The Olympic Games might be the biggest sports event this year, but the European Football Championship is something every football fan is looking forward to watching. It’s the second most popular football competition in the world, and some of the best players in the world are going to be in it.
The Old Continent is the birthplace of football, and it seems that the competition is stronger than ever. Therefore, let’s take a look at individual groups and comment on possible outcomes for each of them.
The Format of Euro 2020
Euro 2020 will host a total of 24 nations, with four of them yet to qualify during the playoffs that are going to take place in March. The teams are divided into six groups of four. Two teams that end up on the first and the second spot in their respective groups will enter the knock-out phase.
In addition to that, four third-placed teams with the best scores will proceed as well in order to start the round of 16.
Groups A, B, and C
Group A currently consists of Turkey, Italy, Wales, and Switzerland. Italy is expected to be the one to proceed to the round of 16, but that’s definitely not certain since they even failed to make it to the World Cup in 2018.
On the other hand, Switzerland has been playing pretty great football, with talents such as Xhaka and Shaqiri in their lines. Yet, Turkey and Wales should not be taken out of the equation either.
Group B is rather interesting; in this group, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, and Russia will fight for their place under the sun. Belgium is overall considered to be the best team in the group, with some of the superstars in their lines, including Lukaku, Hazard, Origi, De Bruyne, and Courtois. Come to think of it, Belgium can be considered one of the most serious pretenders to the throne.
Russia, on the other hand, had a fantastic run in the World Cup, but they also had a home-court advantage. Denmark and Finland are both great teams and it’s not impossible for them to make it to the round of 16.
Finally, Group C consists of the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Austria. Although the Netherlands is clearly a favourite, many professionals would disagree as their team didn’t even qualify for the last World Cup.
On the other hand, Ukraine had the best overall score during qualifications, playing great football under the guiding hand of Schevchenko, a Ukrainian football legend. The fourth team will be determined in the playoffs.
Groups D, E, and F
At the moment, the three teams that are part of Group D are England, Croatia, and the Czech Republic. The fourth one will be decided in the playoffs.
England and Croatia had a really exciting match in the World Cup semifinals when Croatia managed to make it to their first World Cup final ever, creating football history along the way.
Therefore, England will be extra motivated to get to the knock-out phase. In fact, these two teams are most likely to do it anyway, as neither Czechia nor any team in the playoffs competing for a spot in Group D is good enough to challenge them.
Group E consists of Spain, Sweden, and Poland. It’s a fairly difficult group, but Spain is expected to top it easily. Both Poland and Sweden play great football, so we can expect a real fight for that second place.
Finally, there’s Group F, the so-called ‘group of death’. At the moment, there are three teams in it — Portugal, France, and Germany. Portugal is a former EURO champion. Germany is a former World Cup champion. France is the current world champion. Enough said.