March 04, 2020

2016 UEFA Euro Champion and Potential 2020 UEFA Euro Champion

2020 has been quite active, many important events have happened, especially considering that we have only been a little over a month of this year. One of the things that 2020 will bring us is UEFA Euros in commemoration of the 60th birthday of the European Championship competition, which is why it will be played in 12 cities in 12 different European countries. Although the tournament starts on June 12, from now on to the 2020 UEFA Euro begins to live we are following up on the players that are expected to be part of the championship and we began to imagine how some squads are going to be structured and matches that are going to be played. It is also a good time to remember the previous edition of the UEFA Euros and start putting the next tournament in context. That’s why we will start talking about the 2016 UEFA Euro champion: the Portugal national team. The team led by Fernando Santos (who is still the head coach), came to the tournament with a fairly low profile except for the spotlights that inevitably take the world superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Santos proposed during the 2016 UEFA Euro a 4-3-3 tactical scheme focused on the counterattack and closing down the spaces of the rival team. In goal, they had Rui Patricio, the secure and reliable goalkeeper who currently plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers of the English Premier League and for whom the 2016 UEFA Euro was his international consecration championship since he had been the number one keeper of Sporting Clube of Lisbon for many years and even in the national team. However, it was the 2016 UEFA Euro that took him to the next level in the consideration of the world of football. In defense, Santos opted for the experience in the central area with Pepe, José Fonte, Ricardo Carvalho, and Bruno Alves, defenders already established with a similar profile based on strength and simplicity, which helped Rui Patricio to be the goalkeeper with more clean sheets (4 in 7 games) in the championship (along with Manuel Neuer from Germany). Instead, the full-backs were younger and faster like Cedric Soares and Raphael Guerreiro, with the later having such a good tournament that led him to sign with one of Germany’s big clubs, Borussia Dortmund. In midfield, they used a mix of players with a more contention profile as was the case of William Carvalho and Adrien Silva with players with greater arrival to the opposite box and with a much more creative profile like Renato Sanches (the young revelation of the tournament), Joao Mario or Joao Moutinho. The great tour and deployment of the midfielders were the support of the team. Finally, in the attack, Santos used Cristiano Ronaldo as the reference main forward in the center of the offense, allowing the other wingers, such as Nani, Quaresma or Vieirinha to be in charge of the dribbling and the crossings to the box. Interestingly, one of the attackers with less prominence of the Portugal national football team was the one who scored the goal that gave the victory in the 2016 UEFA Euro, Eder.

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The Potential Winners for Euro 2020

The Portuguese team ended up being a pleasant surprise because it managed to shorten the distance among national teams against squads, in theory, more powerful as was the case in France in the final. Although there are still a few months to go, in the next edition of the UEFA Euros there are already some national teams that may be viewed as the potential next champions. Here we will present you a list of the main candidates to win the 2020 UEFA Euros:
  • France: The current world champion is the main candidate to win the 2020 UEFA Euros for having one of the most complete squads in the world in all lines. It is enough to mention names like Paul Pogba, N´Golo Kanté, Raphael Varane, Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé as well as many other top-level players in all positions. The power of the France national team is such that, for example, Karin Benzema of Real Madrid, one of the best strikers in the world, is left out of the squad due to problems with the manager and the French Football Federation.
  • Belgium: Although it is not historically a team that could be considered a mandatory candidate, the quality of the players of the current Belgium national team arrives at this tournament with greater experience in international competitions and this makes them even more fearsome team. Some of the best players in the world are part of the Belgian squad such as Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid).
  • England: Gareth Southgate’s team left a very good image in the last FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place (after losing Belgium to third place). England has been developing a project in the youth national team for a decade that has led them to have a current squad with a lot of projection with players such as Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) and Tammy Abraham (Chelsea ) as well as fully developed talents as the “Harries” (Kane and Maguire), Kyle Walker or Jordan Henderson.
  • Netherlands: After the failure that was not qualifying to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands national team has undergone a major renovation that has led them to use talented youngsters such as Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona), Donny Van by Beek (Ajax) or Justin Kluivert (Rome), as a replacement for the recent major references of Dutch football. The resurgence of Ajax in the last couple of seasons has been one of the main engines that have driven favoritism of the Netherlands national team.

Teams That Not Included In The List

Other national teams that have been left off this list such as Germany, Spain, Croatia or Portugal are undergoing renovation processes similar to those in England or Netherlands although with slightly more complicated and traumatic results. Either way, quality and above all, competitiveness is guaranteed in the next UEFA Euros, which will end up being reflected in a show within the pitch that will eventually end up benefiting the football fan the most.

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