France lifted the World Cup in Russia after a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final, fast-forward 19 months and they have another crack at glory. This time, European glory.
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France is not the only one rubbing their hands at the prospect of adding to their World Cup trophy, a handful of teams, such as Belgium, will be looking to make their make in June when the tournament kicks off in Rome.
Who are the favourites?
After going through the entire qualifying stage unbeaten, Roberto Martinez’s side scored 40 goals and only conceded 3. They’re overwhelming favourites and will look to finish better than their third place position in the World Cup.
Defending champions, Portugal, will look to fight tooth and nail to defend their title, however with an aging squad and not much in the way of young talent, they’ll find it hard to compete to keep up with younger and more resilient teams such as Italy.
Roberto Mancini will look to rally the Azzuri at the Euro’s when they face Turkey in their opening match on 12 June. Germany’s early exit at the World Cup should be motivation enough for them to come back stronger at the Euro’s, their team is littered with young talent however it’ll take it’ll take more than just talent if they have any ambitions of lifting this prestigious trophy.
A different format
Traditionally, the Euro’s have been held at in one country across various stadiums however, this year a different system is to be used.
Matches will be held in different cities such as Baku, Amsterdam, Bilbao, Munich, St Petersburg and Budapest and more, meaning everyone in those cities will have the chance to go watch their favourite players take to the field.
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, Playoff D winner
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Playoff C winner
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Playoff B winner
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Playoff A winner
Playoff spots up for grabs
There are still four more spots available at Euro 2020 and this point, it’s anyone’s to take. Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Northen Ireland, Iceland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Slovakia and Hungary have all progressed to the playoffs.
Twelve cities across the continent have been selected to host this year’s Euro games. Check the stadiums that will be hosting:
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Johan Cruyff Arena
Baku (Azerbaijan) - Olympic Stadium
Bilbao (Spain) - San Mames
Bucharest (Romania) - Arena Nationala
Budapest (Hungary) - Puskas Arena
Copenhagen (Denmark) - Parken Stadium
Dublin (Republic of Ireland) - Aviva Stadium
Glasgow (Scotland) - Hampden Park
London (England) - Wembley Stadium
Munich (Germany) - Allianz Arena
Rome (Italy) - Stadio Olimpico
Saint Petersburg (Russia) - Krestovsky Stadium
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