What Is Known About The Teams In Euro 2020, Who Are The Players To Watch?

24 teams are participating in EURO 2020, which will be played in 11 European cities.

The tournament kicks off with a match between Italy and Turkey in Rome on 11 June. The final match is in London on 11 July.

20 of the teams participating in the tournament come from the qualifying groups. The remaining four teams were determined as a result of the play-off matches.

Teams will compete in six groups. The teams that take the first two places in the groups will continue to the first 16 rounds. In addition to these teams, the top four of the teams that finished third in the groups will advance to the next round.

Afterward, the championship will continue with quarter-finals, semi-finals and final matches. Which team is in which group and what happened in the process of participating in the championship?

  • Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
  • Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
  • Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia
  • Group D: England, Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic
  • Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia
  • Group F: Hungary, Portugal, France, Germany

GROUP A

  • Group H in the Qualifications: G7 B2 M1 AG18 YG3 P23
  • Top Scorer in Qualifications: Cenk Tosun (5)
  • Best time in European Champions: Semi-Final (2008)
  • European Championship 2016: Eliminated in the group stage

Coach: Senol Gunes

Former national goalkeeper Şenol Güneş won six championships with Trabzonspor. In 2002, he carried Turkey to third place in the FIFA World Cup. He won the league championship twice with Beşiktaş in 2016 and 2017. He has been coaching the national team since 2019.

Key Player according to UEFA Burak Yılmaz

Key Player according to UEFA Burak Yılmaz SOURCE,REUTERS

Key Player according to UEFA: Burak Yılmaz

Burak Yılmaz, 35, playing in Lille, the champion of the French League, is Güneş’s first striker choice. He is one of the two players who played for Fenerbahçe, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor throughout his career. According to statistics, he is a football player who has scored in one of the two matches.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Ozan Tufan

The midfielder, who wears the Fenerbahçe jersey, is especially known for his long shots and the dynamism he brings to the field. He can play in different positions of the midfield. He was not yet 26 when he wore the national jersey for the 50th time.

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Turkey qualified for five of the last seven European Championships, which reached the finals for the first time in 1996. He achieved his best rank in 2008 by playing the semi-finals. In the same tournament, they lost 3-2 to Germany in the semi-finals and were eliminated. It was in the same group as the last European Champion France in Euro 2020 and qualified to participate in the tournament by finishing the group in second place, two points behind France.

  • Group J in the Qualifications: G10 B0 M0 L0 AG37 YG4 P30
  • Top Scorer in Qualification: Andrea Belotti (5)
  • Best European Champions: Champion (1968)
  • European Championship 2016: Eliminated in Quarter-Finals to Germany, losing 6-5 on penalties

Coach: Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini is considered one of the best strikers of his generation during his football career. During his coaching career, he won trophies with different teams in England, Italy, Russia and Turkey. He coached Galatasaray in Turkey and reached a happy ending in the Turkish Cup. He has been in charge of the Italian national team since 2018.

Roberto Mancini is considered one of the best strikers of his generation

Roberto Mancini is considered one of the best strikers  of his generation

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Marco Verratti

He is likened to Andrea Pirlo, one of the legendary players of Italy, with his brisk play and ball control in the midfield. He plays for France’s Paris Saint-Germain club. Just like Mancini, he has not been able to fully reflect his club-level performance to the national team. However, Mancini’s tactical understanding of possession could be an important opportunity for the 29-year-old football player to stand out in this tournament.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Gianluigi Donnarumma

Although he is only 21 years old, he always found himself in the top 11 of the teams he played in. For this reason, he is shown as an experienced goalkeeper for his age. However, the young goalkeeper playing in Milan will defend the goal for the first time in such a big tournament for the national team. Everyone is wondering if Gianluigi Buggon can fill his place.

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Italy performed perfectly in the qualifying group. He won all of the 10 matches he played and finished first in the group with 30 points. Beating Armenia 9-1, they achieved the most distinctive win in their qualifying group. Although Italy has won the World Cup four times so far, it still has not become the European Champion.

  • Group E in the Qualifications: G4 M2 B2 AG10 YG4 P14
  • Top goalscorers in qualifying: Gareth Bale (2), Kieffer Moore (2), Aaron Ramsey (2)
  • Best time in European Champions: Semi-Final (2016)
  • 2016 European Championship: Lost 2-0 to Portugal in the Semi-Finals and eliminated.

Technical Director: Robert Page

Robert Page, who played for many clubs such as Watford, Sheffield United and Coventry, also made 41 matches with the Wales National Team. Playing on the defensive line during his football career, Page coached teams such as Port Vale and Northampton Town throughout his coaching career. He previously also managed Wales’ national under-21 team.

Technical Director, Robert Page

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Key Player according to UEFA: Gareth Bale

Despite being 31 years old, he is still considered the most important name in Wales. He broke many records with the national team jersey. He is a very important name for the team not only on the field but also off the field. Playing for Tottenham, one of the Premier League teams, Bale played a major role in his team’s semi-final success five years ago.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Ethan Ampadu

At just 20 years old, Ampadu is a “wildcard” player who can play both in defense and in midfield. Ampadu, who has high ball control, is known for making passes that can put the opponent’s defense into trouble. A name that strengthens the defense even when the ball is in the opponent’s.

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Founded in 1876, the Football Association of Wales is the third oldest national football association in the world after England and Scotland. They took part in one of the easiest groups in the qualifiers and qualified for the championship by completing the group in second place after Croatia.

  • Group D in the Qualifications: G5 B2 M1 AG19 YG6 P17
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Cédric Itten (3)
  • Best time in European Champions: Round of 16 (2016)
  • European Championship 2016: Eliminated in the round of 16, losing to Poland on penalties

Coach: Vladimir Petkovic

Born in Sarajevo, Petković later settled in Switzerland. After completing his football career, he started coaching. He coached Samsunspor in Turkey in the 2011-12 season. However, he resigned when the team entered the relegation line. He took over the national team in 2014. Switzerland managed to participate in all major tournaments under his rule.

Coach, Vladimir Petkovic

Coach, Vladimir Petkovic

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Key Player according to UEFA: Granit Xhaka

The 28-year-old midfielder plays for Arsenal. He is portrayed as the brain of the team. He plays a decisive role in the team’s performance on the field with his millimetric passes in the midfield. The fact that the match ended in a 3-3 draw after being taken to the side of the field in the 79th minute in the qualifying group match in which Switzerland took a 3-0 lead against Denmark in March 2019 reveals how much of a key role it played for the team.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Breel Embolo

As a striker, Embolo made a fresh start in 2019 with German team Borussia Mönchengladbach after a series of injuries. This 23-year-old football player is known as an unruly player with his physical strength, versatile ability to play the game and his high tempo.

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Under Petković, Switzerland successfully passed all the major groups. However, he could not repeat the same success in the championships. He was eliminated in the first rounds of the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, EURO 2016 and UEFA Nations League.

GROUP B

  • Group D in the Qualifications : G4 B4 M0 AG23 YG6 P16
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Christian Eriksen (5)
  • Best European Champions : Champion (1992)
  • 2016 European Championship: Could not participate

Head Coach: Kasper Hjulmand

The 49-year-old coach spent most of his football and managerial career in Denmark. It was originally envisioned that he would replace former coach Åge Hareide after the tournament. However, when the tournament was postponed for a year, he took over the team in July 2020.

Head Coach, Kasper Hjulmand

Head Coach, Kasper Hjulmand

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Key Player according to UEFA: Christian Eriksen

The 28-year-old football player, who has won the national jersey more than 100 times, is Denmark’s most important weapon in attack. Shown as one of the best-attacking midfielders in the world, Eriksen plays in Milan. He is the name behind a significant part of the attacks launched by the national team.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Andreas Skov Olsen

After two successful seasons in the Danish league, he was transferred to Italy’s Bologna team. Although he usually plays on the right, he also occasionally plays on the left. He has played five games for the Danish national team so far and has scored three goals and provided four assists, despite remaining in the game for 179 minutes in total.

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Denmark took home the trophy in a big surprise at EURO 1992. In fact, he did not qualify for the tournament that year. It was included after Yugoslavia was expelled from the tournament due to the civil war. Even before the tournament, many players were called from vacation. Denmark was included in the tournament at the last moment and became the champion by signing a big surprise.

  • Group J in Qualifications : G6 B0 M4 AG16 YG10 P18
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Teemu Pukki (10)
  • European Champions best : First time participating
  • 2016 European Championship: Could not participate

Coach: Markku Kanerva

He became champion five times with HJK, one of the Finnish League teams. Later, he coached the under-21 national team for 12 years and served as assistant coach in the A team. He has been in charge of the A team since 2016.

Coach, Markku Kanerva

Coach, Markku Kanerva

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Teemu Pukki

Pukki, who has a great ability to score goals, improved his football a little more in Norwich, where he transferred in 2018. The goals he scored played an important role in Finland’s qualifying for the European Championship for the first time in its history.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Fredrik Jensen

He is 23 years old and plays for Augsburg. He can play on the wing in midfield. It draws attention especially with its tempo and dynamism.

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Finland qualified for the European Championship for the first time.

  • Group I in the Qualifications : G10 B0 M0 AG40 YG3 P30
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Romelu Lukaku (7)
  • European Champions best time : second place in 1980
  • European Championship 2016 : Lost 3-1 to Wales in quarter-finals and eliminated

Coach: Roberto Martinez

The 47-year-old coach has played in Spain and England in his football career. He started his coaching career in England. Shown as one of the most important names in the midfield of the Spanish national team when he played football, Martinez has been coaching Belgium since 2016.

Coach, Roberto Martinez

Coach, Roberto Martinez

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Kevin De Bruyne

De Bruyne had a successful season with Manchester City, scoring four goals and providing seven assists, despite playing in six qualifying matches. For Martinez, he is the key player of the team. However, he was injured in the Champions League final against Chelsea. The young football player, who had fractures in his nose and cheekbones, was in danger of playing in Euro 2020.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Youri Tielemans

The 23-year-old football player, who plays for Leicester City, can play in many parts of the midfield. He stands out with his ball control ability. While playing an important role in directing the attacks in the midfield, he is known for his dangerous shots from afar.

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Along with Italy, the Red Devils became one of only two teams to win all their matches in the qualifiers. It is at the top of FIFA’s best national teams rankings.

  • Group I in the Qualifications: G8 B0 M2 AG33 YG8 P24
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Artem Dzyuba (9)
  • Best in European Champions: Champion as USSR (1960), Semi-Final (2008)
  • 2016 European Championship: Eliminated in Groups

Head Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov

Former goalkeeper of Spartak Moscow and Russia (USSR) national team. He took over the national team in 2016. Although he could not display a stable image in the friendly matches he played in the first place, he managed to establish the game he wanted over time and enabled Russia to reach the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

Head Coach, Stanislav Cherchesov

Head Coach, Stanislav Cherchesov

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Artem Dzyuba

Zenit’s 1.97-foot striker creates fear in the air balls in the opposing defenses. He has shouldered the team’s goal burden. He is expected to break the record for most goals scored by Aleksandr Kerzhakov with the national jersey at Euro 2020.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Aleksandr Sobolev

23-year-old Sobolev, who plays for Spartak Moscow, scored his first goal in his first match for the national jersey. With a height of 1.95 m, he is seen as the natural successor of Dzyuba.

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They fell into the same group in the tournament with Belgium, the only team they lost in the qualifying group. Russia have not been able to win in their last five matches of the European Champions. Russia took their last win in the European Championship with a score of 4-1 against the Czech Republic in the opening match of 2012.

GROUP C

  • Group C in Qualification: G6 B1 M1 AG24 YG7 P19
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Georginio Wijnaldum (8)
  • Best time in European Champions: Champion (1988)
  • 2016 European Championship: Could not participate

Coach: Frank de Boer

In his trophy-filled playing career, he was the defensive backbone of the Netherlands national team. He also played for Galatasaray for one season. After transitioning to his managerial career, he coached Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United. He was replaced by the national team after former teammate Ronald Koeman took over Barcelona in September 2020.

According to UEFA, Key Player: Memphis Depay

Although the Netherlands has no shortage of squads, Depay is an indispensable name in offense. The talented player who plays for Lyon creates dangers for the opposing defense, especially with his sprints. He also has great control over his right foot.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Frenkie de Jong

The dynamo of the midfield. The 24-year-old talent is an important name with high ball control, able to set the game from behind, throwing dangerous intermediate passes and creating empty spaces.

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The Oranges did not qualify for the EURO 2016 and 2018 World Cups. This is the longest time they haven’t been to a major tournament since the 1980s. After a hiatus in the 1980s, they made a spectacular comeback as European Champions in 1988.

  • Group A in the Qualifications : G6 B2 M0 AG17 YG4 P20
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Roman Yaremchuk (4)
  • Best European Champions: Groups (2012, 2016)
  • European Championship 2016: Eliminated in the group stage

Coach: Andriy Shevchenko

Milan’s legendary forward Shevchenko is looking to continue his trophy and award-winning football career as a manager. He has been coaching the national team since 2016. With 67 goals in his career, he is the sixth player to score the most goals in international matches at club level.

Coach, Andriy Shevchenko

Coach, Andriy Shevchenko

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Ruslan Malinovskyi

He is a player with the ability to expand the field on the opponent’s court with his excellent passes and ball control. The midfielder wearing the Atalanta jersey can take advantage of the opposing defense’s gaps and create danger. In addition, his hard shots with his left foot are another important weapon. His performance in the match determines Ukraine’s offensive power.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Viktor Tsygankov

Playing for Dynamo Kiev, the young player faces tough competition in his position. Because both Yarmalenko and Marlos can play in the right open position in the national team. Still, he has a high potential to make a difference when he gets the jersey.

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For the first time, Ukraine qualified directly from the qualifying groups in a European Championship. Since they were hosts in 2012, they took their place in the tournament without qualifying. In 2016, he defeated Slovenia in the play-offs.

  • Group G in the Qualifications : G6 B1 M3 AG19 YG9 P19
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Marko Arnautovic (6)
  • Best European Champions : Groups (2008, 2016)
  • European Championship 2016: Eliminated in the group stage

Coach: Franco Foda

Having played twice for the West Germany national team, Foda spent most of his coaching career with Austria’s Sturm Graz team. Here he won both the league championship and the cup. He has coached the Austrian national team since the beginning of 2018.

Coach, Franco Foda

Coach, Franco Foda

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According to UEFA, Key player: Marko Arnautov of three

Austria has struggled to open up rival defences in recent years. However, Arnautovic, who plays in China, is the most important weapon of his team against closed defenses.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Christoph Baumgartner

He dazzled in his first international match in September 2020. The strong midfielder has an excellent ability to read the game. He makes a difference in the way of goals with his millimetric passes. With his performance, he was among the top 11 choices of Foda.

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Austria had their last win in an international tournament against the USA at the 1990 World Cup. This year, they aim to end 30 years of longing.

  • Group G in the Qualifications : G4 B2 M4 AG12 YG13 P14
  • Play-off Round : Kosovo 2-1, Georgia 1-0
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Eljif Elmas (4)
  • European Champions best : First time participating
  • 2016 European Championship : Could not participate

Coach: Igor Angelovski

Angelovski was appointed as the coach of Northern Madekonya in 2015, after Ljubinko Drulovic, whom he assisted, took over at Partizan. Prior to the national team, he was the coach of the North Macedonia team Rabotnički. With this team, he won both the league championship and the cup.

Coach, Igor Angelovski

Coach, Igor Angelovski

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Goran Pandev

Despite his advanced age, the 37-year-old experienced striker playing in the Geno team has not lost anything from his creativity, reading, speed and ability to beat the opponent. Pandev, who is also the team captain, is the person who wears the North Macedonia jersey the most and scores the most goals. He played an important role in his team’s participation in the tournament with his performance in the play-off round.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Eljif Elmas

Born in North Macedonia to a family of Turkish origin, the 21-year-old player is shown as the brain of the team in the midfield. Elmas, who played in Fenerbahçe for a while, continues his football life in Napoli, one of the Italian teams. In the midfield, he draws attention both with his endless energy and his distribution of pass.

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Finished the qualifying group in third place. This is the highest level the country has reached in the 13 qualifying groups it has participated in since gaining independence.

D GROUP

  • Group A in the Qualifications : G7 B0 M1 AG27 YG6 P21
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Harry Kane (12)
  • Best time in European Champions : Third place (1968)
  • 2016 European Championship : Lost 2-1 to Iceland in the first 16 round and eliminated

Head Coach: Gareth Southgate

He is remembered for missing a penalty in the EURO 96 semi-finals. After a successful football career, he took over the national team in 2016. He managed to take England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. He was also awarded the BBC Sports People of the Year Award in the Best Manager category.

Head Coach, Gareth Southgate

Head Coach, Gareth Southgate

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Key Player, according to UEFA: Harry Kane

Totenham’s star is both shouldering the offensive load of his team and serving as the team captain. Despite the fact that many young stars have recently found a place in the national team in England, he continues to be Southgate’s first choice in the striker line.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Jude Bellingham

He found himself a place in EURO 2020 with his performance in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where he played with Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City. His energy, dynamism and self-confidence in the midfield drew attention with the elegant goal he scored in the match. Should England finish first in Group D, they will celebrate their 18th birthday at Wembley as they play in the Round of 16.

Other information about the team:

In the qualifying group, they only lost the match they played against the Czech Republic. In addition, they managed to win 21 of the 23 matches they played under the management of Southgate at Wembley Stadium, which will host the semi-finals and final matches in this tournament.

  • Group E in the Qualifications : G5 B2 M1 AG17 YG7 P17
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Bruno Petkovic (4)
  • Best European Champions : Quarterfinals (1996, 2008)
  • 2016 European Championship : Lost to Portugal 1-0 in the first 16 round and eliminated

Coach: Zlatko Dali three

Daliç, who was never called to the national team during his football career, was appointed as the coach in 2017. He managed to lead his team to the 2018 World Cup.

Coach, Zlatko Dali three

Coach, Zlatko Dali three

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Luka Modri c

Luka Modric, who was selected as Europe’s Best Football Player in 2018, is preparing to break Darijo Srna’s record of wearing the most national team jerseys in this tournament with 134 matches. In addition to being the captain of the team, he plays a decisive role in the performance and tempo of the team in the match with his vision, energy and millimetric passes.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Josip Brekalo

He can put all the requirements of modern football on the field. Playing for Wolfsburg, the young player draws attention with his speed and talent. He has been on the rise since Dalić took over the national team. In October 2020, he scored a goal against Switzerland in the matches he played in a row, and assisted in the matches against France and Sweden.

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Between 1994 and 1999, Croatia rose 122 places from 125th place in the FIFA rankings, reaching the third place.

  • Group I in the Qualifications : G5 B0 M5 AG16 YG19 P15
  • Play-offs: 5-2 on penalties against Israel, 1-1 and 5-4 against Serbia
  • Qualification Top Scorer: John McGinn (7)
  • Best European Champions : Groups (1992, 1996)
  • 2016 European Championship: Could not participate

Coach: Steve Clarke

Having played for Chelsea for many years, Clarke began his managerial career at Newcastle United in 1998 as an assistant to Ruud Gullit. After a successful season with Kilmarnock team, he took over the head of Scotland in May 2019.

Coach, Steve Clarke

Coach, Steve Clarke

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According to UEFA, Key Player: John McGinn

He is a high-level name that stands out with many other features as well as stopping the opponent’s attacks in the midfield and directing the attacks of his team with the passes he makes. The experienced football player, who plays in Aston Villa, is the leader of the names that ignite his team with his excitement and ambition. In addition to these features, it is also effective in the opponent’s penalty area.

Name to Watch According to UEFA: Lyndon Dykes

The 25-year-old striker, a citizen of Australia and Scotland, says he followed his “instinct and heart” and opted for Scotland. He drew attention with two goals scored in his first five games. His effect on aerial balls, pace of play and finishing on goal paths creates danger for opposing teams.

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Scotland and England faced each other at the Wembley stadium in London in Euro 1996 for the last time in the European Championship.

  • Group A in the Qualifications : G5 B0 M3 AG13 YG11 P15
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Patrik Schick (4)
  • Best in European Champions : Champion (1976) as Czechoslovakia
  • 2016 European Championship : Eliminated in groups

Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý

With 465 matches, he holds the record for being the football player who wears the Czech Republic national jersey the most. The 59-year-old coach has won the Czech league twice. He has been managing the national team since September 2018.

Coach, Jaroslav Šilhavý

Coach, Jaroslav Šilhavý

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Vladimír Darida

Playing for Hertha Berlin, Darida is the dynamo of the team. He also leads the team with an exemplary personality on and off the field. He played an important role in the surprise victory of the Czech Republic against England in the qualifying groups.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Tomáš Souček

He is shown as the heart of the midfield of the Czech national team. Despite his height of 1.92, he has very good control of the ball and is very effective in the game from the ground. The 26-year-old young player, who was named the player of the year in his country in 2020, currently wears the West Ham jersey.

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The Czech Republic has succeeded in participating in all European Championships since it declared its independence in its current form after the Cold War. EURO 2020 is the seventh European Championship in which the Czech Republic has participated.

E GROUP

  • Group F in Qualifications : G8 B2 M0 AG31 YG5 P26
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Álvaro Morata, Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo (4)
  • Best European Champions: Champion (1964, 2008, 2012)
  • European Championship 2016: Lost 2-0 to Italy in the Round of 16 and eliminated

Coach: Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique resigned from his post in June 2019 due to personal reasons. However, after the completion of the qualifying groups, he returned to his job in November. He previously won the UEFA Champions League and Super Cup in 2015 with Barcelona.

BUSQUETS

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Sergio Busquets

Midfield dynamo. He has been the backbone of the national team since 2019, when he had a big break. Its performance is expected to be decisive in Spain’s success in EURO 2020. It seems that Busquets’ experience and calmness in the midfield will be needed much more, especially after Sergio Ramos’ injury.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Gerard Moreno

The 29-year-old striker, who wore the national team jersey for the first time in 2019, has been among the indispensable names of the team since then. He scored five goals in 10 matches for the national team. He played an important role in Villereal’s victory in the Europa League this year. One of Luis Enrique’s most important weapons on the offensive.

Some information about the team:

Having won the cup in 2008 and 2012, Spain is the only team to win consecutive European Champions.

  • Group F in Qualifications : G6 B3 M1 AG23 YG9 P21
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Robin Quaison (5)
  • Best European Champions : Semi-Final (1992)
  • 2016 European Championship : Eliminated in group stage

Coach: Janne Andersson

He is the man behind Sweden’s rise on the world football scene again. He took office in 2016 and led his team back to the World Cup in 2018, 12 years later. In this tournament, Sweden showed its most successful performance since 1994. Then, he carried his team to the top in the UEFA Nations League group, which includes Russia and Turkey.

EMIL FORSBERG

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Emil Forsberg

The midfielder who plays for Leipzig is known for his high pace, creativity and physical strength. He carries most of Sweden’s offensive power on his shoulders. His long shots are dangerous. He is also an assertive name in free kicks.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Kristoffer Olsson

The 25-year-old has an eye-pleasing yet simple football style. The midfielder playing in the Krasnodar team of Russia impresses with his physique, dribbles and fine passes.

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Sweden, which hosted the tournament in 1992, finished first in the group consisting of England, France and that year’s champion Denmark. However, they were defeated by Germany 3-2 in the semi-finals and were eliminated.

  • Group G in the Qualifications : G8 B1 M1 AG18 YG5 P25
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Robert Lewandowski (6)
  • Best time in European Champions : Quarterfinals (2016)
  • 2016 European Championship : Eliminated on penalties against Portugal, which they drew 1-1 in the quarter-finals

Coach: Paulo Sousa

He replaced Jerzy Brzęczek, who led the team in the qualifying groups, in January 2021. Paulo Sousa played for Portugal in EURO 96 AND EURO 2000. Before joining the Polish national team, he coached many teams in England, Hungary, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, China and France.

lewandowski

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Robert Lewandowski

He is considered one of the greatest football players of all time in Poland. He is the most important player who is expected to be decisive in the performance of his team in this tournament as well. The experienced striker, who plays for Bayern Munich, is known for his effective finishing strokes.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Jakub Moder

The 22-year-old midfielder playing in Brighton still hasn’t fully settled on his playing style. However, his most important weapon is the effective shots he shoots from afar. He scored his first goal for the national team against England in the match played in Wembley in March.

More information about the team:

Currently, the title to score the most goals for the Polish national team belongs to Jakub Błaszczykowski. However, if Lewandowski scores three more goals in this tournament, he will equal this record.

  • Group G in the Qualifications : G4 B1 M3 AG13 YG11 P13
  • Play-off round : Republic of Ireland 4-2 on penalties, Northern Ireland 2-1
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Róbert Bozeník, Marek Hamšík, Juraj Kucka (3)
  • Best European Champions: Round of 16 (2016)
  • European Championship 2016: Lost 3-0 to Germany in the Round of 16 and eliminated

Technical Director: Štefan Tarkovič

It was fulfilled by proxy after Pavel Hapal resigned after the semi-finals of the play-off round in the EURO 2020 qualifiers. In December, he was officially appointed head of the team. He was on the technical team of Ján Kozák at EURO 2016.

HAMSIK

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Marek Hamšik

Slovakia’s top scorer and most capped player. The 33-year-old veteran is both the team captain and the backbone of the team. Playing for China’s Dalian Shide team, Hamšík works like the brain of the team with his endless energy in the midfield. It’s hard to imagine that a Slovakia without him could have succeeded.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Tomáš Suslov

The 18-year-old, who plays on the left wing, says he told his father that he would one day play with Marek Hamšík. Now he is very close to fulfilling this dream. Suslov, who plays for Groningen, is among the young star candidates of the tournament.

Some information about the team:

Eight of the names in the top 11 of the Czechoslovakia team, which won the championship in 1976, came from Slovakia.

F GROUP

  • Group E in the Qualifications: G4 B0 M4 AG8 YG11 P12
  • Play-off round: Bulgaria 3-1, Iceland 2-1
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Willi Orban (3)
  • European Champions best time: Third place (1964)
  • European Championship 2016: Lost 4-0 to Belgium in the Round of 16 and eliminated

Coach: Marco Rossi

The former defender of the Italy national team took over the head of the national team in June 2018. Prior to this date, he coached teams in Hungary for most of his managerial career.

ORBAN

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Willi Orban

Today, he is among the best defensive players in the world, who can cut opponents’ attacks with the right interventions. In addition to his success in defense, he is also effective in goal ways, especially in set pieces. He scored four goals for the national team between October 2018 and October 2020, becoming the team’s second top scorer in this period.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Roland Sallai

He can play both on the wing and as a striker. He made a strong impression with his performance in the German Freiburg team throughout the season. After completing the season with eight goals and six assists, he managed to enter the squad, where he could not find a place in 2016, five years later.

Other information about the team:

Hungary reached the semi-finals in 1964 and 1972. However, after this date, he was unable to participate in the European Championship until 2016.

  • Group B in Qualifications : G5 B2 M1 AG22 YG6 P17
  • Qualification Top Scorer : Cristiano Ronaldo (11)
  • Best time in European Champions : Champion (2016)
  • 2016 European Championship: Champion

Coach: Fernando Santos

He is coming to EURO 2020 with the title of champion and he wants to keep this title. After coaching Portugal’s big three, he took over the national team in 2014. He managed to make his team the European Champion in 2016 and the first Nations League champion in 2019.

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Cristiano Ronaldo

He is Portugal’s player with the most international appearances and the player who scores the most goals with the national jersey. This tournament is expected to be the 36-year-old Ronaldo’s last major international championship. The only achievement missing in his career is not being top scorer in a World Cup and European Championship.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: João Félix

The 21-year-old attacker, who played in Atletico Madrid, is currently among the most talented names of the team. He draws attention with his ball dominance and pleasing play in the midfield.

Some information about the team:

Portugal’s loss to Ukraine in the qualifying group match in October 2019 was their only defeat in the European Championship qualification or tournament under Santos.

  • Group H in the Qualifications: G8 B1 M1 AG25 YG6 P25
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
  • Best European Champions: Champion (1984, 2000)
  • 2016 European Championship: Lost 1-0 to Portugal in the final and placed second

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Former halfback of the French national team, Deschamps won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships with the national jersey. He has been the coach of the team since 2012. He won the World Cup in 2018.

mbappe

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Kylian Mbappe

The striker playing in PSG is much more effective against teams of his own level. Although he is lost among the closed defenses, he can fully reflect his skills on the field if he finds a large area in big matches. For this reason, this group, which is defined as the Death Group, is shown as one of the key players for France.

According to UEFA, The Name To Watch: King ley Coman

Coman, who could not be in the 2016 World Cup squad due to his injury, is coming to this tournament with high motivation. Deschamps is not expected to be his first choice for forward. However, in this challenging group, he has the potential to come from the sidelines at any moment and change the fate of the match.

Some information about the team:

This is France’s 13th international tournament in a row. It has qualified for all tournaments since the 1994 World Cup. During this period, they played five finals, three of which took the trophy to their museum.

  • Group C in Qualification: G7 B0 M1 AG30 YG7 P21
  • Qualification Top Scorer: Serge Gnabry (8)
  • Best European Champions: Champion (1972, 1980, 1996)
  • European Championship 2016: Lost 2-0 to France in the Semi-Finals and eliminated

Coach: Joachim Low

Löw, who coached Fenerbahçe and Adanaspor in Turkey in the late 1990s and early 2000s, became a name that went down in German football history in the second half of the 2000s. He has been coaching the German national team since 2006. He won the World Cup in 2014. Germany has played at least semi-finals in the European Championships it has participated in so far. Löw announced that he will leave his post after this champion.

THOMAS MUELLER

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According to UEFA, Key Player: Thomas Müller

Due to the rejuvenation and restructuring efforts of the German national team, he was not called to the team for 2.5 years. However, Müller had a chance to re-form, as Löw felt that experience would play a critical role in this tournament. It is hoped that his ambition and dislike of losing will ignite the team.

According to UEFA, Name to Watch: Kevin Volland

He had a great season in Monaco, one of the French League teams. Along with Kai Havertz, he is said to be one of the two key players in the team’s offensive tactics. He scored 18 goals in 40 games for Monaco this season.

Some information about the team:

This is the 26th international tournament in a row that Germany has participated in.

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