UEFA Euro 2020
The Dutch national team's preparation has started and that means UEFA Euro 2020 is coming. If you like it or not: a month full of football!
The ball is rolling again and the stadiums will no longer be empty. After moving the tournament up a year due to the corona pandemic, the 2020 European Football Championship will take place from June 11 to July 11, 2021.
In the Netherlands, during times of European Football Championship and during King’s Day, orange madness (or orange fever) reigns. This is manifested by wearing orange clothing, dyeing one’s hair orange, and decorating houses and streets with orange flags and decorations.
Supermarkets start selling orange products, such as orange tompouces and soccer chips, and stores launch their UEFA Euro campaigns. At Kruidvat you can collect a golden ‘Oranje’ necklace, at Albert Heijn a Dutch (temporary) tattoo, and at Lidl an orange outfit.
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Qualifications for this final tournament started in late 2019. Of the 55 participating countries, 24 have qualified. These countries compete in the group stage for the best results within their group. In Group C, the Netherlands will face Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia. The countries that finish in first and second place in their group will make it to the round of 16. The top four number three (still got it?) also qualify for the round of 16.
In the end, eight countries will advance to the quarterfinals, then four to the semi-finals, and two to the grand final. UEFA Euro 2020 starts Friday, June 11 at 21:00 with the opening match Turkey - Italy.
It will be a special European Championship, because this year there are eleven host countries. Instead of playing in one stadium, eleven will be used. These include: Stadio Olimpico (Rome, Italy), Baku Olympic Stadion (Baku, Azerbaijan), Saint Petersburg Stadium (Saint Petersburg, Russia), Parken Stadium (Copenhagen, Denmark), Johan Cruijff ArenA (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Arena Nationala (Bucharest, Romania), Wembley Stadium (London, England), Hampden Park (Glasgow, Scotland), Stadium La Cartuja (Seville, Spain), Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany), Puskás Aréna (Budapest, Hungary).
All group matches of Oranje will be played in the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam. Both semifinals and the final will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.
Under 21 and Dutch women's team
In 2021, not only the men's UEFA Euro 2020 will take place. The Dutch Junior Team has qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championship under 21. They will play against Germany on Thursday, June 3, 21:00.
The European Football Championship for women would actually take place in 2021. However, due to the shift of the UEFA Euro 2020 for men, this event is also moved up for a year. The Dutch women have already qualified. Something to look forward to!