The European Football Championship is a grand event that is held by UEFA once every 4 years (excluding the qualifying tournament) between the FIFA World Cups. The main qualification process, including qualifying tournaments to determine the 24 national teams that will take part in the final round of the competition, is held from March 21 to November 19, 2019. 55 teams will take part in the Qualifying Competition. According to the results of the selection among the groups of applicants, the countries that will take part in the UEFA Nations League will be determined: the fate of Russia will also be decided at EURO 2020 in football.
Qualifying competitions determine the final composition of the participants, incl. a group of Russia at Euro 2020 football. The groups are formed by the draw by the UEFA committee with the so-called "sowing". Sowing is carried out according to the results of the qualification round for the World Cup and according to past competitions. Despite the fact that the teams did not receive the automatic right to enter the European Championship finals for the first time in the past 43 years (due to the participation of 12 football associations at once in the tournament), the format of the event will remain basically the same.
Only 20 of the available 24 places of the championship finals will be determined during the main selection of participants. The remaining four places will play in the League of Nations in the format of “playoffs” among 16 leaders of the qualifying stage. Thus, applicants will be able to get to the final tournament only if they successfully pass the qualifying competitions or the League of Nations.
The Russian team became the second in its group under number I: to get to the EURO 2020, athletes need to give all the best in the classic selection. Roughly speaking, the Russian team needs to become the first or second in the group among such rivals as:
- San Marino
However, Russia lost to Belgium at the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying round in Brussels with a score of 3: 1. On March 24, Russia beat Kazakhstan with a score of 0: 4.
As a result, the table of group I according to the results of the match 24.03. has the following form:
But even if Russia does not qualify for the Euro 2020 Championship and becomes a champion in its group, the country will still have a chance to win one of the 4 “bonus” competitions within the framework of the League of Nations tournament to be held in March 20th. There is still the opportunity to play in the playoffs. In the event that 9 out of 12 teams of Special Division A will pass qualifying competitions, and 3 of them will play “badly”, their 4th rival will be Russia - representative of Division B.
In the eighth final part of the tournament, 2 strongest players from each group should have qualified, in total 20 teams, as well as 4 winners of the best results among the teams that took 3rd place (“tickets” will be distributed according to the results of the League of Nations 18-20 .). The result of the “blind” draw within the framework of the 1/8 final of the Euro League for 2018/2019, which was held on 02.22.2019 in the Swiss city of Nyon, was:
- Chelsea (England) - Dynamo (Ukraine) - 3-0;
- Eintracht (Germany) - Inter (Italy) - 1: 0;
- Benfica (Portugal) - Dynamo (Croatia) -3: 0;
- “Napoli” (Italy) - “Red Bull Salzburg” (Austria) - 3: 0;
- “Valencia” (Spain) - “Krasnodar” (RF) - 2: 1;
- “Seville” (Spain) - “Slavia” (Czech Republic) - 4: 3;
- Arsenal (England) - Rennes (France) - 3-0;
- “Villarreal” (Spain) - “Zenith” (RF) - 2: 1.
The competitions were held on 03/07/2019 and 03/14/2019, and on 03/15/2019 at 13:00 CET a new open draw of participants for the Europa League took place as part of the 1/4 and 1/2 finals at the UEFA headquarters, located in Nyon. At the same time, participants were selected for the 1/4 and 1/2 finals of the Champions League. When “sowing” clubs, their coefficients were not taken into account. Also in one pair could be teams representing 1 country.
According to the results of the selections, the following teams entered the quarterfinal:
- Eintracht (GER);
- Arsenal (ENG);
- Benfica (POR);
- Valencia (ESP);
- Villarreal (ESP);
- Napoli (ITA);
- Slavia (CZE);
- Chelsea (ENG).
The games of the 1/4 finals are scheduled for April 9 and 10, 2019, and the return games are scheduled for April 16 and 17. Following the draw, the following opponents were determined:
- Arsenal - Napoli;
- Benfica - Eintracht
- Villarreal - Valencia
- Slavia - Chelsea
- Eintracht - Benfica
- Valencia - Villarreal
- Napoli - Arsenal
- Chelsea - Slavia
The matches of the 1/2 finals, in turn, will be held on 05/02/2019 and 05/09/2019, and the final of the tournament will be held on 05/29/2019 at the Olympic Stadium in Baku.
Significant dates and places
The main events of EURO 2020:
- March 21, 19 - the qualifying tournament for Euro 2020 has started;
- March 22, 19 - a selection of playoffs was held;
- November 30, 19 - selection for the final stage of EURO 2020;
- March 26, 20 - play-offs of the play-off format within the framework of the League of Nations will play;
- April 01, 20 - additional. draw for the finals of the championship (if necessary);
- June 12, 20 - the opening will be held at the Roman football stadium Olimpico;
- July 12, 20 - the final of all competitions will be held at London's Wembley.
The 2020 European Football Championship, in which Russia takes part in the corresponding group, is held for the first time in the history of the event throughout the European continent. The large-scale event will affect 12 cities from 12 states, including:
- St. Petersburg;
The final competition will be held in March 2020. 16 teams will take part in them according to the results of the “fight” in the League of Nations. Classic selection leaders in 2019 will be replaced by winners following the playoffs. In total, 2 semifinals and one final will be played. The winners of the 4 playoff sessions will join the 20 teams previously selected. Together with Russia, Bosnia, Sweden, and Denmark can get into the playoffs. If these teams pass the selection of the current year for the Russian Federation, a place will be opened in a special tournament.
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