The 2020 UEFA European Cup or the UEFA EURO 2020 is the 16th edition of the tournament. It is booked to be held in 12 cities from 12 different European countries from the 12th of June to the 12th of July 2020. The plan is for the fabled Wembley Stadium in London to host the semi-finals and final.

“Soccer" No Automatic Qualification

There is no automatic qualification for this tournament. Instead, all 55 UEFA member nations, including the 12 that will jointly host the UEFA EURO 2020 will compete in the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying which began last March 21, 2019, and will end on March 31, 2019.

After a draw held last December in Dublin, the competing teams have been grouped as follows:

Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo.

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg.

Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus.

Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar.

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan.

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta.

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia.

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra.

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino.

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Lichtenstein.

Below is the schedule of the EURO 2020 Qualifiers:

Matchday 1 21–23 March 2019
Matchday 2 24–26 March 2019
Matchday 3 7–8 June 2019
Matchday 4 10–11 June 2019
Matchday 5 5–7 September 2019
Matchday 6 8–10 September 2019
Matchday 7 10–12 October 2019
Matchday 8 13–15 October 2019
Matchday 9 14–16 November  2019
Matchday 10 17–19 November 2019

The Group stage ends after Matchday 10 and the Top 2 teams per group will advance to the EURO 2020 final tournament. The remaining 4 teams who will advance along with the Top 2 group placers will be sourced from the qualifying playoffs which will take place between March 26 and 31, 2020.

Germany and Spain are the most successful countries in this tournament. The Germans and Spaniards have each won the UEFA EURO three times. France is the only other multiple-time winner with two championships.

France hosted the UEFA EURO 2016 and the home team went all the way to the final match where they lost to Portugal 1-2. The win was Portugal’s first ever UEFA EURO title. Prior to that, their best ever finish was 2nd place in 2004.

Here are the odds to win the 2020 EUROCOPA. Odds were taken from as of 7/4/19:

Team Odds
France +350
England +450
Spain +700
Belgium +700
Germany +700
Holland +900
Portugal +1600
Italy +1600
Croatia +2500
Denmark +6600
Ukraine +6600
Switzerland +8000
Russia +8000
Serbia +8000
Poland +8000
Sweden +10000
Austria +10000
Turkey +10000
Norway +10000

“Soccer" Who Are The Favorites?

France is the soccer betting favorites to win the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. Les Bleus won the EUROCOPA in 1984 and 2000 and were the runners-up in 2016 where they suffered a heartbreaking 0-1 loss to Portugal after extra time. But the French have bounced back from that defeat big time, by winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, and Antoine Griezmann all below their 30’s, the current French team doesn’t just have plenty of good years ahead of them but they also have plenty of time to get even better. That’s scary.

England made it out of the group stages during the 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 but lost to Iceland 1-2 in the Round of 16. The English have never won the UEFA Euro tournament and have made the semifinals just twice all-time, finishing 3rd in both 1968 and 1996. However, with England coming off an impressive 4th place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the hopes are high for them to make their mark in the EUROCOPA next year.

Spain has won three UEFA EURO tournaments including back to back titles in 2008 and 2012. They made it to the Round of 16 in the last edition of the UEFA EURO and finished 10th in the tournament. They did not qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and finished 10th in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Belgium finished 7th in the 2016 UEFA EURO Championships and it was their best finish since they were runners-up in 1980. They had a strong 2018 after finishing third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Belgium is currently participating in League A of the UEFA Nations League.

Germany is the most successful country in the UEFA EURO tournament, having won thrice and finishing second three times also. The Germans were semifinalists in 2016 and they lost to hosts France 0-2 in the semifinals. Germany won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 but have struggled since then. The Germans were ousted in the Group Stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and faltered in the UEFA Nations League.

“Soccer" Who Wins?

The UEFA EURO tournament is a unique competition because there are no automatic qualifiers. That means that all the teams in the odds board above may not be in the final tournament itself. Every team has to go through the qualifying tournament and earn their spot among the 24 teams who will play in the UEFA EURO 2020. The qualifiers end next year and the final cast of 20 teams will be known only after the playoffs for the final four slots. That’s too far out and yes, this sounds cliche but anything can still happen.

When you look at these Euro team right now, it’s obvious that France has the most talent, most potential and may be playing better than their counterparts. While it’s prudent to think they will make it out of the qualifiers, there is no guarantee. But yes, when it comes to the present, France may have the best team in Europe.

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