival was Sweden, however, the result was the same again. No overtime was played, but Sweden won 1-0 and that was the end for Switzerland.
When it comes to the European Championships, they have performed four times in total. Switzerland was not at European football festivals until 1996, when they were eliminated in England after the group stage. They did not play in Belgium and the Netherlands in 2000, but in Portugal in 2004 they were eliminated again after the group stage and again failed to achieve victory.
The first historic triumph was recorded at the European Championship in 2008, which they hosted together with Austria. They defeated the favored Portugal with 2: 0, but only in the third round after two introductory defeats by the Czech Republic and Turkey, so that triumph had no significance except that it will remain written that it was the first historical victory at the European Championships.
The last European Championship played in France in 2016 will also remain inscribed in special letters in the history of Swiss football, because this selection passed the group stage of the competition for the first time. This time they did not lose a single match and played very hard, so they defeated Albania 1: 0, they drew 1: 1 with Romania, and 0: 0 with the host France. Quite enough for second place and placement in the eighth finals, where the rival was Poland. It seemed like a very good opportunity to finally skip that round of 16 and record the best result in the recent history of Switzerland. They failed and this time it was the penalties that decided, in which they did not have enough luck and concentration.
Now they will have a new opportunity, and as for the results from the last big competition, there have been ups and downs. They played a very good first edition of the League of Nations and reached the semifinals with a great victory over the favored Belgium with 5: 2. In the semifinals, they could not match the host Portugal, and later, after a penalty, they were defeated by England in the fight for third place. In the second edition of the League of Nations they were not so successful in the competition with Spain and Germany, they could not do much, so they surpassed only Ukraine.
As for the qualifications for this European Championship, after the draw it was clear that Denmark will be their biggest rival, and that the Republic of Ireland could be dangerous. They didn’t start very well and after the first five rounds they only had two wins. They lost away from Denmark, and with the same selection they drew at home. However, the key was the home victory over the Republic of Ireland, which was followed by two more triumphs and in the end, they were even the first in the group with 17 points. Switzerland also started the qualifications for the next World Cup very well, because they beat Bulgaria away and Lithuania at home, but they still have harder matches with Italy ahead of them.
Italy will be their biggest rival at this European Championship, but it is not a key match. Before Italy, a victory against Wales will be imperative, and the duel against Turkey in the last round will probably be decisive. With Wales, they have a positive score of three wins and one defeat in mutual duels. They have beaten Italy only once in recent history, but the last three clashes ended in a draw, while they do not have a very good mutual score with Turkey and were defeated in the previous two matches. In the end, we will say that they have one of the longest-serving selectors, considering that Vladimir Petkovic has been on the Swiss bench since 2014.
Forecast: Round of 16
Behind Turkey is a turbulent period and they missed big competitions, concluding with the last World Cup in Russia. After that, they had poor results in friendly matches, and they did not become famous in the League of Nations either. That is why the Turks shone in the qualifications for this European Championship and were defeated only once, with seven wins and two draws. They also started the qualifications for the next World Cup well, with two triumphs and a draw, and that is what gives them the confidence that they can be good in this championship as well.
Forecast: Round of 16
The Welsh played at the last European Championship in France and were a big, pleasant surprise, considering that they were stopped only in the semifinals by the later winner Portugal. They play very solidly and that is how they showed themselves in the qualifications for the last World Cup, when they were defeated only once, however, they played a lot of draws and that cost them a placement in Russia. They started the qualifications for this competition modestly, and with two triumphs in the end, they still managed to compete in the EURO.
Forecast: Group stage
It can also be said that this group has one big favorite, two equal selections in the fight for second place and one outsider. The favorite is clearly Belgium, currently the first selection on the FIFA ranking list and individually one of the best national teams in the world. The fight for the second place should be fought between Denmark and Russia, and it can be said that they are really equal rivals, while the debutant Finland is really an outsider, although they have had solid results lately.
With the fact that they are in the first place in the FIFA rankings, it is clear how good the selection is, however, one only comes in the first place mostly with all the great results which Belgium has had for years. They are still missing something to go to the very end and at the last European Championship they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, and at the World Cup in Russia they were excellent third. They finished the qualifications for this European Championship with all ten victories, while they opened the qualifications for the next World Cup with two triumphs and a draw.
Russia also played at the last European Championship in France, but very badly. They started with a great draw with England, and after that they suffered defeats from the outsiders Slovakia and Wales, so they were eliminated after the group stage. They made good use of the fact that they hosted the last World Cup and reached the quarterfinals, eliminating one Spain. In the qualifiers for this championship, they did not have a solution for Belgium, which defeated them both times, while they won the remaining eight matches and easily won the placement.
Forecast: Round of 16
Denmark was not at the last EURO and that certainly brought disappointment, but they recovered quickly so they qualified for the World Cup in Russia and were stopped there in the round of 16. A solid result, although they may have expected more, as they certainly expect in this competition as well. No one beat them in the qualifications, with four wins and four draws. They opened the qualifications for the next World Cup very well, with three victories and no goals received, so their optimism is based on that.
Forecast: Round of 16
Finland is for the first time at the European Championship and as debutants they are of course outsiders. It can be said that they were unlucky during the draw, but they couldn't do much better from the last strong group. They didn't really shine in the qualifications for this EURO either, because they lost four games, however, with six wins without a draw, it was still enough. The Finns are playing the League of Nations very well, but they opened the qualifications for the next World Cup with two draws and a big fight awaits them, while in this championship they really can't do much.
Forecast: Group stage
The big favorite of this group is, of course, the Netherlands, a selection that is returning to the European Championships after a crisis and missing big competitions, and they certainly have big ambitions. In this group, too, there are two equal selections that we see in the fight for second place, and those are Ukraine and Austria, while the absolute outsider is North Macedonia, a selection that is in a big competition for the first time and can hardly confuse anyone.
Ukraine played at the last European Championship, but they want to forget that performance as soon as possible. They lost all three matches and did not score a single goal, all of which were followed by a failure in the qualifications for the last World Cup. The recovery came in the qualifications for this European Championship, where they qualified with six wins and two draws, in a very difficult group, and the fact that they were not defeated is certainly commendable. The problem is that they are now down again, and they played the League of Nations badly, and in the World Cup qualifiers they drew all three times.
Forecast: Round of 16
When a football superpower like the Netherlands misses two big competitions in a row, it’s clear how disappointing that is. Still, they are coming back now, and the results have been much better lately. They lost only one game in the qualifications for this competition, and they also played the finals of the first edition of the League of Nations. Lately, they have some oscillations, and they started a new cycle of qualifications for the WC with the defeat, but overall, it is much better than in previous years.
Austria has been oscillating a lot lately and are failing to combine the two good qualifying cycles. Austria played at the last European Championship, but quite badly and without a victory, and then they were left without a place in the World Cup in Russia. They lost the first two qualifying matches for this EURO, and it seemed that they would not succeed, but then they lined up with victories and won the placement. They played the League of Nations very well, while they started the new cycle of qualifications for the World Cup badly, so it can be said that they are in a bad mood at this European Championship.
Forecast: Group stage
North Macedonia finally managed to win a place in one big competition. It can be said that they have never been close before, but this time they were helped by the League of Nations, which they played really well, and they used the opportunity that presented itself, given the somewhat easier path. In the qualifications themselves, they had tougher rivals and took only third place in the group. However, in the qualifications for the next World Cup, they beat Germany as visitors and so they hinted that they might be able to surprise someone at this European Championship as well, but not really go through the KO stage.
Forecast: Groupe stage
The situation is somewhat different in this group, because it can be said that we have two big favorites and two selections that will try to surprise. The first favorite, however, is England, which has ambitions to become even the European champion, and it can be said that they have reason for optimism. Croatia is the current vice-champion of the world and of course their ambitions are great, while the Czech Republic and Scotland are lurking their opportunity, primarily in certain weaknesses that Croatia has been showing lately.
The English are hungry for trophies and good results in big competitions, and it seems that they finally have a generation for great achievements. They did not stand out at the last European Championship, because they were surprisingly eliminated by Iceland, but they proved themselves at the World Cup in Russia, where they reached the semifinals. With a little luck, they were able to make it to the finals, so they hope that now is the opportunity for at least one step more. They were very confident and convincing in the qualifications for this championship, and they will be practically the hosts, because the final itself is played in London.
Croatia is the current world vice-champion; they are practically constant participants in big competitions and they still have a great national team individually. Still, they seem to be in decline after winning silver in Russia. Some players have said goodbye to the jersey with the national emblem and this selection shows more and more weaknesses. They had problems in the qualifications for this European Championship, they played the League of Nations quite badly, and they did not start very well in the new cycle of qualifications for the World Cup.
Forecast: Round of 16
The Czech Republic did not play in the World Cup in Russia, but they performed at the European Championship in France five years ago. They did not celebrate then and with one draw they suffered two defeats in the group, which was not enough for the knockout phase. They recorded three defeats in the qualifications for this championship, however, they can boast a victory over England and four more victories besides that, which was enough to find themselves on the new continental show. They played the League of Nations well but won only four points in the first three rounds of qualification for the World Cup.
Forecast: Group stage
Scotland is another selection that qualified for this EURO thanks to good performances in the League of Nations. They took advantage of this new competition and somewhat easier rivals, so they won a place in the European Championship through Israel in the playoffs. In the qualifications themselves, they recorded five victories and defeats, and that was only enough for the third place, while in the stronger rank of the League of Nations, they were only second in the group. The start of qualifying for the next World Cup was not very great either, although they won five points and as a great hope in this competition, they still have Glasgow as the host city.
Forecast: Round of 16
Again, one group with a clear favorite, two equal selections in the fight for second place and an outsider who will hardly reach the knockout stage. Spain is a clear favorite and as in previous major competitions, this selection is among the favorites even to win the title. Poland and Sweden are selections that should fight for second place, although they are very capable of creating problems for the Spaniards. Slovakia seems like a national team that doesn’t have too many prospects.
Spain is a national team that can boast of two consecutive European championship titles, but after the last one won in 2012, they are on a downward trajectory. The round of 16 is fatal for this selection and they were stopped there at EURO 2016, as well as at the last World Cup in Russia in 2018. Too little for a selection that has much bigger appetites and now this is a new opportunity. They finished qualifications as undefeated, they were very good in the League of Nations, and they opened a solid new cycle of qualifications.
The Poles had a good performance at the last European Championship, where they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, without practically losing the match. In the group two wins and a draw, then two decisions on penalties, successfully against Switzerland, and unsuccessfully against the later winner of the EC Portugal. At the World Cup in Russia, worse performance and elimination after the group stage. In the qualifications for this championship, eight wins, a draw and a defeat, and in the League of Nations a modest performance. They started the new qualification cycle badly and that disturbs the atmosphere before this EURO.
Forecast: Group stage
Sweden also played in the last European Championship, but very unsuccessfully, and they returned home after a group stage in which they recorded a draw and two defeats. After that, they drew attention to themselves by eliminating Italy in the barrage for the World Cup in Russia, and in that championship, they reached the quarterfinals, where they were stopped by England. It was a good performance, followed by successful qualifications for this EURO. Only Spain beat them, and they had six more wins, with three draws. They did not play well in the League of Nations, so they are relegated, but they opened the new qualifications with two triumphs.
Forecast: Round of 16
Slovakia managed to pass the group stage at the last European Championship with the result: victory, draw and defeat, but then Germany convincingly defeated them in the round of 16. They did not play the World Cup in Russia, because they lost four games in the qualifications for that competition, so they did not get the opportunity to play a barrage. Qualifications for this EURO were also bad and they won only the third place in the group, however, they took the opportunity in the League of Nations, so they are here. The new edition of the League of Nations played very poorly, and the new qualifiers started quite well.
Forecast: Group stage
Definitely the strongest group at this European Championship, because here are three football superpowers and the unfortunate Hungary, which was not a favorite of the draw, so it will be really difficult to get a point. The current world champion France, the current European champion Portugal and the always strong Germany will lead a great fight for the first two positions, and it is very realistic to expect that the third-placed selection will pass from this group to the knockout phase. Relegation in the group stage of some of the mentioned three national teams would really be a big surprise.
Germany is a football superpower that does not miss big competitions and the last one they did not play was the European Championship, but back in 1968. And not only do they play, but the Germans are usually very successful, and have already won numerous titles. We have counted here the years when it was West Germany, and as far as recent history is concerned, this selection was the champion of the “Old Continent” in England in 1996. They won the title of world champions in 2014 in Brazil, and the historic victory over the host Brazil in the semifinals of as much as 7: 1 is especially remembered from that championship
It was a kind of revenge for the Brazilians for the defeat in the final of the World Cup in 2002 in Japan and South Korea, after which Germany got stuck in the semifinals twice more. Of course, these are not bad results either, but they still expected more in 2006, because they were the hosts then. They made up for it all in 2014, when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the final, for the fourth world title in total. They are not so successful at the European Championships, and after the mentioned title in 1996, they have only one more final that they lost to Spain in 2008. Between the two finals, they were completely disappointment at two European Championships, where they were eliminated after the group stage.
The last two big competitions also did not bring any great success, although Germany played in the semifinals at the European Championship in 2016, as they did four years earlier. In 2016, Germany beat Ukraine and North Ireland in the group stage without receiving a goal, while a goalless draw against Poland was enough for first place in the group. They easily clashed with Slovakia in the eighth finals with the result 3: 0, and in the quarterfinals, they eliminated Italy only after the penalty. In the semifinals, the host France was waiting for them, and they played that match badly, so they ended the match with a 2-0 defeat.
After that, Germany showed its strength at the Confederations Cup, a competition that was a “foreplay” for the World Cup in Russia. In an almost completely changed lineup without the biggest stars, they won the trophy with four wins and one draw with Chile in the group stage, which they later defeated 4: 1 in the final and thus won the first trophy in the Confederations Cup. It was, of course, a great announcement for the World Cup at the same stadiums in Russia, but a debacle followed.
The qualifiers could not have guessed that either, because it was one of the most successful qualifying cycles in which the Germans demonstrated real power with all ten victories, with as many as 43 goals scored, which is more than four per match, and only four goals received. True, they didn't have very strong rivals, but selections like the Czech Republic, Norway and Northern Ireland are not to be underestimated. The complete 2017 Germany played undefeated and in 15 games 11 victories were recorded, with only four draws. The problems started in 2018 and the series was interrupted in a friendly match with Brazil at the end of March, when a 1-0 defeat followed, the first after the semifinals at the 2016 European Championship against France.
That defeat was followed by the one from Austria, and a weak party against modest Saudi Arabia. Concern about the poor results in the preparatory matches proved to be justified, because they lost to Mexico 1-0 at the start of the World Cup in Russia. With great difficulty, they beat Sweden 2: 1 with less players on the field and with a lot of luck, but then they sensationally lost to South Korea with 2: 0 in the key match, and that was the end of their performance at the World Cup after the group stage. It happened to the Germans for the first time in recent history.
All this was followed by a very poor performance in the premiere edition of the League of Nations, where they lost four games and were last in the group. The recovery came in the qualifications for this European Championship and there were no problems to win the first place in the group with seven victories and only one defeat, at home from the biggest competitor, the selection of the Netherlands. They were very efficient again and scored 30 goals in eight games. In the second edition of the League of Nations, they did not shine again and finished second behind Spain, and ahead of Switzerland and Ukraine. It should be especially noted that they lost to Spain with as much as 6: 0 and that also did not happen in the recent history of German football.
Qualifying for the next World Cup in Qatar, Germany started well as expected, with victories over Iceland 3: 0 and Romania away with 1: 0, and then at the end of March, a real shock and a home defeat by North Macedonia with 2: 1. This has certainly shaken them, although there is no reason to panic and the situation is under control, but with no room to relax when the qualifiers resume in the autumn.
Before continuing the qualifications, Germany will face a very difficult task at this European Championship. The draw was not at all merciful and they fell into the hardest possible group, with the current World and European champions, the selections of France and Portugal, while Hungary should be an easy bite. The Hungarians are the last opponent, while the hardest comes at the very beginning. France is an old rival and against this selection Germany played a lot of games, but last won the one from World Cup in 2014 in the quarterfinals with 1: 0. After that, they met four times, with two victories by France, of which the one in the semifinals of the last European Championship is much more important. They had their last duel in the League of Nations in 2018 and France won 2: 1.
The second rival is Portugal and with this selection they still have a much better mutual score. Germany achieved four consecutive victories, all in major competitions, the last time at the World Cup in 2014, when it was a convincing 4-0 in the group stage. The last defeat Germany suffered from Portugal was at the European Championships in 2000 in the group stage.
Hungary is regularly an easy job for Germans, not counting ancient history. In recent history, Germany has achieved four tied triumphs, true all in friendly matches, and the last in 2016 when it was 2: 0. It is very important to say that Germany will play all three matches of the group stage at home in Munich and that is certainly a big advantage. Germany's coach is still Joachim Low, who has been in that position since 2006, when he succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann after the World Cup they hosted. However, after this EP Low leaves and will be replaced by Hans-Dieter Flick.
France hosted the last European Championship and they hoped it was an opportunity to win the title. They came one step closer because they played the finals but failed in the match against Portugal, so the opportunity was ruined. They made up for everything in Russia in 2018, when they became World Champions for the second time in their history, and they really demonstrated great football at that competition. They routinely qualified for this championship, although they suffered one defeat, and then shone in the League of Nations. They opened the new qualification cycle well, although they drew once with two triumphs.
It is an unwritten rule that it is always harder to defend than to win something and now Portugal wants to deny it. The Portuguese were not among the biggest favorites in 2016, especially after three draws in the group stage. After that, the passage after overtime, then on penalties, then the victory over Wales and then in the final again overtime against France to win the title. At the World Cup in Russia, relegation already in round 16, winning the first edition of the League of Nations and a safe performance in the qualifications for this EURO.
For Hungary, the second consecutive appearance at the European Championships, and in the last one, they even passed the group stage with one victory and two draws. In the eighth finals, Belgium was too strong, but they were certainly satisfied, unlike the next qualifications. They were not even close to qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, and they also played modestly for this EURO with four victories and defeats. The corrections were brought by the League of Nations and they won a place through Bulgaria. They were also very good in the new edition of the League of Nations, and solid at the start of the new qualifiers. This group, however, is still too strong for them.
Forecast: Group stage
GROUPS BY CITIES
- Group A: Rome and Baku
- Group B: Sankt Petersburg and Copenhagen
- Groupe C: Amsterdam and Bucharest
- Groupe D: London and Glasgow
- Groupe E: Sevilla and Sankt Petersburg
- Grope F: Munich and Budapest
Rome and Baku
Rome is the capital of Italy and about three million people live in it. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Europe. It is difficult to list everything that should be visited by coming to the “Eternal City”, which is one of the nicknames of Rome, but the Colosseum certainly stands out, it is the largest amphitheater ever built.
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan, it lies on the shores of the Caspian Sea, and it is interesting that Baku is located 29 meters below sea level. That is why many call it the “Venice of the East”, and its development is mostly due to the oil resources that Azerbaijan has at its disposal.
Sankt Petersburg and Copenhagen
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, but also the fourth largest in Europe. It is located on the river Neva and was formerly called Leningrad and became especially famous for the siege under which it found itself during World War II. It is now considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and less than a million people live there, but it is rightly said that it is a city of happy people. The standard is very high and in this city a lot of attention is paid to green areas, and especially to the cleanliness of the streets. Numerous bridges adorn this city, as well as many other tourist attractions.
Amsterdam and Bucharest
Amsterdam is the city that probably has the most nicknames. “Venice of the North”, “City of Bicycles” and “City of Sin” are just some of the nicknames of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. In any case, Amsterdam is the most liberal city in Europe, since marijuana consumption has been legalized. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange is the oldest stock exchange in the world and this city is visited by almost four million tourists a year.
Bucharest is the capital of Romania and its nickname is “Paris of the East”. The reason is, among other things, that you can see a kind of replica of the Paris Triumphal Arch here. During the rule of the communist regime, the second largest building in the world was built in this city, after the American Pentagon.
London and Glasgow
London is the capital of Great Britain and almost ten million people live in it, and every year this city is visited by more tourists than it has inhabitants. There are many tourist attractions in this city, of which we single out Big Ben, as the most famous bell tower in the world. The most famous tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon, is also played in London.
Glasgow is the second city from the United Kingdom to host EP matches. It is the capital of Scotland and the third largest in Britain, and the third largest number of tourists visiting it, after London and Edinburgh.
Munich and Budapest
Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria. It is the third most populous in the country, behind Berlin and Hamburg, and one of the biggest attractions associated with Munich is the October Fest, the largest folk fair in the world with more than six million visitors, where millions of liters of beer are drunk.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and also the largest city in that country. It is located on the Danube River, and was created by merging two cities, Buda and Pest. There are numerous locations to see when visiting this city, and they are mostly associated with the very rich culture and history of this city.
Sevilla jumped at the last minute as a replacement for Bilbao to host the EP matches. It is the capital and largest city of the Spanish province of Andalusia and is the fourth largest city in Spain. It is adorned with a very mild climate in winter, while in summer it is one of the warmest cities in the country.
- KO stage will take place from June 11th until July 23rd
- Round of 16
June 26th: 1A – 2C, London – 2A – 2B, Amsterdam
June 27th: 1B – 3A/D/E/F, Sevilla – 1C – 3D/E/F, Budapest
June 28th: 2D – 2E, Copenhagen – 1F – 3A/B/C, Bucharest
June 29th: 1E – 3A/B/C/D, Glasgow – 1D – 2F, London
July 2nd: Sankt Petersburg and Munich
July 3rd: Baku and Rome
July 6th and 7th: London
July 11th: London
- Friday June 11th
Group A: Turkey – Italy; Start 20:00 (Rome)
- Saturday June 12th
Group A: Wales – Switzerland; Start 14:00 (Baku)
Group B: Denmark – Finland; Start 17:00 (Copenhagen)
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Group B: Belgium – Russia; Start 20:00 (Sankt Peterburg)
- Sunday, June 13th
Group D: England – Croatia; Start 14:00 (London)
Group C: Austria – North Macedonia; Start 17:00 (Bucharest)
Group C: Netherlands – Ukraine; Start 20:00 (Amsterdam)
- Monday, June 14th
Group D: Scotland – Czech Republic; Start 15:00 (Glasgow)
Group E: Poland – Slovakia; Start 18:00 (Sankt Petersburg)
Group E: Spain – Sweden; Start 21:00 (Sevilla)
- Tuesday June 15th
Group F: Hungary – Portugal; Start 18:00 (Budapest)
Group F: France – Germany; Start 21:00 (Munich)
- Wednesday, June 16th
Group B: Finland – Russia; Start 15:00 (Sankt Petersburg)
Group A: Turkey – Wales; Start 18:00 (Baku)
Group A: Italy – Switzerland; Start 21:00 (Rome)
- Thursday, June 17th
Group C: Ukraine – North Macedonia; Start 15:00 (Bucharest)
Group B: Denmark – Belgium; Start 18:00 (Copenhagen)
Group C: Netherlands – Austria; Start 21:00 (Amsterdam)
- Friday, June 18th
Group E: Sweden – Slovakia; Start 15:00 (Sankt Petersburg)
Group D: Croatia – Czech Republic; Start 18:00 (Glasgow)
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Group D: England – Scotland; Start 21:00 (London)
- Saturday, June 19th
Group F: Hungary – France; Start 15:00 (Budapest)
Group F: Portugal – Germany; Start 18:00 (Munich)
Group E: Spain – Poland; Start 21:00 (Sevilla)
- Sunday, June 20th
Group A: Italy – Wales; Start 18:00 (Rome)
Group A: Switzerland – Turkey; Start 18:00 (Baku)
- Monday, June 21st
Group C: Ukraine – Austria; Start 18:00 (Bucharest)
Group C: North Macedonia – Netherlands; Start 18:00 (Amsterdam)
Group B: Finland – Belgium; Start 21:00 (Sankt Petersburg)
Group B: Russia – Denmark; Start 21:00 (Copenhagen)
- Tuesday, June 22nd
Group D: Czech Republic – England; Start 21:00 (London)
Group D: Croatia – Scotland; Start 21:00 (Glasgow)
- Wednesday, June 23rd
Group E: Sweden – Poland; Start 18:00 (Sankt Petersburg)
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Group E: Slovakia – Spain; Start 18:00 (Sevilla)
Group F: Germany – Hungary; Start 21:00 (Munich)
Group F: Portugal – France; Start 21:00 (Budapest)
ROUND OF 16
- June 26th
1A – 2C, London (1)
2A – 2B, Amsterdam (2)
- June 27th
1B – 3A/D/E/F, Sevilla (3)
1C – 3D/E/F, Budapest (4)
- June 28th
2D – 2E, Copenhagen (5)
1F – 3A/B/C, Bucharest (6)
- June 29th
1E – 3A/B/C/D, Glasgow (7)
1D – 2F, London (8)
- July 2nd
Winner of the round of 16 (6) – Winner of the round of 16 (5), Sankt Petersburg (1)
Winner of the round of 16 (4) – Winner of the round of 16 (2), Munich (2)
- July 3rd
Winner of the round of 16 (3) – Winner of the round of 16 (1), Baku (3)
Winner of the round of 16 (8) – Winner of the round of 16 (7), Rim (4)
- July 6th
Winner of the QF2 – Winner of the QF1, London (1)
- July 7th
Winner of the QF4 – Winner of the QF3, London (2)
- July 11th
Winner of the SF1 – Winner of the SF2, London
This is going to be the 16th European Football Championship in a row. The most successful selection so far is Spain which is the only one to have won three titles of the champion of the Old continent and was the only one that managed to defend the trophy.
Germans also have three titles, two of them won as west Germany, and France has two titles.
Other title winners were only champions once and three of those selection no longer exist by same name, these are USSR, Czechoslovakia and West Germany.