We’re almost at the end. 2 more groups left. Now let’s see what group E has to offer:
Group E: Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden
This is Poland’s 3rd Euro. 3rd in a row. The team has been on a rise in recent years, and they produce more and more players that perform on the highest level. The biggest star of the team is of course Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker is also the country’s most capped player (118) and number one goal-scorer (66). But the Polish team is not a one-man team. Juventus, Napoli, Leeds, and Southampton are just some of the teams where Polish players shine. Led by the Portuguese legendary midfielder Paulo Sousa, “Orly” is determined to beat their best ever Euro finish, which is the quarter-finals at the Euro 2016 in France.
Spain’s team needs no introduction. The most successful national team of the 21st century. The only team to win two Euros in a row. Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Villarreal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, etc. the list of the teams where Spanish players play is unbelievable. La Furia Roja is the perfect mix of young excitement players and world-class experienced players. They’ll be missing their most capped player: Sergio Ramos. And the team was hit by unexpected blow days before the competition beginning: Sergio Busquets was diagnosed with COVID and has to self-isolate for 14 days. Busquets was named captain before the tournament so they’ll have to find a new captain and new midfield maestro. His presence will definitely be felt in Spain’s team, but they have more than enough quality to replace him. They should easily win this group. Definitely one of the big favorites for the crown.
This is Slovakia’s 2nd Euro. Their 2nd in a row. Slovakia qualified after a dramatic play-off victory against the Republic of Ireland, and they will try to make their presence felt in this group. You can see the likes of Milan Skriniar and Marek Hamsik in the team who are well known all across Europe. The Sokoli is not likely to progress out of the group but won’t give up that easily.
It’s very sad when you look at the Sweden team and don’t see the name of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The big Swede is one of the biggest missing names of the tournament. He announced his retirement from the national team after Euro 2016. He decided to come back to the team for this summer’s Euro, but unfortunately got injured and will miss it. Breaking news from the last minutes is that Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski got COVID and will be isolated for 14 days. This means he’ll miss Sweden’s first game against Spain. Even without them “The three crowns” have enough quality to fight for the 2nd spot in the group with Poland. But progressing past the Round of 16 will be a big if…
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