Last year, Euro 2020 was all set to kickstart a bumper summer of sport until the coronavirus intervened. The pandemic-induced lockdowns throughout Europe led UEFA to postpone the tournament by a year, but it'll still take place in various locations across the continent. 

Portugal are the holders, having defied the odds to upset France in the final five years ago. Les Bleus are the favourites again this time around, having since secured the World Cup in Russia, but we shouldn't discount England.

The Three Lions have never won the Euros, but boast a strong squad full of talented young players. 

Here's everything you need to know, including the fixtures, schedules, match locations and how to watch from where you're based. You can also find out when England is next playing here.  

What is Euro 2020?

Euro 2020, otherwise known as the UEFA European Football Championship, is the 16th instalment of the men's football tournament that took place every four years between 1960 and 2016.

The pandemic means that schedule has had to be adapted slightly, although UEFA is still referring to this year's competition as 'Euro 2020'. 

All 55 UEFA member states get a chance to qualify for in the event, but only 24 teams have made it through to the final tournament.

Portugal are the defending champions from Euro 2016, but neither they or any of the countries in which matches are held gain automatic entry to the tournament.

Previous winners have included Spain (1964, 2008, 2012), Greece (2004), France (1984, 2000), Denmark (1992), Netherlands (1988), Germany (1972, 1980, 1996), the then Czechoslovakia (1976), Italy (1968) and the Soviet Union (1960), but never England. We came third back in 1968, and joint-third in 1996, so it's time for England to bring it home.

When is Euro 2020 taking place?

The long wait for the tournament to get underway is over. Euro 2020 began on Friday 11 June 2021, with 51 matches played between then and the final on Sunday 11 July 2021.

How to watch UEFA Euro 2020 in the UK

The BBC and ITV have announced that they will be sharing the broadcasting rights for Euro 2020. They will take turns in having the top picks for each round of fixtures, with both channels showing the final at Wembley Stadium. 

The BBC is available on your TV, online via the BBC iPlayer website and through the iPlayer mobile apps on iOS and Android. Some fixtures may also be available to watch through the BBC Sport website

Matches from the European Championships are typically shown on BBC One, but they may be on BBC Two or even BBC Four when matches are being played concurrently.

Some games are being shown on the BBC iPlayer in 4K Ultra HD. Find out which ones and what you need here.

ITV is available on your TV, online on the ITV Hub website, or via the ITV Hub mobile apps for iOS and Android. You’ll also be able to watch ITV live using any Freeview app. Matches from the European Championships tend to be on the main channel, but they may also be on ITV4 from time to time. 

To watch either channel live you will need a TV Licence. This applies even if you use BBC iPlayer to catch up, but you can still watch past broadcasts on the ITV Hub. 

How to watch UEFA Euro 2020 from the US and abroad

For readers based in the US, you've got a couple of options for watching Euro 2020. You can watch games directly through ESPN and ABC, or stream them on the websites if you have the channels as part of your cable package. Alternatively, you can sign up for ESPN+, Sling or fuboTV.

If you'd like to watch both the BBC and ITV from outside of the UK, using a VPN is probably your best bet.

VPN

A VPN (or virtual private network) is software that lets you mask your IP address in order to appear as if you are somewhere you are not. So, you could be in Spain and pretend to be browsing from the UK, then access BBC or ITV services as normal. 

We’ve reviewed a bunch of VPNs but our current top pick is NordVPN. Because streaming services are wise to the use of VPNs you might need to try a few different servers before you find one that works.

If you'd like to know more about the sign-up process, take a look at our guides on how to watch iPlayer abroad and how to watch the ITV Hub abroad

Euro 2020 fixtures and schedule

Here's the full schedule of the group stages, knockouts, quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course the all-important final. All times are in BST (British Summer Time), and include the location in which the match will be held. 

In the first phase, the top two in each group plus four best third-placed teams go through to the knockout stages. Every team has now played at least one group stage match.

Group stages

Tuesday 22 June

8pm: Czech Republic vs England (London) - ITV
8pm: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow) - ITV4

Wednesday 23 June

5pm: Slovakia vs Spain (Seville) - ITV
5pm: Sweden vs Poland (St Petersburg) - ITV4
8pm: Portugal v France (Budapest) - BBC One
8pm: Germany vs Hungary (Munich) - BBC Two

Knockouts

Saturday 26 June

5pm: Wales vs Denmark (Amsterdam)
8pm: Italy vs Austria (London)

Sunday 27 June

5pm: Netherlands vs 3D/E/F (Budapest)
8pm: Belgium vs 3A/D/E/F (Seville)

Monday 28 June

5pm: 2D vs 2E (Copenhagen)
8pm: 1F vs 3A/B/C (Bucharest)

Tuesday 29 June

5pm: 1D vs 2F (London)
8pm: 1E vs 3A/B/C/D (Glasgow)

Quarter-finals

Friday 2 July

5pm: Winner 6 vs Winner 5 (St Petersburg)
8pm: Winner 4 vs Winner 2 (Munich)

Saturday 3 July

5pm: Winner 3 vs Winner 1 (Baku)
8pm: Winner 8 vs Winner 7 (Rome)

Semi-finals

Tuesday 6 July

8pm: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (London)

Wednesday 7 July

8pm: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (London)

Final

Sunday 11 July

8pm: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (London)

Euro 2020 results so far

Friday 11 June

Turkey 0-3 Italy 

Saturday 12 June

Wales 1-1 Switzerland
Denmark 0-1 Finland
Belgium 3-0 Russia

Sunday 13 June

England 1-0 Croatia
Austria 3-1 North Macedonia
Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine

Monday 14 June

Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic
Poland 1-2 Slovakia
Spain 0-0 Sweden

Tuesday 15 June

Hungary 0-3 Portugal
France 1-0 Germany

Wednesday 16 June

Finland 0-1 Russia
Turkey 0-2 Wales
Italy 3-0 Switzerland

Thursday 17 June

Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia
Denmark 1-2 Belgium
Netherlands 2-0 Austria

Friday 18 June

Sweden 1-0 Slovakia
Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic
England 0-0 Scotland

Saturday 19 June

Hungary 1-1 France
Portugal 2-4 Germany
Spain 1-1 Poland

Sunday 20 June

Italy 1-1 Wales
Switzerland 3-1 Turkey

Monday 21 June

North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands
Ukraine 0-1 Austria
Finland 0-2 Belgium
Russia 1-4 Denmark

For more information, there's a full guide to the Euro 2020 fixtures and results on the UEFA website.

Where is Euro 2020 hosted?

There is no single destination for Euro 2020, with matches spread over different European. Then-UEFA President Michael Platini noted that this is to mark the 60th birthday of the tournament.

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It is at London’s Wembley Stadium where the most important matches will be held, however, with the UK hosting both the semi-finals and final. Previously home to Euro 1996, this will be the second time Wembley has had the pleasure.

Other Euro 2020 host venues include:

  • Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
  • Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
  • Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia
  • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary
  • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville, Spain

Which football teams are competing in Euro 2020?

Out of 55 teams, 24 have qualified to make it through to the final tournament. These have then been split into six different groups, loosely based on how they performed in the qualifiers. Here's the different groups and what countries are in them:

Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales

Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland

Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia

Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland

Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia

Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary

Some of the early favourites to win the competition are Belgium, France and Portugal - but anything could happen.