Euro 96: ITV to air tournament in full for free this summer

Tom Kershaw

ITV will broadcast the Euro 1996 Championships in their entirety after this year’s equivalent was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The archive footage of all 31 games, featuring England’s run to the semi-finals on home soil, will be available on the ITV Hub, while ITV4 will air five of England’s matches as well as the final between Germany and the Czech Republic.

An iconic summer, from Paul Gascoigne’s ‘Dentist’s Chair’ celebration to a 4-1 demolition of the Netherlands, Terry Venables’ England team – and Badiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds’ famed chart-topping anthem ‘Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)’ – captured the nation.

Paul Mortimer, Head of Digital Channels & Acquisitions, ITV said: “Nothing brings the country together like Euro fever, and with this year’s tournament postponed to 2021, we’re giving our audience a chance to relive one of the all-time great sporting events, Euro ’96.

“Thanks to the ITV Hub and ITV4, there’ll be no shortage of vintage football classics for fans to indulge in over the next few months.”