Euro football: calendar, fan zone, favorites … everything you need to know about the competition

The European football championship, which has been postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, starts on June 11th and ends on July 11th. On the program: 51 games in eleven different cities. La Dépêche sums up everything you need to know about the competition.

Euro football is finally starting! Who will succeed Portugal, 2016 winners? Until July 11, football fans can admire Kylian Mbappé’s dribbles and Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kicks. TV program, teams to imitate … a little guide so that you don’t miss anything in the European competition and shine on your next football evenings.

We say Euro 2020 and not Euro 2021

We are fine in 2021, but the competition will remain Euro 2020. If UEFA has decided not to change the year to name the competition, it is for economic reasons: the material associated with the organization (clothing stadiums, boards, brochures, Ads …) or merchandising (derivative products) already made with the “Euro 2020” logo. A new “Euro 2021” order would have been very expensive.

For the same reason, the next Olympic Games will remain the Tokyo Games in 2020, not 2021.

11 different cities

For the first time in its history, the euro will be held in 11 different cities. An idea launched in 2012 by Michel Platini (then President of UEFA) to avoid building new stadiums in countries hit by the 2008 economic crisis.

A total of 11 cities were selected to host at least one Euro 2021 match: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg and Seville. In each stadium, the level of the grandstands varies depending on political decisions and the health situation in the country.

Who are the favorites?

Finalist in the last European Championship in 2016 and World Champion in 2018, the French team is undoubtedly the big favorite of the competition. But be careful, the pool of Griezmann teammates has increased with Portugal and Germany.

Another popular bookmaking team: Harry Kanes England. The “Three Lions” have never won the European Championship, but the final scheduled for July 11th at London’s Wembley Stadium could motivate them to reopen their trophy cabinet, which has sounded hollow since 1966. The Red Devils are against after their lost World Cup semi-finals the French are vengeful. And let’s not forget the Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo who will defend his title. Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands also want to revive after missed competitions in recent years.

Which channels can you see the Games of the Blues on?

You will need a little patience before you see Didier Deschamps’ men compete against each other. Karim Benzema’s team-mates are placed in Group F, an extremely difficult group, in the pool of the last two European champions: Portugal and Germany, but also Hungary. All national team games are broadcast unencrypted on television.

Tuesday June 15th
France-Germany at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Saturday June 19th
Hungary-France at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Wednesday June 23rd
Portugal-France at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

On which channels can the other meetings be seen?

It’s a French exception, only 23 of the 51 games in the competition, or 45%, are broadcast in plain text. A completely different vision than our main neighbors: In Germany, 80% of the tournament will be broadcast in clear view; in Great Britain and Spain the entire euro is forwarded free of charge.

Friday June 11th (opening game)
Turkey-Italy at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Saturday June 12th
Wales-Switzerland at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Wednesday June 16
Turkey-Wales at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Italy-Switzerland at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Sunday June 20th
Switzerland-Turkey at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 2
Italy-Wales at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Group B

Saturday June 12th
Denmark-Finland at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Belgium-Russia at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Wednesday June 16
Finland-Russia at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Thursday June 17th
Denmark-Belgium at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Monday June 21st
Russia-Denmark at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 2
Finland-Belgium at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Group C

Sunday June 13th
Netherlands – Ukraine at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1
Austria-North Macedonia at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Thursday June 17th
Netherlands – Austria at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Ukraine-North Macedonia at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Monday June 21st
North Macedonia – Netherlands at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Ukraine-Austria at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 2

Group D

Sunday June 13th
England-Croatia at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Monday June 14th
Scotland-Czech Republic at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Friday June 18th
Croatia-Czech Republic at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
England-Scotland at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Tuesday June 22nd
Croatia-Scotland at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 2
Czech Republic against England at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Group E

Monday June 14th
Spain-Sweden at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1
Poland-Slovakia at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Friday June 18th
Sweden-Slovakia at 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Saturday June 19th
Spain-Poland at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Wednesday June 23rd
Slovakia-Spain at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Sweden-Poland at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 2

Group F (the blues group)

Tuesday June 15th
Hungary-Portugal at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Saturday June 19th
Portugal-Germany at 6 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Wednesday June 23rd
Germany-Hungary at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 2

The games not to be missed

36 group games are on the program, major confrontations are already planned. It all started with a promising Italy-Turkey in the opening game in Rome this Friday, June 11th at 9 p.m.

Saturday June 12th Belgium-Russia at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 13 June England-Croatia at 3 p.m.

Monday June 14th, Spain-Sweden at 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday 15th June France-Germany at 9:00 p.m.

Friday 18th June England-Scotland at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday 19th June Spain-Poland at 9 p.m.

Saturday 19 June Portugal-Germany at 6 p.m.

Saturday 19 June Sweden-Poland at 6 p.m.

Wednesday 23 June Portugal-France at 9 p.m.

And to see the final stages?

Saturday June 26th
Round of 16 1 at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Round of 16 2 at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Sunday June 27th
Round of 16 3 at 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Round of 16 4 at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Monday June 28th
Round of 16 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on beIN Sports 1
Round of 16 6 at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Tuesday June 29th
Eighth final 7 at 6 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1
Round of 16 8 at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Friday July 2nd
Quarter-finals 1 at 6 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1
Quarter-finals 2 at 9 p.m. on beIN Sports 1

Saturday 3rd July
Quarter-finals 3 at 6 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1
Quarter-finals 4 at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Tuesday July 6th
Semi-final 1 at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

Wednesday July 7th
Semi-final 2 at 9 p.m. on TF1 and beIN Sports 1

Sunday July 11th
Final at 9 p.m. on M6 and beIN Sports 1

If you are looking for the famous printable calendar you can find it on the UEFA website or view and download it below.

Euro 2020 calendar from deskwebDDM on Scribd

Will we be able to see the games in fan zones?

Each town hall can decide freely whether it wants to set up a fan zone or not. In Paris, the quarter-finals will have to be awaited if France qualifies. In Toulouse there will be no fan zone in the city center before a possible qualification of the Blues in the semifinals of the EM.

And in bars?

As usual, the games can be broadcast in bars with a maximum of 6 tables and social distancing. But be careful, for the games that will be broadcast at 9pm, you will have to hurry to get home before the 11pm curfew. From July 1st there will be no more curfew, so football evenings can be protracted, but always with regard to closing gestures.

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