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The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

The tournament, to be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the tournament would be delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, which was confirmed on 17 June 2020. The competition was postponed in order to reduce pressure on the public services in affected countries and to allow time for the completion of domestic leagues that had been suspended. The tournament will still retain the name "UEFA Euro 2020".

UEFA President Michel Platini said the tournament is being hosted in several nations as a "romantic" one-off event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition. Having the largest capacity of any of the stadiums entered for the competition, Wembley Stadium in London is scheduled to host the semi-finals and final for the second time, having done so before at the 1996 tournament in the stadium's former incarnation. The Stadio Olimpico in Rome was chosen to host the opening game, involving Turkey and hosts Italy.

Portugal are the defending champions, having won the 2016 competition. For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used at the UEFA European Championship.

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The Bad Euro 2020 will be held in 12 different countries. This is awful. 1: WHY ARE YOU HOLDING IT IN 12 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES? This is stupid, it makes no sense, just… why? OK, let me gather my thoughts. One of the things we as fans have begun to associate with tournaments over the years is the chance for the host nation or nations to show off their country and its culture - it’s meant to be a celebration of sorts. A lot of people’s perceptions of what Russia is actually like has changed thanks to this World Cup. This is no longer going to be the case. Places like Dublin and Glasgow will be getting some exposure, sure, but nothing close to the level of a country hosting a Euros or a World Cup. Per Michel Platini, it is a “romantic one-off event to celebrate the 60th anniversary”. It better be. At the moment Euro 2024 will be held in Germany or Turkey, as they’re the only 2 countries who have plans for a bid. 2:One of the major problems of this are much larger travel distances than usual. Now the 12 different host cities are: Baku, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Budapest, Rome, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bucharest, St. Petersburg, Glasgow and Bilbao. Because the distances between some of these countries would be too large for a regular group schedule which involves 6 different stadiums, UEFA has come up with the genius strategy of giving each group 2 Stadiums that will share all the games between them. Group A: Rome and Baku, 3,106 km apart Group B: St. Petersburg and Copenhagen, 1,149 km apart Group C: Amsterdam and Bucharest, 1,790 km apart Group D: London and Glasgow, 556 km apart Group E: Bilbao and Dublin, 1,149 km apart Group F: Munich and Budapest, 562 km apart Let’s compare this to Russia, where the longest possible distance was 2,494 km from Yekaterinburg to Kaliningrad. Of course, no team had to play a nearly as long distance, with the max being I believe 1,800km at one time. But it’s going to get better in the knockout stage right? Of course not. That would involve UEFA doing something properly. QF to semi-final layovers include a 4-day trip from St. Petersburg and Baku to London, which should be fun for the winners, especially if any of the games go to extra time. And if you finish runner-up in Group A, enjoy travelling about 8,000 kms over a short time if you’re going to play in the semis. 3: Is this because of infrastructure problems? Let’s look into that. One of the problems that recent tournaments have faced are having stadiums built and local teams being unable to fill them. So let’s take Euro ‘16 and the current stadiums that are being proposed for Euro 2020 and compare them. Stadium¦Club Team¦Capacity¦Average Attendance (latest figures)¦% of stadium filled Stade de France¦None current (Some rugby teams on occasions)¦80,698¦N/A¦N/A Stade Vélodrome¦Marseille¦67,394¦46,616¦69.2 Parc Olympique Lyonnais¦Lyon¦59,186¦46,005¦77.7 Stade Pierre-Mauroy¦Lille¦50,186¦31,453¦62.7 Parc des Princes¦PSG¦47,929¦46,930¦97.9 Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux¦Bordeaux¦41,458¦26,024¦62.8 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard¦Saint-Etienne¦41,965¦28,138¦67.1 Stade Bollaert-Delelis¦Lens¦38,223¦N/A (Lens dropped to Ligue 2)¦N/A (But low, I’m sure) Stade de Nice¦Nice¦35,624¦22,876¦64.2 Stadium Municipal¦Toulouse¦33,150¦16,929¦51.1 As you can see, whilst I’m sure Nice are having problems and Toulouse are having ones, 4 stadiums are getting more than ⅔ capacity and the other 2 are above ⅝ too. Stadium¦Club Team¦Capacity¦Average Attendance¦% of stadium filled Wembley¦None (data from Spurs)¦90,000¦67,953¦75.5 Allianz Arena¦Bayern Munich¦75,000¦75,000¦100 Stadio Olympico¦Roma, Lazio¦70,634¦35,199¦49.8 Olympic Stadium (Azerbaijan)¦None (Qarabag for CL games)¦69,870¦N/A¦N/A Krestovsky Stadium¦Zenit¦68,134¦N/A (Only just opened)¦N/A Arena Națională (Romania)¦Steaua București, Dinamo București¦55,634¦5,766¦10.4 Johan Cruijff Arena¦Ajax¦54,033¦49,670¦91.9 Aviva Stadium¦Leinster (Rugby)¦51,700¦16,793¦32.5 (but Pro14 reports 76% of capacity (?) San Mamés (Bilbao, Spain)¦Athletic Bilbao¦53,289¦37,371¦70.1 Ferenc Puskas Stadium¦No planned club (Just national team)¦68,000¦Under Construction¦N/A Hampden Park¦Queen’s Park¦51,866¦750¦1.4 Parken Stadium¦Copenhagen¦38,065¦13,267¦34.9 Now let’s compare this to the Euro 2020 stadiums. This is a stark contrast to France, as whilst there are little problems in some large football nations (England, Germany, Spain) and with Zenit I guess we’ll have to see, many stadiums on the list aren’t very full unless a big team or the national team comes to town, with Scotland, Denmark and Romania being key highlighters. And with half of the 8 stadiums we can actually draw proper values from being under the 50% mark, this isn’t something that will go away in a hurry. 4: I reckon one of the reasons for this might be appeasement for small countries. Places like Hungary, Romania, Azerbaijan, Denmark and even Scotland and Ireland would struggle to place a proper bid, I would imagine, without turning to at least 2 other countries for help. However, this is most definitely NOT a reason for this multi-nation format. Also, with England hosting so many games (Belgium were originally supposed to hold some but pulled out and the FA stepped in) this hurts the chances of another English tournament, which (being subjective) would be really really good for football. With 11 stadiums above the 40,000 threshold that FIFA and UEFA seem to like - although 5 are in London and 2 in Manchester admittedly - there are also many more stadiums in lots of different cities that are above 30,000 and could be renovated to a greater capacity. Filling stadiums aren’t an issue - we saw above how Spurs filled Wembley nicely and should be fine back at White Hart Lane, whilst every Premier League club enjoys average attendances greater than 90% of their capacity with the vast majority exceeding 95% too. The Euro 2020 format is going to make it harder for England to host a tournament again soon. The Ugly The qualification for Euro 2020 is simultaneously simple and incredibly messed up. The actual qualification, which gives 20 spots, is actually really simple. 10 groups of 5 or 6, finish in the Top 2 and your place is booked. 1: But what about the other 4 places? Well that’s going to be decided by the Nations League using a foolproof system: the winners of each group in each League will be entered into a 4-team knockout tournament with the other Group Winners in their league where the winners receive a place at Euro 2020. If a team has already qualified (which will almost certainly be the case in League A) and therefore doesn’t need to play, then the next team in their group will take their spot in the tournament. If every team in the group is ineligible, then other groups will be used. If there are no teams left in the League, then teams from the next League will be used. Because of this, League D (remember: these are the worst 16 teams in Europe here) will be filled first, then League C and so on and on. This prevents a group winner who hasn’t qualified from playing against teams that may be better than them league-wise. This is incredibly dumb. 2: Let me explain why. Championships are supposed to be contested between the best of the best available. This is the equivalent to giving the 4th Champions League spot for England to the winners of the Championship. But what about the FA Cup and League Cup? They give places into the Europa League. Isn’t that already something no one complains about? Let me explain. In national club competitions (that involve qualification for continental tournaments), the vast majority of the time, the top teams in the country have the chance to win. Sure, if Leeds make the Europa League because they only had to play League One teams, that sucked, but the Arsenals and Liverpool's will have gone out in previous rounds. In this scenario, the best teams don’t get a chance. This is dumb and will only result in blowouts at the tournament as Georgia or whoever lose 5-0 to Germany. 3: These tournaments, regardless of League, may definitely result in multiple cagey and boring games, with European Qualification on the line. Do you remember why golden goal was scrapped? It was definitely a good concept, that made extra time interesting as one goal could end it all. However, teams got scared of it. Extra time is only used in knockout tournaments, which means if you concede, you’re out. Because of this, even better teams were liable to play defensive football, purely for fear of conceding that goal. This made extra time much worse to watch, as teams would be leaving many players back and would allow few players to go forward. I recently saw a new version of this in the World Cup Playoffs. There were 6 ties: Italy vs Sweden, Switzerland vs Northern Ireland, Greece vs Croatia, Denmark vs Republic of Ireland, New Zealand vs Peru and Australia vs Honduras. These games were plagued by defensive football, with a place at the World Cup on the line. The first legs weren’t fun to watch. Sweden beat Italy 1-0 on a deflection after parking the bus, Switzerland beat defensive Northern Ireland 1-0 thanks to a controversial penalty, Croatia blew out Greece 4-1 and all the other games ended 0-0, usually with one team playing heavy defensive football. Especially in intercontinental playoffs, with heavy road trips ahead, you can’t afford to go into an away leg facing a heavy deficit, right? Well at least in the second leg, teams will open up more? Still doesn’t create entertaining AND close football. Denmark and Australia blew out their opponents, Peru comfortably beat the All Whites, whilst Croatia, Sweden and Switzerland played out for 0-0s to go through. 12 games: 6 0-0s, 2 1-0s, 3 large victories. I wouldn’t expect the Nations League playoffs to look too different.


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