If you are a passionate football fan, you will no doubt be looking forward to watching the upcoming European Football Championship in the summer. It is a major event in the sporting year, especially as it has already been postponed for a year due to the pandemic.
However, this presents a problem if you are planning on travelling, working or find yourself away from a television for any reason. There is nothing worse than having to read a report of the match long after the event has finished. Similarly, being glued to your phone when you are supposed to be spending time with family or being productive is not healthy.
Don’t worry, because there are a number of ways you can keep track of the football this summer:
Sports betting sites help you to stay up to date and plan where you are going to watch the matches
One possible tool you can use to follow the matches more closely is to sign up to an online betting site. These services give you access to the latest statistics about the teams and players, breaking news stories and, of course, up to date odds.
Although these sites, such as Unibet betting, are designed for placing bets, you do not have to put money down to find the service useful. For instance, betting odds often give you a clear indication of which team is favoured over another, which helps you get up to speed if you missed the last match due to travelling commitments.
Check the sporting calendar before you travel
An easy method you can use to prevent any missed matches when you travel is to check the sporting calendar before booking travel connections and hotels. There is nothing worse than sitting on a train or plane when you could be enjoying the football, so plan well ahead of the start of the championship.
This may not be possible for all your travelling commitments, but it is still worth keeping up to date with the match dates in case you have an hour or two available to watch it while waiting in airport departure lounges or hotel bars.
Of course, if you are taking time off work to travel, you should ensure you have organised it well in advance so you do not have to worry about your job when you are trying to enjoy your time away.
Find bars and hotels that are showing the matches, and make sure you book
Speaking of bars, another simple tip you can use to keep track of the football is to find out whether there are any bars in your local area that are open and screening the matches. Most towns have at least one bar which will screen football matches (especially in Europe), so search around before you travel.
Of course, if you are staying in accommodation with a Freeview television, then you do not have to worry.
If you are travelling in Europe, beware of enthusiastic local supporters
A final thought to bear in mind is that if you are hoping to catch the matches when travelling to Europe, you may encounter hordes of enthusiastic football fans. This is good, of course, because it means you will be able to watch the match with an exciting atmosphere but beware of overcrowding.