Europe has some of the best football teams in the world. The last four World Cup winners have all been European teams. With Euro 2020 for June 12 through to July 12, 2020, the football world will be treated to some of the outrageous skills and talents from around the continent. The 16th edition of the UEFA European championship will be held in 12 cities in 12 countries across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the championship. Already 20 of the 24 teams have qualified for the tournament. But who is likely to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy at the end of the final whistle in Wembley Stadium?
Portugal is the reigning European champions and one of the frontrunners to lift the trophy again. The Cristiano Ronaldo-led team surprised many by beating Euro 2016 host and tournament’s favorite France to lift the trophy. In this year’s tournament, Portugal has been drawn in the “Group of Death” alongside Germany and reigning world champions France. Although pundits and football commentators have given Portugal an outside chance winning the tournament, they may become the only second team after Spain to retain the championship. The blend of the old and young squad may propel them to another victory.
World champions France will be going all out to win a trophy that they narrowly missed in 2016 despite the home advantage. Should they win the championship, they will have held both the World Cup and UEFA European Championship simultaneously for the second time, having done so in 2000. They will also draw level with Spain and Germany who are three times winners. Didier Deschamps boasts of some of the biggest names in the world including Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Griezmann, Ngolo Kante, and Martial who can upset any team. France won 8 of 10 qualifying matches, losing one and drawing one.
Belgium is certainly one of the most talented teams in the world, boasting the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Edwin Hazard, and Romelu Lukakau. The Red Devils currently top the world FIFA ranking. They also won all their qualifying matches and were among the first teams to qualify for Euro 2020. Although Belgium is not among the hosts, they have been tipped by many to reach the Wembley finals and eventually claim their first major trophy. They reached the finals of Euro 1980 and finished third in the last edition of the World Cup.
Surprisingly, England is one of the elite teams that has failed to win the UEFA European Championship, let alone reaching the finals. However, many believe that their golden generation of Rushford, Kane, Sterling, Stone, and Lingard will finally deliver a silverware. Gareth Southgate guided the Three Lions to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 World Cup and now has his eyes set on Euro 2020. With Wembley Stadium, England’s home ground, hosting the finals, most supporters believe their team stands a chance should they reach the showpiece.
National League finalist, Netherlands, did not qualify for Euro 2016 in France but seem to have turned around their fortune. Boasting of likes of Virgil van Dijk, the Oranje may surprise the big boys. Spain and Germany are looking to become the most successful teams in Europe by winning their fourth title. Spain is the first and the only team to retain the title.
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