March 04, 2020

As many as 20 of the 24 continental top national team players have already qualified for the tournament through the “normal” qualifications played from March to November. In addition to Germany, the championship will feature Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Spain, Turkey, France, England, Czech Republic, Sweden, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Wales – and Finland, which for the first time put the road to such a big tournament. 55 national federations participated in the qualifications.

The Previous UEFA Euro Playing Teams

UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2012

Where Will The Games Be Played?

EURO 2020 will be played in 12 cities (London, Munich, Rome, Baku, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Glasgow, Dublin, and Copenhagen), and from 12 June to 12 July. The title is defended by the Portuguese who beat host France in the final in 2016. The competition system is the same as it was three years ago. 24 selections are divided into six groups. Two first-place teams from each group go to the 1/8 finals, plus the top four third-place teams. After that, it continues on the classic knockout system until the finals.

We still miss 4 teams so groups can be completed and the teams are:

A: Iceland – Romania / Bulgaria – Hungary

B: BiH – Northern Ireland / Slovakia – Ireland

C: Scotland – Israel / Norway – Serbia

D: Georgia – Belarus / Northern Macedonia – Kosovo*

 

What are the teams playing in Euro 2020?

Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland

By the first look, this group may be one sided with Italy on the top followed by Switzerland and Turkey. With no doubt that Italy team with coach Roberto Mancini and many young stars like Marco Verratti, Gianluigi Donnarumma is one of the top contenders for first place and the group and even in the whole tournament.

It’s going to be very interesting to see who will be the second-place team because Turkey and  Switzerland are really close and it’s going to be interesting to see who will be better.

Coach Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale will lead their team from the shadows of bigger teams and look for a surprise.

 

Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia

One more very interesting and close group with a couple of pretty equal teams.

Team Belgium will be the number one candidate for first place in their group and with a small amount of luck, one of the top contenders for winning the championship.

Eden Hazard alongside Lukaku and young gun Youri Tielemans will drive their team to glory, they will not have an easy job to do with teams like Denmark and Russia alongside them.

We can’t afford to forget Teemu Pukii, one of the biggest surprises of this year’s BPL.

His goals have powered Finland’s recent success and Norwich also.

 

Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, play-off winner D or A

Team Netherlands with coach Ronald Koeman in charge recently had a fresh start with the big number of young players in the national team. They showed great character and brought a well-known look at Duch football.

Memphis Depay is the key player alongside rising stars from Ajax and Donny van de Beek, 22 years old Ajax midfielder.

Coach  Andriy Shevchenko had great qualifications with his team and they made a big surprise in their qualification group with teams Portugal and Serbia.

Team Austria will look for their chances alongside play-off winner D or A but I really don’t see them succeed next to the Netherlands and team Ukraine.

 

Group D: England, Croatia, play-off winner C, Czech Republic

With group F, this is group is the toughest group in this year’s tournament. In this group, we have European giants England and World Cup’s finalist team Croatia. Probably in this group will join team Serbia that will make things 10x more interesting, but we need to wait and see.

Definitely, teams, England and Croatian will battle for first place in the group.

I will give a slight favor towards team Croatia just because they have experienced team led by one of the best midfielders in the world Luka Modric.

On the other side team, England has one of the best wingers Raheem Sterling who will drive team England with his explosiveness and speed.

Coach  Gareth Southgate will try to find a way to the old glory that his team had while he was playing.

 

Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, play-off winner B

The team Spain will try to prove once more that they are one of the best teams in the World and Europe. A well-experienced team lead by great Luis Enrique and stars like Sergio Ramos, Isco and Álvaro Morata will try to rise on the top once more.

Sweden, Poland, play-off winner B will be opponents for Spain In their road to the trophy. But anything besides Spain winning all the games in their group will be a huge surprise.

 

Group F: play-off winner A or D, Portugal, France, Germany

Without any doubt the strongest and deadliest group in Euro 2020. I’m sure that the play-off winner of A or D will be not so happy to play against those giants.

It’s really hard to predict who will go through to the next round when you have such teams and names in one group.

Will Cristian Ronaldo with wunderkind João Félix manage to repeat success four years ago or team France with Kante, Griezman and Mbappe will seek revenge.

We can forget German, as you know “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

In their team, there is a consistency of winning and playing on a really high level, they will show that again and again. That’s the mentality of their football.

Embrace the Euro 2020 underdogs

 

1. Belgium

 

 

Courtois, Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne. Some of the greatest footballers in the world – and all of them are playing for Belgium. Football-wise, this country is now a part of the elite ones, their squad is definitely capable of winning a major trophy finally. They’ve won all of their first six matches in the qualifiers. In addition, they’ve finished 3rd in the last World Cup

 

2. Netherlands

Dutch football took a few years of rest, but now they seem to be back and eager to succeed.

That Ajax was lead by several Dutch wonderkids, such as Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs De Ligt and Donny Van de Beek. All these guys strengthen the national team as well, together with top-class defender Van Dijk and his Liverpool teammate Georginio Wijnaldum… and their results are getting better and better as well. They could be the winners of Euro 2020.

 

3. Portugal

The titleholders are always among the top candidates. However, Portugal is far behind by Euro 2020 betting predictions. Just like they were underdogs in Germany in 2016. Yet, they ended up winning the tournament, even though they finished third in the group stages – behind Hungary and Iceland.

This time, Cristiano Ronaldo will once again try to lead his nation to success.

 

4. Iceland

It’s been almost four years since Iceland won everyone’s hearts in the last tournament. As you know, their whole country has a population of 360,000 – London has about 24 times more inhabitants. And still, they were competing in the World Cup and reached the quarter-finals at the Euros. Incredible achievements of an incredible country. If Iceland will participate in Euro 2020, anything can happen. Erik Hamren’s side has a compact, well-organized, disciplined style of play. They’re the underdogs, while you still feel that with a little bit of luck, they could beat anyone.

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