With the COVID-19 pandemic postponing all major sporting events from the 2020 calendar to at least 2021, UEFA Euro 2020 was no exception. However, after months of postponement, the tournament is set to commence for first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 11 host cities overall from June 11.
This has let the fans being able to witness their footballing superstars once again on the grandest international European stage. Having said that, as always there will be favorites who many believe have the best chance of winning the highly-anticipated tournament. Justifying the same, here are five of the favorite teams for Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate guided the ‘Three Lions’ to their joint best finish in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. With the likes of Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho etc being in top form, England are placed in a relatively easy group with Croatia, Czech Republic and Scotland alongside them.
Although England have been the unluckiest and under-performing team in the history of football on the international platform, it looks like they can headline a storybook ending with their long-awaited win at Euro 2020 as the Final is scheduled in Wembley.
Undoubtedly the team that has got their marquee players in fine form. Having been placed in a group containing Finland, Russia and Denmark in Group B, Belgium’s route to the knockout phase seems very easy.
But with doubts hanging over the form of their captain Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne’s worrisome injury in the Champions League Final, Belgium will require much more than just their offensive attributes to reach deep into the knockout phase of Euro 2020.
It would be La Roja’s 4th triumph at the Euro Championships if they were to win the Euro 2020. They have been placed with Sweden, Poland and Slovakia in Group E. Spain will be looking to make up for their disappointing run in the 2018 World Cup.
Although they did not perform well in the latest edition of the UEFA Nations League at all, Spain can never be out-casted due to the plethora of superstars at their disposal. Having a combination of both experience and youth, it remains to be seen whether Spain can live up to the high expectations of their fans.
It would be the second time that the reigning World Champions, France could go on and win the Euro Championship simultaneously after their triumph in the World Cup in 2018. Being led by the World’s best young forward, Kylian Mbappe, the French team arguably have the best squad among all the teams in the competition.
However, France have not been at their dominating best, ever since their World Cup glory, be it in the UEFA Nations League or Euro 2020 qualifiers. Also, being placed in the group of death with Hungary, Portugal and Germany, there is utmost uncertainty over who comes out from that particular group.
The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side is in the group of death with Hungary, Germany and France. The reigning European and UEFA Nations League Champions will face a tough task in defending their crown.
Over the span of last 3 years, Portugal has produced the most elite mid-fielders and attackers in the Top 5 leagues in the World, be it Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva or Joao Felix. Their squad looks balanced and Portugal definitely have the ability to emerge victorious once again.
Will Ronaldo be able to lead his national side to glory after a relatively disappointing domestic campaign with Juve, time will unravel all the speculations as Portugal lock horns against Hungary on June 15 to start their campaign.