EURO 2020 draw coming soon: Italy in Group A, Gravina, Brunelli and Mancini to be present in Bucharest on SaturdayThe Azzurri, who came away with maximum points from qualification, will play their first three games in Rome, including the tournament opener on 12 June
Monday, November 25, 2019
Just five more days until Italy discover the other nations in their group for the EURO 2020 finals. The draw, scheduled for Saturday 30 November at the ROMEXPO Dome in Bucharest, will begin at 18:00 CET. The Italian delegation present in the Romanian capital will be made up out of Italian Football Federation President Gabriele Gravina, General Secretary Marco Brunelli and National Team Head Coach Roberto Mancini.
The nations hosting the tournament are already aware of their group letter. This includes Italy in Group A, as the Azzurri will play their first three games in the Group Stage at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Italy will not come up against the two other host teams from Pot Two in Russia and the Netherlands, who have been placed into Group B and Group C respectively. The same is true for Denmark in Pot Three who find themselves in a group with Russia and Belgium. Therefore, Italy’s potential opponents from Pot Two are France, Poland, Switzerland and Croatia, while from Pot Three they could face any one of Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Roberto Mancini’s National Team are guaranteed to be placed in a group with one of Wales or Finland, the only two national teams in Pot Four who have not already been placed into a specific group.
The UEFA EURO 2020 finals will begin on 12 June at 21:00 CET in Rome, with Italy playing in the tournament opener at the Stadio Olimpico. The Azzurri will certainly be ones to watch, the only side along with Belgium to have won all of their matches in qualifying. A maximum of four matches will be played each day in the Group Stage, with the round ending on 24 June. The first two from each group, along with the four best third-placed teams, will progress to the Round of 16 for the start of the knockout phase. Wembley Stadium in London will host the semi-finals on 7 and 8 July and the final on 12 July.
THE FOUR POTS (host nations in capital letters):
POT ONE: Belgium, ITALY, ENGLAND, GERMANY, SPAIN, Ukraine
POT TWO: France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, NETHERLANDS, RUSSIA
POT THREE: Portugal, Turkey, DENMARK, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic
POT FOUR: Wales, Finland, Play-off Winner Route A, Play-off Winner Route B, Play-off Winner Route C, Play-off Winner Route D
THE GROUPS FOR THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
GROUP A: Italy*
GROUP B: Russia, Denmark
GROUP C: Netherlands*, Romania
GROUP D: England*, Scotland
GROUP E: Spain*, Republic of Ireland
GROUP F: Germany*, Hungary
N.B. Qualified teams in bold
*These host nations will play all three games in the Group Stage at home; given that both Russia and Denmark qualified for the UEFA EURO 2020 finals through the qualifying round, another draw was held to establish that Denmark would play all of their group stage games at home, including the one against Russia.