Euro 2020: Competition Preview

With the 2020/21 domestic season in the books, the sporting world can now move forward to this summer’s European Championships.


The event was originally set to take place last summer, continuing on from the previous tournament that took place in 2016. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the competition was rescheduled and moved to the following summer. Unlike previous year’s, EURO 2020 will be held in 11 countries, which differs to the tradition of there being one host nation.


Over the next month, SW6 Central will cover all things EURO 2020 related, focusing on the progress and development of the Chelsea players that are participating within the tournament. 17 of Chelsea’s players were called up to represent the national team, this is the most of any other club.


Essentially, today’s post aims to cover a preview of the competition.


Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland.


Chelsea players in action: Emerson (Italy), Jorginho (Italy), Ethan Ampadu (Wales).

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia.


Chelsea players in action: Andreas Christensen (Denmark), Michy Batshuayi (Belgium).

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia.


Chelsea players in action: None.


Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic.


Chelsea players in action: Reece James (England), Ben Chilwell (England), Mason Mount (England), Mateo Kovačić (Croatia), Billy Gilmour (Scotland).

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia.


Chelsea players in action: César Azpilicueta.

Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany.


Chelsea players in action: Kurt Zouma (France), N’Golo Kanté (France), Olivier Giroud (France), Antonio Rüdiger (Germany), Kai Havertz (Germany), Timo Werner (Germany).

Host cities:

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Johan Cruyff Arena, 55,990 capacity).

- Attendance will be at least 33.3% (16,000), but subject to possible increase.


Baku, Azerbaijan (Olympic Stadium, 68,700).

- Attendance will be 50% (approximately 34,350), but no foreign spectators will be permitted.


Bucharest, Romania (Arena Națională, 55,600).

- Attendance will be at least 25% (approximately 13,000), but subject to increase.


Budapest, Hungary (Puskás Arena, 67,215).

- Attendance will be at full capacity, although spectators will face strict entry requirements.


Copenhagen, Denmark (Parkden Stadium, 38,065).

- Attendance will be at 40% (approximately 15,900) in the first game, but then 67% (approximately 25,000) for the remaining two group games.


Glasgow, Scotland (Hampden Park 51,866).

- Attendance will be at 25% (approximately 12,000).


London, England (Wembley Stadium, 90,000).

- Attendance will be at 25% (approximately 22,500) for the group stage and round of 16, with there being a possibility to increase the attendance for both the semi-finals and final.


Munich, Germany (Allianz Arena, 70,000).

- Attendance will be at 20% (14,000).


Rome, Italy (Stadio Olimpico, 70,634).

- Attendance will be at least 25% (approximately 17,659), but subject to potential increase.


Saint Petersburg, Russia (Krestovsky Stadium, 68,134).

- Attendance will be at least 50% (approximately 34,067), but subject to potential increase.


Seville, Spain (La Cartuja, 60,000).

- Attendance will be 30% (approximately 18,000).


Referees:

Fernando Rapallini (Argentina).

Anthony Taylor (England).

Michael Oliver (England).

Clément Turpin (France).

Daniel Siebert (Germany).

Felix Brych (Germany).

Orel Grinfeld (Israel).

Daniele Orsato (Italy).

Björn Kuipers (Netherlands).

Danny Makkelie (Netherlands).

Artur Soares Dias (Portugal).

István Kovács (Romania).

Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania).

Sergei Karasev (Russia).

Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia).

Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain).

Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain).

Andreas Ekberg (Sweden).

Cüneyt Çakir (Turkey).


The tournament is set to commence tonight, with Turkey and Italy getting proceedings underway in Rome.

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Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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