Euro 2021

Euro Cup is a football tournament is actually known as the UEFA European Championship.  In this highly competitive tournament some selected European countries which are members of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), compete against each other to win a beautiful trophy. Senior men’s national teams of the countries contest to become the continental champion of Europe. The competition happens every four years since 1960. The Euro 2020 has been rescheduled in 2021 due COVID-19 pandemic. In the initial years it used to be called European Nations’ Cup The Current name UEFA European Championship has been adopted since 1968.

Euro 2021 is the 16th UEFA European Championship. 24 nations are participating in the tournament this year.

How the schedule has been made in Euro 2021?

24 countries have been divided into 6 groups and each groups consist 4 teams each. All teams of the each group will compete against each other. Two best placed team in each group will automatically qualify for the Quarter Final and 4 teams placed 3rd will qualify for the quarter final according to their points. 16 Teams will fight for the next round onwards as knock out basis.

Most Successful team of Euro cup:

15 tournaments have been held earlier. Germany and Spain are the most successful team of the history of the tournament. Germany and Spain have won three titles each. Except those 6 titles won by the Germany and Spain, France has two titles and Soviet UnionItalyCzechoslovakiaNetherlandsDenmarkGreece and Portugal have won single title each. Spain is the only nation to have won consecutive titles in 2008 and 2012.

Last tournament was hosted by France in 2016. Portugal won the tournament of 2016 beating France 1–0 in the final.

History of the Euro Cup:

The European Championships started in 1958 between 17 members of UEFA as competition of football. The inaugural tournament went on for 22 months and the final four of them contested in a knockout for the trophy in France in 1960. Soviet Union became the first country to win the championship.

Schedule of the Euro 2021:

Euro 2020 will be held across 12 countries. Final will be on July 12, 2021 in the beautiful Wembley Stadium, London.

Euro 2021 Final Result:

After a hard fought group stage, Pre quarter finals and quarter finals 4 teams earned the berth of semi finals. Italy played against Spain and England played against Denmark. There is no doubt that Spain and Italy were two best teams in the Euro, 2021. Spain and Italy both teams played beautiful football throughout the match and finally Italy won the semi final in the penalty shootout. England was lucky in this tournament. Without facing any heavy weight team in the knock outs they reached in the semi finals and got Denmark also in the semifinal. Although Denmark was much underrated they gave tremendous fight to England but failed to reach in the Final. Ultimately for the first time England reached in the Euro final. Final was played in England and all the England Supporters had high expectations on the England team and they also created slogan ”Its coming home”. But Italy was the best team in this Euro,2021 and it was not easy for England to win the first Euro. match was a tough one for both the team. After 1-1 score till the end of the extra time, finally Italy won Euro, 2021 final in the penalty shootout.

Now Italy is the Champion of Euro 2021. They won it for the second time. Expectations of English men ”its coming home” literally demolished and a new slogan raised from Italy ”Its coming Rome”.

Picture Credit- The New York Times

Awards of the Euro 2021:

Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo won Golden boot as the highest scorer of the tournament.

Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma won Golden ball as the Best player of the tournament.

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford won the Golden Glove as the Best Goalkeeper.

  

 

 

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