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Euro 2020: Round of 16

We’re into the best part of any tournament. The KO stage. No more strategic result, no more saving power, no more calculating. You win – you progress, you lose – you go home. And wow, what games we will see in the round of 16. So let’s see the teams that progressed, the fixtures, and how I see different teams.

Italy

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The first team to qualify for the round of 16. I didn’t think they were real contenders for the crown before the tournament. But the way they’ve been playing and the videos around the team, showing the atmosphere in that team speak volumes. This team looks ready to die for one another. This is the most interesting Italy team I’ve ever seen. They definitely are one of the 3 teams I see as favorites to win the tournament.

Next opponent: Austria

Austria

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Until now, the Austrians didn’t win a single game at a European Championship and now they’ve reached the round of 16. Definitely the biggest achievement in their football history. They achieved more than expected so there’s no pressure on them, and the game against Italy should be fun for them.

Belgium

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Belgium have their golden generation right now. They passed the group stage with ease and Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard are just getting into shape. Definitely a title contender. Probably the last chance of this golden generation to shine. The other from my top 3 favorites for the title.

Next opponent: Portugal

Portugal

Hungary-Portugal | UEFA EURO 2020 | UEFA.com

The current European Champions – Portugal are a team that can perform against every team. Full of world-class, experienced players and young guns. Their game against Belgium is their 1st big game at the round of 16. The winner of this match will definitely get a boost of confidence. Can’t wait.

France

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The World Champions have so much talent on their team that it’s hard to imagine. They entered the tournament as number one contender and everything but a title will be failure for their fans.

Next opponent: Switzerland

Switzerland

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One of the always solid teams. They’ll probably lose against France, but will give all they have in the match so it won’t be an easy game for the World Champions. Xherdan Shaqiri is on fire and he proved that he has still has magic in his feet.

Croatia

Croatia secures spot alongside England, Czech Republic in Euro 2020 round  of 16

They barely snuck into the next round and so far, they are underperforming. As silver medalist from the last World Cup, people expect much more from them. And the moment of truth is here. Play or go home, that’s it.

Next opponent: Spain

Spain

UEFA Euro 2020: Spain again has to weather a storm before a major  tournament | Sports News,The Indian Express

La Furia Roja is the other team that people expected to qualify much easier than they did. Until the last game with Slovakia, they were looking like a team that has no idea what to do with the ball. They were just moving the ball around without any idea of scoring. They need to change that or they won’t go very far.

This is one side of the bracket, so only one of the 8 teams above will reach the final. Interesting times. On the other side of the bracket we have the following.

Sweden

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A team with solid defense. A team that is hard to beat and they know how to defend deep so when they meet some of the top teams, every minute without conceding a goal will work in their favor.

Next opponent: Ukraine

Ukraine

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After the first two games, I thought Ukraine was the most entertaining side to watch. Sadly, their 3rd group game against Austria was a pain to watch. Let’s hope they show their entertaining face against Sweden.

England

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The three lions didn’t convince that “football’s coming home” just yet. Given the talent they have, people expected much more of them. 2 goals in 3 games is not looking good for Southgate’s team.

Next opponent: Germany

Germany

Portugal-Germany | UEFA EURO 2020 | UEFA.com

A real football classic awaits – England vs Germany at Wembley. So far, Germany showed 3 different sides against their 3 opponents in the group: lethargic, attacking, and making mistakes in the back. Which side will we see against England? Can’t wait for this game. The main event of the round of 16.

Netherlands

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Netherlands showed great football in the opening round. Given the history of their manager, people weren’t expecting that much of them, but now… they showed themselves as one of the top teams in Europe again. Can they deliver against a better team?

Next opponent: Czech Republic

Czech Republic

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For me especially, the Czech’s are the surprise of the tournament. Not many people expected them to be that good. They already proved themselves as a team that everyone should comply with and I can’t wait to watch them play again.

Wales

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Wales are one of the most consistent teams in the recent years. They barely beat any of the top teams, but on the other side, they barely lose from the worse teams. Barely a team to surprise you.

Next opponent: Denmark

Denmark

Euro 2020 Group B: Denmark secure miraculous qualification with victory  over Russia; Belgium win again - CBSSports.com

A team that went through the whole specter of emotions during the group phase. At the end with the beating of Russia, they reached their target. Definitely a team with a lot of talent.

Disappointment of the tournament: Definitely in this bracket I should put Russia and Poland. For me these 2 team should’ve performed much better.

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