June is nearly upon us and the return of the four yearly event, Uefa Euro 2020. This year, events take place in eight cities across Europe from Azerbaijan to London and everywhere in between. But do you know how to watch Euro 2020 in New Zealand?
Today we'll show you how to watch across all your devices.
What is Euro 2020?
The Euro 2020 is on track to be the 16th event of the UEFA European Championship, one of the highest-level men’s professional football tournaments in the world.
The event occurs every four years, where it has done so since 1960, and is played two years before/after the World Cup. The is competed in by the members of UEFA, and thus is an international event, played by the top 24 international teams of Europe.
As of the time of writing, the most recent event haven taken place was in France in 2016, which was ultimately won by Portugal, having defeated the host nation 1-0 in the finals and their first major final trophy.
When Is Euro 2020?
As such, Portugal will therefore be the defending champions of the 2020 event, which is scheduled to take place between the 12th of June to the 12th of July.
Unlike world cups, group games will be completed within 10 days though.
Whereas typically the Euro 2020 is hosted in a single country throughout its entire duration, Euro 2020 will be be played across twelve different venues in twelve different cities, as a means of honouring the 60th birthday of the tournament.
This was a decision made as far back as 2012, a suggestion proposed by Michael Platini, who was the UEFA president at the time. Host cities include Amsterdam, Baku, Budapest, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Dublin, Bilbao and Bucharest.
How Euro 2020 Works?
Host cities were split into six groups, determined by a series of factors such as geography, sporting ability and political considerations.
The competition is comprised of 24 teams, from a possible 55 who could qualify. Qualifications for the 2020 event began as early as March 2019 and are scheduled to conclude in March of 2020.
As of the time of writing, 20 teams have qualified for the event. 20 teams achieved qualification based on their performance in the group stage, which is comprised of a group stage. The 55 teams were split into five groups of 5 and five groups of 6, the top two of each group comprising 20 of the 24 teams for the main event.
The remaining four teams will be granted access based on the results of a playoff series in March. The draw for the group stage took place in December 2018, the seeding for the group stage determined by how each team fared in the previous year’s UEFA National League competition.
Seventeen of the twenty teams that have qualified for the 2020 event took part in the 2016 event. Amongst those are Belgium and Italy, who have exhibited world class play through unbeaten qualification series and are on track to be serious contenders for the title.
With 20 teams having already qualified, the initial group stages of the Euro 2020 have already been determined.
Amongst the already determined groups is Group F, which has been referred to by pundits as another instance of a ‘Group of Death’, featuring three exceptional teams in Portugal, France and Germany, with the fourth member of the group not yet decided.
How To Watch Euro 2020 In New Zealand?
The games will be shown live on Sky Sports in New Zealand. You'll need to get yourself a subscription. Once you're a premium member you can watch via the Sky Go app or via your normal TV with satellite connection.
In other countries the coverage is free, for example in the United Kingdom, all games are streamed live and on demand using the ITV player. A VPN can unlock this channel.
In Wales, for any Welsh speakers, games with Welsh coverage will be played on S4C.
In Australia, you can use Kayo Sports or Foxtel to watch all the games live and on demand.
How to Use a VPN to Stream Euro 2020
Getting started is very straight forward. You simply need to purchase a VPN, download the application to your device and connect to a United Kingdom server.
Please read the steps below for further information.
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Once you’ve purchased a subscription you’ll be invited to download an application for your device.
Whether you’re using Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Linux, PS4, Xbox, a tablet or mobile phone they have a suitable app for you.
Once installed you need to login with your purevpn0s username and password. This will have been emailed to you during the order process.
If you’re having difficulty logging in contact their support team.
Once you’re ready to go, simply choose a United Kingdom server from the PureVPN app.
Connection should take no more than 10-20 seconds.
Once connected you’ll see your IP address has changed to a UK one.
You can confirm this by visiting a IP lookup tool such as WhatIsMyIP.com
Visit the website mentioned above to watch your live event for free.
In our case, we’ll be using ITV player. You can visit their website and start watching live TV right away.
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