International soccer is catching up after some delays from COVID.
Euro 2020 June 11 to July 11th
For the filthy casuals - Euro 2020 is second only to the World Cup in prestige, and Eurosnobs will tell you the overall quality is higher.
Hosts: Europe. No single host country anymore. Sites include: London, Rome, Munich, Baku (apparently in Europe!), Saint Petersburg, Budapest, Seville, Bucharest, Amsterdamn, Glasgow and Copenhagen.
France (+500) - Won the last World Cup. Beasts everywhere. Will piss off some racists because they have a lot of guys who aren’t “French”, read: white.
England (+550) - England is apparently a favorite despite last winning a major tournament in 1966. Might as well be Texas football (they did win the Euro Nations League in 2019 but fuck that).
Germany is +900 on the random website I looked at. Their core has aged, but seems like good value to me.
This is a seriously fun tournament. Games will be on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC. Highly recommend.
Bored or a USMNT Fan? We got something for you!
2020 Concacaf Nations League June 3rd and June 6th
What’s the Nations League? I’m not sure. USA played some random games against the Canucks and Communists and finished with the same record as the Canucks but scored more goals, so apparently we go to this semi-final thing in Denver.
USA plays Honduras and Mexico plays Costa Rica on June 3rd, Final on June 6th
Come join us as USMNT fans wildly overreact to the only full squad competitive soccer games until the World Cup qualifiers this fall. We’re still smarting from not qualifying in 2018.
Haven’t looked up odds, but Mexico is the likely favorite, with USA second. Fuck Mexico, dos a cero, etc.
Are you a real sicko, well then we also got the 2021 Gold Cup!
2021 Gold Cup July 10th - August 1st
This is the CONCACAF equivalent of the Euros, so obviously it blows in comparison. It’s held every two years instead of four, and it’s always in the USA because $$$. Teams frequently don’t send their best squads. Players for major European teams will frequently sit, and it’s hard to blame them deciding against playing powerhouses like Curacao.
However, If you’re in the Houston area for the semi-final, I would recommend going. Usually one ticket gets you two games, and the stadium will be rocking because of the Mexican fans.