The qualifiers were held by the national teams of all 55 European associations for the EURO 2020 of football, and 24 teams won tickets to participate in the finals. In the group stage, 4 teams are in each of the 6 groups from Group A to Group F. 16 of them advance to the knockout stage.
Teams qualified for Euro 2020:
Manager: Şenol Güneş
Captain: Burak Yılmaz
Turkey have scored many goals from set pieces in the Euro qualifiers. Crosses from flanks are also threatening. They also score by playing like a workhorse and stealing the ball in front of the opponent’s goal.
Manager: Roberto Mancini
Captain: Giorgio Chiellini
In the Euro qualifiers, Italy have won all 10 matches and accumulated 30 points. Even when the opponent team is sitting back, they can make breaks with skillful combinations, and aim for goals from anywhere with Andrea Belotti in the lead. The number of shots is the third highest of all teams in the qualifiers. In addition to the high skills of each player, they are organised as a team under the manager, Mancini. Most players play in the Italian domestic league. It can be said that they are one of the favourites to win this tournament.
Manager: Rob Page
Captain: Gareth Bale
Ryan Giggs was the manager at the beginning, but Rob Page who was an assistant, took over Wales and managed the team during the Euro qualifiers. Their favourite scoring patterns are side attacks and crosses. It could be the last Euro for Gareth Bale, an absolute ace with good speed to play at his peak due to his age.
Manager: Vladimir Petković
Captain: Granit Xhaka
The ability to get through the Euro qualifiers as the top of the group is not a false impression. Switzerland’s aerial battles in front of the goal, including corner kicks, are powerful.
Manager: Kasper Hjulmand
Captain: Simon Kjær
In the Euro qualifiers, set pieces and crosses from flanks were the scoring patterns. Denmark were undefeated in the qualifiers’ group and steadily broke through as 2nd place with 4 wins and 4 draws. The key is whether to be able to put out this solid performance even against strong teams.
Manager: Markku Kanerva
Captain: Tim Sparv
Finland participate in major international competitions such as the Euro and the World Cup for the first time. With 24 teams qualified since the previous tournament, thus the possibility of playing in the finals has expanded to many teams. Finland score with a fanatical tenacity at a close distance to the goal. In the qualifiers’ group J, they came above Greece to break through as 2nd place. There are few big names among players, and it’s assumed that the team will battle together.
Manager: Roberto Martínez
Captain: Eden Hazard
Belgium was a mid-level European country until a while ago, but talents grew up one after another, and they quickly rose to a strong nation. In the Euro qualifiers’ group I, they won all 10 matches and marked the goal difference +37, which was the highest number among the participating teams. Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, who were the key players, should want to win a big title here because it’s the period when they are seasoned the best as players.
Manager: Stanislav Cherchesov
Captain: Artem Dzyuba
In the 2018 Russia World Cup, they broke through the group stage, won a tight match against Spain, and saved the face of the host nation. In the Euro qualifiers’ group I, Russia beated the countries other than the strong Belgium and managed to break through in 2nd place.
Manager: Frank de Boer
Captain: Georginio Wijnaldum
They failed to make finals after losing 2 qualifier games against Iceland, who became the dark horse in the previous tournament of 2016. Netherlands, who can no longer afford to fail, got through the qualifiers Group C reaching 2nd position after Germany. Netherlands, whose traditions are wide and dynamic attacks, have revived.
Manager: Andriy Shevchenko
Captain: Andriy Pyatov
In the Euro qualifiers’ group B, Ukraine overtook Portugal, the champions of the previous tournament, to get through to the finals as the top position. This made Portugal form a “group of death” as a result. The legendary player, Shevchenko’s football is becoming more complete.
Manager: Franco Foda
Captain: Julian Baumgartlinger
The short counter-attacks delivered after stealing the ball at high positions are destructive. Austria frequently use the centre of the pitch. Instead of spreading the ball wide too much, they approach the goal directly with precise long and short passes.
Manager: Igor Angelovski
Captain: Goran Pandev
North Macedonia finished 3rd in the qualifiers’ group G and won both of the 2 playoff games by 1 goal difference. It’s the first Euro finals’ appearance in this tournament. Although the population is about 2 million, individual skills are excellent, and they are good at playing unexpectedly. Many of the national team players are playing in major European leagues, and the opposing teams get hurt if they are careless.
Manager: Gareth Southgate
Captain: Harry Kane
The selection of the Premier League star players. In the past, England had the impression that they struggled to win although they were strong in defence. In Euro 2016, they were defeated by Iceland, who made their first appearance in the finals. England lost once in Euro qualifiers’ group A in this competition, however, they won the other games and achieved decent results with the goal difference +31, and got through at the leading position. The performances by players with different styles including Harry Kane, the top scorer who got 12 goals in the qualifiers, and Raheem Sterling, who is 7th in the goal ranking with 8 goals, enthusiastically aim for the opponent’s goal from the air and land, are fascinating for spectators.
Manager: Zlatko Dalić
Captain: Luka Modrić
Croatia topped Euro qualifiers’ group E. They are the masters of the game and come to break through the opponents from anywhere. It’s a difficult task to stop them.
Manager: Steve Clarke
Captain: Andrew Robertson
Scotland are good at set pieces and crosses from the flanks. Players mainly play in big clubs in Scotland and England. Scotland are more powerful than usual against England, who are familiar.
Manager: Jaroslav Šilhavý
Captain: Bořek Dočkal
Czech also played against England in Euro qualifiers’ group A. They suffered a severe loss in an away match in London. At Czech’s home, they quickly caught up with the tie after conceding the opener, and scored the winner just before the end, defeating England.
Manager: Luis Enrique
Captain: Sergio Busquets
Spain haven’t regained their form of golden age, but they are probably still the best at ball possession skills in the world. The key is to be able to successfully score goals as they control the ball. When they won the Euro twice in a row, the team were mainly called up from Barcelona and Real Madrid, however, players are scattered across many domestic and foreign clubs at this tournament. Sergio Ramos, who has the most appearances for Spain, was not selected, either. Can Spain possibly build a new era?
Manager: Janne Andersson
Captain: Andreas Granqvist
Sweden also played against Spain in the Euro qualifiers’ group F. Even though they suffered a major defeat in an away match, they scored the opener at home and led until they conceded the goal in stoppage time. Sweden and Spain know each others’ intentions very well. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the mainstay of Sweden, had withdrawn his international retirement, but unfortunately missed the tournament due to a knee injury.
Manager: Paulo Sousa
Captain: Robert Lewandowski
It’s no exaggeration to say that Poland’s outcome depends on whether absolute ace striker Robert Lewandowski scores goals in important situations.
Manager: Štefan Tarkovič
Captain: Marek Hamšík
Slovakia finished 3rd in the Euro qualifiers’ group F, and managed to participate in the finals after winning close matches in the playoffs. Slovakia’s extraordinary tenacity also afflicts strong nations.
Captain: Ádám Szalai
Manager: Marco Rossi
Hungary won a place for the finals by defeating Bulgaria and Iceland in the playoffs although finishing 4th in the Euro qualifiers’ group E. They want to capitalise on a few chances popping up during matches.
Manager: Fernando Santos
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
The European champions Portugal were unable to accelerate the engine in the qualifiers and passed through as the 2nd position, resulting in the formation of a “group of death.” Cristiano Ronaldo’s unabated scoring ability is encouraging, but there is no decisive difference in abilities from France and Germany. Rather, Portugal’s form is not as good as others, and literally the deadly battles.
Manager: Didier Deschamps
Captain: Hugo Lloris
France, the world champions, are the treasure trove of talents such as FW Kylian Mbappé, FW Antoine Griezmann and MF Paul Pogba. The manager Didier Deschamps has made a surprise by calling back Karim Benzema after 5 years, who was once banished but in great shape at Real Madrid. He lays out the perfect lineup and does not show any weak point to win the Euro.
Manager: Joachim Löw
Captain: Manuel Neuer
Germany topped the Euro qualifiers’s group C. They lost to France in the semi-final at Euro 2016. In the 2018 World Cup, Germany were eliminated at the bottom of the group. The team is still in the process of being rebuilt, but the traditional solid passing and the ability to control the game are present.
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Novel writer, Creator. Traveled to Brazil and trained football at CFZ do Rio (Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva) in Rio de Janeiro. Played soccer for the Urawa Reds (Urawa Red Diamonds), one of the biggest football clubs in Japan, and toured to Europe. Retired at young and voyaged alone to England and graduated from UCA, the UK’s university. Established careers as journalist, football coach, consultant, etc. across Europe such as Spain. Knowledgeable in creative and technology fields as well. Launched “MINIЯISM” (minirism), the art movement that contributes to the development of societies and the knowledge hub “The Minimalist.” The founder of “Propulsive Football” (PROBALL), the world’s first ever competitive mixed football facilitating diversity and spirits for equal participation of the society.