The UEFA European Football Championship, which is also popularly called UEFA Euro 2020, is the 16th edition of the tournament in history to be organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
The tournament was initially scheduled to commence from the 12th of June to the 12th of July 2020, in twelve cities in 12 UEFA countries. Due to Coronavirus Pandemic, UEFA announced on the 17th of March 2020 that the tournament would be postponed by a year. The date was shifted to the 11th of June to the 11th of July 2021. The postponement was to minimize the workload and pressure of the public services in affected nations and provide more time for the completion of domestic leagues that have been earlier suspended. However, even with the changes, the tournament will still be named “UEFA Euro 2020.”
UEFA President Michel Platini made it known that the several nations will play host to the tournament to celebrate the 60t h birthday of the European competition. Due to the fact, the Wembley Stadium in London has the largest capacity compared to other stadiums hosting the competition, it will host the semi-finals and the finals. That will be the second time hosting the finals, having done so before at the 1996 UEFA Championship. The tournament’s opening game will be held at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, where Italy will be playing host to Turkey.
The tournament’s defending champion is Portugal, having claimed their victory in the 2016 competition after defecting France 1-0 at extra time. The tournament will be introducing the Video assistant referee (VAR) since the history of the UEFA European Championship.
•Covid-19 Pandemic and postponement
The Covid-19 spike in Europe has earlier raised concerns regarding how it will affect players, staff, and visitors across the competition’s twelve host cities. The UEFA president Aleksande Creferin in a conference held in March stated that the organization was doing everything necessary regarding the situation. Theodore, the general secretary, also affirmed his statement adding that UEFA is collaborating with the World Health Organization regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the impact of Cpvid-19 spiked later that month as several domestic and UEFA competitions had to hold their matches behind closed doors. This later lead to the postponement of the UEFA Championship and other major European leagues – Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga, Seria A, and Premier League.