Hosting nations vs. COVID-19There were initially 13 countries chosen to host matches for EURO 2020. However, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin announced in March 2021 that matches would only be held in stadiums which allowed spectators according to the corresponding government's coronavirus regulations. This move was aimed at aiding the already suffering revenue lost from the original postponement, as well as fostering the soccer spirit of the EUROs by allowing fans to see the games live. As a result of this announcement, Bilbao and Dublin were removed as host nations, leaving 11 remaining host cities: Amsterdam, Baku, Budapest, Bucharest, Glasgow, Copenhagen, Munich, London, Rome, Seville, and Saint Petersburg.
The semi-finals and final were held at Wembley Stadium in London and, at one point, there were even discussions about hosting the entire tournament in the UK, which 2 out of 5 Britons would have been in favor of. In the same survey, two thirds of respondents believed that proof of vaccination should be mandatory in order to attend matches as a fan. Ultimately, hosting cities had different regulations regarding attendance during the pandemic, with permitted attendances ranging from roughly 25 to 45 percent of stadium capacities. Outliers included Munich with the lowest allowed attendance of 22 percent, Baku and Saint Petersburg with 50 percent, and Budapest, which allowed full stadium attendance for some games. Wembley Stadium had the largest stadium capacity of all the EURO 2020 hosts, and was therefore unsurprisingly estimated to have the highest ticket sales.
Tournament structure and teamsFor the second time in its history after the tournament's expansion in 2016, EURO 2020 included 24 national teams and a total of 51 matches. The teams were separated into six groups from A to F, of which Turkey vs. Italy in Group A contested the opener in Rome on June 11, 2021. Going into the tournament, the two standout nations from previous tournaments were Germany and Spain. Germany holds the record for most appearances in the EUROs, having taken part 13 times, while Spain has appeared 11 times in the tournament. Both countries are tied for most championships won with three titles each. However, there were also some new faces in this year's European Championships, with Finland and North Macedonia making their debut in the EUROs.
In terms of the assembled national squads, England had the most expensive team in the lead up to the tournament, with the national team's entire roster adding up to a market value of approximately 1.47 billion euros. Top of the list of England's squad was captain Harry Kane, who was the Three Lions' most valuable player, estimated at around 120 million euros. Of course, other nations also had their star players such as Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who holds the record for most goals in EURO history, or Kylian Mbappé of France, who was estimated to be the most valuable player at the tournament in terms of market value.