It is time for the European Championship in football. The matches will be played all across Europe, but no matches will be played in Paris, nor in France. But, you do not have to travel a long distance to watch France, at least not if you would like to watch their opening match in the tournament against Germany on the fifteenth of June.
France has ended up in the toughest and most interesting of all the different groups in the European Championship. Not only will they play against Germany, they will also play against the champions from the European Championship in 2016, Portugal. They will also play against Hungary, but most people consider the latter to be a weak opponent that France should be able to beat easily. But, no matter what will happen, Group F is set to be very interesting.
France has the strongest team in the tournament!
Even though France cannot play at home, they will still be favorites to win the entire tournament. If you look at the names in the squad, it is easy to see that they have some of the strongest players, and a team that is capable of beating all the other teams in the tournament. If you look at the list of strikers, I believe most other countries would be happy to have one such striker in the squad… not 6-7-8. It is one thing that Karim Benzema has returned to play for France, but he will have to fight hard to earn himself a spot in the starting 11, considering that the other strikers are Griezmann, Mbappe, Coman, Dembele, and Giroud. In fact, they have even more great strikers besides these as well. If I were a defender that had to play against France, I would be terrified.
When and where will France play in Euro 2020?
- As I have already mentioned, France will play their opening match in Munich against Germany on June 15th. The match will start at 21.00.
- The second match will be played in Budapest against Hungary on June 19th. This match will start at 15.00.
- The third and final group stage match will be played against Portugal on June 23rd. This match will start at 21.00.
France is a lucky nation, considering that they will play two matches in Budapest. Why is that a good thing? As a player, one of the best things you do in life is to play in front of lots of spectators. It is one thing to have millions watching the matches on their TV screens or streaming the matches on the Internet, but it is different to play at a stadium packed with people. Unfortunately, we have almost forgotten what that feeling is like due to COVID.
During Euro 2020, there is only one city and one stadium that will be packed at 100% capacity. Do you know which city and stadium that is? That is the Puskas Stadion in Budapest. In other words, France will get to play in front of more than 60,000 spectators twice during the tournament, and that will for sure give the entire team a boost!
Who will France play against in the knockout stage?
I firmly believe that France will win Group F, but nothing can be said for sure. If they win the group, they will play the first match in the knockout stage against the best third place team from group A, B, or C. A wild guess would tell me that this potentially can be Switzerland, Wales, Denmark, Russia, Austria, or maybe Ukraine.
If France would end up second in the group, the will play against the winner of group D in the first leg of the knockout stage, which might easily end up being England or Croatia. Now, that would be interesting, wouldn’t it?
Are you ready for the European Championship in football? We hope it will be a tournament of joy and great football, and that there will be no reasons at all to worry about COVID during the different matches at the stadiums.
What do you believe? Will France win the tournament? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments!