This summer, football fans from around the world will be watching as the Euro Championship gets underway. Originally scheduled to take place in 2020, the tournament was moved due to the pandemic but will be getting underway as normal, with fans able to attend most games. As one of the world’s most prestigious international competitions, the UEFA Euros involves the top teams from Europe all competing for the chance to lift the trophy. Let’s take a closer look at all the Euro 2021 Teams and how they can line up this summer.
While the tournament is usually held in one country, the matches for this year’s Euros are held across the continent, giving fans more of an opportunity to watch live games in the stadium. Eleven venues across ten countries will be used in total, with group games and the knockout stages taking place across a range of locations. This makes a change from the usual format with one host country.
At Euro 2021 Bets, we’re focused on this year’s Euro Championship and helping football fans learn more about the competition and the best bets to make. Our team has decades of collective experience watching the Euros as fans as well as betting on all of the games. We use our experience and knowledge of the sport to bring you the best tips and help you place successful bets on the Euro 2021 tournament.
How Does the New Euro Championship Format Work?
This year sees the Euros with a brand-new format with the games held all over Europe rather than being confined to one particular city. Twenty-four teams in total make up the group stages, the same number that took part in the 2016 Euros. Despite the change in where the games are being held, the competition itself remains the same.
Twenty-four teams are split between six groups, with four teams in each group. Each team plays three games during the group stages and gains a point for a draw and three points for a win. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout stages at the end of the group stage. As well as the winner and runner up of each group progressing, the four best third-placed sides will also go through to the last sixteen.
Which Countries will host games?
The Euro 2021 games will take place in ten stadiums across Europe and one in Asia, with eleven different countries being involved. The venues for the tournament are as follows:
- Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam
- Olympic Stadium, Baku
- National Arena, Bucharest
- Puskas Arena, Budapest
- Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
- Hampden Park, Glasgow
- Wembley Stadium, London
- Allianz Arena, Munich
- Stadio Olimpico, Rome
- Estadio La Cartuja, Seville
- Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
The majority of the games will be spread out across Europe in countries including Italy, Russia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. There will also be a few games in Asia, taking place in Baku. For the semi-finals and final, however, the games will all take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The new format means that the Euro 2021 teams will have to travel quite a bit between games and will make it difficult for fans to watch every game live in the stadium. However, it does allow more fans to watch live games, and although the pandemic might mean that crowds are restricted, most stadiums will allow a certain number of fans.
The decision to play the tournament across multiple countries was made by UEFA as a way of celebrating the 60th anniversary of the competition. According to Gianni Infantino, who was the UEFA General Secretary at the time, “instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2020.”
“An opportunity like this, to give many cities and many countries the possibility to host even just one part of a EURO, is certainly an excellent thing, especially in times when you have an economic situation where you cannot expect countries to invest in facilities in the way that such an event requires,” said Infantino.
Although the pandemic has made the idea of a tournament spread across multiple countries much more challenging, it has not deterred UEFA. The Euros were delayed by one year to allow domestic club competitions to come to a close properly, but now the host cities are starting to open up, and the tournament should go ahead as scheduled.
Which Teams Are Taking Part in the Euro 2021 Championship?
This year, a total of twenty-four teams will be entering the group stages, and each team has a chance to win. All of Europe’s biggest teams have qualified, and there are plenty of smaller nations taking part too. The total teams taking part in the Euro 2021 championship are:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
For teams like Finland and North Macedonia, this will be their first-ever Euro Championship, and they will be considered the underdogs in the majority of games they have to play. Meanwhile, Spain, Germany and France all have a long history of success in the Euros and will be among the favourites to lift the trophy.
Teams with the Best History in the Competition
The Euro Championship was founded in 1958 in what was originally a four-team final tournament. Since then, it has grown to include 24 teams and has become one of the most important international football tournaments, second only to the FIFA World Cup. The Euro 2021 will be the 16th edition of the tournament and the second to include twenty-four teams.
Over the years, there have been ten different winners of the Euros. Of these teams, only three have won more than once. These teams are:
- Germany – Germany are considered one of the best ever footballing nations and have an excellent history at the Euros and the World Cup. They are one of only two countries to have won the Euros more than twice, and have also finished as runners up on three occasions. Germany won the Euros in 1972, 1980 and 1996 and lost out in the final in 1976, 1992 and 2008. While their current squad isn’t as dominant as it once was, they’re still considered one of the favourites due to their excellent history of winning the Euros.
- Spain – Spain are considered among football’s elite international teams and have won three Euro Championships, putting them joint top with Germany. While they’ve lifted the trophy the same number of times as Germany, Spain have only been runners up once. The Spanish national team won the Euros in 1964, 2008 and 2012. Their two most recent wins came during a period where they became the only team to ever defend the title and where they also won the World Cup.
- France – France recently missed out on the Euros when they were beaten by Portugal in 2016 on home soil. Despite that disappointment, they recently won the World Cup and are still the third most successful team in the history of the Euros, with two trophies. France won the Euros in 1984 and 2000.
Which Euro 2021 Teams Have the Best Chance of Success?
Right now, England and France are considered as two of the heavy favourites to win the tournament, although a lot can change once the first match gets underway. The bookmakers have set their Euro 2021 outright odds already, but we expect the odds to move once the first round of matches have been played.
Out of all the teams playing at the Euros, the following probably have the best chance of success:
France are one of the two favourites according to the bookies right now. Although they lost in the final of 2016, they were easily the best team at the tournament and also lit up the 2018 World Cup on the way to lifting the trophy. Since then, several key players such as Mbappe have only gotten better, and for a lot of experts, they’re the team to beat.
We rate France’s chance of success at the Euro 2021 Championships highly thanks to their strong squad and experience at major tournaments. Players such as Griezmann, Mbappe, Pogba, Kante and Varane are all considered some of the best in the world in their respective positions. On top of that, they’ve been steadily improving over the last few years and have an experienced coach in Didier Deschamps to lead them to victory. You can read France Team Guide on why France have a great chance to win for more details.
England are joint-favourites at most major bookmakers, and they currently have one of their best ever squads. While England failed to make the most of their Golden Generation of players, a lot of experts think that this current crop of players is actually more talented. The likes of Kane and Sterling are some of the best attacking talents in Europe, and young players like Sancho, Foden and Mount all have the ability to make the difference in a game.
Although England have never won the Euros, we are predicting that they will make a great run at this tournament and possibly even lift the trophy. Here are the reasons we think England will win the Euros. One of the main advantages this summer is that England will be playing at Wembley Stadium, a ground where they’ve rarely lost in recent years. With the semi-finals and final taking place at Wembley, this is surely England’s best-ever chance to win the tournament. If you want to learn more about England’s chances at the Euro 2021 Championship, including players, form and more, you can read our England Team Guide.
Belgium are stacked with talent for such a small country, and although their Golden Generation is ageing, they still have a great chance to finally win a major tournament at the Euro 2021 Championship. Players like De Bruyne and Lukaku can strike fear into the hearts of even the world’s best defenders, and Belgium put together a great run at the 2018 World Cup before finishing third. Most bookmakers have Belgium as one of the top favourites to win the tournament thanks to their strong squad and recent form.
While Belgium might not be a historically strong footballing nation, their current crop of players has taken them far. It’s possible that the supremely talented Eden Hazard will be back and fully fit for the tournament, although even without him, this side are a force to be reckoned with. Belgium have a relatively easy group, and we rate their chances of going far in the tournament. You can read more about the Belgium squad, including its strengths and weaknesses in our Belgium Team Guide.
Portugal may not be the runaway favourites, but it’s hard to count them out. As the current holders of the Euro Championship, not many people are expecting them to retain their title, but then again, not many people were expecting them to win against France in the first place. It will be interesting to see how they perform at this tournament, especially after they drew heavy criticism for a boring style at the last Euros.
Cristiano Ronaldo is getting on in years, but he still has bags of talent, and the players around him aren’t bad either. Portugal’s midfield is their strongest asset, but the whole squad has lots of great players in almost every position. Portugal have the toughest group in the competition, but if they make it to the last sixteen, who knows how far they can go. You can read more about Portugal and their chances of winning the Euro 2021 championship in our Portugal Team Guide.
With the joint-most Euro titles in history it’s impossible not to consider Spain as one of the favourites to win in 2021. Although the team isn’t as strong as it was when it won and defended the Euro Championship in 2008 and 2012, Spain still have loads of quality players a great chance of winning the tournament. We’re expecting Spain to play very well, and they have a group that isn’t easy but should be straightforward to qualify from.
If you want to read more about Spain’s Euro 2021 hopes, including details on their top players and current form, you can read our complete Spain Team Guide.
Finally, Germany are another of the strongest teams in terms of history. Like Spain, their squad is nowhere near as strong as it once was, but they are still capable of beating any of the teams in the tournament. There are loads of great players in this Germany squad, it simply remains a question of whether their coach is capable of getting them working well together and playing to their strengths.
Learn more about Germany and what chance they have at the Euro 2021 Championship in our full Germany Team Guide.