Euro 2020 introduction
Soon after the current domestic soccer seasons finish in the major European leagues in May, Euro 2020 will then begin on 12th June 2020 and conclude exactly one month later on 12th July. Euro 2020 will be different in a number of ways from previous European Championships, with both the qualification process and the finals themselves having had something of an overhaul. Qualification for the finals will include the possibility of doing so via the UEFA Nations League and the finals will be based on a Pan-European basis, rather than being hosted in one single nation as is the norm. On this occasion, Euro 2020 will take place in 12 cities across 12 European countries. It will certainly add a degree of uncertainty to the Euro 2020 finals, with no team having the luxury of playing all their games in front of their own fans. It also means that for the first time since 1976, no team will automatically qualify for the UEFA European Championship as the host country. For the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) will be used at the UEFA European Championship.
How Qualification for Euro 2020 works
Qualification for Euro 2020 isn’t quite as straightforward as usual. The top two teams in each of the 10 qualifying groups will automatically go through to the tournament , which will account for 20 of the 24 teams (as yet there are no current qualifiers). The remaining four places will be filled via the play-offs. The play-off places will come from the UEFA Nations League, with each separate League (A, B, C and D) having been allocated one Euro 2020 place. Four sides from each League (which have not already qualified for the finals) will contest single-leg semi-finals and a one-off final in March 2020, with the winner of each of these four one-off finals earning a ticket to Euro 2020.
What Are The Qualifiers Groups
There are 10 qualifying groups for Euro 2020, with the top two teams in each group assured of a place in the finals. It’s already looking as though the likes of England, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Italy are all well on track for the finals. Other heavyweight nations such as France and the Netherlands still have work to do and defending champions Portugal certainly need to step up if they are to get the opportunity to defend their title at the finals. Other nations who have started well include Poland, Republic of Ireland, Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Russia. The 10 qualifying groups have yet to reach the half-way stage, so there’s still plenty of time for things to change.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Bulgaria||Serbia||Northern Ireland||Republic of Ireland|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H||Group I|
| ||Malta||Latvia||Andorra||San Marino|
The (almost) Final Groups For Euro 2020
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
- Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
- Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, Winners of Path D/A*
- Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Winners of Path C
- Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Winners of Path B
- Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Winners of Path A/D*
*There is still the UEFA Nations League, which will determine the last 4 teams that will qualify to the finals.
Euro 2020 Important Dates
The finals of Euro 2020 will take part from 12th June to 12th July 2020. The initial group stages will be played out from the 12th to 24th June inclusive. The Round of 16 will take place between 27th and 30th June inclusive, (games to be played at Wembley Stadium, Johan Cruijff ArenA, Estadio de San Mamés, National Arena, Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Parken Stadium, Dublin Arena and Hampden Park). The Quarter-finals take place on the 3rd and 4th July (at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Fußball Arena München, Olympic Stadium, Baku and Stadio Olimpico, Rome) The Semi-finals are on the 7th and 8th July (both at Wembley Stadium) and the Euro 2020 final will take place on 12th July (also at Wembley Stadium).
Euro 2020 Hosts and Stadiums
There are 12 stadia in 12 different countries hosting games at Euro 2020, with each of the six groups being played between two stadia.
- Group A: Italy (Stadio Olimpico, Rome), Azerbaijan (Olympic Stadium, Baku)
- Group B: Russia (Saint Petersburg Stadium), Denmark (Parken Stadium, Copenhagen)
- Group C: Netherlands (Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam), Romania (National Arena, Bucharest)
- Group D: England (Wembley Stadium, London), Scotland (Hampden Park, Glasgow)
- Group E: Spain (Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao), Republic of Ireland (Dublin Arena)
- Group F: Germany (Fußball Arena München, Munich), Hungary (Puskás Aréna, Budapest)
Euro 2020 Betting Odds
World Cup champions France are the favourites ahead of 2020, but it’s a very even market with plenty of teams believing they can claim the trophy. These are the latest Euro 2020 betting odds for the leading nations:
- France +350 (4.50) (bet365)
- England +550 (6.50) (888Sport)
- Belgium +600 (7.00) (Betway)
- Spain +600 (7.00) (bet365)
- Germany +700 (8.00) (Betway)
- Netherlands +120 (13.0) (888Sport)
Special Bets Allowed in The Euro
In addition to the outright betting to win the tournament and betting on individual games, there will be numerous other Euro 2020 bets available prior to and throughout the finals once the 24 participants are known. Bets such as ‘Top Goalscorer’ (also known as the Golden Boot) and the ‘Group Winners’ at the Euro 2020 finals will be hugely popular. There will also be a range of more specialised bets, including for the ‘Player of the Tournament’, the ‘Best Goalkeeper’ (aka Golden Glove), ‘Name the Finalists’, etc. Other bets that become available as we edge closer to the finals themselves will include ‘Correct Score’, ‘First / Anytime Goalscorer’, ‘Total Goals’ (Over/Under), ‘Both Teams To Score’ (BTTS) and ‘Asian Handicaps’. There will also be numerous special markets aimed at individual games and a vast selection of free bets and betting offers, the very best of which will be covered and explained in detail right here as and when they become available.
Previous Euro Cup Winners
- 1980 West Germany 2-1 Belgium
- 1984 France 2-0 Spain
- 1988 Netherlands 2-0 Soviet Union
- 1992 Denmark 2-0 Germany
- 1996 Germany 2-1 (Golden Goal) Czech Republic
- 2000 France 2-1 (Golden Goal) Italy
- 2004 Greece 1-0 Portugal
- 2008 Spain 1-0 Germany
- 2012 Spain 4-0 Italy
- 2016 Portugal 1-0 (After Extra-time) France
Euro 2020 Betting News
Once the 24 finalists are decided, the group draw on the 30th of November 2019 will lead to a major surge in betting opportunities, with various markets relating to the group stage and the outright markets being available.
Euro 2020 Betting Updates
Euro 2020 betting updates will be updated on a daily basis throughout the tournament.