Group F is one of the most difficult groups we have ever seen at the European Championships. France (2018 World Cup), Portugal (2016 Euros), and Germany (2014 World Cup) have won the three most recent international tournaments, but one of those three teams may not make it to the knockout rounds of EURO 2020. Their presence has made it nearly impossible for Hungary to get out, relegating the Magyars to a probable last place finish.
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If France wasn’t in this group, the French would likely be favorites to win EURO 2020. However, Les Bleus are stuck in Group F despite winning the last World Cup.
There is an absurd amount of talent for Didier Deschamps to select from this summer. Nearly all of the starters from the 2018 World Cup team are back, and there are exciting young players too.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann are likely to start up front for France, but they have several quality options to come on in relief. Olivier Giroud has been a talisman over the years, and Karim Benzema has answered the bell. Ousmane Dembele and Kingsley Coman are also on the roster.
The pairing of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba is a match made in Heaven. Kante thrives as a defensive midfielder that can break up passes, while Pogba wants to be the playmaker with the ball at his feet. Thomas Lemar and Moussa Sissoko bring experience to this unit too.
Benjamin Pavard is the centerpiece of the back line. Raphael Varane has played extremely well, and Lucas Hernandez and Clement Lenglet are still improving. The only real concern is goalkeeper as Hugo Lloris is a bit long in the tooth, and there aren’t experienced backups.
In most international tournaments, Germany is a fearsome opponent to reckon with at all times. However, this team doesn’t look to be responding to Joachim Low over the last several months. The Germans were blown out 6-0 by Spain in Seville last November, and they suffered a stunning home loss to North Macedonia this March.
Manuel Neuer is still the captain and the standout between the goalposts for Germany. He is still playing at a high level at 35 years old, but he is no longer the brick wall he was in the past. Mats Hummels is the only defender with a lot of experience for the national team.
This midfield is dripping with production. Toni Kroos, Kai Havertz, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan, Emre Can, and Thomas Muller are all standout players. No country has the overall firepower and depth that the Germans have in the midfield.
Timo Werner and Serge Gnabry figure to be the club’s primary forwards. Werner has 15 goals at the age of 25, and Gnabry also has 15 goals at that same age.
The winners of the last Euros are unlikely to repeat. Portugal caught lightning in a bottle on the way to the 2016 title. The Portuguese drew all three of their Group Stage games and only lucked into the knockout rounds by way of the third-place qualifier.
Cristiano Ronaldo is going to have a tough time getting going against these defenses. Ronaldo has 103 goals in 173 caps to be the country’s all-time leader in both, but he is now 36 years old and doesn’t have much help at the front.
Goncalo Guedes has been unable to develop as expected, and Renato Sanches has underwhelmed too. That will make Portugal reliant on its older players, but many of them retired after the 2016 win.
The top teams in this group will be France and Portugal.
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