Euro 2020 – Europe’s Biggest National Football Tournament


Euro 2020 kicks off in June, with some of Europe’s best national teams looking to take the crown. The competition is similar to other national team tournaments like the FIFA World Cup and the continental championships like the AFC Asian Cup, the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, CONMEBOL Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The eyes of European football fans will be focused on the tournament, hoping that their country can make it to the final. Many will also be placing bets on the individual games and the outright outcome of the tournament, with fans expected to wager millions of Euros throughout June.

Fans looking for the best odds for Euro 2020 games can find them on Marathonbet.

What is Euro 2020?

The “Euros” is the colloquial name for the UEFA European Football Championship. It is a football tournament for European national teams that is held every four years. The Euros are the second most prestigious tournament for European national teams, behind the FIFA World Cup. Therefore, it means a lot for football fans if their team wins the Euros.

It was first held in 1960, making Euro 2020 the 16th running of the tournament. 2020 also  marks the 60th anniversary of the tournament, which UEFA has decided to mark by hosting the tournament across Europe instead of in a single city.

The competition has grown significantly over this time. The first tournament was held in France, and had only four teams in the final, down from the 17 countries that entered. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia in the final.

The competition was extended to eight teams in 1980, and then 16 in 1996. The current format of 24 teams was introduced for Euro 2016.

As well as the pride of being crowned the best footballing nation in Europe, the winning team is awarded the Henri Delaunay Trophy. This piece of silverware was named after the Frenchman who first envisioned the idea of a continent-wide football competition in 1927. They also receive up to €34 million in prize money.

What Teams Will Take Part in Euro 2020?

The continent of Europe has some of the world’s best national football teams. These include FIFA World Cup winning teams like Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, and England.

A total of 54 countries are members of UEFA, and all of them have the right to qualify for the Euros. As well as the historically successful teams. It also includes smaller nations like Georgia, Serbia, and even Israel; despite it not being a country located on the continent of Europe.

A total of 24 nations will compete at the Euro 2020 finals. The first 20 of these to qualify are:

  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • Wales
  • Switzerland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Belgium
  • Russia
  • Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • England
  • Croatia
  • Czechia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Germany

Where is Euro 2020?

Like the FIFA World Cup, the Euros are typically held in a single host country. Previous hosts have included France, Italy, England, Sweden, and Germany. However, the 2012 competition was jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, and the 2008 tournament was hosted by both Austria and Switzerland.

Euro 2020 will be different, with games held across Europe, with 12 cities taking part. These cities are:

City Stadium
London Wembley Stadium
Munich Allianz Arena
Rome Stadio Olimpico
Baku Olympic Stadium
St Petersburg Krestovsky Stadium
Budapest Puskás Aréna
Bucharest Arena Națională
Bilbao San Mamés
Glasgow Hampden Park
Dublin Aviva Stadium
Copenhagen Parken Stadium
Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena

The opening game will be held at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, while the semi-finals and final will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium. The latter was chosen because it has the largest capacity out of all the stadia.

What is the Format for Euro 2020?

The Euros follow a very similar format to the FIFA World Cup, in that they have a qualification stage, a group stage, and a knockout stage. Collectively, the latter two stages are known as the “finals”.

To qualify for the finals, a group format is used where teams are seeded and then randomly allocated into nine groups. Teams in each group play games against each other in a league format, with three points for a win, one for a draw, and no points for a loss. These games are played in the two years before the start of the finals.

Some teams then automatically qualify based on their position in their group, while others head into a knock-out stage to earn the last few places in the finals.

From 2016 onwards, 24 teams have been awarded places in the finals. These teams are again seeded and randomly allocated into groups, where they play matches against each other. The group stage for the Euro 2020 finals gets underway in June. Throughout the tournament Marathonbet will be bringing you the best odds for every game.

The top two teams in each group then make it into the knockout stage, as well as four additional nations who were the best performing third-placed teams. These teams make up the “round of 16”. Teams play a game in the round of 16, with the winners progressing to the quarter-finals, then the semi-finals, and the final. The team that wins the final is crowned the champions.

Who Will Win Euro 2020?

There are several contenders to win Euro 2020. These include past winners like Portugal and Germany. Some of the most likely challengers include:

  • England
  • France
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Portugal

Marathonbet will be tracking the Euro 2020 games in detail throughout the tournament to ensure we bring only the best Euro 2020 odds to fans. These will continue to be updated throughout the tournament to ensure fans get the best value from their bets.

What Teams Have Won the Euros Before?

Past winners of the Euros include:

Year 2016 2012 2008 2004 2000 1996 1992
Country Portugal Spain Spain Greece France Germany Denmark


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