The Euro 2020 Championships are due to begin on June 11th, with Turkey and Italy getting the tournament underway in Rome. From then, it’ll be a month of world-class football, outstanding performances, and perhaps one or two shock results. As such, there’s much to look forward to!
Especially if you’re an England or France football fan, since experts that offer football tips and advice think both those sides have a strong chance of going all the way. But, of course, the tournament will also be fun if you follow another team or you’re just a fan of football in general.
With this in mind, we’re going to run through all the key details about the Euro 2020 Championship and offer advice on how you can enjoy it to the fullest.
Get The Essential Info
The more you understand about the tournament, the more you’ll enjoy it! The first thing to know is that this tournament will be different from previous incarnations. Normally, the competition is held in just one country. This time, fixtures will take place from June 11th – July 11th in twelve host cities spread all over Europe. This isn’t a new format for the competition; it’s a one-off event to celebrate sixty years of the tournament.
But enough of that. Let’s think about the matches. Whoever you’re supporting, you’ll have at least three fixtures to look forward to — but with a bit of luck, you might get to enjoy even more! During the group stages, there’ll be two or three games each day, usually at 2 pm, 5 pm, and 8 pm. Make sure that you’ve got all your country’s fixtures jotted down on a wall calendar so you can plan accordingly.
Build The Hype
You probably won’t need all that much encouragement to be excited about your country’s games. But of course, there will be much more to the Euro Championship than your team’s performance. If you’re going to enjoy the entire tournament to the max, then you’ll want to watch other games, too.
You don’t get too many opportunities to watch a match between, say, Ukraine and North Macedonia! As well as fixtures, look up some exciting players to watch at the tournament. Joao Felix, Phil Foden, Sandro Tonali, and Erling Haaland are just some of the young stars who might just announce themselves to the world in style.
Talk To Your Boss
Some of the games will take place in the middle of the working day. If your country has a 2 pm kick-off, then it may be worthwhile talking to your boss to see if they’ll let you watch it. They might allow you to take an extended lunch break so you can catch the action.
It’ll be much easier to keep tabs on what’s going on if you’re working from home (since you’ll have a television), but even in that case, it’ll be better if you don’t have to work at the same time. If your boss is a football fan, then they’ll likely have no problem allowing you to watch it…especially since they’ll also want to watch the game.
Where Will You Watch It?
You’ll likely be able to watch the majority of the games without thinking about your work schedule, however. The question, then, is where will you watch the games? While there’s nothing wrong with watching the games by yourself, for the big ones, it can be a good idea to watch the match in an environment that’s high on atmosphere and support.
This could be in a public space, such as a pub or in the centre of town (if they’re showing the games on a big screen). Alternatively, you could set up your home to become a makeshift fan park. Every time there’s a big game, you can simply invite all your friends around and enjoy the game together on your high-quality television. Perfect!
Follow these tips, and you’ll have no problem enjoying the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship to the fullest!
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