The 16th men's European football championship will start on Friday night with the match between Turkey and Italy.

This article summarizes the most important information about the progress of the historical tournament in Finnish.

Owl matches

The Finnish men's A national team played in the World Cup or European Championship qualifiers 32 times without reaching the championships.

33rd time toden said.

The Owls will play in the European Championship qualifiers in Group B, along with Belgium, which is number one in Fifa's world rankings, Denmark is ranked tenth and Russia is ranked 38th.

Finland's Fifa ranking is 54.

Below are the matches in the Finnish block.

You can access the entire match program of the European Championships from this link.


Finland's preliminary round match program:

Teemu Pukki and partners at the Owls Exercises in Zelenogorsk (Terijoki), Russia, on June 10.

Photo: Mike Kireev / Lehtikuva

Sat 12.06.

7 pm Denmark-Finland, Copenhagen

Sat 12.06.

10 pm Belgium-Russia, St. Petersburg

Wed 16.06.

at 16.00 Finland-Russia, St. Petersburg

To 17.06.

7 pm Denmark-Belgium, Copenhagen

Ma 21.06.

at 10 pm Finland-Belgium, St. Petersburg

Ma 21.06.

10 pm Russia-Denmark, Copenhagen


In Finland, Yle broadcasts all matches of the European Championships live on its channels.

Yle says that its channels show all 51 European Championship matches live in both Finnish and Swedish.

On the radio side, Yle Puhe can listen to Finnish matches and daily news from the Finnish camp on the Huuhkajaradio program.

Finnish matches are covered on television by Matti Härkönen and on radio by Jarmo Lehtinen.

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This is how it is played

The European Championships were supposed to be played in the summer of 2020, but they moved forward a year due to the corona pandemic.

That is why the official name of the tournament is Euro 2020.

24 countries entered the European Championships.

They are divided into six starting blocks for four teams.

From the preliminary block stage, 16 countries will have access to the playoffs, ie the teams ranked first and second in each preliminary block, as well as the top four from the block trio.

The block triples are ranked according to the following criteria: score, goal difference, number of goals scored, number of wins, number of fouls (yellow and red cards), ranking in the qualifying ranking.

The initial block stage will be played from June 11 to June 23.

Then move on to the playoffs.

The quarter-finals will be played June 26-June 29.

The semi-finals will be played on July 2 and 3, the semi-finals on July 6 and 7.

The final will be played on Sunday, July 11th.

All playoff stages are played all at once.

In the playoffs, if the actual playing time ends evenly, a follow-up match of 2x15 minutes will be played.

If the match is still tied, a penalty shootout will follow.

Host cities

For the first time, the European Championships will not only have one or two host countries, but the tournament will be played in a distributed way across Europe in 11 countries and cities.


Race cities

The finals and semi-finals will be played at the English football sanctuary at Wembley.

Photo: David Klein / Reuters

  • Block A: Rome (Stadio Olimpico), Baku (Olympic Stadium)

  • Block B: St. Petersburg (Krestovski Stadium), Copenhagen (Parken)

  • Block C: Amsterdam (Johan Cruyff Arena), Bucharest (Arena Naționala)

  • Block D: London (Wembley), Glasgow (Hampden Park)

  • Block E: Seville (La Cartuja), St. Petersburg (Krestovsky Stadium)

  • Block F: Munich (Allianz Arena), Budapest (Puskas Arena)

The finals and semi-finals will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

The semi-finals will be played in Baku, Munich, Rome and St. Petersburg.

The quarterfinals will be played in Amsterdam, Seville, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen and Glasgow.

The decentralization of the Games was justified by, among other things, financial risk-sharing and environmental considerations - there has been no need to build new stadiums.

Participating countries

Portugal is the reigning champion as it won the 2016 games played in France.

Germany and Spain have the most championships, three.

The best scorers in the history of the race are the Frenchman Michel Platini and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo with nine European Championship goals.

The competition therefore involves 24 countries, which are divided into the starting blocks of four countries.

The Games were played in France for the first time in 2016 with 24 teams, before that 16 countries entered the European Championships.


The first blocks of the European Championships

  • Block A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

  • Block B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

  • Block C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Northern Macedonia

  • Block D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic

  • E-block: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia

  • Block F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

Before the draw for the first blocks, so-called host country pairs were created for the Games, who will play in the same first block if they survive the Games.

The pairs were decided by lottery, which, however, took into account the athletic strength and geographical location of the countries.

Thus, it was clear that Denmark and Russia, for example, are playing in the same starting block because of their locations in St. Petersburg and Copenhagen.

Finnish team to the competition

The line-ups were originally supposed to be 23 players in size, but the number was increased by three due to coronavirus exception rules.

A maximum of 23 players may be nominated for each match.

Five player substitutions may be made in matches.

The Owls named their European Championship team on Tuesday, June 1, accompanied by a stunning release video.

One change has since taken place in the original group, when Sauli Väisänen was left out due to an injury and was replaced by Nicholas Hämäläinen.

Read more: The video presentation of the owls became a global giant hit - the sound felt by the whole nation also gets a face in the video: “Simply moving”


Owls European Championships

Head coach Markku Kanerva smiled at Terijoki's Zelenogorsk during the April fans' training.

Photo: Joonas Salo / IS


1 Lukas Hradecky, Bayer 04 Leverkusen

12 Jesse Joronen, Brescia Calcio

23 Anssi Jaakkola, Bristol Rovers


2 Paulus Arajuuri, Pafos FC

3 Daniel O'Shaughnessy, HJK

4 Joona Toivio, BK Häcken

5 Leo Väisänen, IF Elfsborg

13 Pyry Soiri, Esbjerg fB

15 Sauli Väisänen, Chievo Verona

17 Nikolai Alho, MTK Budapest

18 Jere Uronen, KRC Genk

22 Jukka Raitala, Minnesota United

25 Robert Ivanov, Warta Poznan

Midfield and attackers

6 Glen Kamara, Rangers FC

7 Robert Taylor, SK Brann

8 Robin Lod, Minnesota United

9 Fredrik Jensen, FC Augsburg

10 Teemu Pukki, Norwich City FC

11 Rasmus Schüller, Djurgårdens IF

14 Tim Sparv, AEL Larissa

16 Thomas Lam, PEC Zwolle

19 Joni Kauko, Esbjerg fB

20 Joel Pohjanpalo, 1. FC Union Berlin

21 Lassi Lappalainen, CF Montreal

24 Onni Valakari, Pafos FC

26 Marcus Forss, Brentford FC


All stadiums are open to the public, but capacity varies depending on, among other things, the constraints and coronavirus situation in each country.

You can read more about viewer and location-specific restrictions on Uefa's website.

For example, Finland will play its historic European Championship opening on Saturday in Copenhagen in front of 15,900 spectators.

Parken Stadium would accommodate about 38,000 spectators.

On Thursday morning, the Danish government gave permission to increase the audience capacity of Parken Stadium in European Championship football to 25,000 spectators.

The increase will only take place in later matches.

Finnish fans were initially reserved 5,000 tickets for the match to be played in Copenhagen and 8,000 tickets for the match to be played in St. Petersburg.

Ticket quotas have been reduced in proportion to the capacity of stadiums.