Why Is It Called Euro 2020?

Welcome to a dive deep into the history of UEFA’s biggest football competition! Have you ever wondered why the tournament held in 2020 was labelled ‘Euro 2020’? This is due to its special commemoration of the 60th anniversary of European football’s governing body (UEFA).

Continue reading this article to unravel the curious origin of the name ‘Euro 2020’ and the unique set of circumstances that led to its adoption!

Why is it called Euro 2020?

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) organises international football tournaments every four years.

The 2020 edition of the UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2020) will take place in twelve cities across twelve European countries in June and July 2020. With the usual two-year gap skipped in 2020, and the tournament taking place in Multiple Countries, the question left unanswered is why is it called Euro 2020?

Recent Changes in Euro Championships

The UEFA Euro 2020 is the sixteenth edition of the quadrennial international men’s football championship organised by UEFA for the member nations of the European Football Union.

The previous Euro 2020 edition was held in France in June and July 201 There is no unusual factors coming into play in the Euro 2020 tournament that rendered it a need for the name change.

Why Change the Name?

UEFA explains the reasoning behind the name change is because of the “pandemic-disrupted UEFA Nations League in 2020 and 202” 2020 saw the addition of the UEFA Nations League and due to the pandemic, most of the tournament was postponed to 202

To avoid confusion between the tournaments, Euro 2020 was named Euro 202 But with matches being held in the summer of 2020, a decision was taken to keep that year in the title of the tournament, resulting in the name ‘Euro 2020’.

Reactions to the Name Change

The name change has been met with mixed reactions from both football fans and teams alike.

Many fans have pointed out the potential for confusion involving two tournaments bearing the same name particularly for new followers of the championships. Some teams have even begun referring to Euro 2020 as ‘Euro 2021’ to avoid any potential for confusion.


In conclusion, Euro 2020 is the current edition of the UEFA European football tournament even though the matches are being held in the year 2020. The reason for this is because of the pandemic and UEFA’s decision that the Nations League should take place in 2020 and 2021 with the Euro 2020 being held in 202 This led to the tournament choosing to keep ‘2020’ in the title of the tournament, to avoid any further confusion. Citations:- https://edition. cnn. com/2021/04/12/football/euro-2020-uefa-tournament-name-intl/index. html- https://www. bbc. com/sport/football/53263354- https://www. uefa. com/uefaeuro-2020/

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