After a long and painful delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EURO 2020 is finally on the horizon and about to take over our summer!
If you’re unsure about which team to back, don’t panic – we have you covered with an extensive, team-by-team guide for what is sure to be an incredible summer of sport.
France ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
France are the current favourites with starsports.bet to go all the way and win EURO 2020 and it isn’t hard to see why when you look at the calibre of players they have to pick from. A spine of Hugo Lloris, Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema, who is making his return to the international stage, is as strong as you’re likely to find anywhere in the world. Despite having a very tough group to manoeuvre, France look likely to be a serious force in this upcoming tournament.
Group: F (Germany, Hungary, Portugal)
Manager: Didier Deschamps – Been in charge since 2012. His side were beaten in the EURO 2016 final but delivered the World Cup two years later with a 4-2 win over Croatia in the final.
Key player: N’Golo Kante – One of the world’s most likeable footballers. Absolutely crucial in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph and likely to be a key cog in France’s midfield with his energy and elite technical ability.
Best previous performance: Winners, 1984 & 2000
England ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Gareth Southgate has a much more youthful and energetic squad to pick from than he’s had previously; Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, in particular, are two players that should excite. Group D presents some interesting challenges, such as World Cup foes Croatia and old rivals Scotland, but nothing this strong squad shouldn’t be able to deal with. Provided they perform to the level they’re capable of and fatigue doesn’t have too much impact, England should go well in this tournament.
Group: D (Croatia, Scotland, Czech Republic)
Manager: Gareth Southgate – The pragmatic Southgate is heading into his second major tournament with England. Guided them to their first semi-final since 1996 at the 2018 World Cup.
Key player: Harry Kane – One of England’s seasoned world-class talents as well as their captain. Won the Golden Boot at the last World Cup and is 6/1 with starsports.bet to repeat the trick at EURO 2020.
Best previous performance: Semi-final, 1996
Belgium ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Belgium are a curious case as there are very few national sides who have possessed the same sort of strength in depth that they have had over the years. However, despite having a ludicrous plethora of elite talent, they’ve never quite been able to deliver the big performances when it really matters and seriously threaten to win the major honours. They’ll be hoping to buck that trend this time around and, once again, they certainly have the players to do so. Their defence is aging slightly, but their terrifying trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku will cause serious problems and should carry them far.
Group: B (Russia, Denmark, Finland)
Manager: Roberto Martinez – Martinez, known for his attacking and expansive football, has got his star-studded squad playing some beautiful football since taking charge in 2016. Can he couple style with success at EURO 2020?
Key player: Romelu Lukaku – Enjoyed a remarkable season with Inter Milan by winning the title and scoring 30 goals in all competitions. He’s the joint-favourite for the golden boot at 6/1 with starsports.bet.
Best previous performance: Runners-up, 1980
Germany ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Joachim Low’s Germany side had a frankly disastrous 2018 World Cup; suffering a humiliating defeat to South Korea and crashing out of the competition in the group stage. They will be determined to bounce back, though, in what is to be Low’s last tournament as coach. Kai Havertz, fresh off the back of scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final, will be hungry for more silverware with his national side and is likely to be the main source of creativity for Timo Werner and Kevin Volland. Germany aren’t short of star quality and, if they are able to progress past of the ‘Group of Death’, should be able to drastically improve on their last major tournament and be among the last few remaining sides.
Group: F (France, Portugal, Hungary)
Manager: Joachim Low – Has been in charge since 2006. His last chance to add to his 2014 World Cup triumph with his former assistant Hansi Flick set to replace him after EURO 2020.
Key player: Joshua Kimmich – When Phillip Lahm retired, Germany must have thought they’d never see another player quite like him, but Kimmich really looks the part. Whether it’s at right-back or defensive-midfield, the 26-year-old has evolved into one of the world’s most complete footballers.
Best previous performance: Winners, 1972, 1980 & 1996
Spain ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Just like the World Cup in 2018, Spain have been thrown into chaos in the week of the tournament with Sergio Busquets testing positive for COVID-19 and the whole squad missing their final warm-up friendly in self-isolation. New boss Luis Enrique has selected a streamlined squad, which doesn’t contain any Real Madrid players, in order to try and restore success. Strength in depth could be a slight issue, but you would imagine that they have enough quality to sail through their group and be very competitive in the knockout stages as long as they manage to contain their COVID problem.
Group: E (Sweden, Poland, Slovakia)
Manager: Luis Enrique – Despite this being the 51-year-old’s second spell as Spain boss, this will be the former Barcelona manager’s first taste of an international major tournament.
Key player: Marcos Llorente – A breakout star in Europe this season with Atletico Madrid. His star quality coupled with his versatility makes him an important player for Enrique’s side.
Best previous performance: Winners, 2008 & 2012
Italy ⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Despite expectations not running particularly high for Roberto Mancini’s side, Italy come into EURO 2020 as one of the most in-form teams in the tournament; currently on a remarkable unbeaten run stretching all the way back to September 2018. With all three group games taking place at the Stadio Olimpico, Mancini’s men are the undisputable favourites to win Group A. How hard they’ve become to beat over the last three years could also stand them in good stead in the knockout stages and see them do quite well in this tournament.
Group: A (Turkey, Switzerland, Wales)
Manager: Roberto Mancini – A name that will be recognisable to many English football fans from his time as Manchester City manager. Appointed in 2018, six months after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Key player: Marco Verratti – An experienced, classy midfield player that has been a mainstay in the Paris-Saint Germain team since joining the French giants in 2012.
Best previous performance: Winners, 1968
Portugal ⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Defending champions Portugal are on a mission to retain their crown after their shock win over hosts France in the 2016 European Championships. Any side with Cristiano Ronaldo in their team is going to cause problems, and Bruno Fernandes will also be useful if they get a penalty, but it may be a tough ask for them to repeat the feat of five years ago considering how tough Group F looks. However, if their victory in 2016 proved anything, it’s that you can never write them off.
Group: F (Hungary, Germany, France)
Manager: Fernando Santos – A manager that will go down in Portuguese folklore after their EURO 2016 triumph. No stranger to international football having managed Greece for four years before taking over Portugal in 2014.
Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo – Despite a tricky season with Juventus, Ronaldo is still one of the best and most talismanic players at EURO 2020. He is 8/1 with starsports.bet to have the most goal contributions at the tournament.
Best previous performance: Winners, 2016
Netherlands ⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
After missing out on the last European Championship in 2016, the Netherlands will be keen to make up for lost time at this forthcoming tournament. However, there are issues. Doubt has been raised over whether Frank De Boer is the right person to lead the country forward and two key players in Donny Van De Beek and Steven Bergwijn have barely featured for their clubs this season. There is quality there and their group looks fairly favourable, but don’t be shocked if the Netherlands flatter to deceive.
Group: C (Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia)
Manager: Frank De Boer – The former Crystal Palace boss was a surprise choice to replace Ronald Koeman when he departed for Barcelona last year. He was won 4, drawn 4 and lost 2 of his first 10 matches in charge.
Key player: Memphis Depay – A pacey skilful forward who is capable of playing anywhere across the frontline. Looks set for a move to Barcelona after scoring 20 goals in 37 appearances for Lyon last season.
Best previous performance: Winners, 1988
Denmark have often proved to be a tough test on the international stage and I don’t expect that to change at EURO 2020. Kasper Schmeichel will provide a safe pair of hands in goal, Simon Kjær should keep things tight at the back and Christian Eriksen will create plenty of chances. Their downfall may be a lack of a proven goalscorer and the expectation for goals may weigh heavy on the shoulders of Yusuf Poulsen and Martin Braithwaite, who only mustered seven goals between them for their clubs this season.
Group: B (Finland, Belgium, Russia)
Manager: Kasper Hjulmand – Appointed last year after enjoying success in the Danish Superliga with Nordsjælland.
Key player: Christian Eriksen – Fresh off the back of winning Serie A with Inter Milan, Eriksen is sure to be the difference-maker if Denmark are to make a splash at EURO 2020.
Best previous performance: Winners, 1992
Croatia ⭐⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Croatia shocked a few by reaching the final of the 2018 World Cup and will be hoping to spring a few more surprises at EURO 2020. They have been placed in a challenging group alongside England, Czech Republic and Scotland and, although should be fancied to progress to the knockout stages, it is hard to see them replicating the feat of their last major tournament and reaching the final.
Group: D (England, Czech Republic, Scotland)
Manager: Zlatko Dalic – Appointed in 2017. Guided Croatia all the way to the World Cup final in 2018, eliminating England in the semi-final.
Key player: Luka Modric – A highly-experienced midfielder that, although is probably past his prime years, is still very capable of pulling the strings in midfield.
Best previous performance: Quarter-final, 1996 & 2008
Turkey ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Turkey’s road to the finals of the EURO 2020 was a fairly comfortable one. They finished second in a group containing Moldova, Andorra, Albania, Iceland and France; only losing one match and securing an impressive 2-0 win over France in June 2019. They’ve proven to be a tough nut to crack in previous tournaments and could go well if they’re able to sneak into the knockout stages past Switzerland and Wales.
Group: A (Italy, Wales, Switzerland)
Manager: Şenol Güneş – Güneş is back in charge of the national side and will be looking to emulate the success of the 2002 World Cup where the Turks came away with a bronze medal.
Key player: Burak Yilmaz – Helped produce one of the stories of the season in Ligue 1 as the 35-year-old guided Lille to a stunning league title ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. He won’t be giving an easy ride to any centre-back at this tournament.
Best previous performance: Semi-final, 2008
Switzerland ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Switzerland are in Group A alongside Wales, Italy and Turkey. Vladimir Petkovic has been successful in guiding the Swiss side out of their group in their last two major tournaments and they are currently 8/15 with starsports.bet to qualify for the knockout stages. The group does present some tough tests, though, with Turkey not likely to be pushovers and will need big performances from Premier League stars Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Group: A (Wales, Italy, Turkey)
Manager: Vladimir Petkovic – Appointed in 2014, Petkovic has so far guided Switzerland to the round-of-16 stages of both EURO 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
Key player: Xherdan Shaqiri – At 29, Shaqiri is still this Swiss side’s difference-maker. He’s made 89 caps – the joint-seventh highest of all-time.
Best previous performance: Round-of-16, 2016
Poland ⭐⭐ – currently at with starsports.bet
Poland are not among the favourites to win the tournament and clearly outsiders, but any side with Robert Lewandowski as their main striker should be at least taken somewhat seriously. They provided England with a tough test at Wembley in April and could be the ‘dark horses’ of the tournament if they can get their main man firing. And even if they don’t, Arkadiusz Milik certainly isn’t a bad back-up option.
Group: E (Slovakia, Spain, Sweden)
Manager: Paulo Sousa – Sousa only took over the Polish national side in January 2021 following the sacking of Jerzy Brzęczek. Formerly of Swansea Cuty
Key player: Robert Lewandowski – The 32-year-old has had another remarkable season with Bayern Munich, scoring 41 goals in just 29 league appearances. No striker will be coming into this tournament in better form and he is 25/1 with starsports.bet to finish as top goalscorer.
Best previous performance: Quarter-final, 2016
Russia ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
A side with a rich history in this tournament – they won the first Euros as the Soviet Union in 1960, were runners up in 1964, 1972 and 1988, and came third in 2008. They will definitely be helped by home advantage – Russia’s two home games will be played in front of 50% capacity crowds, the largest attendance bar Hungary – and they have a great deal of experience in the shape of Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev, Alexei Ionov, Aleksei Miranchuk, and centre-backs Andrei Semenov and Georgi Dzhikiya.
Group: B (Belgium, Finland Denmark)
Manager: Stanislav Cherchesov – A man who isn’t universally adored amongst fans despite a fine World Cup performance – remind you of anybody? – Cherchesov took over after Russia’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, when they finished last in their group, and has turned the side around since then.
Key player: Artem Dzyuba – Scorer of three goals at the 2018 World Cup, Dzyuba lashed home nine goals in qualifying and is the focal point of Cherchesov’s attacking system which can be described as direct and effective. A smart finisher for a man of his size (6ft and 6inches), he is not to be underestimated.
Best previous performance: Runners-up, 1964, 1972 & 1988
Sweden ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Sweden will be at their third straight major tournament after an excellent qualifying campaign which saw them lose only to Spain (away) whilst finishing above Norway and Romania in their qualifying group. An organised and disciplined unit who favour the standard 4-4-2, powered in midfield by the vastly experienced Sebastian Larsson and Dejan Kulusevski and led up-front by the promising Alexander Isak, Sweden certainly won’t be an easy opponent for their Group E counterparts.
Group: E (Spain, Slovakia, Poland)
Manager: Janne Andersson – An experienced coach who’s been at the helm for four years, Andersson had an extensive domestic CV with stints at Halmstads BK, Orgryte IS and IFK Norrkoping, taking Norrkoping to a first title for 26 years in 2015.
Key player: Emil Forsberg – Now the main attacking star in the team following the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he had his best Bundesliga season since 2016/17 for RB Leipzig and should arrive at the tournament with confidence.
Best previous performance: Semi-final, 1992
Ukraine ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Football legend Andriy Shevchenko is aiming to make history this summer with this Ukraine side by becoming the first manager to lead the nation out of the group-stage at a European Championship. Their chances of doing so look reasonable – and starsports.bet are offering odds of 1/3 for them to qualify for the knockout stages – but there are question marks over whether they possess the depth to achieve much beyond that.
Group: C (Netherlands, North Macedonia, Austria)
Manager: Andriy Shevchenko – Appointed in 2016. The former Chelsea and AC Milan striker had a superb playing career and EURO 2020 is the perfect opportunity to prove himself as a manager.
Key player: Oleksandr Zinchenko – The 24-year-old has made the left-back position his own at Manchester City and was often an unsung hero in Manchester City’s Champions League run this season.
Best previous performance: Group stage, 2012 & 2016
Austria ⭐⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Austria will be appearing at just their third-ever European Championships and hoping that EURO 2020 will bring their first finals victory after going winless in 2008 and 2016. Likely to set-up in a 4-2-3-1 with Marko Arnautovic and Marcel Sabitzer likely to be the focus of their attacking play, they can feel hopeful of slightly greater finals success in a fairly favourable-looking Group C. However, having said that, it is difficult to see them going too deep into the tournament and could get picked off against the stronger sides.
Group: C (North Macedonia, Netherlands, Ukraine)
Manager: Franco Foda – He took over the national side in 2018 and will be leading them to his first major tournament this summer after enjoying success in his native Austria with Sturm Graz.
Key player: David Alaba – Left-back, left-wing, central-midfield – he can do them all. In fact, there probably aren’t too many positions that he’s unable to play. He will be coming into this tournament in positive spirits after recently agreeing a highly-lucrative deal with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Best previous performance: Group stage, 2008 & 2016
Czech Republic ⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Long gone are days of Peter Cech and Tomas Rosicky, Czech Republic are among the rank outsiders for this tournament. That being said, they did show England that they are not exactly pushovers in the qualifying group; beating them 2-1 in Prague and dishing out the Three Lions’ first qualifying defeat in 10 years. They face England again in the finals, but Southgate and co are sure to have learned from their humbling defeat and should be prepared. Second-spot may in Group D may be difficult to obtain for Czech Republic.
Group: D (Scotland, Croatia, England)
Manager: Jaroslav Silhavy – Was appointed national team boss in 2018 after winning the Czech First League with Slavia Prague.
Key player: Tomas Soucek – The physical, energetic midfielder has impressed since signing for David Moyes’ West Ham in January 2020 and has become a pivotal part of this Czech side.
Best previous performance: Semi-final, 1960, 1980 & 2004
Wales ⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Wales stunned Europe in 2016 when Chris Coleman led his plucky team all the way to the semi-final; knocking Belgium out in the process. Although they have Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, who is still capable of producing magic moments, reaching the last-four looks a lot less likely this time. Former Port Vale boss Robert Page, who lacks any real pedigree at international level, has had to step up to the plate in trying circumstances and their squad looks a lot more aged than the one that made dreams come true in France in 2016.
Group: A (Switzerland, Turkey, Italy)
Manager: Robert Page – Standing in for Ryan Giggs at EURO 2020. Previously managed the Wales under-21 side as well as EFL clubs Port Vale and Northampton Town.
Key player: Gareth Bale – It has been a topsy turvy season at Tottenham for Bale but, despite rumours that he may even retire after EURO 2020, he is still the main man for Wales.
Best previous performance: Semi-final, 2016
Scotland ⭐ – currently with starsports.bet
Scotland will be aiming to shock a few in their first appearance at a major tournament in over 20 years. Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney provide real quality at the back for the Scots and they will be hoping that Che Adams will now be able to provide the fire-power up-front that they have been missing for so long. It does, however, still look tough for them to qualify from a competitive-looking Group D and they may be set for an early flight home unless they can come up with something special.
Group: D (Czech Republic, England, Croatia)
Manager: Steve Clarke – The former Kilmarnock manager succeeded Alex McLeish as national team boss in 2019 and will be leading Scotland to their first major tournament in over 20 years.
Key player: Andrew Robertson – The Scotland skipper is one of the genuinely world-class players at Steve Clarke’s disposal. Joined Liverpool from Hull City in 2017.
Best previous performance: Group stage, 1992 & 1996
Slovakia ⭐ – currently at with starsports.bet
Slovakia made it to this summer’s Euros through the play-offs, although in doing so they definitely took themselves off the Irish Christmas card list, beating the Republic of Ireland on penalties in the play-off semi-finals and then knocking out Northern Ireland after extra time to reach the finals. It’s tough to predict exactly how they’ll look – Stefan Tarkovic has not had much time at the helm (see below) but he went with a 4-1-4-1 against Northern Ireland for their play-off success so don’t be surprised to see the same thing here.
Group: E (Poland, Sweden, Spain)
Manager: Stefan Tarkovic – Appointed in extraordinary circumstances – the previous manager Pavel Hapel was in charge when they beat the Republic of Ireland 4-2 on penalties to knock them out of Euro 2020 qualification – Tarkovic is well respected as a coach domestically, having cut his playing career short after serious injury at 24 before going onto manage the teams Žilina, Tatran Prešov and Košice for short stints.
Key player: Marek Hamsik – One of the greatest players in Slovakian history, Hamsik was made captain at 22 and hasn’t looked back since then. A legend for Napoli, he won the Coppa Italia twice and scored 121 goals, breaking Napoli’s all-time scoring record set by Diego Maradona at the time.
Best previous performance: Round-of-16, 2016
Finland ⭐ – currently at with starsports.bet
Enjoying a resurgence on the International scene, Finland are set to enjoy their first major tournament finals under Markku Kanerva, who has used his long time in the set up (he’s been coaching with Finland since 2004) to craft a team so well organise that Ireland manager Stephen Kenny compared them to a club side when Finald beat them 1-0 in October 2020. The bedrock of the team is arguably Lukas Hradecky, who has been Finland’s first-choice goalkeeper for several years. The Bayer Leverkusen stopper has a fantastic relationship with centre-backs Paulus Arajuuri and Joona Toivio, whilst Ranger’s Glen Kamara and Robin Lod make the midfield tick over for a side free of expectation.
Group: B (Denmark, Russia, Belgium)
Manager: Markku Kanerva – The former school teacher has been apart of the Finnish set-up since 2004, holding the managerial role since 2016.
Key player: Teemu Pukki – The Norwich City striker’s prolific form has returned in the Championship this season. Has scored 30 goals in his 90 caps for Finland.
Best previous performance: N/A
Hungary ⭐ – currently at with starsports.bet
Hungary, already huge outsiders at EURO 2020, have been dealt the short straw by being drawn in a group with Portugal, France and Germany. And if you thought their luck couldn’t get much worse, star man Dominik Szoboszlai has been ruled out with an injury. If you got Hungary in the office sweepstake… bad luck.
Group: F (Portugal, France, Germany)
Manager: Marcos Rossi – Won the Hungarian league with Nemzeti Bajnoksag in 2018. Has been in charge of the national team since 2018.
Key player: Willi Orban – The centre-back has made over 200 appearances for RB Leipzig. Hungary will need a big tournament from him.
Best previous performance: Quarter-final, 1964 & 1972
North Macedonia ⭐ – currently at with starsports.bet
North Macedonia will be competing at their first-ever European Championships this summer and are by far the smallest nation at the tournament. Although they did manage to defeat Germany 2-1 just a matter of months ago, the fact they’ve qualified is an achievement in itself and are unlikely to go far.
Group: C (Austria, Ukraine, Netherlands)
Manager: Igor Angelovski – He was appointed in 2015, when Ljubinko Drulovic left to take over at Serbian giants Partizan Belgrade.
Key player: Goran Pandev – Admit it, you thought Pandev had retired didn’t you? Well, he hasn’t and is ready to be lead the line for North Macedonia this summer. The 37-year-old plays for Serie A side Genoa and bagged seven goals last season.
Best previous performance: N/A