It’s been an extra year of waiting for this summer’s European Championships – and for football fans it’s been a long old twelve months! The Euros usually take place every four years, , and they make for the best TV each summer they’re on. This particular tournament was originally due to kick off in 2020. But – obviously – the coronavirus pandemic had a serious affect on sports across the globe. And so the Euros were sensibly postponed for a year (even though statto-style history will still officially record the footy-fest as Euro 2020).
But now it’s finally here. On 11th June – that’s this coming Friday, for the calendar-shy – the month-long feast of European football kicks off. Twenty-four nations will compete to be crowned, with games taking place in eleven major cities across the continent. As is the norm these days with major sporting events (and major football tournaments in particular), there’s lots of tech involved, and everything will be televised – so you’ll be able to follow your nation to the final… well, in theory. Obviously all depends on how often they boot the ball into the onion bag!
So that you don’t miss a single moment of Euros action – so that every kick, flick, twist, header, save, goal and sending off – is delivered to you in the best available quality, you might want to think about upgrading your TV set before kick-off on Saturday. You’ve just about got time to get yourself set up!
But which TV should you go for? We’re going to run through a few decent options for you here, and we’re also going to take a look at the tournament itself. Who’s going to win, who’s going to come close, what to look out for… Good luck to the other home nations taking part (Wales and Scotland) but ‘cos we’re sitting in an office in England writing this we’ll kick off with the big question!
How will England do?
If you managed to catch the friendly games over the last week or so (a pair of 1-0 victories, against Austria and Romania) you’ll know that Gareth Southgate’s side put in reasonable enough performances. They ‘did the job’ – although Jack Grealish spent more time on the deck than Captain Pugwash! (Oh, Google it!).
Even though England reached the semi-final of the World Cup a couple of years back, there’s no getting round the fact that they traditionally underperform in the build-up games and are also ‘slow starters’ in tournament situations. They’re a decent enough side but it’s probably going to be all about the momentum the team can build, or otherwise, and whether the key players can remain fit for the duration.
For now, just three group games lie ahead. All of England’s group D games take place at Wembley Stadium in London, and are being broadcast on TV. First up is the match against Croatia on Sunday 13th June (2pm kick-off) which is being shown on BBC One. Southgate’s men then face Scotland on Friday 18th June at 8pm, broadcast live on ITV. The concluding group game is against the Czech Republic on Tuesday 22nd June, also kicking-off at 8pm and also shown live on ITV.
Quite possible the game against Scotland will be the most defining of the group stages for England – and by the time of the third match they should know whether they are ‘through’ – or what they have to do to get there.
So, which TVs are great for watching the football on? Well, some of the games are also available on some streaming services (for instance, the BBC broadcasts will be on the channel’s iPlayer) so if you’re going to be out-and-about or on-the-move it might be to your advantage to check out laptops. But as far as TVs go here’s a brief selection. Like all squads there’s a key element – so although these TVs all have an array of impressive features (which you can check out at the full listings on our website) we’ve picked out a great one, here, for each set.
The Samsung QE43Q60T 43″ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED
This class-act contains several great features including access to Bixby, Alexa & Google Assistant. So you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy a fantastic entertainment experience with advanced voice control all from the comfort of your sofa in your connected smart home. Changing the TV’s volume to raise the roar of the crowd (or get rid of annoying commentators!), or altering the source, channel and more is really straightforward…
The Cello C65RTS4K 65″ Smart 4K Ultra HD LED with Freeview HD
This 4K Ultra HD widescreen LED TV offers you massive viewing quality (with a stunning resolution of 3840 x 2160). It has 16.7 million display colours and a contrast ratio of 5000:1 so you get incredible colour payoff. And it’s huge! It won’t quite like being there in the stadium cheering the boys on, but it’s close!
TCL 55C815K 55″ QLED 4K Ultra HD Android
You might think picture quality is the most important thing – and that’s true, it is, but the sound of your new TV is also crucial for the big game experience. This fantastic set features an immersive 2.1 ONKYO sound solution and has front firing speakers for an immersive experience with your viewing (and video games if you’re still hyper-competitive after the match).
Samsung 55″ QE55Q60T Ultra HD Quantum HDR QLED Smart
This terrific number has a great features including (if you’ve got an Android phone) the ability to split screen – on screen! So you can watch the match and also keep right up-to-date with how it’s all going on social media! Now that’s clever!
So there you have it. A quick guide to some great TVs for watching football, and a quick guide to the Euro tournament itself – or, at least, to England being in it. Somewhere near the start of this we did say we’d predict who’s going to win, didn’t we? Blimey, well that’s a question and a half. Let’s be really positive and go for… England! Well, who did you think we were going to say?!
As an interesting side-note, and hopefully as some sort of good luck charm, it is twenty-five years this year since England and Scotland slugged it out at Wembley in the Euro 96 tournament. That game saw an England victory off the back of one of the greatest goals of all time, a spectacular effort scored for England by Paul Gascoigne. Remember him? He was famous for crying during an England game – which is pretty much what the whole population has done at some point during each international tournament! In 1996 England progressed to the semi-finals. Wouldn’t it be something if history repeated itself? At the very least, that is!
You can check out Ebuyer’s full range of televisions here. Or you can go directly to each additional TV set in this little squad by clicking on the name…