It all starts on Friday 11 June, when Italy and Turkey will meet in the opening match of the tournament at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, with the final to be held at the English stadium in Wembley on Sunday 11 July.
For the first time, the competition will be hosted across the continent in some of Europe’s largest and most famous stadiums, rather than by one or two nations.
In addition to London and Rome, other host cities include Baku, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Seville and Munich.
Bilbao in Spain and Dublin in Ireland were scheduled to host the matches, but after local authorities did not allow fans to attend the matches due to Covid-19 restrictions, UEFA’s European football governing body chose to transfer the matches of Bilbao to Seville and those of Dublin to St. Petersburg.
There are 24 teams playing 51 games in the 11 host cities over the next month, with some well-known nations among the favorites.
World champion France appear in imperious form, their team full of talent, with the lure of Real Madrid star Karim Benzema providing the team with an additional offensive threat.
The reigning champion of Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, looks strong again, while Belgium, team no. 1 of FIFA, will be sweating on the form of his superstar, Kevin de Bruyne, after suffering a face injury in the Champions League final.
Spain and Germany – who have won the competition three times each – hope to bounce back after poor performances at the World Cup three years ago, while after a few years in the suburbs, Italy is hoping for a more fruitful tournament in 2021 with its talented midfielders. a strong reason for optimism.
Could the youth and exuberance of England and Holland carry them through the tournament, or will there be a dark horse that could shock the competition like Greece did in 2004?
Here’s where you can watch the action if you reside in participating nations:
Belgium: VRT / RTBF
Croatia: HRT / Sportklub
Czech: Republic Česká tele television
Denmark: DKDR / NENT Denmark Group
France: M6 / TF1
Germany: ARD / ZDF
Italy: RAI / Sky Italia
North Macedonia: Sportklub
Portugal: Sport TV Portugal
Russia: Channel One / Match TV / RTR
Slovakia: RTV Slovakia
Spain: Mediaset Spain
Sweden: SVT / TV4
Ukraine: Media Group Ukraine
United Kingdom: BBC / ITV
India and Indian subcontinent: Sony
Indonesia: MNC / Mola TV / RCTI
Kenya: Star Times / SuperSport / Canal + Afrique / KTN
Nigeria: Star Times / SuperSport / Canal + Africa
South Africa: SuperSport
United Arab Emirates: beIN Sports
USA: ESPN / Univision