Euro 2020 is now under a month away with domestic and European campaigns swiftly approaching their conclusions.
The tournament, which was postponed last year following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, kicks off on June 11 and runs through until July 11.
Even without the unprecedented conditions brought about by the pandemic, the Championships were set to be like no other before, spread across Europe to commemorate the tournament’s 60th anniversary.
There were initially 12 cities scheduled to host the tournament, but it was subsequently reduced to 11, with Dublin relinquishing their responsibilities, with Bilbao’s matches moved to Sevilla.
The switches came following UEFA’s demand that host cities would permit at least 25 per cent capacity crowds into their respective stadiums.
Dublin had been down to host three group games and a last-16 tie, the former of which will now be played in St Petersburg, while Wembley will take the responsibility of the latter.
With the Euros now firmly in sight, Sportsmail takes you through the host cities and their stadiums.
This summers European Championships, starting on June 11, are now under a month away
Amsterdam: Johan Cruyff Arena
The Netherlands will play their three Group C games at the Johan Cryff Arena in Amsterdam
The Johan Cruyff Arena will play host to four matches throughout this summer’s European Championships, being three group games and a last-16 tie.
The stadium was originally named the Amsterdam Arena, but it was changed three years ago in 2018 to commemorate the passing of legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff.
The arena, which holds a capacity of 54,990, was ahead of its time when it first opened in 1996, becoming the first stadium in Europe to be built with a sliding roof.
The Johan Cruff Arena is where Ajax play their football, with the prestigious Dutch side enjoying yet another fruitful season, as they won the Eredivisie for a record-extending 35th time earlier in May.
Matches at the Johan Cryff Arena:
- June 13: Netherlands vs Ukraine
- June 17: Netherlands vs Austria
- June 21: North Macedonia vs Netherlands
- June 26: Round of 16 – 2A vs 2B
But what’s the situation with the fans in Amsterdam? The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) have confirmed that ‘at least 12,000 spectators’ will be allowed into the stadium.
This will be reviewed by the Dutch government in June, and it could be increased if cases of coronavirus are under control. If there is a spike, however, the number could yet be reduced.
Importantly, there will be strict safety protocols to adhere to within the stadium, while those attending will have to record a negative test prior to entry.
Baku: Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium in Baku will also play host to three group games and a last-16 tie
The Olympic Stadium in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, will also host three group games at the Euros, as well as a quarter-final.
Many British fans will remember the Olympic Stadium vividly – some fondly, others not – with Chelsea defeating Arsenal 4-1 in the 2019 Europa League final in Baku.
The stadium holds a capacity crowd of 68,700, and it is one of the newest at the Championships, having been built in 2015 for the European Games.
Matches at the Olympic Stadium:
- June 12: Wales vs Switzerland
- June 16: Turkey vs Wales
- June 20: Switzerland vs Turkey
- July 3: Quarter-final: W40 vs W38
Baku have confirmed they will allow the stadium to reach 50 per cent capacity this summer, while Azerbaijan are also planning to exempt fans from the prevalent travel restrictions.
Provided they have previously recorded a negative Covid-19 test, traveling fans from those in Group A (Wales, Switzerland and Turkey) will be allowed into the country and stadium.
Bucharest: Arena Nationala
The Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, was built in 2011 and has a capacity of 55,600
The Arena Nationala, situated in Bucharest, Romania, is no stranger to European competition, having hosted the 2012 Europa League final, where Atletico Madrid ran out 3-0 winners against Athletic Bilbao.
However, this will be the first time Romania has staged a senior men’s major international tournament.
The stadium will host three Group C games, sharing the responsibility with Amserdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena, alongside a last-16 clash.
It has a capacity of 55,600 and was built in 2011 on the site of the previous national stadium, which was demolished a couple of years prior.
It is home to both the Romania national team and club side Steaua Bucuresti.
Matches at the Arena National:
- June 13: Austria vs North Macedonia
- June 17: Ukraine vs North Macedonia
- June 21: Ukraine vs Austria
- June 28: Round of 16 – 1F vs 3A/B/C
Similarly to Amsterdam, Bucharest has confirmed a minimum capacity of between 25 and 33 per cent, meaning at least 13,000 fans will be allowed into the stadium. This could indeed increase closer to the start date.
Budapest: Puskas Arena
The Puskas Arena will be newest stadium at this summer’s championships, built in 2019
The Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, has seen it’s fair share of European action this season, hosting a number of Champions League and Europa League matches due to travel restrictions elsewhere.
It is the newest stadium we’ll see at the Euros this summer, having been built in 2019, after its predecessor, the Nepastadion, was knocked down in 2016.
The stadium is home to the Hungarian national side, who are playing in Group F alongside Portugal, France and Germany.
Four matches will be played in the Puskas Arena, being three group stage games and an round of 16 clash.
Matches at the Puskas Arena:
- June 15: Hungary vs Portugal
- June 19: Hungary vs France
- June 23: Portugal vs France
- June 27: Round of 16 – 1C vs 3D/E/F
Remarkably, the Puskas Arena will be the one and only stadium – as things stand – to be committing to a 100 per cent capacity this summer, with an astonishing 67,889 fans set to spectate.
Copenhagen: Parken Stadium
The Parken Stadium is set to host three Group B matches as well as a round of 16 clash
If you know your football trivia, you’ll remember that the Parken Stadium was host to both the 1994 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, where Arsenal beat Parma, and the 2000 UEFA Cup final, where the Gunners lost on penalties to Galatasaray.
Where we’ve already outlined the newest stadium, we now have the smallest stadium, with just a capacity crowd of 38,065.
The stadium, first built in 1992, is home to both FC Copenhagen and the senior men’s national side.
It will host three Group B matches, as well as a round of 16 match.
Matches at the Parken Stadium:
- June 12: Denmark vs Finland
- June 17: Denmark vs Belgium
- June 21: Russia vs Denmark
- June 28: Round of 16 – 2D vs 2E
Denmark have also committed to at least 25 to 33 per cent capacity for their Parken Stadium, though the Danish culture ministry have insisted they will increase the number ‘if health conditions allow’, though they will also prohibit fans if necessary.
Glasgow: Hampden Park
Hampden Park will be the oldest stadium at the European Championships, built in 1999
The historic build in Glasgow will be the oldest used at this summer’s Euros, having been constructed all the way back in 1903, though more recently renovated in 1999.
The stadium, which is home to both the Scottish national team and Queens Park, was actually the biggest in the world between 1908 and 1950, before it was surpassed by the Maracana in Rio.
Incredibly, Hampden Park held a crowd of 149,415 for Scotland vs England in 1937, when the hosts ran out 3-1 winners.
Hampden has seen some memorable matches in recent years, having played host to the 2007 UEFA Cup final and also used for football at the London Olympic Games.
However, this will be a particularly special occasion, with Scotland qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.
Hampden will host four matches throughout the Euros, being three Group D clashes, as well as a round of 16 affair.
Matches at Hampden Park:
- June 14: Scotland vs Czech Republic
- June 18: Croatia vs Czech Republic
- June 22: Croatia vs Scotland
- June 29: Round of 16 – 1E vs 3A/B/C/D)
As things stand, Scotland have confirmed the 51,866-capacity stadium will be at least 25 per cent full, meaning around 12,000 fans will be allowed in.
London: Wembley Stadium
Wembley will host eight matches at the Euros this summer, including the semi-finals and final
No venue will host more matches than Wembley at this summer’s Euros, with England’s national stadium to stage eight matches, being three Group D encounters, two round of 16 clashes, both semi-finals and the final.
The initial plan was that Wembley would host just the semi-finals and final, but Brussels lost their right to host matches in the tournament back in 2017, which meant the stadium took on another four matches, three group games and a last-16 tie.
After Dublin relinquished their hosting responsibilities, Wembley then received another last-16 match.
The stadium, the largest in the United Kingdom, opened in 2007 and has since welcomed over 21 million visitors.
Matches at Wembley:
- June 13: England vs Croatia
- June 18: England vs Scotland
- June 22: Czech Republic vs England
- June 26: Round of 16: 1A vs 2C
- June 29: Round of 16 1D vs 2F
- July 6: Semi-final: W46 vs W45
- July 7: Semi-final: W48 vs W47
- July 11: Final: W49 vs W50
The stadium is set to be reduced to 25 per cent capacity as things stand, meaning the FA are hoping to permit a minimum of 20,000 fans, with 21,000 set to attend the FA Cup final on May 15.
However, there could be a drastic increase come the knockout stages, with potentially unlimited numbers from 21 June, when social distancing restrictions are scheduled to come to an end.
Munich: Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena in Germany will host three Group F matches as well as a quarter-final clash
The Allianz Arena, home to Bayern Munich and the German national side, will host three Group F matches and a quarter-final at the Euros this summer.
The stadium has seen an abundance of high-profile fixtures in its time, hosting six matches at the 2006 World Cup won by Italy, while also hosting the memorable Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich, where the former won on penalties.
Two mammoth games in France vs Germany and Portugal vs Germany will be held at the Allianz Arena on June 15 and June 19 respectively.
Matches at the Allianz Arena:
- June 15: France vs Germany
- June 19: Portugal vs Germany
- June 23: Germany vs Hungary
- July 2: Quarter-final – W39 vs W37
There had been some doubts over the Allianz Arena hosting any matches this summer due to the coronavirus case levels in Germany, but the Bavarian and German governments have agreed to allow a minimum 14,500 fans into the stadium.
Rome: Stadio Olimpico
The opening game of Euro 2020 will take place in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico on June 11
The Stadio Olympico will take centre stage on June 11 as it hosts the opening match of the European Championships, as Italy take on Turkey.
The build, which is shared between Seria A sides Roma and Lazio, was initially opened in 1937, since staging the finals of Euro 1968 and the 1990 World Cup, as well as four European Cup finals.
It will host three Group A matches between June 11 and June 20, before it stages one of the four quarter-finals on July 3.
Matches at the Stadio Olympico:
- June 11: Turkey vs Italy
- June 16: Italy vs Switzerland
- June 20: Italy vs Wales
- July 3: Quarter-final: W43 vs W4
The stadium will operate at a 25 per cent capacity, with Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina insisting they are demonstrating their fight against the pandemic.
Gravina said: ‘Italy is showing courage that it is fighting against the pandemic and at the same time working to restart safely according to a clear and defined programme and schedule.’
St Petersburg: Krestovsky Stadium
The Krestovsky Stadium will host seven matches at this summer’s European Championships
The Krestovsky Stadium, otherwise known as the Gazprom Arena, will host seven matches at this summer’s European Championships.
It will stage three Group B matches, three three Group E matches and a quarter-final on July 2.
St Petersburg had initially been scheduled to host just four matches, but it took on the three Group E matches that were due to take place in Dublin.
The stadium, which is home to Zenit St Petersburg and the Russian national side, is another of the more modern builds we’ll see at the Euros, having been built for the 2018 World Cup, where it hosted seven matches.
Matches at the Krestovsky Stadium:
- June 12: Belgium vs Russia
- June 14: Poland vs Slovakia
- June 16: Finland vs Russia
- June 18: Sweden vs Slovakia
- June 21: Finland vs Belgium
- June 23: Sweden vs Poland
- July 2: Quarter-final: W41 vs W42
The 68,134-capacity build will permit 50 per cent of it’s usual attendance, while authorities are considering the exemption of prevalent travel restrictions.
With the record of a negative coronavirus test, fans from the teams playing in Russia would then be allowed to travel to the country and stadium.
Seville: La Cartuja
Seville was a late replacement as a host for the European Championships, after Bilbao was unable to provide UEFA with assurances they could permit a minimum of 25 per cent capacity
Seville will drafted in as a late replacement in April 2021 after Bilbao was unable to commit to permitting a 25 per cent capacity crowd.
It will stage three Group E games between June 14 and June 27, with a further round of 16 clash to come on June 27.
Many will recall it was the stadium that hosted an end-to-end UEFA Cup final between Celtic and Porto in 2003, where the latter emerged 3-2 winners.
The stadium, which often stages Spain’s international matches, has a capacity of 60,000 and was built in 1999.
Matches at La Caruja:
- June 14: Spain vs Sweden
- June 19: Spain vs Poland
- June 23: Slovakia vs Spain
- June 27: Round of 16 – 1B vs 3A/D/E/F
With Bilbao out of the picture, Seville have guaranteed that there will be a minimum 30 per cent capacity inside their Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla, as it’s officially known.