GET READY FOR THE EUROS
Europe is gearing up for one of the biggest football tournaments on the planet this summer as the Euros come to 11 countries across the continent. June 2021 will see 552 players from 24 nations collide for 51 games across a four-week tournament that has already been delayed a year because of coronavirus.
From the opening game between Turkey and Italy right the way through to the final, the Euros are set to attract millions of spectators – even if the majority will be watching on TV. Get all the latest tournament info, player profiles, team details and breaking news throughout the summer right here. Read up on the different venues, predict the group winners, check out the latest odds and follow your favourite team all the way to the final.
There’s not been this much hype for an international tournament for years, thanks to it being staged against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Portugal come into the Euros as defending champions, having stunned hosts France in the 2016 final. But the French themselves are reigning World Cup champions and are strong contenders to double up here.
It all kicks off on 11 June and exactly a month later, the final will be played at Wembley Stadium. As it happens, England are the early favourites to win the Euros and end a 55-year wait to claim another major international trophy – although recent performances have sewn some doubt into how far Gareth Southgate’s troops can go. The Three Lions face fierce competition from the likes of France, Portugal and FIFA’s top-ranked team Belgium for the trophy this summer – and that doesn’t even account for the Spanish, Germans or Dutch! Meanwhile, it’s fair to say a host of outsiders will fancy their chances at a tournament unlike any other. Denmark and Italy both have elite talent within their ranks – and they have the added advantage of playing their group games at home stadiums.
This may also be the last chance we get to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos at the Euros. The veterans still have international aspirations despite winning practically everything there is to win in the world of football. They are all well into their 30s but remain the most influential members of their respective teams.