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EM 2021: That's why there are 26 players in the DFB team this year

The EM 2021 is getting closer and closer. And as an exception, the DFB team will have 26 players in the squad this year. We explain the background to this squad size.

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The EM had to be postponed last year due to the corona pandemic. This summer will be made up with a year late.

Last year, the European Championship had to be postponed in view of the corona pandemic and the meanwhile suspended club football. Now it is being made up late.

EM 2021: date, place, all information

The EM 2021 will open on June 11, 2021. Italy and Turkey will play the opening game in Rome. The EM runs for one month, the final was scheduled for July 11, 2021. This will take place in London.

Despite the challenges posed by the corona pandemic, the EM will be held across Europe in several different countries. Eleven different cities will host games for this year's European championships.

EM 2021: An overview of the venues

cityStadioncountryGames
LondonWembley StadiumEnglandGroup stage, round of 16, semi-finals, finals
BakuBaku National StadiumAzerbaijanGroup stage, quarter-finals
MunichAllianz ArenaGermanyGroup stage, quarter-finals
RomeStadio OlimpicoItalyGroup stage, quarter-finals
St. PetersburgKrestovsky StadiumRussiaGroup stage, quarter-finals
BucharestArena NationalaRomaniaGroup stage, round of 16
BudapestPuskas ArenaHungaryGroup stage, round of 16
AmsterdamJohan Cruyff ArenaNetherlandsGroup stage, round of 16
SevilleEstadio OlimpicoSpainGroup stage, round of 16
CopenhagenParkDenmarkGroup stage, round of 16
GlasgowHampden ParkScotlandGroup stage, round of 16

EM 2021: That's why there are 26 players in the DFB team this year

The game format of the EM will not be the only specialty this year. The coaches of the participating nations can enjoy a special luxury: They can nominate 26 players this year.

Normally, the maximum squad size in the major national tournaments is always 23 players. However, the special circumstances of this year's EM led to the exception.

Due to the corona pandemic, each country can nominate 26 players for the tournament in 2021. This is due to two reasons.

On the one hand, the pandemic turned the 2020/2021 season calendar upside down. The summer break was already shortened significantly last year, and the European Championship means that the participating players are now faced with another very short break.

In addition, the three additional squad positions are intended to give the teams more alternatives in the event of a positive corona test within the team. If players miss games due to Corona, the countries now have more options up their sleeves.

EM 2021: Watch the European Championship live on free TV and live stream

You will be able to see the EM 2021 on free TV. ARD and ZDF show numerous EM games live, and the public broadcasters also offer a free live stream of their broadcasts.

However, the two TV channels show all 51 games of the EM live. Ten group games without German participation will not be shown on free TV. These games broadcasts MagentaTV exclusive.

EM 2021: the groups at a glance

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F.

Italy

Belgium

Austria

Croatia

Poland

France

Switzerland

Denmark

Netherlands

Czech Republic

Slovakia

Germany

Turkey

Finland

North Macedonia

England

Spain

Hungary

Wales

Russia

Ukraine

Scotland

Sweden

Portugal