The European Nations Cup 2020 is an exceptional version by all standards, especially as it is the first major combined team tournament to be held in light of the Corona pandemic.
The European Championship is scheduled to start on June 11 and end on July 11.
The tournament was supposed to be held, the summer of last year, but it was postponed to this year due to the spread of the Corona virus, and it kept the same name “Euro 2020”.
There are 4 factors that make this version of the European championship exceptional, as follows:
for the first time in history, are organizing the European Championship between 11 European cities, namely Amsterdam (Netherlands), Baku (Azerbaijan), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary) and Copenhagen ( Denmark), Glasgow (Scotland), London (England), Rome (Italy), Munich (Germany), St. Petersburg (Russia) and Seville (Spain).
The European Football Association “UEFA” made this step, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the organization of the first European Championship in 1960.
For the past 15 editions of the tournament, it was organized in one country, with the exception of 3 tournaments: 2000 (Belgium and the Netherlands) and 2008 (Austria) And Switzerland) and 2012 (Ukraine and Poland).
An expanded list
The European Union decided to expand the list of teams participating in Euro 2020, to 26 players instead of 23, which is the list approved during the past years.
However, UEFA confirmed that only 23 players are allowed to be on the list of any match.
This expanded list came in order to face the repercussions of the Corona virus, and the possibility of players contracting the epidemic during the tournament period.
Limited numbers of fans will be allowed to attend Euro matches from the stadium (depending on the capacity of each stadium), while adhering to social distancing and precautionary measures.
Fans have been completely absent from European stadiums since the resumption of activity in the middle of last year, but for example, English stadiums have begun to receive large numbers of fans in the last matches of the Premier League.
The European Union decided to allow the teams participating in Euro 2020 to make 5 substitutions per match.
This new amendment to football laws has been adopted since the resumption of football activity last year, after a moratorium that lasted more than two months due to the Corona pandemic.
This decision gives coaches more freedom to make adjustments to the technical plans during the match.