Euro 2020, Baku to Bilbao to Budapest. Anyone going?

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There don't seem to be any Euro 2020 threads yet, even though qualification is well under way.

I assume eventually there will be threads about the competition. I'm thinking about trying to go and wondering whether it makes sense for a ticket or travel thread. The first ticket sale phase is underway -- presumably they are trying to get some cash in before the groups are announced to avoid having trouble selling some of the lesser matches in faraway places like Baku. Ticket applications close July 12.
 

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My wife and I are planning on being in London for Cards-Cubs next summer, which will be the same time as opening group games in London and Amsterdam. Still undecided on whether baseball or soccer will be the tougher ticket.
 

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The ticket situation is going to be interesting in the host cites where it looks likely that the host will qualify. I think London game 1 will be a tough ticket since they have committed to putting host teams in their home park. But we'll see. It looks as though UEFA is committed to trying to sell a large number of tickets before the draw and so now might be the time to apply if you want to go.
 

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Host counties that qualify will automatically be placed in the groups in which they play at home, so you can kind of guess which countries that would apply to. So, for example, England and Scotland are guaranteed to be in Group D if they qualify.
 

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Host counties that qualify will automatically be placed in the groups in which they play at home, so you can kind of guess which countries that would apply to. So, for example, England and Scotland are guaranteed to be in Group D if they qualify.
Right. And also, England is likely to be in the 1 pot if it qualifies and so it's very likely that they will get the D1 v. D2 game, which would be Wembley. I think the only thing that could foul up England getting the first and second Wembley games if they qualify would be if Scotland were to qualify and get drawn as D2 and then a draw had to be held to decide where the D1 v. D2 game would be held, since you can't guarantee the hosts 2 games in their city if they both qualify in the group. If I'm understanding the draw rules it's theoretically possible that D1 v. D2 could end up in Hampden, but very unlikely.

So, as a result, I think there will be competition for the first Wembley game but relatively less competition for the third Wembley game. Or maybe most fans haven't thought it through that much yet. I bet the touts have though and so there is probably some strategy involved in picking tickets to apply for in the group stages.
 

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Right. And also, England is likely to be in the 1 pot if it qualifies and so it's very likely that they will get the D1 v. D2 game, which would be Wembley. I think the only thing that could foul up England getting the first and second Wembley games if they qualify would be if Scotland were to qualify and get drawn as D2 and then a draw had to be held to decide where the D1 v. D2 game would be held, since you can't guarantee the hosts 2 games in their city if they both qualify in the group. If I'm understanding the draw rules it's theoretically possible that D1 v. D2 could end up in Hampden, but very unlikely.

So, as a result, I think there will be competition for the first Wembley game but relatively less competition for the third Wembley game. Or maybe most fans haven't thought it through that much yet. I bet the touts have though and so there is probably some strategy involved in picking tickets to apply for in the group stages.
Aren’t positions within a group drawn at random? Or is that just positions 2, 3, and 4.
 

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Aren’t positions within a group drawn at random? Or is that just positions 2, 3, and 4.
It's not 100 percent clear. I think for Euro 2016 that was how it was except for France, which they have to give the A1 spot to, in order to insure that the opening game would feature the hosts. With multiple hosts, it's kind of unclear. If Italy qualify, I can't imagine that they would open the tournament without Italy playing the opening night game in Rome, so they'd have to be given A1. But maybe I'm wrong about that? Not sure. You might be right. I guess that means that if you are an England fan you'd have to apply for all three Wembley group matches to be assured of seeing the team play twice.

Edit: It looks as though for the World cup the first pot, which was Russia and the top 7 ranked teams, all got the "1" position in their groups and then the other three teams were selected at random for their place in the group.
 
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