It’s almost time for kick-off and we’re at the last group review. And what a group it is. Group F is the definite “Group of Death” and evidently easy to see why.
Group F: France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary
Without a doubt, World Champion France are the big favorites for the European crown. The team is full of superstars and probably have the best young player through the likes of Kylian Mbappé. France’s team is world class in every position. Literally, there is not a single position on the squad that you can argue. The biggest problem, however, is how to choose only 11 players to start. The midfield duo of Kanté and Pogba look impossible to penetrate. Mbappé, Griezman, and Benzema are a trio that can score from every position, against any opposition. Anything but a title will be considered failure and this team is poised to rule football for many years. #LesBleus absolutely have the potential to follow the footsteps of domination of the Spanish side between 2008-2012.
Germany failed to progress through the group stages and this German team is hurt, and when they’re hurt, they cannot be underestimated. The #Bundesteam will be hungry for redemption. The duo of Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller were ousted from the team after the World Cup in 2018. Now, in order to progress further and try to win the European Cup, they are back on the team. Without big superstar and with typical German work ethic, this team will give it all on the pitch so that Joachim Löw can have a proper send off.
The current European Champions found themselves in the worst group possible. However, led by one of the best footballers of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo, they are ready to defend their crown. Portugal already showed that they can play even without their biggest star. They showed this in the final in France in 2016 when Ronaldo left the pitch injured. This season, Portuguese attackers all across the continent score goals for fun. Andre Silva, Diogo Jota, scored double digits goals for their respective teams. At the back, they have the PFA player of the season Ruben Dias, alongside him the experienced Pepe and Jose Fonte. Generally, Portugal are the perfect mix of experience and young talents. They all know how to win, and how good it feels to do so and rest assured they will definitely look to win it again.
Hungary qualified through the play-off after winning their group in the Nations League. They beat Bulgaria in October 2020 and the team’s two biggest stars are RB Leipzig’s Peter Gulasci and Willi Orban. It’s not much, but the #MightyMagyars already proved that they can hurt any team that doesn’t take them seriously. It will be interesting to see if they can confuse someone’s accounts.
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