UEFA has decided to organize a “Europe-wide party” to celebrate 60 years since the inaugural tournament and, for the second time in history, will feature 24 teams. The competition will take place between 12 June and 12 July.
As the competition is held in several countries, there is no automatic qualification, and each UEFA member country will have to win its place in the finals. The introduction of the League of Nations has led to some confusion. The UEFA League of Nations is a new tournament that will be held for the first time in 2018 and will take place every two weeks years. It will be played by all 55 UEFA teams and will be separated by four divisions (like any club league).
So it’s time to let the emotion take over our hearts, embrace the Joy of football because of the sixteenth edition of Euro 2023, known as the European championship of nations. It is just a few months away, promising to offer us quality football and full of talent, prepare to feel the euphoria for your team, if you want, you can check this guide and make your best friends because this is going to be the event of the year.
Euro 2023 will be held in 12 different locations in 12 different cities in 12 different countries. There were 13 places initially chosen on 19 September 2014, but Brussels was no longer the protagonist as there were doubts that the stadium would not be able to arrive on time.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino explained that “instead of having a party in one country, we will have a party all over Europe in the summer of 2023”.
With all the scandal surrounding the Brexit, the organization started supporting many cities and countries in Europe to present the union through the sport.
Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Azerbaijan, Germany, Italy, Russia, and England will host at least three group matches and one knockout round each. The breakdown of the venues and events can be seen in the table below.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Parken Stadium.
Budapest, Hungary: Ferenc Puskas Stadium.
Dublin, Ireland: Aviva Stadium.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Johann Cruijff Arena.
Bucharest, Romania: Arena Nationala.
Glasgow, Scotland: Hampden Park.
Bilbao, Spain: San Mamés.
Baku, Azerbaijan: National Stadium.
Munich, Germany: Allianz Arena.
Rome, Italy: Stadio Olimpico.
St. Petersburg, Russia: Krestovsky Stadium.
London, England: Wembley Stadium.
The Euro 2023 Final
The final of the EURO 2023 will be held at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the home of the English national team. The venue, amicably known as “The House of Football,” will also host the tournament’s semi-finals (8-9 July). Redesigned in 2007, the new stadium has a capacity of 90,000 and will host the FA Cup finals and League Cups. Also, it was the main venue for the 1948 London Olympics and the 1966 World Cup.
Tickets for Euro 2023
Ticket sales for Euro 2023 opened on 4 December, and on the 18th, a new ticketing phase was launched for fans of the 20 teams that have already qualified, including Spain’s three matches in Bilbao. UEFA announced that more than half of the tickets, which are available through the website EURO2020.com, will be in the cheapest price category, starting at 50 euros for the matches in Bilbao. Spain, Poland, Sweden, and a fourth team from the play-offs against Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and the Republic of Ireland will play in the Biscayan capital.
In the case of Spain, the website asks for the requirement to create an account on the official website and then enter a draw, not sold the ticket directly, but in January will communicate if the applicant has been awarded the card ordered now. There will be two draws, one for the members of the “Spanish Federation football family” and the other for those who are not.
Remember that Spain has won the Eurocup more times than any other country. These titles were obtained in the years 1968, 2008, and the last one in 2012. In 1968, the winning team was coached by José Luis Villalonga, and the final was very special, as the match was held on in the city of Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
In total, there are more than 3 million tickets available, 82% of which are given to fans. Last summer, in the first sales phase, 19.3 million requests were registered against an offer of 1.5 million.
Exciting things that we can expect from this Euro 2023 are new faces and great kings of football, so take a seat and enjoy watching your favorite teams, in what they call “the fairest of battles.” Good luck to all your groups.