About the Euros
The European Football Championships, also known as the Euros, are held every four years and see Europe's leading football nations competing for the right to be crowned the best team on the continent. The first Euros was in 1960 with France as host. The Soviet Union was the first nation to win the tournament.
Since then, 15 European Championships have been played in different countries across Europe. Germany and Spain are the most successful nations with 3 wins each.
Since the original Euros in 1960 there's been a raft of major changes in the tournament's format. For example, there were only eight countries in the first tournament. Euro 2020 will feature 24 different countries. The current champions are Portugal who won the 2016 tournament in a tense final against the host nation, France.
Host countries: Azerbaijan, Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Scotland and Spain.
- Dates: Jun - Jul 2020
- Final stadium: Wembley Stadium, London
- Amount of teams: 24
- Amount of groups: 6
New for Euro 2020 is that instead of being hosted by just one or two countries, the tournament will be played across 13 different European countries. Many countries bid to be part of the tournament and UEFA eventually decided on 13 different host cities across Europe.
Euro 2020 Host Cities
- Baki Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku, Azerbaijan
- National Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
- Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Wembley Stadium, London, England
- Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
- Uj Puskas Ferenc Stadion, Budapest, Hungary
- Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland
- Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
- Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania
- Zenit Arena, St Petersburg, Russia
- Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
- Estadio San Mames, Bilbao, Spain
The Road to the Final
First and foremost each nation needs to qualify for Euro 2020. For previous Euros tournaments - and like the World Cup - the host nation automatically qualifies for the tournament. But as there is no proper host nation this time around, it falls on all the teams to qualify.