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EURO 2020 QUALIFYING DRAW

Euro 2020 draw: qualifying Groups A-J in full

Euro 2020 draw: qualifying Groups A-J in full

JOHN SIBLEY

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The 2020 European Championship qualifying groups were decided at a ceremony in Dublin on Sunday lunchtime.

Euro 2020 qualifying: Groups A-J in full

The 2020 European Championship qualifying draw took place in Dublin on Sunday lunchtime, with the following groups coming out of the hat:

Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg

Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus

Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

How many teams qualify from each group?

The top two teams in each group will reach Euro 2020, with four further spots at the finals then decided in the UEFA Nations League play-offs.

Former Portugal international Nuno Gomes pulls out England during the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin.

When does qualifying for Euro 2020 take place?

Qualifying will run from 21 March to 19 November 2019, with the Nations League play-offs then scheduled for March 2020.

Where is Euro 2020 going to be played?

The 2020 Euros are to be held in 12 cities across the continent: Dublin, Rome, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest and London. The UK capital's Wembley Stadium is to be the venue for the semi-finals and the final.

The draw takes place in Dublin on Sunday.

Euro 2020 qualifying draw: as it happened

  Here's the full draw in pictorial form, courtesy of UEFA. Thanks for reading!

The qualifying matches will be played on the following dates next year: 21 to 26 March; 7 to 8 and 10 to 11 June; 5 to 10 September; 10 to 15 October; 14 to 19 November. The four Nations League finalists will be busy between 5 and 9 June, which is why they are all in five-team groups, as they obviously involve two games fewer.

  A reminder that the top two in each group qualify for the Euro 2020 finals, with the remaining four spots at the tournament decided in the Nations League play-offs in March 2020.

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan  

Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar

Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg

Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo

And that's that! So, the full groups are...

And the final pot! Pot 6, Malta are in Group F with Spain, Latvia are in G, Andorra are in H, San Marino are in I, and Liechenstein are in J.

Macedonia got Group G, Poland's section.

Moldova are placed in Group H with France, Iceland and company. Kazakhstan are drawn in I, with Belgium and Scotland. And Armenia in Group J.

The Faroe Islands are next out, and are in Group F with Spain. The first of the six-team sections.

Luxembourg got Group B just before then, by the way. Portugal's group.

Belarus are into Group C - Germany and Netherlands' section - before Azerbaijan are drawn in Group D but cannot go into that one because of the too-many-hosts rule, and are pushed into E. That place in D goes to Gibraltar, then.

Now for Pot 5: Kosovo are first out and will be in England's group.

Slovenia into Group G, Albania into H.

Georgia into Group D with the Swiss, the Danes and the Irish, Hungary join Wakes and Croatia in GRoup E, the Romanians are into Spain's section (F)...

Pot 4 time: Montenegro go into England's group, Lithuania join Portugal et al in Group B, Estonia are in Group C with the Dutch, the Germans and the Northern Irish...

And Finland get Group J, with Italy and Bosnia. I can't keep up.

Israel into Group G, Turkey into Group H, and Scotland with Belgium and Russia in I.

Northern Ireland go into Group C instead of Ireland, Slovakia go into Group E with with Croatia and Wales, and Norway join Spain and Sweden in Group F.

Ireland are initially drawn into Germany and Netherland's group, but that's too many hosts together! So they go into Group D, with Switzerland and Denmark.

  Pot 3 time: Bulgaria are in England and Czech Republic's group, and Serbia join Portugal and Ukrain in Group B.

Iceland join France in Group H, Russia are with Belgium in Group I, Bosnia-Herzegovina get Group J, with Italy.

And next out... Sweden are in Group F with Spain! Austria are with Poland in Group H.

Denmark are the next ball out of the hat and will be in Group D with Switzerland, while Wales get Group F, together with Croatia...

And next out are... the Dutch! They're in Group C with Germany, fresh from taking four points of Joachim Löw's men in the Nations League.

Ukraine are next out, and go into Group B, with reigning European champions Portugal.

Out come the Czech Republic! They go into Group A together with England.

Pot 2 now. This is where we start pitting teams against one another.

Group I goes to Belgium, and so for Italy, the final team in Pot 1, it's Group J.

Spain are allocated to Group F, Poland get Group G, France are in Group H...

Groups A to D are all five-team sections, remember. Now for the teams in Pot 1. Croatia are first out, and will go into E, which is the last one with five teams.

First up, the four Nations League finalists are to be allocated to Groups A, B, C and D. England are the first out, and are in A. Portugal get B, Netherlands are into C, and Switzlerand are given D.

My, that was quick! We're about to start drawing the balls.

Let the exhaustive exposition commence! Ooh, it's going to be a video.

Nuno Gomes, Robbie Keane, Vitor Baia are wheeled out too... followed by master of ceremonies Giorgio Marchetti.

  Now to introduce our ball pluckers! First up it's, er, Ronnie Whelan.

There's also a reasonable amount of explaining to do for this draw (see my borderline thesis below!) and, given UEFA, FIFA et al's penchant for horrifically drawn-out exposition, I can't see the first ball being plucked until mid-afternoon at this rate.

  Over in Dublin, we're now taking a look at the 12 host cities in this innovative, pan-continental European Championship, whose semi-finals and final will all be held at Wembley Stadium.

  If you are looking to watch the draw, incidentally, you may wish to take advantage of this useful guide.

We're well underway in Dublin, by the way - but, if you're not watching on the box too, you haven't missed all that much. We've had a montage looking back on Euro 2016, and an interview with former Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho - whose country won the tournament in France two years ago, of course.

The draw will also seek to avoid drawing teams together that have too far to travel to face each other.

Meanwhile, there will also be teams kept apart for political reasons (Ukraine and Russia, and Spain and Gibraltar...), while at most two of the following countries can be drawn together because of the risk of extreme winter conditions in said nation: Belarus, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Ukraine.

As I mentioned before, Euro 2020 is to be hosted by 12 cities across Europe - Dublin, Rome, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest and London. A maximum of two of the host countries can be in the same qualifying group, so that as many of them as possible are actually at the tournament.

Groups E to J will then be filled by the six Pot 1 countries, with each section given a team from Pots 2 to 5. The five six-team sections (F-J) will also be assigned a nation from Pot 6.

There will be five groups with six teams, and five with five. The four Nations League finalists go into Groups A to D, which will be five-team sections so as to leave a matchday clear for next June's event in Portugal.

Pot 6: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino.

Pot 5: Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands.

Pot 4: Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia.

Pot 3: Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Bulgaria, Israel.

Pot 2: Germany, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic

Pot 1: Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland.

UEFA Nations League pot (comprised of the competition's four finalists): Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, England.

The seedings for today's qualifying draw are determined by the countries' UEFA Nations League ranking, and are as follows...

  As its stands, this is the list of countries who, by topping their Nations League groups, have guaranteed themselves at least a play-off spot: Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ukraine, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland, Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus.

  However, if a Nations League group winner qualifies for Euro 2020 through the traditional route, their play-off spot goes to the team that came second. And if that side has also made the finals via the regular method, it goes to the next side down. And so on...

What are the Nations League play-offs, you ask? In a nutshell, they're a backdoor route to the finals contested by the group winners in each of the Nations League's four divisions, with one place up for grabs in each tier.

Given that it's a 24-team tournament, that obviously leaves four spots unaccounted for. Well, once the regular qualifying tournament has reached its conclusion, the final quartet of countries at Euro 2020 is then to be decided in the UEFA Nations League play-offs in March.

In all, 10 qualifying groups will be plucked from the hat in the Irish capital, with the top two from each then progressing on to the finals, which are to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the draw for Euro 2020 qualifying! The event is being held in Dublin, which is one of the 12 host cities in what will be a pan-European finals tournament, and is due to get underway at 12:00 CET - just under 20 minutes' time.

Euro 2020 qualifying draw: preview

In a draw that gets underway at 12:00 CET, the 10 qualifying groups for the 2020 UEFA European Championship finals will be decided today in the Irish capital of Dublin, a city which is one of the 12 venues chosen for what, for the first time, is to be a pan-continental tournament.

Alongside Dublin, Euro 2020 matches will also be played in Rome, Baku, Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Glasgow, Bilbao, Munich, Budapest and London, with the UK capital's Wembley Stadium to host both semi-finals and the final.

The groups drawn out of the hat this lunchtime will account for 20 of the 24 Euro 2020 berths up for grabs, with the final four spots decided by the UEFA Nations League play-offs, which will be played in March 2020, following the conclusion of the regular qualifying tournament.

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