Sixteen teams will be contending on 23 and 24 May to see who will end up being eEURO 2020champions The competition is the most significant ever efootball competition for nationalteams Competitors from all 55 UEFA member associations have actually participated, contending solely on Konami’s efootball PES 2020 on PlayStation 4.
“This tournament has given efootball enthusiasts the chance to dream of representing their country on the biggest stage and we have witnessed memorable moments over the last few months,” stated UEFA Events SA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein.
“We have seen a massive growth in the popularity of efootball over the past few years and eEURO 2020 is giving us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national team football. The success of the tournament speaks for itself, with over five million people having watched competition footage across UEFA’s platforms.”
‘A dream come true’
The competition has actually shown popular with fans throughout Europe. During April’s play- offs, 10s of thousands of Lithuania fans tuned in to view their team in action. Disappointingly for them, Lithuania did not make it into the finaltournament for lots of of the players, the competition has actually allowed them to satisfy life-long aspirations of representing their countries in a significant international event.
“Representing Spain is the biggest honour a player can have. It is an amazing feeling to wear the national jersey and be part of the national team,” stated Alex Alguacil, who also represents FC Bayern München’s efootball team at club level. “It was impossible to believe just a few years ago when I started to compete on PES that one day I would represent my country in a competition as large as eEURO 2020. It has been a dream come true.”
With big leagues around Europe having actually been shut down as a result of COVID-19, the eEURO has actually assisted to fill a void by offering football fans with some much -required live action.
“The eEURO provided all PES fans, as well as football fans, with some entertainment when everything else was cancelled,” stated Croatia’s Andrej Šporčić. “The whole Croatian PES community watched our matches, and even those who didn’t watch efootball as much were asking for match uploads and really wanted to watch our matches.”
How will the final tournament work?
The 16 teams have actually been drawn into 4 groups of 4, with the leading 2 from each advancing to the quarter-finals Picked encounters will be broadcast on UEFA’s YouTube channel, with matches beginning on Saturday at 13: 45 CET and on Sunday at 10: 45 CET. The teams in each group will play each other in a dual tournament bracket format (double removal without a grand final). The leading 2 teams in each group will progress to a 8-team single removal bracket.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Romania, Spain
Denmark, Italy, Serbia, Turkey
Croatia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands
Austria, France, Greece, Israel
The 4 group winners will be drawn randomly against a runner-up from anothergroup Each match, till the final, will be a best of 3series The final will be a best of 5. Matches will be played 1v1. A total of EUR100,000 in cash rewards will be divided in between those contending in the final tournament, consisting of EUR40,000 for the victors.
How did qualifying work?
The draw took place in January to divide the contending national teams into 10 groups for the qualifying phase, which ranged from 9 to 30 March.
Each team played 2 matches (1v1) against the other countries in the exact samegroup The points from both matches were added to the group table.
The 10 group winners qualified directly for the finaltournament The 10 runners-up contended in a play-off tournament to figure out the other six finalists.
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