It all starts on Friday 11 June when Italy and Turkey meet in the tournament opener at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with the final taking place at England’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday 11 July.
For the first time, the competition will be staged across the continent in some of Europe’s biggest and most famous stadiums, rather than by one or two nations.
Besides London and Rome, the other host cities are Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Seville and Munich.
Bilbao in Spain and Dublin in Ireland were supposed to host matches, but after local authorities refused to allow fans to attend the matches due to restrictions from Covid-19, European football’s governing body, UEFA, has chosen to move the matches from Bilbao to Seville and the matches from Dublin to St Petersburg.
Over the next month, 24 teams will play 51 games across the 11 host cities, with a few familiar nations among the favorites.
World champion France comes in compelling form, its squad brimming with talent, with the recall of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema giving the team an additional offensive threat.
Defending champions Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, look strong again, while FIFA’s No.1 team Belgium will sweat the fitness of their own superstar Kevin de Bruyne after injured face in the Champions League final.
Spain and Germany – who have each won the competition three times – hope to bounce back from poor World Cup performances three years ago, while after a few years on the periphery, Italy is hoping for a more tournament. successful in 2021 with his talented midfielder is good reason to be optimistic.
The youth and exuberance of England and the Netherlands could lead them through the tournament, or will there be a dark horse that could shock the competition like Greece did in 2004?
Here’s where you can watch the action if you’re based in participating countries:
Belgium: VRT / RTBF
Croatia: HRT / Sportklub
Czech: Česká Republic televize
Denmark: DKDR Group / NENT Denmark
France: M6 / TF1
Germany: ARD / ZDF
Italy: RAI / Sky Italia
North Macedonia: Sportklub
Portugal: Sport TV Portugal
Russia: Channel 1 / Match TV / RTR
Slovakia: RTV Slovakia
Spain: Mediaset Spain
Sweden: SVT / TV4
Ukraine: Ukraine Media Group
UK: BBC / ITV
India and 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
United States: ESPN / Univision
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