Euro 2020 is Postponed, But a Virtual Replacement Takes Place This Week

By Alistair Jones on at

With the Premier League nowhere in sight and Germany's Bundesliga the only option for watching actual live football, fans have increasingly been turning to esports to get their fix. Now, as we head into summer with no games in sight, it's the turn of the international competitions to receive a virtual overhaul.

Euro 2020 has been postponed until next year, but UEFA's eEuro 2020 finals begin this year. 55 teams participated in January's qualifiers, and now 16 of them will compete in four groups to provide a slightly pared-down take on the competition, which is being played in PES eFootball 2020.

Sadly, the home nations haven't qualified - there'll be no representatives from anywhere in the UK or Ireland. In fact, the qualifying teams provide an interesting look into the potential disparity between national teams and their virtual counterparts; with the greatest will in the world, Montenegro and Luxembourg aren't exactly powerhouses of European football - although that said, the likes of Germany, Italy, France, and Spain will all be represented at the tournament, which offers a prize pool of just under £90,000. The tournament will take place on May 23 and 24, starting with four group stages, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the quarter finals.

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