Euro 2020 Q&A: Interesting Facts and What you need to Know
Euro 2020 Q&A: Interesting Facts and What you need to Know

What are the key dates - Opening and Final?

The tournament kicks off on Friday, June 11. The knockout phase starts on June 26 with the final taking place on July 11 at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Where is the Euro 2020 being held?

For the first time in the tournament’s history, it will be taking place across the continent with 11 host cities in all: London, Saint Petersburg, Baku, Munich, Rome, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Seville.

How many teams are taking part?

A total of 24 teams divided into six groups will be taking part in the tournament, which comprises 51 matches.

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia

Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

What is the tournament format?

The top two teams from each group, plus four best third-place finishers, will progress to the round-of-16 phase which will be followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and the final.

How many people had purchased tickets?

UEFA reported previously that 90 percent of match tickets had been sold for the initial iteration of the competition.

After the tournament was postponed, many fans decided to return their tickets as UEFA opened the channels for them to do so in May of 2020.

With that being said, UEFA have also confirmed that any tickets purchased in 2020 will also be valid for the rescheduled version of the tournament.

Are fans allowed inside stadiums?

Yes. Each of the 11 venues has been given clearance to host fans. UEFA confirmed that Saint Petersburg and Baku will have up to 50 capacity; Budapest aims to host a full house; Amsterdam, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Rome and Seville will be hosting 25 to 45 percent; London will have a minimum capacity of 25 percent; Munich aims to host approximately 22 percent of the stadium capacity.

Football fans should read the Event Guide (CLICK HERE) in detail for each of the 11 host cities and stadiums

Which countries have plans for fans?

There are 12 host cities and each association has been asked to inform UEFA no later than Wednesday, April 7 of their intentions for the minimum number of fans inside each stadium this summer. Some associations may well ask for longer to do so - but time is running out.

Nine of the host countries are competing in the competition; Netherlands, Spain, Hungary, Denmark, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, and Russia. So far, Denmark, Russia, Italy and Netherlands have revealed the specifics of their plans; to have between 25 and 50 per cent capacity.

The Italian government confirmed on Tuesday fans will be present, and Sky in Italy are reporting the Italian FA gave UEFA assurances over safely welcoming at least 25 per cent of the Stadio Olimpico's 72,600 capacity.

On Wednesday, the Dutch FA (KNVB) and government jointly announced that at least 12,000 fans, around 25 per cent of the capacity, will be in attendance at Ajax's Amsterdam Arena for the Netherlands' three group games and one second-round match.

Also on Wednesday, the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sport (MTS) announced up to 13,000 spectators will be able to attend the matches set to take place at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

The 54,000-seater stadium will host three Group C games - Austria vs North Macedonia, Ukraine vs North Macedonia, and Ukraine vs Austria - and one round-of-16 clash.

Which venues were dropped?

Dublin and Bilbao were dropped from the list of host cities after refusing to give guarantees over spectator numbers, but Seville stepped in for the latter while Dublin’s games went to London and Saint Petersburg.

How is UEFA feeling now?

Despite the pandemic-forced delays, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been bullish, insisting Euro 2020 will be safe.

“It will be the perfect opportunity to show the world that Europe is adapting. Europe is alive and celebrating life. Europe is back,” he said recently.

Have any players tested positive for Covid 19?

On Sunday, Spain captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19 and left their training base. It comes after the Netherlands dropped goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from their squad because of a positive test.

Concerns over possible virus clusters led to UEFA allowing nations to name expanded squads of 26 players.

Can anyone offer guarantees?

No - and therein lies the problem.

UEFA is doing its best to plan for an already heavily disrupted competition, but the global pandemic has been unpredictable, and it has affected each country in different ways.

There will be a 'Plan B', to respond to unforeseen, late, cancellations caused by a further spike in coronavirus cases on the eve of games, but nobody has publicised their contingency plans.

These remain uncertain times, but, by the end of this week, we should be much clearer on how this summer's competition will be supported.

What happens if a player tests positive for the COVID-19 virus?

UEFA Events SA CEO Martin Kallen: "During the season, we had a small number of positive tests, so it is possible we could have players test positive during the tournament.

"There is a procedure in place where the player will go into quarantine, but the others will be tested again and then they can play. This principle is the same across all 11 host countries and the same process is in place for referees and match officials."

Quiz Questions and Answers for Euro 2020


  1. Which player scored the only goal in the Euro 2004 final between Portugal and Greece?
  2. Who is the only player to score in the finals of two consecutive Euros?

  3. Spain is the only team to defend its Euro title successfully (2008 and 2012). When did it win its first title?

  4. The Panenka penalty originated at the 1976 European Championships, but what team did Antonin Panenka score the first against?

  5. What team has appeared at the most European Championships without winning the trophy?

  6. Who are the only two players to have scored for Northern Ireland at the Euros?

  7. Who scored the equaliser in England's 2-1 victory over Wales at Euro 2016?

  8. Who scored the first goal for England at Euro 2012?

  9. Name all 24 teams competing at this year's competition?

  10. Which former Liverpool striker was the top scorer at Euro 2004?

  11. Which two European countries co-hosted the Euro 2000 tournament?

  12. How many goals did Marco van Basten score in the Euro 88 tournament?

  13. How was the semi-final between the USSR and Italy of the 1968 championship decided?

  14. Which team did England defeat in a two-legged playoff match to qualify for Euro 2000?

  15. In Euro 2020 qualification, which team took part for the first time?

  16. Which England player scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Czech Republic in their opening qualifier in March 2019?

  17. Who scored the most goals in Euro 2020 qualifiers?

  18. How many times have Spain qualified for the European Championship? 9, 10, 11 or 12

  19. Who was the only team to defeat England in Euro 2020 qualifiers?

  20. Which three sides have won the European Championship on home soil?

  21. How many goals has Alan Shearer scored in European Championship tournaments in total?

  22. Which company supplied the Euro 2012 matchball?

  23. Which Spanish footballer was voted player of the tournament at Euro 2008?

  24. When was the first European Championship held?

  25. Which team won the first European Championship?

Euro 2020 Q&A: Interesting Facts, Guide for Fans, Quiz Questions and Answers
Euro 2020 Quiz


  1. Angelos Charisteas

  2. Fernando Torres

  3. 1964

  4. West Germany

  5. England

  6. Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn

  7. Jamie Vardy

  8. Joleon Lescott

  9. Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia, Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia, England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

  10. Milan Baros

  11. Belgium and the Netherlands

  12. Five

  13. Toss of a coin

  14. Scotland

  15. Kosovo

  16. Raheem Sterling

  17. Teemu Pukki

  18. 11

  19. Czech Republic

  20. Spain (1964), Italy (1968) and France (1984)

  21. Seven

  22. Adidas

  23. Xavi Hernandez

  24. 1960

  25. USSR

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