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Football fans are getting pumped for the Euros this year, especially after COVID-19 lockdowns shut the tournament down last summer. Despite the raging pandemic, the 24-team tournament is all set to begin on June 11 and run through July 11. The teams have been set, the groups have been drawn, and the host cities have signed on – here’s your all-inclusive guide to Euro 2021.
Euro 2021 Groups and the Most Exciting Games
Groupings for Euro 2021 have been drawn. The 24 teams and their respective groups are:
- Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
- Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
- Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
- Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
- Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
- Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
The Most Anticipated Starting Games
While the entire tournament is something to get super excited about this year, there are a few starting games that you won’t want to miss.
The Opening Game – Turkey vs. Italy on June 11: Not only is it the opening game for the tournament, but it’s Turkey’s first appearance in a big tournament in over two decades. The only four Euro opening games they’ve ever played, they lost, and they haven’t been able to beat Italy in any of their last ten encounters.
Denmark vs. Finland on June 12: This historical game will see the Finland men’s team play its first major tournament in 110 years.
England vs. Scotland on June 18: If the history and politics between England and Scotland aren’t enough to get you psyched about seeing them face off in this tournament, the history behind the football teams should do it. England’s second game in the last Euro the country hosted was against Scotland in 1996. This tournament is also the first time that Scotland is making a Euro appearance since that day in history.
Which Cities Are Hosting Euro 2021?
There were originally 12 host cities planned for the tournament, but Dublin and Bilbao dropped off the roster after refusing to guarantee fan attendance for the games. The four games scheduled to occur in Dublin will now be split between St. Petersburg and London, while Seville took over as the host city for Bilbao’s games. Here are the final 11 host cities for Euro 2021:
- Wembley Stadium, London
- Rome, Stadio Olimpico
- Petersburg, Krestovsky Stadium
- Munich, Allianz Arena
- Glasgow, Hampden Park
- Copenhagen, Parken Stadium
- Budapest, Puskas Arena
- Bucharest, Arena Nationala
- Seville, Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
- Baku, Olympic Stadium
- Amsterdam, Johan Cruyff Arena
How Fans Can Stream the Tournament Online
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Due to travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, it’s unlikely that international fans will be able to see the tournament in person. Fortunately, there are plenty of streaming options for Euro 2021, no matter where in the world you are. The best platforms for streaming UEFA Euros are in England, as they’re the official host for the tournament. If you live outside of England, you can download a VPN and connect to a server located in the country. Once you’re connected, you’ll get access to all the best channels for viewing Euro 2021.
No matter where you are, get ready to celebrate 60 years of football competition history with the long-overdue Euro 2021.
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