UEFA European Championship ⚽️ Kylian Mbappé Détruits Le Portugal et Célèbres comme Ronaldo U19 EURO 2016.
The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020 or simply Euro 2020, is scheduled to be the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
The tournament, to be held in 11 cities in 11 UEFA countries, was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. The tournament was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and rescheduled for 11 June to 11 July 2021. The competition was postponed in order to reduce pressure on the public services in affected countries and to allow time for the completion of domestic leagues that had been suspended. The tournament will still retain the name “UEFA Euro 2020”.
Portugal are the defending champions, having won the 2016 competition. The video assistant referee (VAR) system will make its debut at the European Championship in this tournament.
Kylian Mbappe has emerged in recent years as France’s best player for not only the future, but also the present day. Taking over the mantle from Antoine Griezmann, Mbappe is setting Europe alight with his displays for PSG, and is still just 22-years-old. The forward revels playing in France’s forward line, combining with Griezmann.
Mbappe has scored 16 goals in 42 appearances for France, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Already a World Cup winner, the Frenchman will look to add the missing European Championship to his trophy collection. With players such as Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris, he is certainly in a brilliant position to do so.
After hosting the inaugural tournament in 1960, France didn’t qualify for the Euros again until Euro 84, when they won championship. However, they surprisingly didn’t qualify for the 1988 iteration of the tournament, and could only reach the group stages in 1992.
A third place finish in Euro 96 was followed up by another win in the tournament at Euro 2000, when David Trezeguet scored in extra-time as France beat Italy 2-1.
France finished in the quarter-finals at both Euro 2004 and 2012, while 2008 signalled discontent among the squad as they once again couldn’t progress from the group stages.
Hosting Euro 2016, France believed it the perfect time to win their third European Championships. Reaching the final, Les Bleus were clear favourites against a weakened Portugal team after Cristiano Ronaldo limped off injured. However, they lost the final in extra-time, much to the displeasure of the home fans. France will no doubt look to rectify that mistake, especially following their 2018 World Cup win.
The full France Euro 2020 squad has been announced – including a call up for Karim Benzema, who has been out of the team for almost six years.
Benzema has not played for his country since 2015, following his arrest over the alleged blackmail of fellow French player Mathieu Valbuena. He accused French coach Didier Deschamps of bowing to racist pressure after dropping him, and it was confirmed that he would stand trial over the incident earlier this year.
But after several years at the top of his game for Real Madrid, he is Deschamps 26-man squad for Euro 2020.
Having won the World Cup three years ago, Deschamps has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, and left out a number of high-profile players, including Real Madrid’s Ferland Mendy and Tottenham’s Tanguy NDombele.
GK: Hugo Lloris, (Tottenham Hotspur)
GK: Steve Mandanda, (Marseille)
GK: Mike Maignan, (Lille)
DF: Raphaël Varane, (Real Madrid)
DF: Jules Kounde, (Sevilla)
DF: Lucas Digne, (Everton)
DF: Benjamin Pavard, (Bayern Munich)
DF: Lucas Hernandez, (Bayern Munich)
DF: Presnel Kimpembe, (Paris Saint-Germain)
DF: Clement Lenglet, (Barcelona)
DF: Kurt Zouma, (Chelsea)
DF: Leo Dubois, (Lyon)
MF: Paul Pogba, (Manchester United)
MF: Moussa Sissoko, (Tottenham Hotspur)
MF: N’Golo Kanté, (Chelsea)
MF: Adrien Rabiot, (Juventus)
MF: Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)
FW: Olivier Giroud, (Chelsea)
FW: Antoine Griezmann, (Barcelona)
FW: Kylian Mbappé, (Paris Saint-Germain)
FW: Kingsley Coman, (Bayern Munich)
FW: Thomas Lemar, (Atletico Madrid)
FW: Ousmane Dembele, (Barcelona)
FW: Wissam Ben Yedder, (Monaco)
FW: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
FW: Marcus Thuram (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Former player and captain of France Didier Deschamps manages France, and is only the third ever person to win the World Cup as both a player and manager – behind Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
The 52-year-old became France manager nearly a decade ago, in 2012. Following spells at Monaco, Juventus and Marseille as manager, Deschamps joined a disjointed France side. Since, the former diminutive midfielder has transformed the nation into World Cup winners and European Championship finalists, though he will be looking to rectify that 2016 final loss.
Coronavirus has put Euro 2020 back a year to 2021, but 24 sides will still play across 11 host cities – with Dublin and Bilbao dropped from the schedule in April and Seville added – in a festival of football.
The top two teams from each of the 10 groups qualified for Euro 2020 and the four remaining positions were settled in the play-offs, with Scotland beating Serbia in a penalty shootout to join England and Wales at the tournament.
The Euro 2020 group draw
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Hungary
The 16th UEFA European Championship runs from June 11 to July 11, 2021, and to celebrate the tournament’s 60th birthday, 11 cities across the continent have been selected as hosts.
Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Johan Cruyff Arena
Baku (Azerbaijan) – Olympic Stadium
Seville (Spain) – Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium
Bucharest (Romania) – Arena Nationala
Budapest (Hungary) – Puskas Arena
Copenhagen (Denmark) – Parken Stadium
Glasgow (Scotland) – Hampden Park
London (England) – Wembley Stadium
Munich (Germany) – Allianz Arena
Rome (Italy) – Stadio Olimpico
Saint Petersburg (Russia) – Krestovsky Stadium
Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will host the opening match on June 11, while England’s national stadium Wembley will stage both semi-finals and the final as well as a last-16 tie that was originally scheduled to be staged in Dublin.
As a result of the pan-European staging, no nation has been granted an automatic spot, with all 55 teams taking part in the qualification process.
Each stadium will host three group-stage matches, which are set to take place between June 11 and June 23.
The host cities have been paired off for the group stages:
Group A: Rome and Baku
Group B: Saint Petersburg and Copenhagen
Group C: Amsterdam and Bucharest
Group D: London and Glasgow
Group E: Seville and Saint Petersburg
Group F: Munich and Budapest
Every host nation that qualifies will play a minimum of two games at home in the group stages. Should both paired nations qualify (eg. if England and Scotland both qualify they will be put into Group D) then a draw will take place to determine which nation will host their direct group-stage encounter.
The winners and runners-up of each group will reach the knockout stages, as well as the four best third-placed teams.