UEFA Euro 2020
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UEFA Euro 2020 has been postponed, and the Championship had to be rescheduled for June 11th-July 11th, 2021, which is the first time in history that it will not proceed on schedule. Wembley Stadium in London remains the location for the semi-finals and finals for the second time in UEFA history.
In the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying, Harry Kane (12), Eran Zahavi (11), Cristiano Ronaldo (11), Aleksandar Mitrovic (10) and Teemu Pukki (10) are the top scorers so far in 2020, and all displayed their supreme goal-scoring ability as they battled to help their teams qualify for the finals.
Players will need to be on top form if they are to lead their teams to Euro 2020 glory, with some incredibly talented and exciting footballers likely to take to the field across the competition. Fans will be waiting incredibly expectantly, and this will be true for none more so than Portugal’s supporters. Ronaldo’s side come into this one as reigning-European champions, and they will have to excel if they are to make it to the final yet again.
The Stadio Olímpico is the host stadium for the all-important opening game, while Wembley Stadium is the location for the semi-final and final. The English stadium is also the largest arena with a capacity of 90,000. In total, 12 stadiums will host the tournament.
All 55 UEFA teams competed in the qualifying rounds to secure a spot in the finals, while 17 teams returned from the 2016 tournament. The qualifiers secured their spots on August 18th and 19th, 2020, while the 2004 champions, Greece, failed to qualify for the finals this year.
This year’s tournament is unique for a number of reasons. However, the biggest change is that it will be the first tournament to feature the video assistant referee system, a controversial tool in football.
Fixtures & Predictions
From Group A, Italy, Wales, Switzerland and Turkey will look to advance to the knockout phases, while in Group B Denmark, Finland, Belgium and Russia will battle it out.
The Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and play-off winner D (who are yet to be confirmed at the time of writing) constitute Group C, while England, Croatia, play-off winner C and the Czech Republic form a strong Group D.
Group E consists of Spain, Sweden, Poland, and play-off winner B. Group F has Portugal, France, Germany, and play-off winner A. There are still several knockout phases to be held, so the final competitors are yet to be determined.
Several teams show promise with players like Mason Greenwood(England), Joshua Zirkzee (Netherlands), Ansu Fati (Spain) and Youssofa Mokoko (Germany). There are, of course, other players that stand out, but these are a few that are really breaking onto the scene of late. They have another year to prove themselves, and they will have to be at their very best if they are to clinch their spot in the finals.
Although Portugal won the Cup in 2016, other teams like England and Germany have strong squads this year. Players will have plenty of time to prepare, so the competition should be fierce.