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The Euros 2024: What you need to know

By Halls 03 Jun 2024

1. It's coming home...

2. Okay we might not win but that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy one of football's greatest international tournaments. As the Euros approach (opening match Germany v Scotland, Friday 14 June), excitement is building across the continent, but more specifically in the heart of England - London. Supporting the Three Lions or your home team is not just about football; it's about community, pride, and celebration. Whether you're an international student experiencing your first major tournament in England or a local student steeped in football culture, this is your guide to enjoying the Euros.

Getting prepared

To start with, you'll want to familiarise yourself with your team's fixtures (and England's fixtures because they will definitely affect your schedule whether you like it or not!). Mark your calendar for the group matches and potential knockout games. Timing is everything, especially when you have to juggle your studies. We recommend downloading the official Euros app as it has up-to-date information and already has all the dates and times for the group stage fixtures. For instance, England's first game against Serbia (Group C) kicks off at 8 pm on Sunday 16 June.

Where to watch games

  • On campus: Expect screenings for games on campus (event details will be revealed closer to the start of the tournament). It's a fantastic way to bond with fellow students and support your team. Keep an eye on Halls Life and for SU communications.
  • Fan zones: If you want a watching experience as close to being in the stadium as possible, then you'll want to head to a fan zone/public screening. Locations like Boxpark in Shoreditch and Croydon offer a vibrant atmosphere with large screens. Remember, spots fill up fast on match days, so get your tickets ASAP if you're interested... and maybe pack some waterproof clothing for when a pint inevitably gets thrown over you.
  • Pubs and sports bars: For a more traditional experience, London's pubs and sports bars offer a great environment. The Faltering Fullback in Finsbury Park and The Ship in Wandsworth are known for their lively football culture. Always check if you need to book in advance and prepare for it to be extremely busy.

Safe & fun

  • Be responsible: Enjoy the celebrations, but remember to drink responsibly, especially if you're in public spaces or using public transportation.
  • Gear up: No fan experience is complete without the kit. Whether it's the classic white jersey or some face paint to show your support, make sure you're decked out in England colours. Check out official merchandise stores or student-friendly alternatives around Camden Market for deals.
  • Stay informed: Keep up with local news and advisories, especially regarding public gatherings and transportation during match days. The TFL website is a great resource for real-time updates.
  • Learn the chants: Football chants are a huge part of the experience. Learn some of the classics to feel more connected to the crowd but remember to be respectful of other people supporting other teams.

So, wrap yourself in a flag, warm up your singing voice, and get ready to support your country this summer! Football's coming home 🎵


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