UEFA EURO 2020

The UEFA European Championships, a international competition between the men’s national teams affiliated to UEFA. Since 1960, has been held every four years in the even numbered years between World Cup tournaments. Considered as the second most prestigious international; tournament after the World Cup.

The most recent winners were Portugal who won the 2016 tournament, held in France.

From its beginnings in 1960, the competition has continually expanded. For the 2020 edition of the tournament, there will be 55 countries taking part in the qualifying competition.

The 1964 tournament, hosted in Spain, saw more teams enter the qualifying competition, with one notable absentee being West Germany. By the time that 1968 came round, Italy were hosting the tournament, and more teams still participated in qualifying. Since then the competition has expanded, for the 2020 competition, there will be 55 countries taking part in the qualifying.

These countries split in 10 Groups comprising either five or six teams. Teams were drawn into various pots based on their UEFA competition and seeded, so that the strongest teams are not drawn against each other in the qualifying rounds.  The top two teams in each group will qualify for the finals.  That leaves four places for the play-offs.

Format changes for UEFA Euro 2020

Then criteria for the play-offs has changed with the creation of the UEFA Nations League. Now the four Group winners from that competition from that tournament have automatically a play-off place in the Euros if they do not automatically qualify for the finals in their own right. If they have qualified, then their play-off spot goes to the team that finishes third in descending list.

Typically, the Euros has been less predictable than the World Cup, throwing up unlikely winners like Denmark and Greece. However, when making UEFA Euro 2020 predictions, it is important to understand what is different about this year’s tournament.

For all tournaments up to an including 2016 the finals have been held in one host country, with UEFA selecting one country from  a list of bidding nations.

The 2020 competition will follow a different format, in part because UEFA wanted to honour 60 years of the tournament, but mainly because they wanted to reduce  the financial burden on one country hosting the finals themselves. Instead, with an expanded field of 24 teams, there will be 12 knock-out matches to be held in 12 cities – Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg. Baku, Munich, Rome.

This means that the major nations have a much greater chance of being drawn at home in the knock-out phases, meaning that there is probably much less chance of a surprise, at least in the initial stages of the knock-out competition.

How to pick the best uefa euro 2020 tips?

If you want to make UEFA Euro 2020 predictions make sure that you have a good knowledge of international teams, who is strong, which nations are improving, and which countries are currently in decline.

One of the best UEFA Euro 2020 tips would be for France to do very well again. They reached the final last time, and are the current World Cup holders. They are likely to be strong again. Germany and Spain are both regular sides that feature in the latter stages of tournaments.

Finally, England may also feature in many people’s UEFA Euro 2020 predictions. Perennial underperformers in tournament football, they surprised many by reaching the last World Cup semi-finals, have qualified for the UEFA Nations League final, and have home advantage – both the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 will be played at Wembley.