When this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament kicks off on the 12th of June, football fans are in for a trans-continental treat. For the first time in the competition’s history, matches are set to be played in cities across 12 different countries around Europe.
Whether you’re planning on attending a game, or you just want the lowdown on the host cities, our handy guide will tell you exactly what’s happening – and where.
Matches to be played at Johan Cruyff Arena
14 June – Netherlands v Ukraine (20:00 UK time)
18 June – Netherlands v Austria (20:00 UK time)
22 June – Play-off winner v Netherlands (17:00 UK time)
27 June – Round of 16 match (18:00 UK time)
Home to the famous Ajax FC, the team where Total Football doyen Johan Cruyff established himself as one of the greats, Amsterdam is a proud sporting city. Beyond its connection to the beautiful game, the Dutch capital is renowned for its elegant streets, beguiling canals, world-famous culture, and yes, its progressive social policies. Whether you want to take in some classic Rembrandt paintings or indulge in earthier pleasures, this is an unforgettable city.
Matches to be played at Baku Olympic Stadium
13 June – Wales v Switzerland (14:00 UK time)
17 June – Turkey v Wales (15:00 UK time)
21 June – Switzerland v Turkey (17:00 UK time)
4 July – Quarter-final (17:00 UK time)
Baku played host to 2019’s Europa League final, as Chelsea edged out Arsenal for cup glory. And while it’s a bit of a journey, Welsh supporters making the trip to Azerbaijan’s capital are likely to be impressed – after all, it’s been rated as one of the world’s top ten “party cities” by travel guide Lonely Planet. As well as the sleek nightclubs and bars, there’s also impressive modern architecture to enjoy – just be sure to pack a mac. With admirable literalism, Baku is known as the ‘City of Winds’ – because it’s very, very windy.
Matches to be played at San Mames Stadium
15 June – Spain v Sweden (20:00 UK time)
20 June – Spain v Poland (20:00 UK time)
24 June – Play-off winner v Spain (17:00 UK time)
28 June – Round of 16 match (20:00 UK time)
Once an ailing industrial town, Bilbao has reinvented itself as a bastion of culture thanks to the brilliant Guggenheim Art museum. But if Frank Gehry’s magnificent titanium structure doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other good reasons to visit this buzzing city in the north of Spain – Bilbao is known for its proud sporting heritage, but also its delicious food, from incredibly inventive pinxtos (the Basque equivalent of tapas) served in local bars to cutting edge cuisine in the swankiest restaurants.
Matches to be played at National Arena
14 June – Austria v Play-off winner (17:00 UK time)
18 June – Ukraine v Play-off winner (14:00 UK time)
22 June – Ukraine v Austria (17:00 UK time)
29 June – Round of 16 match (20:00 UK time)
Once known as the Paris of the east, Romania’s capital city was previously the haunt of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed by firing squad on Christmas Day, 1989. Festive. Thirty years on, this onetime hotbed of totalitarian atrocities is now a vibrant, provocative city that hasn’t forgotten the dog days of the 20th century, but has moved on to embrace an optimistic spirit of possibility. That said, the national dish of stuffed cabbage rolls may not be for everyone.
Matches to be played at Puskas Arena
16 June – Play-off winner v Portugal (17:00 UK time)
20 June – Play-off winner v France (14:00 UK time)
24 June – Portugal v France (20:00 UK time)
28 June – Round of 16 match (17:00 UK time)
This hugely popular tourist destination has appeared in a range of publications naming it as one of the best cities in Europe, and small wonder – the Danube river is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, while the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Parliament Building are impressive sights in their own right. As for sporting heritage, there’s bags of it here – the Puskas Arena is named after Ferenc Puskas, the Hungarian footballer who played in the mid 20th century and is widely recognised as one of the game’s greatest ever players.
Matches to be played at Parken Stadium
13 June – Denmark v Finland (17:00 UK time)
18 June – Denmark v Belgium (17:00 UK time)
22 June – Russia v Denmark (20:00 UK time)
29 June – Round of 16 match (17:00 UK time)
Denmark’s easy-on-the-eye capital city is famed for award-winning restaurants, cultural draws like museums and art galleries, and a generally very high standard of life (though the generally very high cost of alcohol may make you wince). The Parken Stadium is the biggest ground in the country, with a capacity of 38,065 for sporting events, and even features a three-star Michelin restaurant at the eighth floor of the stadium if prawn sandwiches aren’t doing it for you.
Matches to be played at Dublin Arena
15 June – Poland v Play-off winner (17:00 UK time)
19 June – Sweden v Play-off winner (14:00 UK time)
24 June – Sweden v Poland (17:00 UK time)
30 June – Round of 16 match (17:00 UK time)
From Temple Bar to the Guinness Brewery there’s plenty of well-known tourist areas to visit if you’re heading to Ireland’s capital for the Euros. But beyond a drop or two of the black stuff, Dublin’s got lots of other things going for it – like a thriving underground art scene and a dynamic night life beyond the more obvious haunts. If you’re visiting, you might want to pay tribute to literary heavyweight James Joyce with a stroll down O’Connell Street – or else you could simply take in the football at the excellent Dublin Arena, built on the site of the old Lansdowne Road ground that was demolished in 2007.
Matches to be played at Hampden Park
15 June – Play-off winner v Czech Republic (14:00 UK time)
19 June – Croatia v Czech Republic (17:00 UK time)
23 June – Croatia v Play-off winner (20:00 UK time)
30 June – Round of 16 match (20:00 UK time)
Glasgow is a great sporting city, with a huge rivalry between the city’s two main clubs that has made the Old Firm derby one of the most famous in world football. Meanwhile, internationals are played at Hampden Park, the official stadium of Scotland. Aside from footy, though, Glasgow also boasts renowned arts and cultural centres and a thriving music scene, with all-time great indie bands like Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub and Belle and Sebastian associated with the city. Indeed, with famous sons as varied as Billy Connolly, Jerry Sadowitz and Middenface McNulty, Glasgow has long been one of the liveliest cities on the planet.
Matches to be played at Wembley
14 June – England v Croatia (14:00 UK time)
19 June – England v Play-off winner (17:00 UK time)
23 June – Czech Republic v England (20:00 UK time)
27 June – Round of 16 match(20:00 UK time)
7 July – Semi-final (20:00 UK time)
8 July – Semi-final (20:00 UK time)
12 July – Final (20:00 UK time)
In one of Oscar Wilde’s less pithy quotes, the celebrated playwright said of London: “It is entirely composed now of beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Just what society should be”. However much the Big Smoke has changed since Wilde’s time, though, it’s surely more beautiful and brilliant than ever these days. From iconic landmarks that are recognised the world over to wide open parkland, jam-packed tube carriages to lavish shopping districts, an astonishing array of bars, food emporiums and larks aplenty await, from loafing around Camden to late nights in Soho. And while Wembley itself is a little bit out in the sticks, it’s worth the trip…
Matches to be played at Football Arena Munich
16 June – France v Germany (20:00 UK time)
20 June – Portugal v Germany (17:00 UK time)
24 June – Germany v Play-off winner (20:00 UK time)
3 July – Quarter-final (20:00 UK time)
Thanks to the annual Oktoberfest, Munich is famous for its beer-loving populace. But the good times go beyond great ale – one esteemed publication has named the Bavarian capital as the most liveable city in the world. Munich is also famous for its football team Bayern, the most successful German club and one that has triumphed at the very highest level on no fewer than five occasions, winning the Champions League most recently in 2013.
Matches to be played at the Olimpico
12 June – Turkey v Italy (20:00 UK time)
17 June – Italy v Switzerland (20:00 UK time)
21 June – Italy v Wales (17:00 UK time)
4 July – Quarter-final (20:00 UK time)
The eternal city, Rome possesses beautiful architecture, awe-inspiring old world monuments like the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and a wealth of welcoming trattorias to investigate. Roman football fans’ allegiances are divided between Lazio and Roma, with Lazio faring particularly well this season – Ciro Immobile has been on fire for the Biancocelesti. Will he prove similarly inspired for the national side this summer? Italy last won the competition in 1968 – some 52 years later, are the Azzuri set to taste glory once again in 2020?
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Matches to be played at Saint Petersburg Stadium
13 June – Belgium v Russia (20:00 UK time)
17 June – Finland v Russia (14:00 UK time)
22 June – Finland v Belgium (20:00 UK time)
3 July – Quarter-final (17:00 UK time)
Welcome to Russia, destabiliser of western democracies and home nation to such luminaries as Stalin, Rasputin and Zangief from Street Fighter. The second largest city in the nation after Moscow, Saint Petersburg is often viewed as Russian’s cultural capital, with UNESCO world heritage sites plus the sprawling Hermitage museum, which is the second biggest art museum in the world. The football stadium is pretty unusual too – envisioned by Japanese architect Kisho Kurakawa, the look of the venue is said to be based on a spaceship. Too bad some enterprising space invader hasn’t turned up to subject Russian premier Vladimir Putin to a richly deserved probing.
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