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And that's a wrap!

2018-12-02T12:46:52Z

That's it from Goal's live coverage of the Euro 2020 qualification draw. Thanks for joining us.

Stay tuned to Goal for all the reaction and latest news from the event here.

Until next time!

So, to recap...

2018-12-02T12:45:00Z

Here are the groups once again.


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, Republic of 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

Martinez: Scotland always give a great game

2018-12-02T12:44:18Z

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is staying level-headed about the opponents his team will play.

"I'm neither happy nor unhappy with the draw," he told UEFA.com. 

"Russia are a team with a lot of confidence capable of beating top nations. Scotland? They always give you a great game."

When do qualification games start? 📅

2018-12-02T12:33:16Z

The groups are known, so when does it all kick off?

March 2019 is when everything gets started in earnest, with games taking place in June, September, October and November.

Matchday one is March 21-23. Mark your calendars!

Deschamps expecting 'difficult' campaign 🇫🇷

2018-12-02T12:28:51Z

World champions France have been drawn in Group H, with Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

"Iceland, they're a solid team who are difficult to play, and then we have long trips to Albania and Turkey," Didier Deschamps told UEFA.com

"But any qualifying campaign will always be difficult."

Mancini glad to avoid Germany 🇮🇹

2018-12-02T12:25:14Z

Italy boss Roberto Mancini is happy with his side's group and is targeting a return of the glory days.

"Good draw," Mancini told Rai Sport. "The goal was to avoid Germany. But Bosnia is a great team.

"We have to improve and be finals contenders again."

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

Ireland... not Ireland!

2018-12-02T12:22:14Z

There was a bit of confusion when the Republic of Ireland were drawn in Group C alongside Netherlands and Germany, but they couldn't be drawn in the same group as two other hosts. New Ireland boss Mick McCarthy looked relieved!

Northern Ireland handed 'tough draw'

2018-12-02T12:12:18Z

A "tough draw" is an understatement.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says his team will have to "do as best [they] can" against the Netherlands and Germany in order to challenge for qualification.

Spain to face Sweden & Norway

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Group F

Spain 🇪🇸
Sweden 🇸🇪
Norway 🇳🇴
Romania 🇷🇴
Faroe Islands 🇫🇴
Malta 🇲🇹

Ireland vs Denmark... AGAIN

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The Boys in Green must be getting fed up with games against Denmark at this stage.

Here's Group D in full:

Group of Death? ☠️

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Have Wales drawn the short straw? Here's who they are up against to reach Euro 2020.

Group E

Croatia 🇭🇷
Wales 🐉
Slovakia 🇸🇰
Hungary 🇭🇺
Azerbaijan 🇦🇿

CONFIRMED: Euro 2020 qualification groups

2018-12-02T11:46:47Z

Here's how they are looking.

The draw is complete! Here are the Euro 2020 qualification groups:


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, Republic of 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

What do you think? Happy? Concerned?

We're nearly there!

2018-12-02T11:41:56Z

Groups A to E are final.


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, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar
Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan
Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands
Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia
Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova
Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan
Group J: Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia

Pot 4 is done

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Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro
Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania
Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia
Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia
Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary,
Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania,
Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia
Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania
Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus
Group J: Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Greece

Germany and the Netherlands again! 🇩🇪🇳🇱

2018-12-02T11:31:48Z

The rivals have been drawn together once again. After the Nations League disaster, Jogi Low didn't look too pleased at that outcome!

England get Czech Republic! 🇨🇿

2018-12-02T11:28:06Z

A trip to Prague awaits Gareth Southgate's side.

England are first out! 🦁

2018-12-02T11:24:10Z

England are in Group A... a good omen perhaps?

The draw is under way! ⚽️

2018-12-02T11:23:09Z

Here we go!

Robbie Keane & Nuno Gomes 😍

2018-12-02T11:16:59Z

Plenty of talent on the stage now.

The recently retired Robbie Keane, former Liverpool star Ronnie Whelan (who starred for Ireland at Euro '88), ex Portugal striker Nuno Gomes and iconic goalkeeper Vitor Baia are helping out with the draw.

Which host city would you like to visit? 🇪🇺

2018-12-02T11:14:35Z

The draw is still getting warmed up and the 12 host cities are being shown.

Here's a reminder of where Euro 2020 will be held.

Euro 2020 hosts

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Baku (Azerbaijan)
Bucharest (Romania)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bilbao (Spain)
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Dublin (Ireland)
Glasgow (Scotland)
London (England)
Munich (Germany)
Rome (Italy)
Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Ricardo Carvalho reflects on Portugal's Euro 2016 success 🇵🇹

2018-12-02T11:10:32Z

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea defender says that his country's Euro 2016 success has ignited the belief that they can go on and win more trophies.

Ronaldo and Co. are in Pot 1, meaning they will be drawn in one of groups E to J.

Dublin welcomes UEFA 🇮🇪

2018-12-02T11:04:45Z

We've been treated to a nice lively start to the draw proceedings with an impressive display of Irish dancing, which will have suitably set the pulses racing.

Now for a bout of nostalgia for Euro 2016. 💪

The draw has started! 👏

2018-12-02T11:01:44Z

Things are under way in Dublin with an elaborate musical display welcoming the attendees.

Sit tight.

Will the Dutch resurgence continue? 🇳🇱 🍊

2018-12-02T10:59:45Z

The Netherlands didn't qualify for Euro 2016 or the World Cup in 2018, but Ronald Koeman has lifted them out of the doldrums.

Their Nations League performance means they are top seeds for today's draw.

Spain are fired up! 🇪🇸

2018-12-02T10:56:28Z

Three-time winners Spain are fired up for the draw. They are in Pot 1.

Less than 10 minutes to go!

2018-12-02T10:50:30Z

We're nearly there, so here's a quick reminder of the seeding pots:

UEFA Nations League pot (4): Switzerland*, Portugal*, Netherlands*, England*
Pot 1 (6): Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland
Pot 2 (10): Germany, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina*, Ukraine*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic
Pot 3 (10): Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland*, Norway*, Serbia*, Finland*, Bulgaria, Israel
Pot 4 (10): Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia*
Pot 5 (10): Macedonia*, Kosovo*, Belarus*, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands
Pot 6 (5): Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

*Already ensured at least a play-off place after winning UEFA Nations League group

Teams from the Nations League pot will be drawn into groups A to D.

Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn into groups E to J, while the teams from Pots 2, 3, 4 and 5 (each made up of 10 teams) will be drawn into the 10 qualifying groups.

The five teams in Pot 6 will be drawn into the six-team groups F to J

Belgium have arrived! 🇧🇪

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The Belgian contingent have arrived in Dublin. Do they have what it takes to go all the way?

Germany in Pot 2 🇩🇪

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Germany have endured a spectacular fall from grace just four years on from being crowned world champions in Brazil.

Joachim Low's side are in Pot 2 for the Euro 2020 qualification draw after a disastrous Nations League campaign, which saw them relegated to League B.

Still, they are very much the team everyone wants to avoid in that pot.

Who could England get? 🦁🦁🦁

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England are riding the crest of a wave at the moment under the guidance of Gareth Southgate and his snappy waistcoat.

They reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia this summer and booked their place in the Nations League finals by besting Spain and Croatia.

Three Lions could well be right to believe that 'It's Coming Home', but who could they get in their group?

Well, here's one potential combination... 

England, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Macedonia

Today's football feast ⚽️ 👌

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Today's draw isn't the only thing to get excited about, by the way.

In case you haven't been paying attention there is a veritable football feast in store across Europe.

Here's just some of the games on today.

11:30am: AC Milan vs Parma
12:00pm: Chelsea vs Fulham
2:05pm: Arsenal vs Tottenham
4:15pm: Liverpool vs Everton
5:30pm: Barcelona vs Villarreal
7:30pm: Roma vs Inter
8pm: Bordeaux vs PSG

You can follow all the action from those games live on Goal!

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Under an hour to go! ⏳

2018-12-02T10:12:37Z

There's less than an hour to go before the draw ceremony gets started at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

That is, of course, if everything runs on time!

What about the play-offs?

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The top two teams in each of the 10 qualification groups automatically qualify for Euro 2020. The remaining four places are decided via play-offs.

The play-off section is different for Euro 2020, which is linked directly with the Nations League.

Each League from A to D has four play-off positions which will be given to the group winners as first priority. However if a group winner has already qualified its place in the play-off will go to the next best ranked team of the league and so on.

There will be four different play-off paths, meaning a total of 16 teams, and these will generally mirror the initial four leagues in terms of make-up. That means there will be opportunities for lower ranked teams to reach the European Championship finals.

You can read more about the Nations League and how it works by clicking here.

When does qualification start?

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But before we get to Euro 2020, we have a qualification process to get through.

Once the draw is made today teams have roughly three months to prepare for their first games.

The qualifying cycle is scheduled to begin on March 21-23, 2019 and group games will be played in June, September, October and November.

Who is hosting Euro 2020?

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In a drastic departure from tradition UEFA has decided to spread the responsibility of hosting the European Championship in 2020 across the continent.

The 2020 edition of the tournament is being heralded as a celebration of 60 years since the first edition and there will be 12 different host cities.

Euro 2020 hosts

Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Baku (Azerbaijan)
Bucharest (Romania)
Budapest (Hungary)
Bilbao (Spain)
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Dublin (Ireland)
Glasgow (Scotland)
London (England)
Munich (Germany)
Rome (Italy)
Saint Petersburg (Russia)

You can read more about Euro 2020 in our explainer article here.

Who are the reigning European Champions?

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Portugal are the current kings of Europe, having won Euro 2016 in France.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. beat the hosts France in the final to get their hands on the illustrious Henri Delaunay trophy.

Eder - remember him? - scored the winning goal in extra time to land his country's first ever major trophy.

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The great and the good are in town!

2018-12-02T09:44:25Z

A UEFA draw means that some of the biggest names in football are in Dublin today. If you're in town, keep your eyes peeled, you might bump into some stars!

Draw restrictions ✋

2018-12-02T09:40:00Z

To make matters more complicated there are some restrictions in place for the draw prohibiting certain teams from facing each other.

The UEFA Executive Committee has decreed that the following teams cannot face each other:

- Gibraltar and Spain
- Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo
- Kosovo and Serbia

If those pairings do occur then the team drawn is placed in the first available alphabetical group instead.

Winter venue restrictions are also in place for countries deemed to have a "high or medium risk" of severe weather conditions. In order to minimise the risk of games being adversely affected groups can only contain two of the following 10 teams:

- Belarus
- Estonia
- Faroe Islands*
- Finland*
- Iceland*
- Latvia
- Lithuania
- Norway
- Russia
- Ukraine

Three countries marked with an asterisk - Faroe Islands, Iceland and Finland - are deemed to be 'hard winter venues' and cannot host games in March or November. If a third team on the above list happens to be drawn into a group already containing two such teams, they will go into the next highest alphabetical group instead.

Furthermore, there are restrictions in place to avoid excessive travel, so only one pair of the following teams can populate a group:

From/to Kazakhstan (Astana)

- Andorra (Barcelona)
- England (London)
- France (Paris)
- Iceland (Reykjavik)
- Malta (Valletta)
- Northern Ireland (Belfast) 
- Portugal (Lisbon) 
- Republic of Ireland (Dublin) 
- Scotland (Edinburgh) 
- Spain (Madrid) 
- Wales (Cardiff)

From/to Azerbaijan (Baku)

- Iceland (Reykjavik)
- Portugal (Lisbon)

How does the draw work?

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As you can see below, there are seven seeding pots for the draw, with the four Nations League finalists - Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands and England - populating one pot.

They will be drawn into groups A to D in order to ensure they have two dates available for contesting the Nations League finals in June 2019.

Teams from Pot 1 will be drawn into groups E to J, while the teams from Pots 2, 3, 4 and 5 (each made up of 10 teams) will be drawn into the 10 qualifying groups.

The five teams in Pot 6 will be drawn into the six-team groups F to J

Euro 2020 qualification draw seeding 🤔

2018-12-02T09:27:32Z

Which teams are in which pot?

As with most tournament draws nowadays teams are put into seeding pots, based on their performances.

You can see the seeding pots below.

UEFA Nations League pot (4): Switzerland*, Portugal*, Netherlands*, England*
Pot 1 (6): Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland
Pot 2 (10): Germany, Iceland, Bosnia & Herzegovina*, Ukraine*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic
Pot 3 (10): Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland*, Norway*, Serbia*, Finland*, Bulgaria, Israel
Pot 4 (10): Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia*
Pot 5 (10): Macedonia*, Kosovo*, Belarus*, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands
Pot 6 (5): Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

*Already ensured at least a play-off place after winning UEFA Nations League group

Welcome to Goal's live coverage of the Euro 2020 qualification draw! ⚽️

2018-12-02T09:23:50Z

The qualification groups for Euro 2020 will be confirmed today and Goal will bring you everything you need to know about the draw, as it happens.

Dublin, Ireland is the venue for the draw as UEFA's 55 member nations await their fate, with proceedings set to get under way at around 11am GMT (6am ET).

So, get comfortable and stick around for all the build-up to the ceremony, as well as crucial information about seeding, play-offs and more.