It’s almost time for the start, and we’re at the last group review. What a group it is. Group F is “Group of death”. And it is easy to see why.
Group F: France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary
Without a doubt, the world champion France is the big favorite for the European crown. The team is full of superstars. They have probably the best young player in Kylian Mbappe. France’s team is world-class in every position. Literally, there is no single position in the squad that you can say is not world-class. The biggest problem of this team is how to choose only 11 players to start. The midfield duo of Kante and Pogba look impossible to play against. Mbappe, Griezman, and Benzema are a trio that can score from every position, against every opposition. Everything but a title will be considered a failure, but this team can rule football for many years. They absolutely have the potential to follow the footsteps of domination of the Spain team in 2008-2012.
Germany failed to progress through the group stages. This means that this German team is hurt, and when they’re hurt they cannot be underestimated. The Bundesteam will be hungry for redemption. The duo of Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller were ousted from the team after the World cup in 2018. Now in order to progress further and try to win the European cup, they are back on the team. Without big superstars, but with the typical German teamwork, this team will give it all on the pitch so that Low can have a proper sending-off.
The current European champions got placed in the worst group possible but led by one of the best footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, they are ready to defend their crown. Portugal already showed that they can play even without their biggest star. They showed this at the final in France in 2016 when Ronaldo left the pitch injured. This season Portuguese attackers all across the continent score goals for fun. Andre Silva and Diogo Jota scored double-digit goals for their teams. At the back, they have the PFA player of the season, Ruben Dias, alongside him the experienced Pepe, and Jose Fonte. Generally, Portugal is the perfect mix of experience and young talents. They all know how to win, and how good it feels and will definitely try to win it again.
Hungary qualified through the play-off after winning their group in the Nations League. They beat Bulgaria in October 2020. The team’s two biggest stars are RB Leipzig’s Peter Gulasci and Willi Orban. It’s not much, but the Magyars already proved that they can hurt any team that doesn’t take them seriously. It will be interesting to see if they can confuse someone’s accounts.
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