Euro 2020 (2021) Interesting Facts

Euro 2020 (2021) is set to be one of the biggest iterations of this major international tournament, marking the 60th anniversary and creating a few “firsts” that promise to make this a landmark event.

In this guide, we’ll look at some Euro 2020 (2021) interesting facts giving you some valuable insight into this forthcoming tournament.

Past Euro Tournaments

The European Championship has created some big shocks in recent years and few pundits know what to expect at Euro 2020 (2021).

Portugal won the tournament last time out, but few expected them to do so after they only just made it through the group stages. Portugal enters as the defending champions, but one look at the Euro 2020 (2021) betting odds will tell you that few pundits actually expect them to win.

Portugal’s win was historic, as was Greece’s in 2004 or Denmark’s 12 years early, but the beauty of the Euro’s is that memorable moments can be created in an instant and not just over the course of the tournament.

It was here, in 2004, that Zlatan Ibrahimović scored an outstanding back-heel volley against Italy. It was also this tournament in which Van Basten scored a “worldy” in 1988 and Oliver Bierhoff grabbed a controversial “golden goal” in 1996. And who can forget David Suker’s lob for Croatia against Denmark?

The 1996 chip is one of the greatest goals scored in a major international tournament, helped by the fact that it was scored against one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers, Peter Schmeichel.

Euro Past Winners

Germany was the first national team to win the European Championships three times, a feat they achieved with victory at Euro 1996, which was held in England. Spain matched this record in 2012, claiming their second consecutive European Championship victory nearly half a century after winning their first.

Spain’s very first win came in what was only the second-ever tournament, with the first being won by the now-defunct Soviet Union. Other big winners of the Euros include France, who won in 1984 and 2000, and Italy, who won in 1968. The Netherlands, Portugal, and the Czech Republic have also won in the relatively short history of this grand tournament.

Big winners and multiple winners aside, two of the biggest victors were Denmark and Greece. In both cases, these teams began the tournament as outsiders and few expected them to progress beyond the group stage, let alone win the whole thing.

Neither of them went on to replicate this success, however. In fact, both teams failed to qualify for the World Cups that occurred just two years after their shock wins.

Records

Michel Platini holds the record for the largest number of goals in a single European Championship. During France’s win in Euro 1984, Platini scored 9 goals, which is staggering when you consider that France played just 5 games and that the second-highest goal scorer managed just 3 goals.

Platini’s goal-glut was largely thanks to the group stage (he scored just 2 in the knockout rounds). He netted the only goal of the opening game against Denmark and then scored a hat-trick in the next two, first against Belgium and then against Yugoslavia.

Griezmann is the only player to get anywhere near Platini’s goal tally after scoring 6 during Euro 2016. As far as team records go, Germany is one of the most decorated.

The German team currently holds the record for the most consecutive finishes in the top two and top eight, as well as the most consecutive appearances at the European Championship Finals.

Euro 2020 (2021) Interesting Facts

Looking for some Euro 2020 (2021) interesting facts? Take a look at these:

  • For most of this tournament’s life, the winner progressed to the Confederations Cup, but that won’t be the case with Euro 2020 (2021).
  • The early days of this tournament saw just four teams competing. At Euro 2020 (2021), 24 will compete.
  • The Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) will be used for the first time at Euro 2020 (2021).
  • Wembley Stadium will host the semi-final and final for the second time in under 25 years.
  • One of the tournament’s greatest players, Platini, played a big part in organizing Euro 2020 (2021).
  • Euro 2020 (2021) will be hosted in 12 major cities across 12 countries to commemorate the championship’s 60th anniversary.

Euro 2020 (2021) Host Countries

As mentioned above in our Euro 2020 (2021) interesting facts, this tournament will be hosted in 12 cities across 12 of Europe’s best-loved stadiums. The host countries and cities are as follows:

  • London, England
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • Bilbao, Spain
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Rome, Italy
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Munich, Germany
  • Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Amsterdam, Holland
  • Budapest, Hungary

Looking for more Euro 2020 (2021) interesting facts? How about this: Some of the nations hosting Euro 2020 (2021) games have yet to qualify and there is no guarantee that they will. In fact, Azerbaijan’s fate was sealed early when they finished bottom of their qualifying group. They will definitely not be in the Finals and Hungary, Romania, Ireland, and Scotland could be joining them.

Stadiums

All the following stadiums will host games at the Euro 2020 (2021) championships.

  • Wembley, London
  • Allianz Arena, Munich
  • Puskás Aréna, Budapest
  • Stadio Olympico, Rome
  • Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
  • San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Hampden Park, Glasgow
  • Olympic Stadium, Baku
  • Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
  • Nationala, Bucharest
  • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Parken Stadium, Copenhagen

Official Ball

Most of the pre-tournament excitement is reserved for the official match ball. This ball is often purchased by football fans all over the world prior to the competition, giving them a taste of the action and plenty of bragging rights in the process.

For Euro 2020 (2021), the official ball will be an Adidas Uniforia. This is a mostly white ball that contains colourful lines and black brushstrokes. It has a retro, neon aesthetic and utilises the same materials and panel shape as the 2018 World Cup ball.

The Uniforia was designed to deliver greater stability in flight and to become more predictable with regards to its bounce and durability.

The official artist of Euro 2020 (2021) is Martin Garrix, a superstar DJ who was unveiled as the tournament’s music artist in October 2018. The 23-year old is working on the official song for the tournament, but it’s not set to be unveiled until the Spring.

The song, will be played for the first time during the inaugural game in Rome, before one of the hosts, Italy, kicks off against Turkey.

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