The Group of Death.
France have taken part at the Euros from the beginning of the tournament in 1960. They won the competition in 1984, and 2000. They are heading into their 10th Euros as the no.2 ranked team in the world. They also happen to be the World Cup champions. France find themselves in a tough group but they are the favourite to win the Euros.
Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
Defenders – Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Clément Lenglet (Barcelona), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), Lucas Digne (Everton), Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Jules Koundé (Sevilla)
Midfielders – Paul Pogba (Man United), Thomas Lemar (Atletico Madrid), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham)
Forwards – Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kinglsey Coman (Bayern Munich), Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Marcus Thuram (Monchengladbach)
Manager – Didier Deschamps
Most Caps – Hugo Lloris (124)
Captain – Hugo Lloris
Star Player – N’Golo Kante
Picking a star player in this France squad is almost impossible. Everyone is a top player at their respective clubs and now that they have brought back Benzema they are even better. A front 5 of Pogba, Kante, Mbappe, Griezmann, and Benzema is criminal. It’s clear to see why France are favourites and it’s going to be interesting to see whether they can go one step further than 2016 and win it all this time around.
Germany made their debut in Euro 1972 as West Germany. They managed to win that tournament and as West Germany they won the Euros in 1980 as well. As Germany they won the Euros in 1996. Germany are now heading into their 13th Euros as the 13th ranked team in the world. Germany have managed to reach the semi-finals of the last two Euros and they will want to go one step further.
Goalkeepers – Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders – Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Matthias Ginter (Monchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Robin Koch (Leeds), Christian Günter (Freiburg)
Midfielders – Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hofmann (Monchengladbach), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Monchengladbach), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gündogan (Man City), Emre Can (Dortmund), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)
Forwards – Kevin Volland (Monaco), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Timo Werner (Chelsea)
Manager – Joachim Löw
Most Caps – Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (101)
Captain – Manuel Neuer
Star Player – Thomas Muller
When it comes to squad depth Germany are up there with one of the best squads in the tournament. Similar to France each player is a regular at their club. Recent form hasn’t been the best for Germany though and the question is whether they can make their talented team click. It will also be interesting to see whether Timo Werner can get firing again because if that happens then they could make easy work of teams. Thomas Muller’s involvement at national level is a good sign and he should bring that lethal touch upfront regardless of whether Werner plays. It’s going to be tough to get out of the group but I think Germany will reach the knockout stages for sure.
Hungary will take part in their 4th Euros this time but find themselves in the toughest group possible. The team is ranked 40th in the world and in 2016 they managed to reach the Round of 16. Form wise they have been doing well but considering their group I don’t see them reaching the knockout stages. They would need to play out of their skin and hope for the best elsewhere.
Goalkeepers – Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig), Dénes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Ádám Bogdán (Ferencvaros)
Defenders – Ádám Lang (Omonia), Ákos Kecskés (Lugano), Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce), Attila Fiola (Fehervar), Willi Orbán (RB Leipzig), Gergö Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Endre Botka (Ferencvaros), Bendegúz Bolla (Fehervar)
Midfielders – Loïc Négo (Fehervar), Ádám Nagy (Bristol City), Tamás Cseri (Mezokovesd), András Schäfer (Dunajska Streda), László Kleinheisler (Osijek), Dániel Gazdag (Philadelphia Union), Dávid Sigér (Ferencvaros)
Forwards – Ádám Szalai (Mainz), Filip Holender (Partizan), Roland Varga (MTK Budapest), Kevin Varga (Kasimpasa), Roland Sallai (Freiburg), Nemanja Nikolić (Fehervar), Szabolcs Schön (FC Dallas), János Hahn (Paks)
Manager – Marco Rossi
Most Caps – Ádám Szalai (70)
Captain – Ádám Szalai
Star Player – Ádám Szalai
I know next to nothing about this Hungary squad. I do know that Gulacsi is a top class goalkeeper and will need to be at his best if he wants to keep Hungary in this competition. Szalai seems to be the main man up front and should lead by example. They are of course missing their young talent Szoboszlai who is out injured because he would have done very well. It’s an uphill task for sure but similar to Finland Hungary have nothing to lose and can play with no fear.
Portugal made their debut in 1984 and will be heading into their 8th Euros this summer and of course they are the holders of the competition having won it in 2016. Portugal also happen to be one of the favourites given the talent they have at their disposal. They are ranked 5th in the world and still happen to have won Cristiano Ronaldo who doesn’t seem to age.
Goalkeepers – Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Rui Silva (Granada)
Defenders – Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton), Pepe (Porto), Rúben Dias (Man City), Raphaël Guerreiro (Dortmund), José Fonte (Lille), João Cancelo (Man City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting Lisbon)
Midfielders – João Moutinho (Wolverhampton), Bernardo Silva (Man City), Bruno Fernandes (Man United), Danilo Pereira (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Lille), Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton), Pedro Gonçalves (Sporting Lisbon), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto), João Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon)
Forwards – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), André Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Gonçalo Guedes (Valencia), Diogo Jota (Liverpool), João Felix (Atletico Madrid)
Manager – Fernando Santos
Most Caps – Cristiano Ronaldo (174)
Captain – Cristiano Ronaldo
Star Player – Cristiano Ronaldo
36 year old Cristiano Ronaldo is still flying the flag for Portugal at international level. If you look past him Portugal have a squad of talented players. Patricio in goal is quite good while the defence is quality with the likes of Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, and Guerreiro amongst others. In the midfield they have Silva, Moutinho, Neves, Oliveira, Fernandes, Sanches and upfront they have Felix, Silva, Jota, and Guedes other than Ronaldo. It’s a very talented generation for the Iberian country and they have a good chance of reaching the latter stages of the competition.