The European Championship takes place between this Friday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 23, its group stage. Total, 36 games distributed in eleven venues that will delight fans of the beautiful game and that will serve to define the crosses from the last 16 to the final, as well as the first eight teams eliminated from the tournament.
In this first phase, the draw has already produced numerous shocks of interest, especially in group F, which brings together three champion teams in previous editions, such as Germany, France and Portugal.
We review the ten most interesting encounters that can be seen in the first phase of this Euro 2020.
Turkey – Italy (Group A – Friday 11)
The opening match is always one of the most watched in the competition, given the desire for top-level football on the part of the fans. On this occasion, Italy will host the Olympic Stadium in Roma against the booming Ottoman team, opening the Eurocup contest and probably elucidating the first scorer of the competition.
Belgium – Russia (Group B – Saturday 12)
On the second day, an exciting and even duel will be played, probably the most attractive of all group B. If, due to sporting potential, Belgium leaves with more options in the tournament, the fact that Russia hosts the match in St. Petersburg levels the scale. The outcome of this clash will largely depend on the future of the league that both share with Denmark and Finland.
England – Croatia (Group D – Sunday 13)
One of the most historic teams on the international scene against the current world runner-up. Not a bad appetizer to open the fourth group of the tournament. The ‘pross’ want to show that they are capable of finally reaching a final of the tournament, while the Balkan team hopes not to accuse the losses suffered after the World Cup event and to reap a remarkable result. The duel will be played in Wembley, with the English as locals.
Netherlands – Ukraine (Group C – Sunday 13)
The most attractive match in group C will also be played on the third day of the competition, at the Amsterdam Arena from the Dutch town. The Netherlands will host Ukraine in a duel that will weigh down the team that fails to get a positive result for the entire league. Austria and Macedonia are the other two teams in this group.
Spain – Sweden (Group E – Monday 14)
The debut of the ‘Roja’ will take place in The Cartuja of Seville at night, with Luis Enrique’s men facing what is perhaps the most powerful team in the group, despite the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Spain, winner of two of the last three editions of the tournament, will host a team that has historically proven itself capable of standing up to the biggest players.
France – Germany (Group F – Tuesday 15)
The premiere of the most anticipated group of the tournament arrives, and it does so with a vibrant confrontation between the reigning world champion and the traditionally most feared team on the continent. The Allianz Arena Munich It will host the event and allow you to see the duel between Griezmann, Mbappé, Kanté, Pogba and company against the rocky team formed by Neuer, Müller, Kroos or Kimmich.
England – Scotland (Group D – Friday 18)
Duels between British teams are always a party, because of the tradition of these teams and because of the color that their hobbies bring. On this occasion, the English and the Scots will meet in Wembley (They are both hosts of the tournament, but Scotland was left without the privilege of hosting the direct duel having qualified through the playoffs) with the intention of greening the most classic flavor of football.
Portugal – Germany (Group F – Saturday 19)
The very even group F continues with the clash between the current European champion and the powerful German team, perhaps the most affected of the draw by opening the tournament against two real ‘coconuts’. The Germans will have at least the possibility of hosting both games in the Allianz Arena, like the one that closes the group days later against Hungary.
Spain – Poland (Group E – Saturday 19)
The Cartuja of Seville He dresses up again to see the Spanish team welcome one of the authentic individual figures of this European Championship, the Polish Robert Lewandowski. The ‘Red’ will need a good result to reach the last day comfortably against Slovakia to certify their pass to the round of 16.
Portugal – France (Group F – Wednesday 23)
The duel that closes the first phase, a monument to football that pits the current European champion against the current world champion. The only match in this group F that takes place on neutral ground will take place in the Puskas Arena de Budapest, before an attendance of the public that is expected to be 100% of the capacity of the venue.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.