How Euro 2020 is taking shape as qualifiers complete final line-up

How Euro 2020 is taking shape as qualifiers complete final line-up

Scotland one of the last four teams to qualify with their play-off success against Serbia on Thursday night The line-up for next summer’s delayed Euro 2020 is now complete.

Scotland, along with Hungary, North Macedonia and Slovakia, joined the 20 teams already qualified with play-off victories on Thursday night.

Here, the PA news agency provides a refresher on how the tournament is shaping up.

– Where is the tournament being played?

Organisers UEFA remain committed to staging it across 12 European cities A decision which taken long before global pandemic took hold.

It released statement to PA earlier this month to say no plans at this stage to alter the format In the wake of report in Le Parisien that Russia considered as sole host.

Any changes of that nature would only happen “much nearer the time”, the statement said.

– Which cities involved?

The Allianz Arena in Munich will stage matches at Euro 2020
Allianz Arena in Munich stage matches at Euro 2020 (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The host cities are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg.

– When is it due to take place

It now begin on June 11, 2021. With final played at Wembley on July 11. UEFA took the decision to delay it by 12 months in March this year, to enable its member associations to complete their domestic competitions over the summer.

–  What are the chances of fans, like Scotland’s Tartan Army, being able to attend matches?

Scotland fans attend a Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia in Moscow before the pandemic
Scotland fans attend a Euro 2020 qualifier against Russia in Moscow before the pandemic (Steven Paston/PA)

UEFA insists it is too early to say with lockdowns imposed in many parts of Europe, the hope of having full stadiums for the finals feels faint at the moment, though of course there was optimistic news about the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine at the start of the week.

– Are there any first-time qualifiers?

 

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