Euro 2020 Group C 🇦🇹🇳🇱🇲🇰🇺🇦 — Netherlands back with a bang?

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Who?

  1. Austria
  2. Netherlands
  3. North Macedonia
  4. Ukraine

Where?

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The fixtures will take place in Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena and Bucharest’s Arena Nationala.



Need to know

It’s been more than three decades since Austria’s last victory at a major finals, beating the USA 2-1 at the 1990 World Cup.

The Netherlands missed out on Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup – their longest absence from major finals since 1982.

North Macedonia have qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history.

This is the first time Ukraine have qualified for a European Championship directly – they also topped their qualifying group.


The key game

Ukraine v Austria on the final matchday could prove decisive, involving what look like the two favourites for second place.


The big storyline

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The Netherlands have returned to a major finals for the first time since 2014 … and nobody knows how they could perform.

Frank de Boer has not inspired many as head coach but look within their ranks and you can’t deny the talent. There’s no hiding place.


The surprise package

Netherlands are the household name and Ukraine excelled throughout qualifying, but Austria could surprise some casual viewers.

David Alaba shines in midfield alongside Marcel Sabitzer (or Konrad Laimer), with Christoph Baumgartner another exciting talent.


The men to watch

Saša Kalajdžić

Austria have many underrated players, but the one to watch is Saša Kalajdžić — the 6ft 7in striker impressed for Stuttgart this season.

Memphis Depay

He may not have a club, but if the Netherlands are going to spring a surprise this summer, Memphis Depay will be at the centre of it.

Enis Bardhi

Legendary forward Goran Pandev aside, we’re expecting Enis Bardhi to shine and he WILL score a free-kick. You heard it here first.

Ruslan Malinovskiy

Ruslan Malinovskiy had another great season for Atalanta and his left foot is capable of producing magic – expect some golazos too.


Prediction

  • Netherlands
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • North Macedonia