The UEFA European football championship, popularly known as “the Euros” birthed in 1960 is a quadrennial international men football organized by the Union European Football Association (UEFA). The 15th edition of the tournament originally scheduled to start 12th June 2020 but postponed due to the corona virus pandemic will now commence on 11th June to 11th July 2021. The competition consists of twenty-four teams playing 51 matches across 11 cities. Host Cities include: Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Munich, London, Rome, Seville and St. Petersburg with the final to be played at Wembley Stadium.
EURO 2020 GROUPS:
1. Italy 2. Switzerland
3. Turkey 4. Wales
Italy will be looking to start this year’s euros strongly having prepared the best way possible with a 7 nil thrashing over San Marino and also a open day fixture against Turkey looks a perfect way of continuing their excellent record of 7 wins in 9 matches and an impressive defensive record of conceding just 2 goals in that period. Switzerland alongside Wales are definitely no walkovers and will hope to cause problems for them. Italy and Switzerland are favorites to proceed while Turkey and Wales are poised for elimination.
ONE TO WATCH: Turkey’s danger man Burak Yilmaz will looking to continue to in great scoring form both for club and country after picking up silverware with club side Lille. Gianluigi Donnarumma of Italy has impressively kept six clean sheets in his last eight games for his side and conceding just one goal in that period.
1. Belgium 2. Russia
3. Denmark 4. Finland
Belgium ranked #3 in the world are looking to start off this year’s euros on a strong note and opening day fixture against fierce rivals Russia is a tough test to begin with though Belgium has won 4 of their last 5 H2H, Russia are always a hard nut to crack. Denmark on the other hand although poised to finished 2nd are no underdogs as their recent form incredibly setting them up as top contenders for the competition. Finland will look to relish the fact of playing their first major tournament despite having very minimal chance of making it out of the group.
ONE TO WATCH: Belgium’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku is a constant threat for opposition teams and the man that provide the goals for them. Meanwhile Eden Hazard is always a threat despite coming off an injury-stricken season for club side Real Madrid. FA cup winner and Captain Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Erikson of Denmark, Dzyuba Artem of Russia, and Finland’s Teemu Pukki are also notable figures in the group.
- Ukraine 2. Netherland
3. Austria 4. North Macedonia
Netherlands are the strong favorites of the group as they face little competition although they are aware of the threat likes of Austria and Ukraine pose. North Macedonia the new comers coming off a memorable 2-1 win off Germany and a impressive form of just two losses in their last ten games (W6 D2 L2) has proven them not an easy opponent. Ukraine on the other hand will need a strong performance to keep up after a poor run of results (W1 D4 L5) also highlighting defensive weakness by conceding 21 goals in their last 10 games.
- England 2. Croatia
3. Czech Republic 4. Scotland
England looking to start on a high with an all-star squad and coming off an impressive run of seven wins from their last ten (W7 D1 L2) but top opposition in Croatia and Scotland are present to make their job difficult. Croatia will look start the best way possible after just four wins their last ten games (W4 D1 L5). Czech Republic on the other hand will prove hard to beat with loosing just one of their last five games (W3 D1 L1) conceding just three goals in that period. Scotland qualifying with an excellent penalty shoot-out against Serbia are charged up for their very first major tournament.
- Spain 2. Poland
3. Sweden 4. Slovakia
The shocking omission of Captain Sergio Ramos and other star players from Spain team for the Euros made their work anything but easy in the tournament as Sweden and Poland are nut cases. Poland even with Golden Boot winner Robert Lewandowski will find it tough to survive as their recent poor form saw them win just one of their last five matches (W1 D1 L3) conceding nine goals in that period. Sweden on the other hand looks to start strong even without veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after an excellent display in the 2-0 win over Finland. Slovakia recent struggles for results see them set for elimination.
ONE TO WATCH: Ferran Torres has hit incredible form with five goals in the last four appearances for Spain. Robert Lewandowski of Poland has been a problem for opposing defenders and will be charged up for the Euros after ending the season with club side Bayern Munich on a high.
1. Germany 2. France
3. Portugal 4. Hungary
Defending champions Portugal will be doing a lot of work to defend their trophy as they are placed in what is seen to be the toughest group of the tournament with the likes of Germany and France. They will however look to prevail with the help of their star-studded squad and a decent run of result of late. Germany welcome back World Cup champions Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels to the squad in a bid to perform strongly in what is Joachim Low’s final tournament as manager of the team. Prolific Striker Karim Benzema is also back into the pack since 2018 as World Champions France look to add more firepower to their squad already with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. Hungary on the other hand are the prey of the group as they stand no chance to qualify in the group of champions.