It all starts on Friday June 11th when Italy and Turkey face each other in the opening game of the tournament at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The final will take place on Sunday 11th July at England’s Wembley Stadium.
For the first time ever, the competition will be held across the continent in some of the largest and most famous stadiums in Europe rather than one or two nations.
Other host cities include London and Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Seville and Munich.
Bilbao in Spain and Dublin in Ireland were scheduled to host games, but after local authorities refused to allow fans to play games due to Covid-19 restrictions, the European Football Association decided to move the games from Bilbao to Seville and the games from Dublin to St. relocate . Petersburg.
Over the next month, 24 teams will play 51 games in the 11 host cities, with some well-known nations among the favorites.
World champions France are in commanding form, their squad is bursting with talent and the recall of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema puts the team at an additional risk of attack.
Defending champions Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, are showing their strength again, while Belgium’s number 1 FIFA will sweat on the fitness of its own superstar Kevin de Bruyne, who sustained a facial injury in the Champions League final.
Spain and Germany, who have each won the competition three times, are hoping to bounce back from their poor World Cup performances three years ago, while Italy, after a few years on the verge of a more fruitful tournament in 2021, hope their talented midfield is a strong reason for Optimism.
The youth and exuberance of England and the Netherlands could carry them through the tournament, or will there be a dark horse that, like Greece in 2004, could shock the competition?
If you are based in the participating nations, you can watch the action here:
Belgium: VRT / RTBF
Croatia: HRT / sports club
Czech Republic: Republic of Česká televize
Denmark: DKDR / NENT Group Denmark
France: M6 / TF1
Germany: ARD / ZDF
Italy: RAI / Sky Italia
North Macedonia: Sports Club
Portugal: Sports Television Portugal
Russia: Channel One / Match TV / RTR
Slovakia: RTV Slovakia
Spain: Mediaset Spain
Sweden: SVT / TV4
Ukraine: Media Group Ukraine
United Kingdom: BBC / ITV
India & Indian subcontinent: Sony
Indonesia: MNC / Mola TV / RCTI
Kenya: Star Times / SuperSport / Canal + Afrique / KTN
Nigeria: Star Times / SuperSport / Canal + Afrique
South Africa: SuperSport
United Arab Emirates: beIN Sports
USA: ESPN / Univision