It is often thought that host countries have a strong advantage when participating in major competitions, but is this really the case?
Euro 2020 is officially a tournament played without a single host country, but is instead considered a pan-European tournament.
However, the final phase of the tournament was played exclusively at Wembley Stadium, with England having the advantage of playing six of their seven matches at their regular home ground.
For this reason, it is believed that England is effectively the host country.
But how big an advantage is the host country? Purpose peek.
Do hosts have an advantage in the World Cup and the Euro?
Obviously, there are some advantages for host countries in the sense that they may often be in one stadium, which is often the city in which they are most accustomed.
This European Championship, meanwhile, offers a unique advantage to England, who have undertaken only one trip in the course of this tournament – the relatively short trip to Rome.
In contrast, Denmark, who were their semi-final, made the twelve-hour return to Baku for a match just four days before the final four match.
Italy, meanwhile, have not yet undertaken such important trips, as they have already been to Wembley and Munich twice on their way to the final.
It is indeed noteworthy that all four of the semi-finalists have played all their group matches in their home stadiums, indicating that there is some advantage to familiar areas.
How many times have hosts won the euros?
History suggests that it is not too important in the European Championship. In the history of the competition, only three hosts have won the tournament – and not one since France won in 1984.
Before them, Spain became the pinnacle in 1964 and Italy won the 1968 edition.
The host countries reaching the final are an everyday achievement, but France were 1-0 through Portugal after the 2016 overtime. Before that, Portugal reached the final of their own tournament in 2004, only to be surprised by the surprise package Greece. , who made their way to a 1-0 victory in Lisbon.
How many times has the host won the World Cup?
Host countries have won the World Cup six times already.
The last host country to win the World Cup was also France, who snatched their first trophy in 1998 at the newly built Stade de France.
Prior to that, Argentina (1978), West Germany (1974) and England (1966) won the tournament as hosts in the post-war era.
Meanwhile, the first two World Cups were won by the host countries Uruguay (1930) and Italy (1934), but teams often traveled for days in those days due to the lack of air transport.
Indeed, Brazil was famously the only team to win the tournament outside their home continent until Spain bagged the 2010 trophy, highlighting how difficult it was.
Brazil were also the victims of the two biggest shock losses as World Cup hosts, already in 1950 when they lost 2-1 in the final against Uruguay, and in 2014 when they lost 7-1 in the semi-final against Germany and then finished has. fourth.