With the UEFA European Championship Qualifiers completed, next on the menu for the 2020 Euros is the group stages. And in anticipation of this section of the tournament being just around the corner, we thought we would start by looking into how the groups have performed and make some predictions for the upcoming fixtures. In this blog post we are going to explore Group A which contains the following national teams:
Throughout the post we are going to look into each national team in Group A in depth so that we can get a better picture on how the group stages will pan out. So, if you want to find out more about what could be expected from Group A, then keep on reading.
Italy’s Current and Previous Performance
The Italian national team is currently ranked 13th i
After the nail biting performance of the national teams during the international tournament earlier this year, the run up to release of the Euro 2020 schedules were greatly anticipated by fans worldwide. Therefore as earlier this week the fixtures and groupings for the UEFA European Championships Qualifiers 2020 were announced, we thought we would put this article together for our readers. This blog therefore covers how the groups have been drawn and who are expected to be the ones to beat.
What the Euro 2020 Qualifying Groups Look Like
In advance of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, the qualifiers are to take place in order to determine which 24 teams advance to the Championship. The qualifying tournament runs in addition to the brand new 2018/19 UEFA Nations Cup, which offers an alternative route to qualification for the 2020 tournament. Here is the breakdown of each country that is eligible for a place in the upcoming games and who they are playing against in their groups:
At the moment the national teams are currently battling it out on the football pitch to win the new Nations League trophy. And with the extra bonus of four places in the Euro tournament in two years’ time up for grabs, the anticipation to succeed in Nations League is high.
As this is a very new tournament we wanted to put this post together to cover all of the need to know information about the ongoing games. From how the season is scheduled to who are the strongest teams so far, read below to find out all the latest info.
What is the Nation’s League?
The Nations League was first set-up in 2018 as an alternative way for national teams to acquire a place in the Euros, and replaced the current friendly matches for competition matches. This series of matches will take place every two years on the run-up to the next European league tournament.
How the Nations League works is that all 55 national teams will be split into 4 leagues depending on their skill lev
22nd June 2016. By Edward Stratmann. After making a real impression off the bench in Switzerland's opening two fixtures, against Albania and Romania, Switzerland coach, Vladimir Petkovic, rightly rewarded Breel Embolo with a start against France.
Replacing Haris Seferovic, who was underwhelming in those aforementioned matches, the 19-year-old sensation put in an admirable shift against the experienced, battle hardened French backline. While France's two centre-backs, Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny, did their utmost to make life as difficult as possible for him, Embolo stuck to his task manfully and enjoyed plenty of promising moments himself.
Testing himself against such elite players undoubtedly served as a brilliant yet challenging learning experience for Embolo. "It wasn't easy against the French defence," he said.
"But we're at the top level of European football here. It will do me good. I'm 19 and I don't hide."
The 2016 UEFA European Championship won't get underway until June 10th of next year. As of early December, though, the group stage draws for the tournament are set. With 24 teams spread across six groups, which countries will rise and which will fall in the first round of this prestigious football tournament? Read on to check out our predictions for each of the six groups.
The Group: A The Teams: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland The Likely Outcome: France are the natural frontrunners here. In addition to being the tournament hosts, France are also the only soccer team in this group that have won a previous European Championship title-let alone two. France won in both 1984 (also at a tournament they hosted) and 2000 and have had a fairly solid year,
It's official: the England national football team kept a perfect record in the qualifying rounds for the 2016 European Championship. The soccer squad seemed downtrodden when the qualifiers began last fall, having just recently suffered their worst-ever performance at the FIFA World Cup. But a year can make an awful lot of difference, and now, with the Euro 2016 qualifying competition officially on the books, the Three Lions are looking like genuine contenders to win the title next year in France. Lets take a look at how Group E played out as the results are in, and England and Switzerland advance to Euro 2016 finals.
The Numbers and Figures
England ends the qualifiers with a perfect record: 10 wins, zero draws, and zero losses. Not only did they finish as the top team in Group E, but also as the top team in the entire qualifying competition. Only one of the other 52 countries involved in the qualifiers even escaped undefeated:
We've been looking at qualification groups recently drawn for the FIFA World Cup. Today is the turn of 2018 World Cup UEFA Qualifying Group B. Who is the potential winners and losers? Though they entered the 2014 World Cup with a stellar FIFA ranking, the Portugal national football team actually nearly didn't qualify for the event at all. In UEFA Qualifying Group F, the Portuguese squad finished second, behind Russia. That left them to fight for one last chance in a playoff against the second-place teams from the other qualification groups-a list that included other eventual tournament participants like France, Greece, and Croatia. Portugal ultimately beat Sweden in a two-leg playoff battle, but relied completely on Cristiano Ronaldo to do so: Ronaldo scored one goal in the first leg and three in the second to beat Sweden (whose Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals in the second match).
This time around, it looks like Portugal should have a clear and easy road to reach the 2018 World
Since the inception of the UEFA European Championship in 1960, the England national football team has qualified for the event eight times. Never before, though, has the team gone undefeated in the qualifying competition leading up to the tournament-a feat that they are currently chasing in Euro 2016 Qualifying Group E.
In fact, right now, as soccer fans wait for game seven of the Euro qualifying rounds (set for early September), England is in a better position than any other team in the entire qualifying competition. Indeed, if you were to rank all 53 of the teams vying for qualification into one standings table, based on their current statistics, England would be at the top of the list with six wins, zero draws or losses, a point total of 18, and a goal difference of +15. (Slovakia are the only other country with a perfect 18-point, six-game record, and their GD rating is +10.)
The last Group E games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup took place yesterday. Prior to kickoff Switzerland was sitting in 3rd place, in need of a win against Honduras, and reliant on Ecuador losing to progress to the knockout stage. The results went in their favor and the Switzerland football shirt, alongside the France soccer jerseys will progress further into the tournament.
The group stage may be coming to and end but the action in Brazil is heating up. At Soccer Box we have all the 2014 World Cup football shirts you need. The Honduras soccer jersey may be taking no further part but their heroic efforts may inspire you to shop for a shirt in preparation for their next game. Alternatively, the Switzerland home and away kits and France football shirts are in stock for Group E enthusiasts.
Switzerland V Honduras
Ranked at 33 by FIFA Honduras was always the least likely team in Group E to escape the group stages.
The Switzerland football shirt will be marking its 10th official World Cup appearance this summer in Brazil, a milestone that fans are hoping will light a fire and push the team to its best performance in years. In the early days of the World Cup, Switzerland was a near-permanent fixture in the event's quarterfinals, but a dry spell in the latter part of the 20th century left the team as an also-ran as other early contenders won titles and achieved global soccer success.
Now, however, Switzerland has managed to achieve three consecutive World Cup qualifications for the first time since the 1950s, and the team seems determined to improve its fortunes at the world's biggest soccer tournament. That much is evident from the Switzerland 2014 FIFA World Cup home jersey, a