Wednesday 9 June 2021
The activities of the sixteenth edition of the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020) will start on June 11 and will continue until July 11, with the participation of 24 teams.
A brief overview of the Group F teams in the upcoming European Nations Cup (Euro 2020):
German national team:
He is competing in the finals for the thirteenth time (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
Coach Joachim Loew led the German national team (Mannschaft) to the world lead by winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
But the team’s failure to defend its world title by leaving empty-handed in the first round of the 2018 World Cup in Russia prompted Loew to start relying on a new generation of players.
Goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer, midfielder Toni Kroos and striker Marco Reus represent the important elements of experience in this young new team, which includes striker Timo Werner, 25, and winger Serge Nabre, 25. Very much in the ranks of the Germans and in the plans of Loew, who will leave the team’s coaching after the end of his Euro 2020 campaign.
Loew also returned to the team both Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, after they were excluded for more than two and a half years from the team’s ranks from the ranks of the Manchaft.
The German national team has historically been a championship team. The team won the European title three previous times in 1972, 1980 and 1996, and reached the final of the tournament three more times in 1976, 1992 and 2008, but winning the fourth title may be difficult for the team now until the team succeeds in gaining more experience and harmony.
French national team:
He is competing in the finals for the tenth time (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
The French national team holds the world title, while led by coach Didier Deschamps, is looking forward to winning its third European title after losing this opportunity during the last edition (Euro 2016) at home by losing against his Portuguese counterpart in the final.
The French team qualified for Euro 2020 by leading the eighth group in the qualifiers, despite obtaining only one point out of a total of six points available in its two matches against the Turkish team, which finished the qualifiers in second place in the group.
The French team has a talented team in various positions, in addition to the surprise triggered by Deschamps, by returning Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to the team’s list after he was excluded from the team’s accounts for six years.
In attack, the team also relies on Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, and N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba shine in the midfield, in addition to players who are shining with the largest European clubs.
In defense, Real Madrid star Raphael Varane will bear the burden of leading this line in front of veteran goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The second and last European title so far in the French national team’s record dates back to 2000, when the team won the title just two years after winning the world title. The team hopes to repeat the same scenario during Euro 2020 after winning the world title last year.
Portuguese national team:
He is in the finals for the eighth time (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2010).
Despite the fact that the Portuguese national team is the European title holder in addition to winning the European Nations League title and the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, the best European player of this generation in its ranks, the team needed to beat Luxembourg in the last round of qualifying to ensure qualification for Euro 2020 by finishing second in Group B In the qualifiers behind his Ukrainian counterpart.
The shaky start in the qualifiers put the team under pressure, but its victory over its Serbian hosts in September 2019 relieved these pressures.
Ronaldos goals played an important role in the team’s qualification to the Euro 2020 finals, knowing that the player raised his score to 103 goals at the top of the list of the most prominent scorers of the Portuguese team throughout history.
The young player, Joao Felix, star of Atletico Madrid, is the real and expected successor to Ronaldo, but he has not scored many goals with the Portuguese national team so far.
And the current era is still the era of Ronaldo, and any success or failure of the Portuguese team led by coach Fernando Santos will depend mainly on Ronaldo, the Italian Juventus striker.
Hungarian national team:
Finalists for the fourth time (1964, 1972, 2016 and 2020)
Despite the team’s glories in the middle of the last century, the Hungarian national team missed the European Nations Cup for more than four decades until it reappeared in the finals through the last version (Euro 2016).
But the team’s results in Euro 2016, in which it reached the second round (the round of sixteen), was much less than its previous two participations, when it won third place in 1964 and fourth place in 1972.
Now, the team will compete in the finals for the second consecutive edition, and aspires to reach the playoffs again, but its desires will collide with the death group, which includes the European champions Portugal, the world champions France, and Germany, which has a great history on the world and European arenas.
Despite the team’s improvement in the past few years, the Hungarian team qualified through the narrow door, as it finished fourth in its qualifying group with 12 points behind the teams of Croatia, Wales and Slovakia, after winning only four matches and losing four matches.
Now, the team’s goal, led by Italian coach Marco Rossi, will be to perform as well as possible in the group stage of the European Championship while trying to surprise and qualify among the four best third-placed teams in the six groups.