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Country-by-country guide to Euro 2020

Sat 12 Jun by Mark Gleeson

Preview

GROUP A

ITALY: Qualified with 100-percent record, conceding only four goals in 10 group games. Last won the Euros in 1968, but are number seven in FIFA rankings.

SWITZERLAND: Captain Granit Xhaka reckons they have the capacity to go all the way to the final, given that most of the players have competed in the last three major tournaments.

TURKEY: Turkey have qualified for four previous Euro final tournaments and reached the knockout stages twice. Lost their opening game in all four of those competitions.

WALES: Gareth Bale is the only world star in a team without any expectations, but did surprise by reaching the semi-finals of the last Euros in France.

Top 2: Italy, Switzerland

 

GROUP B

BELGIUM: Top of the FIFA rankings for all countries for almost three years but never won a major trophy. This could be their time.

DENMARK: Shock winners in 1992, when they were a late replacement for Yugoslavia and went all the way to be crowned European champions.

FINLAND: Have qualified for the first time, led by the goals of Norwich City’s Teemu Puuki , who scored 10 in the qualifiers.

RUSSIA: The old Soviet Union were winners of the first Euros in 1960, but that is as good as it has got for the Russians.

Top 2: Belgium, Denmark

 

GROUP C

AUSTRIA: This is their third appearance at the finals, but they have yet to win a game and scored just one goal at the last Euros five years ago.

NETHERLANDS: The Dutch are relieved to be back at a major tournament after missing out on the World Cup in Russia in 2018 and the last Euros in France in 2016.

NORTH MACEDONIA: The new boys depend heavily on 37-year-old skipper Goran Pandev, who won Champions League with Inter Milan just over a decade ago and is still going strong.

UKRAINE; Of their 26-man squad, 17 play for either Dynamo Kyiv or Shakhtar Donetsk. Left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is at Manchester City.

Top 2: Netherlands, Ukraine

 

GROUP D

CROATIA: Runners-up at the last World Cup, they remain heavily reliant on Luka Modric who is still pulling the strings at age 35.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Favourites to win Euro 2004, but lost 1-0 to Greece in the semi-finals and have not found another golden generation since.

ENGLAND: The best they have done at the European Championship is the semi-finals in 1968 and again when they hosted the event in 1996.

SCOTLAND: They last qualified for a major tournament at the 1998 World Cup. Their squad comprises 10 English Premier League players, four from the English lower leagues and 10 from Scotland.

Top 2: England, Croatia

 

GROUP E

POLAND: Top striker Robert Lewandowski is fresh from finishing the Bundesliga season by eclipsing Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals in a season.

SLOVAKIA: In their first Euro appearance five years ago, Slovakia reached the knockout stages in France and were eliminated at the last-16 stage.

SPAIN: Three-time Euro winners in 1964, 2008 and 2012, they have no players from Real Madrid this time and Sergio Busquets is the only survivor from their 2010 World Cup winning squad.

SWEDEN: Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a comeback for Sweden in March, but injury has since knocked the veteran striker out of the tournament. They should still make it past the group stages.

Top 2: Spain, Sweden

 

GROUP F:

FRANCE: The world champions have a powerful attack in Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe, who is seen as the natural successor to Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

GERMANY: Long-standing manager Joachim Low leaves after this tournament, his decision spurred on by last year’s 6-0 thrashing by Spain in the Nations League.

HUNGARY: Goalkeeper Peter Gulasci, who used to be at Liverpool, could be the busiest man at the Euros given the group the Magyars have been handed.

PORTUGAL: The Euro 2016 winners are still led by Cristiano Ronaldo, who is closing in on Ali Daei’s record as the leading international goal-scorer. He needs seven more to eclipse the Iranian.

Top 2: France, Germany