It suffices to mention that the sixth group in the upcoming European Nations Cup “Euro 2020” includes the world champion France, the European champion Portugal, as well as the former world champion Germany, to deserve the label “group of death”.
In addition to the three teams, the group includes Hungary, which is the weakest link in the group.
Portugal: Participated 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 as well as 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 the qualifiers to ensure qualification for “Euro 2020” by occupying second place in The second group qualifiers behind Ukraine.
Ronaldo’s goals played an important role in the team’s qualification for the “Euro 2020” finals, knowing that the player raised his score to 103 international goals, 6 goals away from the former Iranian football star Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals in his country’s shirt.
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. 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 the Juventus striker.
France national team: participating 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 its 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 the total 6 points available in its two matches against the Turkish team, which finished the qualifiers in second place in the group.
The French national team has a talented team in various positions, in addition to the surprise that Deschamps caused by returning Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to the team’s list after he was excluded from the team’s accounts for 6 years.
In attack, the team also relies on Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba also shine in the midfield, in addition to players who are shining with the largest European clubs.
In defense, Real Madrid star Raphael Varane bears 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 crowned the title only two years after winning the world title, and the team hopes to repeat the same scene during Euro 2020 after winning the world title last year.
منتخب ألمانيا: يخوض النهائيات للمرة الـ13 (1972 و1976 و1980 و1984 و1988 و1992 و1996 و2000 و2004 و2008 و2012 و2016 و2020) .
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.
Manuel Neuer, the team’s goalkeeper, captain, midfielder Toni Kroos and striker Marco Reus, represents the important elements of experience in this young new team, which includes striker Timo Werner (25 years) and winger Serge Nabry (25 years), who became a Bayern Munich star, and they are two of the important elements. Very much in the ranks of the Germans and in the plans of Loew, who will leave the team’s training after the end of his trip to “Euro 2020”.
Loew also returned to the team both Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, after they were excluded more than two and a half years from the ranks of the Manchaft.
The German national team has been famous historically as the championship team, and the team won the European title 3 previous times in 1972, 1980 and 1996. It also reached the championship final 3 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.
Hungary: Participating in the finals for the fourth time (1964, 1972, 2016 and 2020).
Despite the team’s glories in the middle of the last century, the Hungarian team missed the European Nations Cup finals for more than 4 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 16), 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 in the second consecutive edition, and aspires to reach the playoffs again, but its desires will clash 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 improvement of the team’s level in the past few years, the qualification of the Hungarian team came through a narrow door, as it finished fourth in its qualifying group with 12 points behind the teams of Croatia, Wales and Slovakia, after winning only 4 matches and losing 4 matches.
Now, the goal of the team, led by Italian coach Marco Rossi, is to appear in the best possible way in the group stage of the European Championship while trying to create a surprise and qualify among the top four third-placed teams in the six groups.