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Euro 2021: the key home advantage enjoyed by all four semi-finalists

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TThe advantage of playing at the home of the host nation (s) in a tournament is always a factor, but Euro 2020, with so many host cities, presented a situation never seen before. It seems that the home advantage remains as strong as ever, as all four Euro 2020 semi-finalists have played the entire group stage in their own country.

Italy beat Turkey, Swiss other Welsh at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Then they knocked out Austria other Belgium in London and Munich respectively.

Spain played his group matches at La Cartuja de Sevilla, drawing with Sweden other Poland before whipping Slovakia. For the last 16 they traveled to Copenhagen and St. Petersburg.

Denmark lost to Finland other Belgium before hitting Russia in three group matches in Copenhagen. Their knockout games so far have been in Amsterdam and Baku.

England It is the team that has played the most games at home. They drew with Scotland and defeated Croatia and the Czech Republic at Wembley in the group stage before winning Germany at the same venue in the round of 16. The quarterfinal victory over Ukraine in Rome that EnglandIt is the first and last game away from Wembley in the tournament.

The remaining three matches of Euro 2020 will all be at Wembley. That means yes England To reach the final, they will have played six of their seven home games, giving them the biggest home advantage of all the hosts.

Tellingly, the four semi-finalists played three home games in the group stage. In addition to the semi-finalists, only two other teams played all three group matches at home: Germany and the Netherlands. Both lost in the round of 16 in their first matches outside their own country.

Lack of travel

Perhaps even more important than the backing of their own support and family environment is the fact that it means they had to travel less than the other teams.

In fact, some may question whether being home helped them in games. Denmark lost twice in Copenhagen, Spain struggled to get going in Seville and EnglandThe most convincing victory came in their only match away from Wembley.

The Euro 2020 multi-city format has its pros and cons, and the travel distances some parties face certainly fall into the latter category. It may be too much of a coincidence that the teams that have lasted the longest, especially after a congested club season affected by COVID-19, are the ones that haven’t had to travel as much and have been fresher as a result.

As the tournament progresses, that surely becomes a more important factor. Tournament football is intense with gaps of only a few days between games, so it is obvious that as little travel time as possible in those gaps is highly desirable, to allow time for rest and recovery in addition to training and preparation for the next game.

Fatigue inevitably plays out, and the way many coaches have rotated their recently expanded teams has shown this, so is it too predictable that the last four teams standing are among the least likely to have fatigued earlier in the tournament? ?

That might be too simplistic, but it might help explain why BelgiumFor example, he began to look tired after an impressive start to the tournament, having covered more miles than most teams.

Welsh I felt particularly difficult, racking up thousands of air miles before being disarmed by an anime Denmark side that had only left Copenhagen once.

The history of the host nations in the European Championship

Tiredness and travel times aside, there’s also the fact that host nations always have an advantage. That has always been the case in the Eurocup, as well as in football in general.

At Euro 2016, host nation France reached the final, although four years earlier co-hosts Poland other Ukraine they both failed to make it past the group stage.

It was a similar story at Euro 2008 for the co-hosts. Austria other Swiss, but in the hosts of Euro 2004 Portugal, What France in 2016, they were runners-up.

Euro 2020, as we have seen, is a slightly different proposition and arguably allowed host teams an even greater benefit, combining the traditional home advantage with the advantage of fewer trips.

The results are there for everyone to see now in the last four, but at least the ones that remain are at a more or less fixed level.

EnglandOf course, they are the only team that could benefit from the home advantage from now on and we will soon see what kind of role it plays in the final week of the tournament.

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