Top Contenders of Euro 2020

Top Contenders of Euro 2020

Contenders of Euro 2020

Top Contenders of Euro 2020: Euro 2020 is a recurring international men’s football championship over a period of 4 years which is organized by UEFA. The tournament finals round will be conducted in as many as 12 cities in 12 European countries from mid-June to mid-July. This tournament is being celebrated on the occasion of its 60th name day, and it is announced to hold the finals of the tournament in London’s Wembley stadium. There is no direct qualification for any team in this tournament even for the host countries, a total of 55 teams are participating in the Euro qualifiers of which 24 will be playing the championship to be held next year. Below is the brief inception of eight teams and their scenarios of how fair is the chance of each team in the competition.

Top Contenders of Euro 2020

In each team there is someone who can knock down the others, can save their team single-handedly, while there is less possibility of a winner emerging other than the provided list unless a miracle happens.    

France

France

The 2018 world cup champions seemed to be in great form throughout the tournament that was held in Russia. The team consists of talented breeds who are in great touch not just in the national side but also in their respective clubs. IT is almost two decades that they got a hand on this title and with the current squad, they will be one of the favorites to win the championship. The blues as they are famously known as are also keen on avenging their chance of losing in the home ground in Euro 2016 against Portugal. The key players to watch out for in this team would definitely include Kylian Mbappe – a 20- year old who is unstoppable on his day and with his pace and skills he can take down opposition easily as compared to rest. They have a deadly combination of young talents such as Mbappe, Coman, Martial and Dembele and rich experience in the form of captain Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Giroud, and Griezmann. With no surprise, the chances of this team are 8/10.

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England

Top Contenders of Euro 2020: There is a lot of similarity in England Football and Cricket team, even though it is oldest playing nation in both sports they have merely won one trophy in their respective games which suggests that they always looked pressurized in the knockout stages resulting in exit from the tournament. Of late, the recent performances of the team have shown that they are still heavyweights and sent a warning for others so as not to consider them as minnows or underdogs. England football team was very impressive in the 2018 world cup under the leadership of Harry Kane who goal scoring acts led them to knockout stages unfortunately lost in the semi-final and finished in fourth place. The influential players for them apart from the captain would be the forwards Rashford and Sterling along with the Support of Lingard at the mid and Trippier’s defense. If they advance to semifinal then there would be an added advantage of playing in the home ground in front of thousands of fans and even their probability of 8/10 also seems a match. 

Portugal

Top Contenders of Euro 2020

One of the contenders for winning the Euro 2020 is the defending champion Portugal, although performances at the big stages is not that impressive as they have always struggled to qualify for the major tournaments but given the fact that the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo would bring out more positive energy in the team there is no denying that the team is slowly building the reputation for themselves to be considered a strong contender. The 2016 Euro cup final win against France despite Ronaldo’s absence was the proof for team belief and self-confidence. Other than Ronaldo who is the highest capped and scorer for Portugal; Nani, Silva, Quaresma are the dependable players for them. Considering Ronaldo’s age and his brilliant form he will be eager to win the cup again as he may not be playing his next Euro championship, but it would be tougher as the others are waiting to hunt these down.

Spain

Spain

The Red Fury” being the nickname of Spain team, even accordingly is their style of play, whose attacking play is not only dangerous and also fast. This is all possible because of the tiki-taka system they follow during the play which is based on the steadiness of a team’s unity and the complete understanding of the geometry of space on the football arena. It is the first European team to win the FIFA world cup outside Europe when they won in 2010 beating the Netherlands. They are also the winners of successive Euro champions of 2008 and 2012 and that period is often considered as the golden era of the team as they were unbeaten for a record-breaking win of consecutive 35 matches. Although they do not have a delegated home stadium, however Bernbeau of Madrid is used for playing the qualifying matches. The prominent players that include are Iker Casillas the goalkeeper (GK) and the World Cup winning captain who is not part of the current squad played a major role during their golden era, he is the most capped player of Spain and is widely considered as one of the greatest GK of all time. The highest goal scorer for Spain is David Villa with a tally of 59 goals in 98 appearances, he is regarded as one of the best forward of his generation with his versatile nature of kicking the ball with either foot. His Dribbling skills were eye pleasing so as his style of play. The current Captain of Spanish team Sergio Ramos is best known for his rough nature on the field apart from his defending techniques. With 163 matches for his team he is only second to Casillas, he is also the successor of the later as a captain.                    

Belgium

Belgium

Top Contenders of Euro 2020: Despite the fact that Belgium has not won major titles or trophies except for the solitary Olympic win, it is still considered as the most formidable contenders in all the Competitions that are organized by FIFA and UEFA. It is because of their appearances of 13 times in the final stages of the FIFA World Cups and Five times in Euro Championships that the opposition is terrified of their existence in the group. Their spirit until the last minute of the game remains constant irrespective of in what situation the team is which brings a lot of positive energy in and around them. Some of their noteworthy performances include the victories over champion teams like West Germany, Brazil, Argentina, France in the World Cup. The greatest rivals of Belgium are Netherlands and France who are their neighbors and share a good connection in political and cultural aspects. In the list of important players for Belgium Eden Hazard, the current captain is counted as major although he scored just 30 goals in 100 appearances, as an attacking midfielder the stability he brings is more accounted for. He is one of the youngest players to debut for Belgium at an age of 17 and he also holds silver ball given the second best player of the tournament in the 2018 World Cup for his scintillating performances. With 45 goals from 79 caps, Romelu Lukaku is the top goal scorer for them. The left-footed striker who is hefty uses his physicality to run over opposition defenders. 

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Top Contenders of Euro 2020

Germany is considered as one of the most successful teams in the World football leagues, because of their consistent performances over the years and the trophies are the reflection of what they are. With 4 FIFA World Cups and three UEFA Euro Championship, they are indeed capable of making it to their fourth title provided they forget their dismal exit from the world cup 2018. There have been ups and downs even for them but they have come out stronger each time they failed which is an inspiration for generations to come. Germany with 2205 points is the highest Elo ratings for any nation in the history till date. Manuel Neuer the greatest goalkeeper as he won World’s best Goal Keeper award for 4 years continuously between 2013-2016. He has been famed as “Sweeper-keeper” because of his rushing ability and quick reflexes his other qualities include long-range throw, accurate control, and distribution of the ball. Another young and talented bloke Leroy Sane who plays as the winger is the man to look out for, after omission from world cup squad and facing criticism Low would be keen on to play him and allow him to prove his worth.           

Croatia  

Croatia  

Top Contenders of Euro 2020: Under the leadership of Luka Modric Croatia looks altogether a different team who along with the support of Ivan Rakitic showed that they are no more minnows by beating all the odds to reach the finals of the World Cup 2018. The experience at the bigger stages seems to be less as their appearances in each of the FIFA and UEFA tournaments is six.  Since its formation in 1991 Croatia’s favorite and popular sport is Football and they have spread their fan base throughout the world by their impressive performance. Some of the players to watch out for are Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic. The deserved Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric is not just a captain but also a star who has risen through his hard work. He has been a brilliant midfielder who can play any kind of game be it passes, long-range shots or solo he is a puppet master of all these, his tactical thinking is an advantage as a captain so as to build the team with the right attitude. His Co Captian and Barcelona’s attacking midfielder Ivan Rakitic also shares the responsibilities brings in different aura within the team be it on the field or off-field such is his charisma. He is one of the few who has played 100 matches for a national team. Ivan Perisic the winger for Inter Milan and a second striker for Croatia who has records of creating goals at the major tournaments including World Cup 2018. Mario Mandzukic is known for being brash and unsophisticated but his physical strength and endless stamina are the qualities of footballer any team would love to have, he also played a crucial part in Croatia reaching the finals.

Italy

Italy

The first team to defend the World Cup “Italy” by winning consecutively in 1934 and 1938 is regarded as one of the most successful teams in major tournaments if their poor show in the qualifiers of the last world cup is forgotten. This team has fierce rivalry against some of the teams such as Brazil and given a name as “World Derby” having shared nine trophies, this match would be a treat to any football fan. France is the arch rivals of Italy having a history of centenary years which started in the year 1910 however the later has the upper hand. Marco Veratti – the central midfielder is known to be creative and hardworking along with his ability to move quickly and easily is what brings his versatile nature, he would play a major role in their comeback to the competitive tournament. A veteran and aggressive defender in the form of Giorgio Chiellini is a must in the coming games as his experience as a player and tactical ability could prove to be a turning point.

Conclusion

Top Contenders of Euro 2020: Out of 24 teams that will be qualified to play Euro 2020 between 12 June and 12 July, it would be interesting to see if the tournament progress as per the expectations of all or will there be any twist in the hindsight? Only Time can answer this, but all the football fans would be eager to see their favorite team and support them. The above data and prediction as top contenders are purely on the stats and their performances. There are other teams that are worth adding such as Netherlands and Switzerland but due to their inconsistency and failure at later stages of the tournament is the reason to be missed out from this list.   

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