UEFA EURO 2020 begins! Here are the 11 stadiums that will host the EURO 2020 matches!

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EURO 2020 will be the perfect time for UEFA to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the prestigious European football tournament. Unlike previous editions in which one or two countries hosted the tournament, this year a total of 11 cities across the continent will host UEFA EURO 2020 matches. It is an unprecedented move, but it will happen only once, following that at the 2024 edition Germany will be the only host nation.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said: "We have worked diligently with the host associations and local authorities to ensure a safe and festive environment during the tournament and I am very pleased to be able to receive spectators at all matches to encourage national football teams across the continent."

UEFA EURO 11 will start on June 2020th. Here are the 11 stadiums that will host the European Football Championship.

A number of major changes had to be made before the 2021 tournament, due to restrictions by Covid-19, Seville replacing Bilbao as the host city and the games to be held in Dublin were split between Saint-Petersburg and London. Before the tournament, which starts on June 11, we present everything you need to know about all the host stadiums, including where they are, the capacity and what games they will host.

24 teams will participate in this tournament and 51 matches will be played. The opening match will take place at the Stadio Olimpico, in Rome, on June 11, with Turkey and Italy opening the 60th edition of the European Football Championship. The final will take place at Wembley Stadium in London a month later, on 11 July.

National Arena | Bucharest | Romania

Capacity: 55.600
Year of construction: 2011
ADDRESS: B-dul Basarabia 37, Sector 2, Bucharest, Romania

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Austria vs Northern Macedonia (June 13)
Ukraine vs Northern Macedonia (June 17)
Ukraine vs Austria (June 21)
R16: 1F vs. 3A / B / C (June 28)

The stadium is located in Bucharest and hosts the matches of the FCSB team, as well as those played by the Romanian national football team. Bucharest National Arena is located on the site of the old “Lia Manoliu” National Sports Complex, which organized two Michael Jackson concerts. In 2012, the National Arena hosted the Europa League final, played between Atletico de Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao. Atletico de Madrid won with a fabulous score 3-0.

The capital of Romania is the city where Ilie Năstase learned tennis and where Constantin Brăncuși studied art before moving to Paris. Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" from 1918 until 1947, before an extensive transformation into the communist era. The imposing Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest and the Revolution Square still show traces of bullets from the 1989 Revolution and give a first impression of the complicated twentieth century of Bucharest.

Johan Cruijff Arena (Amsterdam Arena) | Amsterdam | Netherlands

Capacity: 54.990 seats
Year of construction: 1996
ADDRESS: Bulevardul ArenA 1, 1101 AX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Netherlands vs Ukraine (June 13)
Netherlands vs Austria (June 17)
Northern Macedonia vs Netherlands (June 21)
R16: 2A vs. 2B (June 26)

Located in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff Arena is the stadium where the Eredivisie Ajax team and the Dutch national team have played their home matches since 1996. The stadium is equipped with a retractable roof and previously hosted five matches at Euro 2000, as well as the stage for 1998 Champions League final. The stadium was renamed Johan Cruijff Arena in 2018 in honor of the former Ajax player and coach, who was born in Amsterdam and passed away in March 2016.

The world cycling capital (60% of trips in the center of Amsterdam are made by bike and there are more bicycles than residents), Amsterdam is also a paradise for tourists. It attracts about 17 million visitors annually.

The Rijksmuseum is the jewel of a cultural crown full of precious stones. There are canals you can walk on, stretching for tens of kilometers, and over 1.500 bridges. Amsterdam has dozens of parks, a rare thing for such a small city.

Olympic Stadium | Baku | Azerbaijan

Capacity: 68.700
Year of construction: 2015
ADDRESS: Heydar Aliyev, 323, Baku, Azerbaijan

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Wales vs Switzerland (June 12)
Turkey vs Wales (June 16)
Switzerland vs Turkey (20 June)
QF: W40 vs W38 (July 3)

Built for the 2015 European Games, Olympic Stadium will keep fond memories for Chelsea fans as a scene of the final triumph in the 2019 Europa League against Arsenal. The 68.700-seat stadium is located next to Lake Boyukshor, which is the second largest lake in Azerbaijan and is home to the national team of Azerbaijan.

The capital of Azerbaijan, Baku is the lowest capital in the world (28m below sea level) and is nicknamed the "City of Winds" locally. Baku's wealth comes from oil, which has been exported from here since the XNUMXth century.
Baku is full of ultra-modern architecture, but you can get an impression of what it was like before the oil trade by visiting the old walled city of Icheri Sheher. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it contains the Maiden Tower and the Grand Shirvanshahs Palace from the XNUMXth century.

Ferenc Puskás Arena Budapest | Hungary

Capacity: 67.889
Year of construction: 2019
ADDRESS: Istvanmezei ut 3-5, 1146 Budapest, Hungary

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Hungary vs Portugal (June 15)
Hungary vs France (June 19)
Portugal vs France (June 23)
R16: 1C vs 3D / E / F (June 27)

Budapest's Puskas Arena will be the newest stadium from Euro 2020, its construction being completed in 2019. Named after the legend of Hungarian football Ferenc Puskas, the new stadium was built on the ruins of the old stadium, which was demolished in 2016. Its predecessor, Népstadion (People's Stadium) witnessed England's worst international defeat, beating Hungary 7-1 on 23 May 1954. It hosts Hungary's national team matches and has hosted a number of UEFA games - including Champions League games - when the restrictions imposed by the pandemic did not allow competitions to take place in other cities in Europe.

Formed by the merger of Buda and Obuda on the west bank of the Danube with Pest to the east, the Hungarian capital gave birth to Ferenc Puskás and many of the other "magical Hungarians" of the 1950s. The city has 80 geothermal springs and the largest system of thermal water caves in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Castle Hill, 1 km long, has many key sites, especially Trinity Square, Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) and Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya). The History Museum of Budapest presents numerous art exhibitions, as well as history, in the imposing Buda Castle.

Parken Stadium Copenhagen | Denmark

Capacity: 38.065
Year of construction: 1992
ADDRESS: By Henrik Lings Alle 2, DK-2100 Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Denmark vs Finland (June 12)
Denmark vs Belgium (June 17)
Russia vs Denmark (21/06)
R16: 2D vs 2E (June 28)

The stadium that hosts the national team of Denmark and FC Copenhagen, Parken is one of the four stadiums of the twentieth century that host games at Euro 2020. With a capacity of over 38.000 seats, it is the smallest in this tournament. He hosted the 1994 European Cup final and the UEFA Cup final six years later, both finals being played by Arsenal. However, it boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Considered one of the most expensive cities in the world, Copenhagen is friendly to those who decide to use bicycles, with more than half of the residents using one every day. It is connected to the Swedish city of Malmo by the Øresund Bridge - made famous by the American drama The Bridge. Located just minutes from Central Station, Tivoli Gardens theme park offers exotic architecture, historic buildings, lush gardens and nostalgic walks, and is especially charming at night. Founded in 1843, the gardens were Hans Christian Andersen's favorites.

Hampden Park | Glasgow | Scotland

Capacity: 52.063
Year of construction: 1903 (renovated in 1999)
ADDRESS: Letherby Drive, Mount Florida, Glasgow, G42 9BA, Scotland

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Scotland vs Czech Republic (June 14)
Croatia v Czech Republic (18 June)
Croatia vs Scotland (June 22)
R16: 1E vs. 3A / B / C / D) (June 29)

The oldest stadium at Euro 2020, Hampden Park is home to Scottish football. It hosts the national team, as well as the venue for the various finals of the national cup. It was the largest stadium in the world between 1908 and 1950. Hampden Park hosted over 149.415 people in a 1937 match between Scotland and England. It was the scene for three European Cup finals (1960, 1976 and 2002), two World Cup finals (1962 and 1966) and the 2007 UEFA Cup final. It was also used for the football games at the 2012 Olympic Games. to London.

The largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom, the "dear green place" (after its Scottish Gaelic name, glas chu) hosted the first international football game in history: Scotland 0-0 England, in 1872 It is located approximately 70 km from the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The rooms of the city center of George Square offer a good view of the richness and prestige of Glasgow, when it was the second city of the British Empire. Kelvingrove Victorian Park, west of the city, boasts Botanical Gardens.

Wembley Stadium | London | England

Capacity: 54.990
Year of construction: 2007
ADDRESS: London, Wembley HA9 0WS, United Kingdom

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
England vs Croatia (June 13)
England vs Scotland (June 18)
Czech Republic vs England (June 22)
R16: 1A vs. 2C (June 26)
R16: 1D vs 2F (June 29)
Semifinal: W46 vs W45 (July 6)
Semifinal: W48 vs W47 (July 7)
Final: W49 vs W50 (July 11)

The venue in London was originally scheduled to host the semi-finals and final, but was awarded four more games following the exclusion of Brussels as host city and another when Dublin was removed from the EURO 2020 list of host cities. Rebuilt in 2007, it is one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the second after the Camp Nou in Barcelona, ​​in terms of the largest arenas in Europe.

The largest stadium in Britain and home to the Football Association of England, Wembley Stadium has received over 21 million visitors since its reopening in 2007. The old "Empire Stadium" was officially opened in 1924 and was famous for its twin towers. The visual hook of the new terrain is a giant arch.

London is the most visited city in the world, with about 31.2 million tourists a year. The metropolis with almost 9 million people became popular through Charles Dickens and The Beatles, but also through the residence of the British royal family. It is also the only place to have hosted the Olympics three times: 1908, 1948 and 2012. Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, British Museum, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square - the options for tourists are endless , although the 9¾ platform at King's Cross Subway Station may now be suitable for everyone, but it's a place to visit for Harry Potter fans.

Allianz Arena | Munich | Germany

Capacity: 70.000
Year of construction: 2005
ADDRESS: Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 Munich, Germany

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
France vs Germany (June 15)
Portugal vs Germany (June 19)
Germany vs Hungary (June 23)
R8: W39 vs W37 (July 2)

In addition to the occasional organization of the games in Germany, the 75.000-seat arena was one of the hosts of several 2006 World Cup matches, namely six matches, and in 2012 was the place for the Champions League final. The "residence" of the Bayern Munich team, the Munich Football Arena was completed in April 2005, in time for the organization of the games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It can accommodate up to 70.000 fans for international games, and on a clear night it can be seen from the Austrian Alps.

World-renowned orchestras and museums, including the three Pinakotheks, as well as Siemens, BMW and Bayern Munich, Munich is proud of its sense of Gemütlichkeit (friendship or good cheer), as exemplified by the famous annual Oktoberfest. Stretching north, behind the University of Munich, the 990-acre Englischer Garten is larger than New York's Central Park, while the old Olympiapark - which hosted the 1972 Olympics - is also worth a visit.

Olympic Stadium | Rome | Italy

Capacity: 72.698
Year of construction: 1937 (renovated in 1953 and 1990)
ADDRESS: Viale dei Gladiatori, 00135 Rome, Italy

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Turkey vs Italy (June 11)
Italy vs Switzerland (June 16)
Italy vs Wales (June 20)
R8: W43 vs W4 (July 3)

It hosts the Serie A giants, Rome and Lazio, Stadio Olimpico has a history in football. It hosted the European Cup / Champions League final on four occasions (1977, 1984, 1996 and 2009), as well as hosting the 1980 European Championship final and the 1990 World Cup final. Along with Parken Stadium, Hampden Park and Johan Cruyff Arena, Stadio Olimpico is one of the four stadiums of the twentieth century that will be used in this tournament.

The site of some of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, such as the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Sant'Angelo Castle, Foro Romano and the Colosseum, Rome is also known as Caput Mundi (capital of the world) and the "Eternal City". From the Colosseum to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps or the Pantheon, to name just a selection of places, Rome is a treasure trove of art and architectural splendor, including the modern Auditorium Parco della Musica. However, don't forget to taste the best made at the Venchi 1878 ice cream parlors - the oldest ice cream parlor in the world being opened right in Rome.

Krestovsky Stadium | Saint Petersburg | Russia

Capacity: 68.134
Year of construction: 2017
ADDRESS: Futbol'naya Alleya 1, Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Belgium vs Russia (June 12)
Poland vs Slovakia (June 14)
Finland vs Russia (June 16)
Sweden vs Slovakia (June 18)
Finland vs Belgium (June 21)
Sweden vs Poland (June 23)
R8: W41 vs W42 (July 2)

One of the newest stadiums of the 11 used by UEFA at EURO 2020, Krestovsky Stadium was built in anticipation of the 2018 World Cup. It hosted seven matches, including the small final. It is the host stadium of the Zenit team, and the Russian national team also plays on the stadium, but occasionally. The stadium was designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, whose vision was for a spaceship that had landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland.

Russia's second most populous city after Moscow, St. Petersburg is known as the "Venice of the North" due to its network of elegant canals and 342 bridges. It is celebrated for "White Nights" - long summer evenings, when the sun never sets completely. Founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great, the Russian State Museum (also known as the Hermitage Museum) houses over 3 million works of art and cultural artifacts, of which only a fraction is exhibited in the 360 ​​rooms. It consists of five buildings, the most famous being the magnificent Winter Palace (the Palace used by the Romanov dynasty).

La Cartuja | Sevilla | Spain

Capacity: 60.000
Year of construction: 1999
ADDRESS: Isla de la Cartuja, 41092 Sevilla, Spania

The matches that will be played on this stadium:
Spain vs Sweden (June 14)
Spain vs Poland (June 19)
Slovakia vs Spain (June 23)
R8: 1B vs. 3A / D / E / F (June 27)

Located in the south of Spain, the stadium occasionally hosts the Spanish national team is a UEFA Category 4 stadium, the venue was built for the 1999 World Athletics Championships and has since hosted a number of profile games, including the UEFA Cup final in 2003 between Celtic and Porto. La Cartuja Sevilla is currently the venue for the Copa del Rey final and has previously hosted two Davis Cup finals in tennis, as well as concerts by Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen and AC DC.

Hisbaal for the Phoenicians, Hispalis for the Romans and Ishbiliyah after the Umayyad conquest of large parts of the Iberian Peninsula, Seville took its current name in the thirteenth century. It is the capital of the region of Andalusia and the fourth largest city in Spain. Famous for the Giralda Tower and the Alcazar Palace, Seville is also home to two famous football clubs. Six-time winners of the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League, Sevilla play home matches at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, while rivals Real Betis play home matches at Estadio Benito Villamarín.

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