Euro 2020 promises to be an incredible competition with the best from across the continent competing to hoist the trophy in July.
While all the focus has shifted to Group F, aka the Group of Death, there are plenty of amazing matches to look forward to as the competition nears.
Italy rides a huge win streak heading into the tournament, while Belgium, England and Spain all boast squads deep enough to warrant some serious looks as the Euros progress further.
Ahead of this week’s Euro 2020 tournament, we’re taking a look at the 10 best matches at this summer’s massive event.
The Azzurri head into the Euros unbeaten in 27 straight matches and they’ll be clear favorites to win Group A with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Lorenzo Insigne and Sandro Tonali among Italy’s best options. Meanwhile, Turkey boasts a number of successful European stars, including Burak Yilmaz, who recently led Lille to a Ligue 1 title.
Roberto Martinez’s side heads into Euro 2020 as the betting favorite at many sportsbooks, so Belgium will need to finally live up to its reputation this summer with many of their stars beginning to near the back half of their careers. Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne feature for the Red Devils, who have one of the top attacks in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Kasper Schmeichel and Christian Eriksen feature for the Danes as the country reaches its ninth Euros and aims to replicate its winning form of 1992.
North Macedonia makes its Euros debut after a massive win back in March against Germany. It’s no guarantee that they’ll be able to replicate this feat during the tournament, but there’s something about this side that’s super intriguing. Goran Pandev is the biggest name and captains the side after many years at big clubs in Europe, so maybe there’s a chance they can sneak through Group C.
The rivalry headlines Group D as Scotland reaches its third Euros in its history. England will have a massive weight on its shoulders given their squad’s immense talent, while Scotland can look to overthrow their neighbors in a heated group affair. Even without Mason Greenwood this summer, the Three Lions have plenty of talent to make a run at a title.
The Three Lions and Croatia could be one of the most-heavily contested matches of the bunch after meeting at the World Cup in 2018. Croatia got the best of the English in the semi finals before falling to France in the title match, but both sides return many key figures from three years ago.
Any time Robert Lewandowski is on the pitch is must-watch programming, and with both sides featuring strong squads expected to reach the knockout stage.
The only player missing from this one is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and it’s a shame because with Lewandowski on the opposite end of the field this could have been truly one of the best attacking battles in the competition with two tremendous strikers.
Potentially a preview of the final? It’s very possible after both teams won the last two majors tournaments. France are the defending world champions, while Portugal took Euro 2016 with Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined in the final due to injury. The Portuguese will have their talisman this time and it’ll be up to both teams to set the tone in the group stage before a potential meeting later in the competition.
Many will sleep on Germany because of their form in World Cup qualifying, including a loss to North Macedonia in March, but this team still boasts one of the most skillful rosters at Euro 2020. Kai Havertz, Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner are coming off a Champions League title with Chelsea, while Thomas Muller and Leon Goretzka can build this team up from the midfield. Look for the Germans to be a dark horse in Group F, if you can even call them dark horse candidates.