Euro 2020 Preview
Euro 2020-21 kicks off today with an exciting clash between Turkey vs Italy to begin proceedings with.
The match will be broadcasted live on Espn and Sony Sports Network from 12.30 am onwards (12th June). Matches will be played in various timeframes with the early kick off starting at 6.30 pm (IST) followed by the 9.30pm (IST) kick-off and then the late night 12.30 am Kick-off.
There is a great euphoria and a significant relevance about the upcoming Euros, as it is the first major international football tournament being played after the FIFA World Cup 2018, with the same being conducted during a time when the whole world is facing such a huge catastrophe. The tournament is expected to bring in much needed economic relief to the sporting sector which is badly affected by the pandemic and also at the same provide the deprived fans of the world’s most beautiful sport with the much-anticipated booster dose of footballing action over the span of the next month or so.
With 24 teams participating in this year’s competition and with the matches being played across 11 locations, one can surely expect this year’s Euros to be an extremely competitive one filled with a lot of upsets and unpredictability.
While countries like France, Germany, Portugal remain firm favourites to lift this coveted trophy according to many football pundits, one cannot simply rule out the likes of England, Spain, Belgium to give them a run for their money in the fight for European football’s ultimate prize.
Then there are the likes of Denmark, Turkey, Netherlands, Croatia, Sweden who surely can be party spoilers for the favourites and even carry the potential to embark on an exciting run of their own.
The likes of Slovakia, North Macedonia, Scotland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine , Hungary, Russia, Wales, Finland would not want to just add up the numbers and have a few key players who if they turn up on their day have the potential to run through the opponent teams.Groups of Euro’s as follows:- Q1, Q2 will be direct Qualifiers to round of 16 while 3rd placed best 4 teams are selected.( These are just predictions)
Group AItaly (Q1)Switzerland (4th)Turkey (Q2)Wales
Group BBelgium (Q1)Denmark (Q2)Finland (4th)Russia (3rd placed)
Group CAustriaNetherlands (Q1)North Macedonia (4th)Ukraine (Q2)
Group DCroatia (Q2)Czech Republic (3rd placed)England (Q1)Scotland (4th)
Group EPoland (3rd placed)Slovakia (4th)Spain (Q1)Sweden (Q2)
Group F (Group of Death)France (1st)Germany (3rd placed)Hungary (4th)Portugal (Q2)
Some facts about this year Euro’s
– 24 teams tournament- 11 Venues- At 38 years oldest player is Pepe from Portugal- At 17 years Kacper Kozlowski from Poland is the youngest.- At 37 years oldest captain is Goran Pandev from North Macedonia- At 27 years Andrew Robertson is the youngest captain from Scotland.- Chelsea and Manchester City have total representation of 15 players participating in this Euro while Bayern Munich have 14 players participating in the competition.- Wembley which is also the largest of all the venue’s where the matches will be conducted will also be conducting the finals of this competition.
Sportsnasha Prediction for Euro Winners: France , Portugal , Belgium.
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By Siddarth Sabapathy