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Euro 2020 Group F preview

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he phrase ‘Group of Death is overused in tournament football, but it truly fits the bill at Euro 2020 with Portugal, France and Germany all drawn together.

Group F pits three of Europe’s top nations against one another as the Euro holders Portugal, world champions France and 2014 World Cup winners Germany face a real fight to get to the knockout stages – while Hungary will have three huge tests to just get a point on the board.

Euro 2020 Group F preview

Portugal

Euro 2020 fixtures: vs. Hungary in Budapest, June 15; vs. Germany in Munich, June 19; vs. France in Budapest, June 23

Qualifying: Group B runner-up

Euro 2016 result: Champion

Best result: Champion (2016)

Coach: Fernando Santos (Portugal)

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Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Rui Patrício, Rui Silva

Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Nelson Semedo, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Nuno Mendes, Raphael Guerreiro

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira, Joao Palhinha, Ruben Neves, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Moutinho, Renato Sanches, Sergio Oliveira, William Carvalho

Forwards: Pedro Goncalves, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota, Goncalo Guedes, Joao Felix, Rafa Silva

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo — Ronaldo will attempt to become the all-time leading scorer with a national team at Euro 2020. The 36-year-old Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth straight European Championship, having won the title in 2016. He is six goals from tying the all-time scoring record for a men’s national team. The record of 109 goals is held by former Iran striker Ali Daei, the only other male soccer player to surpass the 100-goal milestone.

France

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Euro 2020 schedule: vs. Germany in Munich, June 15; vs. Hungary in Budapest, June 19; vs. Portugal in Budapest, June 23.

Qualifying: Group H winner

Euro 2016 result: Runner-up

Best result: Champion (1984, 2000)

Coach: Didier Deschamps (France)

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Mike Maignan

Defenders: Lucas Digne, Leo Dubois, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Jules Kounde, Clement Lenglet, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot, Moussa Sissoko, Corentin Tolisso

Forwards: Wissam Ben Yedder, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Marcus Thuram

Key player: Kylian Mbappe — Three years ago, Mbappe became only the second teenager to score a goal in a World Cup final — after Pele in 1958. France won that match, and will be counting on the the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s abundant talent to take them back to the final at Euro 2020.

Germany

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Euro 2020 fixtures: vs. France in Munich, June 15; vs. Portugal in Munich, June 19; vs. Hungary in Munich, June 23.

Qualifying: Group C winner

Euro 2016 result: Semifinals

Best result: Champion (1972, 1980, 1996)

Coach: Joachim Low (Germany)

Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule

Midfielders: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus

Forwards: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Leroy Sane, Kevin Kolland

Key player: Thomas Muller — Recalled to the national team after being dropped in recent years, the 31-year-old Muller is a versatile forward who can play in any forward position. He scored 11 goals and set up 21 more for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich this season.

Hungary

Euro 2020 fixtures: vs. Portugal in Budapest, June 15; vs. France in Budapest, June 19; vs. Germany in Munich, June 23.

Qualifying: Playoff Path A winner

Euro 2016 result: Round of 16

Best result: Third-place (1964)

Coach: Marco Rossi (Italy)

Goalkeepers: Peter Gulaasi, Denes Dibusz, Adam Bogdan

Defenders: Gergo Lovrencsics, Endre Botka, Adam Lang, Akos Kecskes, Attila Fiola , Willi Orban, Attila Szalai, Bendeguz Bolla

Midfielders: Loic Nego, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, David Siger, Daniel Gazdag, Andras Schafer, Tamas Cseri, Filip Holender

Forwards: Adam Szalai, Roland Sallai, Nemanja Nikolic, Kevin Varga, Roland Varga , Szabolcs Schon, Janos Hahn

Key player: Adam Szalai — Szalai is the most experienced member of the national team and has scored 23 goals for his country. The Mainz forward is one of four Bundesliga players in the Hungary team and will have to pick up the slack left by the injury to attacking midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.

Additional reporting by AP.


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