In the guise of the hero who wants to restore the personality and dominance that he had at the beginning of the last decade, through which he won the three titles (Euro 2008, 2012 and the 2010 World Cup), Spain is running “Euro 2020” with its eye on the championship title.
La Roja is in Group E of the European Football Championship, along with Poland, Sweden and Slovakia.
Spain national team: the 11th time in the finals (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
Spain qualified for the Euro 2020 finals effortlessly, but the strange way in which Luis Enrique returned to the position of coach of the team cast a shadow over the team’s success in the qualifiers.
But the Spanish Federation returned Enrique to coach the team after his sick daughter died earlier this year.
And the Spanish team still includes in its ranks two players from the golden age of the team that won the Euro 2008, 2012 and 2010 World Cup titles, and the two players are Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets – who was infected with the Corona virus and may miss the tournament – Barcelona stars.
Players such as Leipzig’s Dani Olmo and Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyazarbal made their way to the Spanish national team, knowing that such players can change the Spanish national team a lot.
The Spanish national team no longer has the same personality and dominance that it had at the beginning of the last decade, during which it won the three titles (Euro 2008, 2012 and the 2010 World Cup).
Although he is still able to threaten his opponents, the Spanish national team is not among the strong favorites to win the European title this time.
The Spanish national team won its first European title in 1964, while it finished second in 1984.
The Poland national football team is participating in the finals for the fourth time (2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the driving force in the Polish national team, which is participating in the European finals in the fourth consecutive edition.
The Polish national team was eliminated from Euro 2016 in France from the quarter-finals, losing on penalties to its Portuguese counterpart, who then completed his way to the title.
Despite the presence of a striker with Lewandowski’s potential, the team is bottom of its group in the World Cup Russia 2018, and Marseille striker Arkadiusz Milik cooperates with Lewandowski in the offensive duties of the team.
In the team’s defense, Kamil Glick, the Italian player from Benevento, is starring, and behind him is the veteran goalkeeper, Vujic Chesney, who is currently guarding the Italian Juventus goalkeeper.
Sweden: It competes in the finals for the seventh time (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).
Slovakia: Runs into the finals for the second time (2016 and 2020).
Although the Slovak national team had previously participated in the European Championships and the World Cup more than once as part of the former Czechoslovakia – that was decades ago – this makes the experience of a number of the current team’s players in the major tournaments largely limited to the team’s participation in the “Euro 2016” in France.
The team had passed the group stage in the last edition of the European Championship, but it was eliminated from the second round (the round of 16), and reaching this role in Euro 2020 may be a dream for the team, especially since the team does not have the same capabilities as its competitors in the fifth group of “Euro 2020”.
During his qualifiers for the tournament, the Slovak team came third with only 13 points out of 24 points available, behind the teams of Croatia and Wales.
During the play-off, the Slovakian team defeated the Republic of Ireland 4-2 on penalties and then defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 after extra time.
Stefan Tarkovic, coach of the Slovak national team, is counting on the experience of some players, such as Marek Hamsik, 33, the captain of the team who plays in the Swedish team Göteborg, and Juraj Kucka, 34, of Parma, Italy.