Held from June 11 to July 11, in 11 different cities and one year after its initial date, Euro 2021 is a European football tournament like no other. Regulation, regulations, favourites… Franceinfo: sport gives you the basics to organize yourself before the start of the competition.
What is this roving euro story?
For the first time in the competition’s history, there will not be just one or two host countries. The decision was made in 2012, with the blessing of Michel Platini, to avoid starting the construction of large stadiums in a country where the 2008 economic crisis is still fresh.
In total, 11 cities were selected to host at least one match in the European Championship 2021: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg and Seville. In the draw held on November 30, 2019, the six groups were divided into two cities. In Group F, France sails between Munich (Germany) and Budapest (Hungary).
The level of stadium filling in each city varies depending on the political decisions and health status of the host countries. In Budapest, the scale is set to 100%. Thus, Puskas Square will host up to 67,000 people for Hungary, France, Portugal and France. On the other hand, France and Germany will only accommodate a maximum of 14,500 people. As for the last four matches, which will take place in London, it is a 25% scale planned at Wembley (22,500 people).
Is France the favourite?
Finalist in the last edition in 2016 and above all world champion, France team is one of the favorites for the European crown this summer. Furthermore, 71% of the journalists on our editorial team imagine her winning on July 11th. Regarding the quality of his workforce, Didier Deschamps in no way has anything to envy about the other choices. But one thing is for sure, the Blues will give themselves a full head start on the competition.
The lottery wasn’t kind to them. If the majority of groups have singled out a headline, France has three in its middle. Kylian Mbappe and his companions will have to fight from the start with Portugal, the European champions, and Germany, Cador playing at home. Only the first two groups of each group will get a guaranteed place in the Round of 16. But the best four thirds (of the six in total) will be drafted.
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If the Blues finish first in Group F, they will face third in Bucharest (Romania). If they finish second in Group F, they will play their future in competition, in London (UK) versus first in Group D (England and Croatia). In the case of third place and thus replay, it will be necessary to face the first of Group B (Belgium) in Seville or the first of Group C (Group of the Netherlands) in Budapest.
Where is my other favorite?
France is not alone in having long teeth this summer. According to bookmakers, France is as favorite as England. Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount… The Three Lions have one of the strongest hits in the tournament. But the English have never won the Euro and have never done better than the semi-finals, which were last reached in 1996.
Belgium is also eagerly awaited. After experiencing very poorly their elimination against France in the last World Cup semi-final (0-1), the Red Devils will take revenge and be directed by Kevin De Bruyne as well as Romelu Lukaku. Thanks to its golden generation, Belgium reached the quarters in 2016, ending a long crossing of the desert. Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes will vigorously defend their title. Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, for their part, will try to revive after recent major competitions that are not up to their stature.