EURO 2020 : 12 Host Cities

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Rome

Matches at the Olimpico in Rome
Friday, 12 June, 21:00CET – Group A match
Wednesday, 17 June – Group A match
Sunday, 21 June – Group A match
Saturday, 04 July, 21:00CET – Quarter-final

 

Rome is the capital city and a special comune in Italy. Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. It is the fourth most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits.

Shared by Roma and Lazio, the Olimpico in Rome has undergone several makeovers since officially opening in 1953. It has staged four European Cup finals, the 1960 Olympics and the finals of EURO 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as various Italy,  matches.

 

 

 

Saint Petersburg

Matches at Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saturday, 13 June – Group B match
Wednesday, 17 June – Group B match
Monday, 22 June – Group B match
Friday, 03 July, 18:00CET – Quarter-final

St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.

Home to Zenit since April 2017, Saint Petersburg Stadium held seven fixtures at the 2018 World Cup. The venue was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, whose vision was for a spaceship that had landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland.

Baku

Matches at Baku Olympic Stadium
Saturday, 13 June – Group A match
Wednesday, 17 June – Group A match
Sunday, 21 June – Group A match
Saturday, 4 July, 18:00 CET – Quarter-final

 

Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is a low-lying city with coastline along the Caspian Sea and it’s nicknamed the City of Winds. It’s famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower.

  • Baku Olympic Stadium held the 2019 UEFA Europa League final, in which Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal. The home of the Azerbaijan national team, it is part of an Olympic Village complex (though Baku has yet to host the Olympic Games

 

Copenhagen

Matches at Parken Stadium
Saturday, 13 June – Group B match
Thursday, 18 June – Group B match
Monday, 22 June – Group B match
Monday, 29 June – Round of 16 (2D v 2E)

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.

Parken Stadium is the largest football venue in Denmark, and home to FC Copenhagen as well as the senior men’s national side. It staged the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup final and the UEFA Cup final six years later, both involving Arsenal.

Amsterdam

Matches at Johan Cruijff Arena
Sunday, 14 June – Group C match
Thursday, 18 June – Group C match
Monday, 22 June – Group C match
Sunday, 27 June – Round of 16 (2A v 2B)

 

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. It’s also the world’s cycling capital which
60% of journeys in central Amsterdam are made by bike and there are more bicycles than residents!

The stadium was the first in Europe with a sliding roof when it opened in 1996. It was renamed Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018 in honor of Ajax’s former player and coach, who was born in Amsterdam and passed away in March 2016.

Bucharest

Matches at the National Arena Bucharest
Sunday, 14 June – Group C match
Thursday, 18 June – Group C match
Monday, 22 June – Group C match
Monday, 29 June – Round of 16 (1F v 3A/B/C)

 

Bucharest, in southern Romania, is the country’s capital and commercial center. Bucharest was known as ‘Micul Paris’ (Little Paris) from 1918–47, before an extensive communist-era makeover.

  • Bucharest’s imposing Palace of Parliament and the bullet-scarred Revolution Squareoffer some impression of Bucharest’s complicated 20th century. The National Arena stands on the site of the old National Stadium, which staged two Michael Jackson concerts. The new stadium’s grandest showcase was the 2012 UEFA Europa League final, where Atlético Madrid beat Bilbao’s Athletic Club 3-0.

 

London

Matches at the Wembley Stadium
Sunday, 14 June – Group D match
Friday, 19 June – Group D match
Tuesday, 23 June – Group D match
Saturday, 27 June – Round of 16 (1A v 2C)
Tuesday, 7 July, 21:00CET – Semi-final
Wednesday, 8 July, 21:00CET – Semi-final
Sunday, 12 July, 21:00CET – Final

London, the capital of England and the United Kingdom, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city.

The UK’s largest stadium and home to the English Football Association, Wembley has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007. The old ‘Empire Stadium’ officially opened in 1924 and was famous for its twin towers; the new ground’s visual hook is a gigantic arch.

Bilbao

Matches at the San Mamés Stadium
Monday, 15 June – Group E match
Saturday, 20 June – Group E match
Wednesday, 24 June – Group E match
Sunday, 28 June – Round of 16 (1B v 3A/D/E/F)

The tenth-biggest city in Spain, and the largest in the Basque region, Bilbao was noted in Shakespeare’s time for its swords (known as ‘bilbos’). Food is at the heart of Basque culture, with pintxos – bite-sized rounds of toast topped with everything from salt cod to sea urchin – a must.

  • Bilbao’s old town is closed to traffic and features the dramatic 14th-century Santiago Cathedral.
  • Opened in 2013, the new stadium replaced the old San Mamés. A statue of Athletic Club hero Rafael ‘Pichichi’ Moreno was moved from the old venue; visiting club captains traditionally present a bouquet at the statue to mark their first visit.

 

 

Dublin

Matches at the Dublin Arena
Monday, 15 June – Group E match
Friday, 19 June – Group E match
Wednesday, 24 June – Group E match
Tuesday, 30 June – Round of 16 (1D v 2F)

Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.

With an all-seated capacity of more than 50,000, the Dublin Arena has been home to the Republic of Ireland’s football and rugby union teams since opening in 2010. It held the all-Portuguese 2011 UEFA Europa League final, Radamel Falcao getting Porto’s winner against Braga.

 

Glasgow

Matches at Hampden Park
Monday, 15 June – Group D match
Friday, 19 June – Group D match
Tuesday, 23 June – Group D match
Tuesday, 30 June – Round of 16 (1E v 3A/B/C/D)

The largest city in Scotland and the third biggest in the United Kingdom, the ‘dear green place’ staged the first-ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. It is approximately 70km from Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh.

  • The world’s biggest stadium from 1908–50, Hampden Park held a crowd of 149,415 for a 1937 Scotland v England match. City giants Celtic and Rangers have their own stadiums; Hampden Park is home to the Scottish national team and amateur side Queens Park.

Budapest

Matches at Puskás Aréna
Tuesday, 16 June – Group F match
Saturday, 20 June – Group F match
Wednesday, 24 June – Group F match
Sunday, 28 June – Round of 16 (1C v 3D/E/F)

Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest.

Budapest’s newest stadium is named after its most famous footballing export and is home to the Hungarian national team. Its predecessor, the Népstadion (People’s Stadium) witnessed England’s heaviest international defeat, 7-1 to Hungary on 23 May 1954.

 

Munich

Matches at the Football Arena Munich
Tuesday, 16 June – Group F match
Saturday, 20 June – Group F match
Wednesday, 24 June – Group F match
Friday, 3 July, 21:00 CET – Quarter-final

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.

Residence of Bayern München, the Football Arena Munich was completed in April 2005 in time to stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It seats 70,000 fans for international games, and on a clear night can be seen from the Austrian Alps.

 

 

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will host the opening match on June 12, while England’s national stadium Wembley will stage both semi-finals and the final.