The 36th edition of the European Baseball Championship is scheduled to take place in Torino, Avigliana and Settimo Torinese from September 12-19, 2021. Euro Baseball 2021 host Team Italy is in group A with Belgium, Austria and the winner of the European Qualifier in Utena. Lithuania. Host Lithuania clashes against Greece, Georgia, Poland, Romania for the one group A spot.
Spain, Germany, Croatia and the winner of the Euro Qualifier in Belgrade, Serbia comprise group B. Host Serbia battles Ukraine, Bulgaria, Norway and Estonia for the opportunity to join group B.
Group C is made of Israel, France, Great Britain and the winner of the Moscow Qualifier. Host Russia, Switzerland, Belarus, Slovenia and Turkey play to determine which nation will join competitive group C.
Reigning Euro champion Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, and the winner of the Euro Qualifier in Bratislava, Slovakia are in group D. Host Slovakia takes on Ireland, Finland, and Hungary for the remaining group D vacancy. The respective European Baseball Qualifiers are slated for June 29-July 4, 2021.
The 2021 Seniors European Baseball Championship schedule will be announced soon. The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout phase which includes the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and championship final. The two last place teams in the European Baseball Championship will be relegated to the Euro Qualifier for the next international competition.
Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS) President Andrea Marcon said, "This is an important moment for the approaching path of the tournament , but at the organizational level we have been working for several months. It will be the first European Baseball Championship in the new millennium organized in Italy and for this I want to thank all those who are giving us a hand, the Piemonte Region, the municipalities of Torino, Avigliana and Settimo Torinese . The legacy will be an important restart in such a complicated period and for Piemonte it will be a great opportunity to showcase its local products and its excellence. We also thank the Mèttola Winery, official partner of Euro Baseball 2021, for having believed in our project from the start.”
FIBS President Andrea Marcon also thanked Didier Seminet (Confederation of European Baseball President), Michael Schmidt (World Baseball Softball Confederation Executive Director), Andrea Tronzano (Piemonte Region Budget Councilor ), Andrea Archinà (Mayor of Avigliana), Daniele Volpatto (Settimo Torinese Councilor for Sport ), Gianfranco Porqueddu (CONI Piemonte President) and Marco Chessa (Torino Municipality Councilor). Forza #Italia!
by Roberto Angotti