EURO 2020: Several Teams Set for Warm-up Matches Before The Kick-Off

2021-04-07 Football

EURO 2020 is approaching. When UEFA is still busy preparing for the plans regarding the hosts and the fans attendance, several teams have released their friendly fixtures before the tournament begins. So far England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have set the dates for their warm-up matches, while some other favorites such as Italy, Spain, France and the reigning champions, Portugal have not officially announced it yet.


The Three Lions have picked two nations as their partners for their warm-up matches. Gareth Southgate's side is set to face off one of EURO qualified team, Austria and Romania on 2nd and 6th of June. Both games will be staged in Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, as FA confirmed recently.


Next, England's contender at the group stage in the final round next summer, Scotland have announced their opponents for the friendly games as their preparation for their first major tournament since 1998. Steve Clarke's men are scheduled to take on Netherlands and Luxemburg, which has just beaten Ireland in the recent World Cup qualifiers. Both will be held away from their home soil on the same dates, June 2 and 6 respectively. England and Scotland are once again drawn in the same group, just like The Tartan Army's EURO last appearance in 1996 edition. They are included in group D alongside Croatia and Czech Rep.


Meanwhile, Netherlands chooses Georgia after taking on Scotland as their partner for warm-up fixtures. Frank de Boer's side will encounter Andrew Robertson and Co first in Algrave, Portugal on the 2nd of June, followed by hosting Georgia four days later in Enschede. De Oranje is grouped with Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine next summer.


In the mean time, two favorites, the FIFA rank leader, Belgium and the three-time winner, Germany have also released their pre-Euro friendlies with slightly different dates. De Rode Deuvels pick Greece and Croatia for the warm-up matches on the 3rd and 6th of June in King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels. Die Mannschaft only play one friendly match to prepare themselves before the European Championship starts. Manuel Neuer and Co only face Latvia on June, 7. Both sides once encounter in EURO 2004 final round and the game ended in a goalless draw.


Roberto Martinez's men are placed in a relatively straight-forward group B alongside Finland, Russia and Denmark. They are more fortunate than Germany which have to struggle against France, Portugal and Hungary to advance from group F.