Jun
02
2021

Euro 2020: Group B

Recently, I did a breakdown of the teams in Group A. That article can be found here. So it is time to take a look at Group B for the upcoming Euro 2020.

Group B: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Russia

Belgium

Currently sitting at the number 1 spot in FIFA’s World ranking, Belgium is a team filled with so much quality that it is impossible to fit all the talent into 11 starting spots. With Players from Real Madrid, Manchester City, Leicester, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, and superstars like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Azar, Thibaut Courtois, they seem extremely strong. Led by Roberto Martinez with Thierry Henry as his assistant, “The red devils” will be hungry for glory. They won the bronze medals 3 years ago and are definitely one of the favorites in the tournament. They should easily win the group and advance further.

Denmark

“The red dynamite” has always been a team to compete with. They are a hard-to-beat team as Croatia learned in Russia 3 years ago. They have a well-organized mix of experienced players and young talent. Players like Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer, the newly crowned CL winner Andreas Christensen, and Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite are just a few of the names that manager Kasper Hjulmand will rely on. Cristian Eriksen is another player who can make a dangerous situation out of nothing. Denmark is used to shocking Europe; they did it in 1992 when called from the beaches, and they won the European championship. They will probably battle over the 2nd spot in the group with Russia.

Finland

“The eagle-owls” will make their debut at the Euros this summer. They are not famous for their football, they never played Euros or the World Cup, but this should only motivate them to do well in their debut. They consist of relatively unknown players with their biggest star being Teemo Puki. The Norwich striker made a name for himself in the last few seasons in both the Premier League and Championship. Finland is a physically strong team. They love using set pieces to put pressure on opposing teams. They are definitely the underdog in the group, and it will be a big shock if they progress.

Russia

Russia is definitely a team on the rise. After they hosted the World cup in 2018, their team is doing better and better. Let’s not forget that they beat Spain in the quarters of that World Cup. Most of the players are part of the local “Premier Liga”. They are spread among the grands there: Lokomotiv, Zenit, Spartak, Dinamo, CSKA. Players know each other very well, making for a very experienced team. Led by Stanislav Cherchesov Russia won’t give up easily and will be a danger for every opponent. As I already said they will probably fight Denmark for the 2nd spot in the group.