Group F matches will be played at Puskas Arena in Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.
The group includes the last world champion France National Team and the last European champion Portugal, as well as Germany, the most successful team in the history of the tournament.
France, the number one contender for the championship
France, coached by Didier Deschamps, who won the world championship in 1998 and the European championship in 2000 with his national team jersey, took part in Group H, which included Turkey, Iceland, Albania, Andorra and Moldova in the qualifiers.
Winning 8 out of 10 matches, and having a draw and a defeat, France lost points against Turkey. France, which finished the group leader with 25 points, shook the opponent’s nets 25 times and conceded 6 goals, got the right to participate in the championship for the 10th time.
The team, nicknamed “Blues”, who came second in EURO 2016, reached the European championship in 1984 and 2000. France, which became the biggest in Europe in 2000 after lifting the 1998 FIFA World Cup, wants to repeat the same success in EURO 2020, where it will participate as the last world champion.
Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba stand out in the squad of France, where unforgettable names such as Michel Platini, Jean-Pierre Papin, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry have made their jerseys in previous tournaments.
The France National Team’s EURO 2020 roster
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Mike Maignan (Lille)
Defense: Leo Dubois (Olympique Lyon), Pavard (Bayern Munich), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), Jules Kounde (Sevilla), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Lucas Digne (Everton), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich)
Midfielder: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham)
Striker: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) )
Löw wants to leave Germany with good memories
The German national team has won second place in Europe (2008), third place in the world (2010), world championship (2014) and FIFA Confederations Cup championships since 2006, when Joachim Löw was appointed as coach. Therefore, EURO 2020 has a different meaning for Löw, who will leave the national team after the tournament.
Germany competed in Group C, which included the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Belarus and Estonia in the qualifiers. With 7 wins and 1 loss (30 goals scored, 7 goals conceded), Germany, which collected 21 points, advanced to the finals as the group leader.
Germany, who played in the semi-finals of EURO 2016, said goodbye to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stage, causing disappointment. However, it should be noted that Germany is the most successful team in the European Championship, with 3 championships (1972, 1980, 1996) and 3 runner-ups (1976, 1992, 2008).
In the past years, players such as Lothar Matthaus, Gerd Müller and Franz Beckenbauer have played in Germany’s squad, which also includes Turkish-born footballers İlkay Gündoğan and Emre Can.
Germany National Team’s EURO 2020 roster
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defense: Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Robin Gosens (Bergamo), Christian Günter (Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg, Lukas Klostermann (Leipzig), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)
Midfielder: Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus (Borussia) Monchengladbach)
Striker: Kevin Volland (Monaco), Timo Werner (Chelsea), Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)
Portugal will try to defend its title
Portugal under Fernando Santos; Ukraine, along with Serbia, Luxembourg and Lithuania, had difficulties in qualifying for Group B. Reaching 17 points with 5 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat (22 goals scored, 6 goals conceded), Portugal deserved to go to EURO 2020 by placing 2nd behind Ukraine.
Portugal, which won the only European championship in its history by winning the final against France 1-0 in overtime in 2016, reached a happy ending in the UEFA Nations League, which was held for the first time in the 2018-2019 season.
Portugal, where star players such as Eusebio and Luis Figo have played in the past, will seek success with new generation footballers such as Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix, added to the side of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has not lost anything from his goals despite being 36 years old.
Portugal National Team’s EURO 2020 roster
Goalkeeper: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton), Rui Silva (Granada)
Defense: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton), Jose Fonte (Lille), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting Lisbon), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielder: Danilo Pereira (PSG), Joao Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton), Renato Sanches (Lille), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
Striker: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting Lisbon), Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafa Silva (Benfica) )
There are familiar faces from the Super League in Hungary
Hungary, which has been coached by Italian coach Marco Rossi since 2018, competed in Group E with Croatia, Wales, Slovakia and Azerbaijan in the qualifiers.
Gathering 12 points with 4 wins and 4 losses, Hungary finished the group in the 4th place, where it blew the nets 8 times and saw 11 goals in its castle. Hungary, which deserved to play the play-off with the points it achieved in the UEFA Nations C League, won the EURO 2020 ticket by beating Iceland 2-1 in the final.
Hungary, which placed third (1964) and fourth place (1972) in the period when the final format consisted of 4 teams, reached the last 16 rounds in 2016, when it participated in the championship for the first time in 44 years.
In the past years, one of the best football players in the world, such as Ferenc Puskas, played in Hungary, and the majority of the squad plays in the country’s first league. Hungary also hosts Fenerbahçe’s Attila Szalai and Kasımpaşa’s Kevin Varga.
Hungary National Team’s EURO 2020 roster
Goalkeeper: Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Adam Bogdan (Ferencvaros)
Defense: Gergo Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Endre Botka (Ferencvaros), Adam Lang (Omonia), Akos Kecskes (Lugano), Attila Fiola (Fehervar), Willi Orban (Leipzig), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahçe), Bendeguz Bolla (Fehervar)
Midfielder: Loic Nego (Fehervar), Adam Nagy (Bristol City), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Osijek), David Siger (Ferencvaros), Daniel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Andras Schafer (Dunajska Streda) Tamas Cseri (Mezokovesd), Filip Holender (Partizan)
Striker: Adam Szalai (Mainz), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Nemanja Nikolic (Fehervar), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Varga (MTK), Szabolcs Schön (Dallas), Janos Hahn (Paks)
June 15th (CET: 19.00): Hungary-Portugal (Puskas Arena – Budapest, HUNGARY)
15 June (22:00 CEST): France-Germany (Allianz Arena – Munich, GERMANY)
19 June (CEST: 16:00): Hungary-France (Puskas Arena)
19 June (CET: 19.00): Portugal-Germany (Allianz Arena)
23 June (22:00 CEST): Portugal-France (Puskas Arena)
23 June (22:00 CEST): Germany-Hungary (Allianz Arena)