Among all the Groups in Euro 2020, Group F, without a doubt, is the toughest, the group of death as they say, with defending Euro Champion Portugal, World Champion France, heavyweight Germany put together with dark horse Hungary.
France arguably has the strongest team on paper. The team seems to have all their bases covered with at least two-star performers for every position. This gives Les Blues a great cover to any injury and will allow Manager Didier Deschamps to tinker with his formations. The team is further boosted by the return of star forward Karim Benzema, who had a stellar season for his club and scored 30 goals.
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan, Steve Mandanda
Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma
Midfielders: Kingsley Coman, N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso
Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram.
Manager: Didier Deschamps
FIFA ranking: 2
Last 3 Euros: 2016 runner-up; 2012 quarterfinals; 2008 group stage
Last 5 matches: Wins 4, draws 1, goals for 9, goals against 3
The defending champions have reached at least the semi-finals of Euro 2020 in four of the last five Euros. Portugal have plenty of match-winners in their squad and will be a force to reckon with if all players click together. Cristiano Ronaldo, the highest active international goalscorer, will lead the Portuguese attack. He is coming back from a stellar performance in Serie A where he was the highest goal scorer. But he is not alone as players like Ruben Dias at the back to Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix makes them a very strong opposition.
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Rui Patricio Rui Silva
Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Nuno Mendes, Pepe, Nelson Semedo
Midfielders: William Carvalho, Danilo, Bruno Fernandes, Goncalo Guedes, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Sergio Oliveira, Joao Palhinha, Pote, Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva
Forwards: Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andre Silva, Rafa Silva.
Manager: Fernando Santos
FIFA ranking: 5
Last 3 Euros: 2016 champion; 2012 semifinals; 2008 quarterfinals
Last 5 matches: Wins 3, draws 1, losses 1, goals for 9, goals against 6
The three-time Euro champions Germany has made it to the semi-finals in each of the last three Euros. However, their recent form is not that great. They did top their qualifying group ahead of Netherlands but were trounced 6-0 by Germany in Nations League and lost 2-1 to North Macedonia in World Cup qualifying. Coach Joachim Loew will step down after the tournament thus he will be keen to deliver one memorable performance.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Emre Can, Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule
Midfielders: Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Jamal Musiala, Florian Neuhaus, Leroy Sane
Forwards: Kai Havertz, Thomas Muller, Kevin Volland, Timo Werner.
Manager: Joachim Loew
FIFA ranking: 12
Last 3 Euros: 2016, 2012 semifinals; 2008 runner-up
Last 5 matches: Wins 3, losses 2, goals for 8, goals against 9
Probably the least talked about team in this group F, Hungary has seen a massive slump in the last decade. They face the danger of being steamrolled by the three powerhouses of the group. Also, the injury to their best player, RB Leipzig midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is a big blow.
Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Denes Dibusz, Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig)
Defenders: Bendeguz Bolla, Endre Botka, Attila Fiola, Akos Kecskes, Adam Lang, Gergo Lovrencsics, Loic Nego, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai
Midfielders: Tamas Cseri, Daniel Gazdag, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Adam Nagy, Andras Schafer, David Siger, Kevin Varga, Roland Varga
Forwards: Janos Hahn, Filip Holender (Partizan), Nemanja Nikolic, Roland Sallai, Szabolcs Schon, Adam Szalai.
Manager: Marco Rossi
FIFA ranking: 37
Last 3 Euros: 2016 round of 16; 2012, 2008 did not qualify
Last 5 matches: Wins 3, draws 2, goals for 13, goals against 5