For the first time in its history, the Euro Championship games will be held five years after the previous tournament. This is largely due to the COVID-19 virus as countries were forced to shut down football competitions.
The Euro 2021 games should have begun in June 2020. However, it has been shifted to June 2021 as a result of the pandemic. This year’s Euro games are also unusual because of the locations where the games will be played.
Traditionally, football games are held in a host country. This year, they will be spread across 12 cities in 12 various countries in Europe to create the semblance of a party. At least four games in the tournament will be played in each city. The final game will be held in the Wembley Stadium in England.
Euro Teams to Focus on
The French football team is considered one of the best in the world at the moment. They’re also favorites to win this year’s edition of the Euros after lifting the 2018 World Cup.
The team made it to the finals of Euro 2016 but got themselves beaten by a Portugal inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo. The France ’16 team lacked conviction in the final third of the pitch. The France ’21 team, however, is stacked with talents like Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele.
Getting past the group stages into the knockout stages will be a tough nut to crack as the Euro ’16 winners, Portugal, and Germany are in the same group. Portugal has the zealous Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany contains a percentage of the Bayern Munich team, currently considered the best football club.
The spotlight also falls on Croatia, the runners-up of the 2018 World Cup. This competition is considered to be the last time stars like Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, and Ivan Perisic will play together. Just like they edged into the World Cup finals, football fans are expecting the Croatian football team to pull off another upset.
Many football fans are also watching out for teams like Belgium, Netherlands, and England. Poland, led by the best player in the world from 2020, Robert Lewandowski, is also considered by many to have a decent chance of progressing past the group stage.
Streaming the Euros
There have been reports of UEFA working on ways to make certain fans present at games. However, with many requesting ticket refunds, stadiums may not be full.
Sports networks like ABC, ESPN, BBC, and Hulu + Live TV will be streaming the games live. To watch the games on these platforms, you’ll have to register for one of them.
Choose the one that offers services in your country. If none of them do, don’t freak out. You can start streaming Euro online by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN allows you to bypass any geo-restrictions a certain country has, therefore allowing you to watch games live on any of the above-mentioned platforms and more!
With the Euro 2021 games starting in June, several are gearing up to stream the games. Fans are supporting different countries and rooting for them to win the cup. You can keep up with the action by registering for a sports streaming platform and using a quality & reliable VPN service.