🔮 From six countries: OneFootball predicts Euro 2020 🏆
🔮 From six countries: OneFootball predicts Euro 2020 🏆
Euro 2020 if finally here! And what better way to start than with some predictions?
We’ve cobbled together fans from Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England at OneFootball HQ … here’s their take on the tournament:
Which player are you most excited to watch this summer?
🏴 Padraig Whelan: Wales. Golf. Madrid. Gareth Bale is back to playing for the team that means most to him. He does so off the back of a confidence-raising last five months at Spurs and I can’t wait to see if he’s back to his old self with the dragon on his chest.
🇩🇪 Antonia Hennigs: This has to be Leroy Sané. He wasn’t part of the Germany team that had such a miserable World Cup in 2018 and, after quite difficult start at Bayern, he’s in good shape and will be playing alongside a lot of his Bayern team-mates. So watch out for Sané, he could be Germany’s most important player.
🇫🇷 Lucas Hybord: It’s hard not to say Karim Benzema. He’s been out for almost six years from the National team, and comes back in a World Cup winning squad. His link-up with Mbappé and Griezmann is very promising on paper. If it clicks between those three, it could be beautiful to watch.
🇮🇹 Giulia Polidoro: I’m really happy that Benzema is back with the French national team and I can’t wait to see him in action. I think we can expect a lot from him this year.
🇪🇸 Nahuel Miranda: Europe is looking for a new best player and that opens the door to a huge range of candidates. I’m looking forward to see what Hummels and Müller can bring to the table to take Germany through and recover from the poor form of the last three years.
🏴 Lewis Ambrose: It’s Memphis Depay for me. He has become a complete forward during his time with Lyon and he’s set for a big move this summer, this tournament could see him announce himself as a true superstar.
And who will win the golden boot?
🏴 PW: Romelu Lukaku is coming into the tournament off the back of a sensational season with Inter and is leading the line for one of the favourites. It is set up nicely to be his tournament for the taking.
🇩🇪 AH: A bit of a risky call but I’ll go with Karim Benzema. He’s back with the French team, which is absolutely amazing, and he’ll be making the best comeback possible by winning the Golden Boot.
🇫🇷 LH: It has to be one of Kane, Mbappé, Lukaku or Lewandowski. I’ll go with the Englishman.
🇮🇹 GP: Once again, my choice will have to be a French player. I think that this year Mbappé will be the star of the tournament, after his great performances in Champions League against top clubs like Barcelona and Bayern. And I see France as a strong contender to win Euro 2020.
🇪🇸 NM: Romelu Lukaku is my favourite here. He’s been in amazing form, he should lead Belgium in the tournament and his team should have an easy time in the group stage.
🏴 LA: I have to go with Padraig and Nahuel here and say Lukaku. Especially as Belgium have, at face value, a friendly group.
Is there a player from your country people should know more about?
🏴 PW: After announcing himself by winning Player of the Year honours in his debut season at Celtic (which followed a horrific knee injury that threatened his career), midfielder David Turnbull is more than ready for this level. At 21, he’s Scotland’s future and a superstar in the making.
🇩🇪 AH: Everyone should be excited to see Kevin Volland. He’s been one of the best German strikers for years but hasn’t played much for the national team. Now, after a great season at Monaco, Löw has finally called him up again. Fun fact: Instead of a footballer, Volland probably could have become a professional hockey player.
🇫🇷 LH: Have you heard of Kylian Mbappé? Yeah? Then let’s talk about Marcus Thuram. He’s the surprise of the squad. He started with Les Bleus in 2020 but wasn’t called up in March after a five-game suspension for spitting on an opponent. Deschamps values his work rate and his talent (11 goals and 12 assists in 40 games this season) and, though competition is fierce, he could play a part.
🇮🇹 GP: I think people will learn a lot about Manuel Locatelli. He is one of the best midfielders in Serie A and is preparing to leave Sassuolo and join a top club with Juventus heavily linked. Mancini will be relying on him.
🇪🇸 NM: Gerard Moreno has been top class this season. He led Villarreal to his first ever trophy being the link between the midfield and the attacking front while providing assists and goals. A good Euro could make top european teams go for him this summer.
🏴 LA: Do people appreciate Jude Bellingham enough? His debut Dortmund campaign was sensational and, still just 17, he’s gone under the radar a bit even in England. He could light things up given the chance.
Who are your dark horses?
🏴 PW: They aren’t being talked about a lot (perhaps understandable given recent tournament showings) but Italy had a perfect record in qualifying and have an exciting, refreshing new group under Roberto Mancini. They could do real damage.
🇩🇪 AH: Bring on the Oranje. The Netherlands haven’t been at a major tournament since 2014 but they will be on fire this summer. Sure, Virgil van Dijk will be missing, but with De Ligt, De Jong, Depay, Wijnaldum and so on they will be the dark horse of the Euros.
🇫🇷 LH: Portugal is not a small country, nor a small team, and they are the holders. Yet nobody seems to be talking about them. In a difficult group with Germany and France, they will surprise us once again. Rúben Dias, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo. They have quality all over the pitch.
🇮🇹 GP: I have to say Poland. The Polish national team has a lot of talent, including players that really exceeded expectations in Serie A this year. Zielinski, Dawidowicz, Bereszynski, and also Milik, who turned his season around at Marseille.
🇪🇸 NM: I’d put my money on Turkey. They’ve been amazing both in the Nations League and the qualifiers, have some top talents in Söyüncü, Demiral, Celik, Tufan, Ünder or Yazici and they have one Europe’s most in-form strikers in Burak Yılmaz.
🏴 LA: Denmark have a really strong squad with surprisingly impressive quality in most positions. I can see them going far.
And, finally, who will win Euro 2020?
🏴 PW: It seems like we’ve been talking about Belgium for a long time, waiting for them to make the leap to the next level. This is the year they’ll do it and get their hands on a major trophy.
🇩🇪 AH: It’s going to be England this year. They have a crazy talented squad and, after five years in charge, Gareth Southgate will end the wait for a trophy.
🇫🇷 LH: It’s hard to mention only one team; France, England, Portugal and Belgium are my favourites. But after an exhausting season for everyone, there could be surprises.
🇮🇹 GP: Of course I’ll say Italy. I think, even if there are stronger teams this year, Mancini has been able to motivate the team and has never denied that the aim is to win the competition. Expectations are really high. After missing Russia 2018, we want to show that we are back on our feet.
🇪🇸 NM: Portugal are my favourites. Heroes from 2016 like Pepe or Cristiano are still at a great level and they’ve added so much quality with Rúben Dias, Cancelo, Bruno Fernandes and André Silva. I have high hopes on them.
🏴 LA: I would’ve said the Netherlands had Virgil van Dijk recovered in time, but alas. I’m going for France, powered by Benzema and Mbappé, to add to their World Cup triumph.