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Europe’s showcase football tournament is coming to Dublin

Thousands of
football fans will be heading to Dublin next summer to watch the 2020 European
Championships.

Ireland’s capital city is one of 12 that will host games at the tournament with three group stage matches and one Round of 16 match due to be played at the Aviva Stadium.

Fans of the
Republic of Ireland will be hoping their team can qualify ahead of the second
phase of the ticket application process which opens on December 2019.

The
Stadium

The Aviva
Stadium was built between 2007 and 2010 on the site of the old Lansdowne Road
Stadium. It was officially opened on May 14, 2010 and is the home of the Irish
rugby union team as well as the Republic of Ireland football team. The stadium
has a capacity of 51,700 and will host a total of four games at the 2020
tournament.

If the
Republic of Ireland qualifies, they will be guaranteed two home matches during
the group stage.

The stadium
is located on the banks of the River Dodder just 10 minutes from the city
centre and Connolly train station.

What’s more,
the stadium is just 14km away from the city’s airport and can be accessed from
there via rail in under 50 minutes.

Can the
Republic of Ireland qualify?

Ireland’s
qualifying campaign got off to a flying start with three wins and two draws
from their first five matches but Mick McCarthy’s men face tough competition
from Denmark and Switzerland for a place in the top two of Group D.

Their next
match is away to Georgia on October 12 followed by a trip to Switzerland three
days later before they end their campaign with a home match against Denmark in
November.

If they fail to finish in the top two, they may still earn a place in the playoffs depending on the results in the other groups. The play-off places are determined by how each team performed in last year’s nation’s league competition. With teams like Portugal, Serbia and Wales struggling in their respective groups, the Republic of Ireland football team stand a good chance of making the play-offs should they finish outside of the top two.

The manager

Mick
McCarthy previously managed the team between 1996 and 2002 and took them to the
2002 World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan after beating Iran in the
play-offs.

The team
reached the second round before losing to Spain via a penalty shootout. Before
returning to the job in 2018, he spent six years at English Championship side
Ipswich Town, after a number of other roles, but was unable to achieve
promotion to the Premier League – although he did take the club to the
play-offs.

How to get
tickets

The first
round of Euro 2020 ticket applications took place on July 2019 when UEFA
received a record amount of applications. Fans of national teams that qualify
will be able to apply for more tickets in December 2019.

Fans who
cannot attend will be given the option to put their tickets up for resale in
spring 2020. There are three categories of tickets ranging from €50 to €185.
However, demand for tickets is expected to far outweigh supply.

Who are
the favourites to win?

It is no surprise that France will kick off as tournament favourites with the bookies. Didier Deschamps men are the reigning world champions and the third-ranked team in the world. However, they were beaten 2-0 by Turkey in a recent European qualification match a few months ago and remain below Belgium and Brazil in the FIFA World Rankings.

World Cup
semi-finalists England are second favourites and could benefit from the fact
that they will play most of their games at Wembley including the semi-final and
final should they make it that far. Gareth Southgate’s men are ranked fourth in
the world and have been in good form in 2019.

Belgium are
many people’s tip to take the title. Roberto Martinez’s men have risen to No. 1
in the world rankings following a string of strong performances since finishing
third at last year’s World Cup finals in Russia. Meanwhile, the Republic of
Ireland are priced at 150/1 to lift the trophy.

Getting tickets

Anyone looking to travel to Dublin to watch Euro 2020 next summer
should make sure they have registered their interest for tickets on the UEFA
website and reserved their accommodation in
advance
 with
thousands of fans expected to descend on the city to soak up the party
atmosphere.

Dive in and explore the city like a local.

Read our tips on where to go, what to do and what not to miss…

In compact Dublin, you can easily cover a lot of ground on your own

From nocturnal pub crawling (for educational purposes) to high-adrenaline outdoor activities to fun family-friendly pursuits, choices abound.

You might start with the capital’s supremo tourist attraction, the Guinness Storehouse. Most people do.

Prefer being under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable guide?

There are tons of tours – walking, traveling by bicycle or bus, amphibious vehicle or horse-drawn cart…or even by boat or kayak.

However you choose to get about, you can also experience the true spirit of traditional Irish culture and history through architecture, dance, storytelling, music, theatre, museums and galleries.

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