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Who could be the surprise packages of Euro 2020?

09 June 2021 | Euro Championship | Opinion
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Who could be the surprise packages of Euro 2020?

The European Championships kick-off on Friday and there plenty of teams who look like they could win the competition. The usual suspects of France, Belgium, Portugal, Germany and England will fancy their chances of glory.

However, which teams will be the surprise packages of Euro 2020? Here are three teams that could upset the odds and thrive in the competition:

Austria

It is strange to think that despite having some great talent in recent decades that Austria have not won a game at a major international tournament since World Cup 1990. However, Euro 2020 could be their time to shine.

With a squad mostly based in the German Bundesliga, Austria have some quality players within their ranks. David Alaba soon to be of Real Madrid, RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer and up-and-coming giant striker Sasa Kalajdzic provide genuine quality.

Their German head coach Franco Foda has come in for criticism over what is perceived as a negative style of play. However, if he lets his team off the leash, they have the potential to do well in the competition.

Sweden

The Scandinavian nation are famous for their solid defensive style. That is no different with the current team. However, despite the absence of Swedish football royalty Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they have some exciting attacking talent in the squad.

Highly-rated young forward duo Alexander Isak and Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski are expected to provide the thrills, with RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg another stellar attacking talent. This Sweden team should be far more than just functional this time around.

Turkey

Senol Gunes’s team will be quietly confident about making it out of a group containing Italy, Wales and Switzerland. Turkey have shown that they are tough to beat in recent years, drawing with both Germany and Croatia in the Nations League, while beating the Netherlands 4-2 in World Cup qualifying.

A superb defence marshalled by Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu and Juventus’ Merih Demiral, is coupled with the playmaking abilities of Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu and evergreen forward Burak Yilmaz. With the players at Gunes’ disposal, Turkey will be a dangerous team for any opponent to face.

Euro Championship Group A
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Italy 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
2
Wales 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
3
Switzerland 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
4
Turkey 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
Euro Championship Group B
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Belgium 3 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
2
Finland 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
3
Denmark 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
4
Russia 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3
Euro Championship Group C
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Austria 3 1 1 0 0 3 1 2
2
Netherlands 3 1 1 0 0 3 2 1
3
Ukraine 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1
4
North Macedonia 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
Euro Championship Group D
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
England 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 1
2
Czech Rep 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4
Croatia 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1
Euro Championship Group E
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3
Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4
Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euro Championship Group F
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1
Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3
France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4
Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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