Full schedule, best matches to watch

The UEFA European Championship — aka Euro 2020 (as a result of it was supposed to be final yr, get it?) aka Euros — begins Friday with the primary match of the group stage, to be held at websites throughout the continent. Twenty-four groups are divided into six teams for round-robin play, and the highest 16 — first and second place in every group, plus the 4 best third-place finishers — advance to the knockout rounds starting June 26.

Here’s the entire schedule and a have a look at seven can’t-miss contests of the group stage:

Friday, June 11

Italy vs. Turkey, Group A
(Rome, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

There’s quite a bit to chew on within the event opener. For Italy, it’s a progress report for a squad that has ditched the defense-first system of the previous and adopted a possession-and-pressure assault in entrance of proficient, however younger keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Underdog Turkey already has crushed the Netherlands and Norway this yr.

Saturday, June 12

Wales vs. Switzerland, Group A
(Baku, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Denmark vs. Finland, Group B
(Copenhagen, midday ET, ESPN)

Belgium vs. Russia, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Sunday, June 13

England vs. Croatia, Group D
(London, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Is this the yr for England? World Cup hero and group captain Harry Kane is again with a bunch of younger stars who gained’t be shy in attacking opponents. Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic lead a veteran Croatia group that reached the World Cup remaining in 2018.

England star Harry Kane
England star Harry Kane
AP

Austria vs. North Macedonia, Group C
(Bucharest, midday ET, ESPN)

Netherlands vs. Ukraine, Group C
(Amsterdam, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Monday, June 14

Scotland vs. Czech Republic, Group D
(Glasgow, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Poland vs. Slovakia, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, midday ET, ESPN)

Spain vs. Sweden, Group E
(Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Tuesday, June 15

Hungary vs. Portugal, Group F
(Budapest, midday ET, ESPN)

France vs. Germany, Group F
(Munich, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The previous two World Cup champions are two sides transferring in reverse instructions. France, the Euros favourite, is examined, proficient and good. Germany is attempting to work out what it’s, having struggled at instances in current months.

Wednesday, June 16

Finland vs. Russia, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Turkey vs. Wales, Group A
(Baku, midday ET, ESPN)

Italy vs. Switzerland, Group A
(Rome, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Thursday, June 17

Ukraine vs. North Macedonia, Group C
(Bucharest, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Denmark vs. Belgium, Group B
(Copenhagen, midday ET, ESPN)

Kevin De Bruyne (on the mend from facial fractures) and Romelu Lukaku lead Belgium, the favourite in Group B. But Denmark has the look of a harmful underdog constructed on a sturdy protection.

Netherlands vs. Austria, Group C
(Amsterdam, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Friday, June 18

Sweden vs. Slovakia, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Croatia vs. Czech Republic, Group D
(Glasgow, midday ET, ESPN)

England vs. Scotland, Group D
(London, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

An historical rivalry match. England ought to have the personnel to get by their neighbors to the north, however Scotland has sufficient Premier League expertise to make this attention-grabbing.

Saturday, June 19

Hungary vs. France, Group F
(Budapest, 9 a.m. ET, ESPN)

Portugal vs. Germany, Group F
(Munich, midday ET, ESPN)

Spain vs. Poland, Group E
(Seville, 3 p.m. ET, ABC)

Spain has been wracked by chaos due to COVID problems and a roster Luis Enrique picked that has perplexed many at residence. That’s not an excellent system when dealing with the world’s most harmful striker in Robert Lewandowski.

Sunday, June 20

Italy vs. Wales, Group A
(Rome, midday ET, ESPN2)

Switzerland vs. Turkey, Group A
(Baku, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Monday, June 21

North Macedonia vs. Netherlands, Group C
(Amsterdam, midday ET, ESPN)

Ukraine vs. Austria, Group C
(Bucharest, midday ET, ESPN2)

Russia vs. Denmark, Group B
(Copenhagen, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Finland vs. Belgium, Group B
(Saint Petersburg, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Tuesday, June 22

Czech Republic vs. England, Group D
(London, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Croatia vs. Scotland, Group D
(Glasgow, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Wednesday, June 23

Slovakia vs. Spain, Group E
(Seville, midday ET, ESPN)

Sweden vs. Poland, Group E
(Saint Petersburg, midday ET, ESPN2)

Germany vs. Hungary, Group F
(Munich, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Portugal vs. France, Group F
(Budapest, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN)

No match has extra star energy. Will Kylian Mbappé and Les Bleus have already got the group wrapped up or will Cristiano Ronaldo and the defending Euros champs have an opportunity to shake up the standings within the pool-play finale?

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