When is England’s first Euro 2020 match? 2021 tournament start date and kick off time
Euro 2020 has been rescheduled to this summer with 12 countries set to host one of the biggest events in world sport.
The showpiece European competition was supposed to take place 12 months ago only for the coronavirus pandemic to force it into being postponed by a year.
It is set to go ahead in 2021, however, with plenty of home nations interest.
England will meet Croatia, Czech Republic and their oldest rivals Scotland, following Steve Clarke’s side’s incredible penalty shoot-out win over Serbia.
Wales will meet Switzerland and Turkey in Baku before heading to Rome to take on Group A favourites Italy.
Elsewhere, the undoubted ‘group of death’ features the 2014 World Cup winners, Germany, the reigning world champions, France, and the reigning European champions, Portugal, with Hungary given the fourth place.
The tournament will be the first European Championships to be played across the entire breadth of the continent, using a number of different venues from Dublin to Baku.
Here’s everything you need to know:
When does Euro 2020 start?
The tournament begins on Friday 11 June in Rome.
When is the final?
The tournament ends with the final at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday 11 July.
What are the groups?
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland.
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia.
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Georgia, North Macedonia.
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland.
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia.
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary.
What are the venues?
- Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
- Baku (Olympic Stadium)
- Copenhagen (Parken Stadium)
- St Petersburg (St Petersburg Stadium)
- Amsterdam (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
- Bucharest (National Arena)
- London (Wembley Stadium)
- Glasgow (Hampden Park)
- Budapest (Puskás Aréna)
- Munich (Fußball Arena München)
- Seville (La Cartuja Stadium)
How many fans are going to be allowed in?
That remains up in the air, but a number of venues have committed to having supporters back in stadiums for the tournament.
Wembley Stadium has pledged to have 25 per cent capacity for games held there, with the potential for that to be increased as restrictions in England are relaxed.
Glasgow too are hoping to have 25 per cent capacity at Hampden Park but Dublin are unable to make such assurances meaning they will likely lose their selection of matches.
Other host venues are even more bullish with St Petersburg planning for 50 per cent capacity at their matches with Budapest hoping for full capacity.
What about tickets?
The initial ticketing process saw the biggest demand ever seen for a major tournament with more than 19 million people applying for the two million tickets available.
Uefa gave fans the opportunity to hand back any tickets at a full refund back in December with another opportunity to do so until 22 April.
For games that remain oversubscribed a later ticket ballot will decide who still gets to attend.
What is the fixture schedule?
Who is going to win?
All odds via Paddy Power
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