Euro 2020

UEFA EURO 2020: the qualifying teams UEFA EURO 2020 – Euro 2020

by: Adam Smith


The 20 teams that have qualified through the group will be joined by the winners of the play-offs in March.

  • Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
  • Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
  • Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, play-off winner D
  • Group D: England, Croatia, play-off winner C, Czech Republic
  • Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, play-off winner C
  • Group F: Play-off winner Portugal, France, Germany


Record Group G: G10 V6 P1 S3 GF19 GS9
Top scorer Qualifyingfiations: Marko Arnautovic (6)
Best UEFA EURO placement: group stage (2008, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Technical Commissioner: Franco Foda
Two appearances for West Germany, Foda spent much of his coaching career at Sturm Graz, winning the league and cup. Ct of Austria from the beginning of 2018.

Key player: Marko Arnautovich
Austria have struggled to overcome their opposition defences in the last two years, but Arnautovic, who plays in China, is a reliable striker.

Special observed: Konrad Laimer
A versatile young talent from RB Leipzig, whose qualities can be comfortable for Foda. A moped in the middle of the field, dangerous in the wing and rocky in defence.

Did you know?
It has been almost 30 years since Austria last won the final stage of a major tournament, a 2-1 victory over the United States at the 1990 World Cup.


Budget Group I: G10 V10 P0 S0 GF40 GS3
Top qualifying scorerRomelu Lukaku (7)
Best UEFA EURO placement: second place (1980)
UEFA EURO 2016: quarter-finals, 2-1 defeat to Wales

Technical Commissioner: Roberto Martinez
A former Spanish midfielder who has played mainly in England, Martinez has been coaching Belgium since 2016.

Key player: Eden Hazard
The 28-year-old Real Madrid quick and coach has made over 100 appearances for Belgium and is just as effective as a finisher or assist man.

Special observer: Youri Tielemans
The versatile Leicester midfielder, 22, possesses a terrific shot from distance and is very skilled at ball distribution.

Did you know?
The Red Devils are at the top of the current FIFA national rankings.


Budget Group E: G8 V5 P2 S1 GF17 GS7
Top scorer in qualifying: Bruno Petkovic (4)
Best placement at UEFA EURO: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
UEFA EURO 2016: Eighth, defeat 1-0 dts against Portugal

Technical Commissioner: Zlatko Dalich
A former midfielder who has never represented his country, Dali took over from Ante ‘ahai” in 2017 and led the team to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Key player: Luka Modrich
The 2018 Ballon d’Or has collected more than 120 appearances for his national team, not only captaining it but also guiding it with his vision of the game, energy and precision in the passes.

Special observed: Tin Jedvaj
Currently on loan at Augusta from Bayer Leverkusen, the young defender came to the world with two goals in the 3-2 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League last November.

Did you know?
Croatia climbed 122 places in the FIFA rankings from 125th to third place between 1994 and 1999.

Czech Republic

Budget Group A: G8 V5 P0 S3 GF13 GS11
Top qualifying scorer: Patrick Schick (4)
Best UEFA EURO placement: champion (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Technical Commissioner: Jaroslav
Holder of the record attendance in the Czech top league (465), Ilhavch won two titles as a coach before accepting the national team’s bench in September 2018.

Key player: Vladim’r Darida
Hertha Berlin’s all-round midfielder is an example to his team-mates and inspired October’s stunning win over England.

Special Observed: Tom Souchek
The beating heart of the Czech midfield, he was voted his country’s best player in the 2018/19 season, culminating in Slavia Prague winning the league.

Did you know?
The Czech Republic has always participated in the UEFA European Championship as a independent nation, reaching seven consecutive finals.


Budget Group D: P8 V4 P4 S0 GF23 GS6
Top qualifying scorer
: Christian Eriksen (5)
Best UEFA EURO placement
: champion (1992)
: Unqualified

Technical Commissioner: Ege Hareide
Called up 50 times by Norway, Hareide has won the championship as a coach in all Scandinavian nations. He led Denmark to the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup.

Key player: Christian Eriksen
At the top of 100 appearances, the 27-year-old is among the best offensive midfielders in the world and, in addition to being very technical, dictates the timing in the Danish midfield.

Special Observer: Jacob Bruun Larsen
A quick striker who was inspired by Marco Reus, Larsen joined Dortmund last season and was part of the national team.

You know what?
Denmark had not qualified for EURO ’92 but were re-taken ten days after the start of the tournament after the exclusion of Yugoslavia.


Budget Group A: G8 V7 P0 S1 GF37 GS6
Top qualifying scorerHarry Kane (12)
Best UEFA EURO placement: third place (1968)
UEFA EURO 2016: Round of 16, 2-1 defeat by Iceland

Manager: Gareth Southgate
Remembered mainly for the error from the puck in the semi-final of EURO ’96, he was chosen as the Ct of the England national team and revived his fortunes.

Key player: Raheem Sterling
With Josep Guardiola at Manchester City, Sterling has been moved from pure outside to area striker. The fruits have also been seen in the national team, with 10 goals in the last 10 appearances.

Special Observer: Jadon Sancho
Perhaps England did not see a player so mature for his 19 years since Wayne Rooney.

Did you know?
Until October’s defeat to the Czech Republic, England had not lost from 43 qualifying matches.


Budget Group J: G10 V6 P0 S4 GF16 GS10
Top qualifying scorer
: Teemu Pukki (10)
Best UEFA EURO placement: None
UEFA EURO 2016: Did not qualify

Technical Commissioner: Markku Kanerva
A five-time Finnish champion with HJK, Kanerva spent 12 years with the U21 national team and as an assistant to the senior national team before taking the reins in 2016.

Key player: Teemu Pukki
Long regarded as a goal-scoring player, Pukki has changed gears since joining Norwich in 2018. His goals have contributed to Finland’s recent success.

Special Observer: Fredrik Jensen
The 22-year-old Augsburg winger has exploded with the senior national team, proving to be ruthless in the build-up.

Did you know?
Prior to Finland’s qualification, 33 of the 55 UEFA-affiliated federations had previously participated in the euro final.


Group H Balance: G10 V8 P1 S1 GF25 GS6
Top qualifying scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
Best UEFA EURO placement: sample (1984, 2000)
UEFA EURO 2016: finalist, 1-0 loss to Portugal (dts)

Technical Commissioner: Didier Deschamps
As captain of the Bleus, Deschamps won the 1998 World Cup and EURO 2000. Coach of France since 2012, he won the 2018 World Cup and will look to win the second double of his career in 2020.

Key player: Antoine Griezmann
The weight in the national team French of the best player and top scorer of UEFA EURO 2016 has increased over time: now, the Barcelona striker is a leader both on and off the pitch.

Special observer: Clément Lenglet
The player has settled almost effortlessly at Barcelona and, after making his debut for the senior national team in June 2019, is bidding to be a starter along with Raphael Varane in defence of Didier Deschamps.

Did you know?
France will participate in the 13th consecutive final. He has not missed euro 96 and has reached three finals, winning three.


Balance Group C: G8 V6 P0 S1 GF30 GS7
Top ScorersIn the QualifiersSerge Gnabry (8)
Best placement at UEFA EURO: Victory (1972, 1980, 1996)
UEFA EURO 2016: semi-final, 2-0 defeat by France

Technical Commissioner: Joachim Law
Freiburg’s top scorer, He has been Germany’s coach since 2006, guiding him to a 2014 FIFA World Cup triumph.

Key player: Toni Kroos
One of the few veterans of 2014 left in a young team, an exceptional midfielder who dictates the pace of German transitions.

Special: Kai Havertz
Leverkusen’s 22-year-old with superb vision of the game and calm under pressure. The tendency to joust between the lines makes it perfect for the team of Law.

Did you know?
The final stage next summer will be Germany’s 26th consecutive major tournament, the World Cup or EURO.


Group J balance sheet:P10 V10 P0 S0 GF37 GS4
Top qualifying scorer: Andrea Belotti (5)
Best UEFA EURO placement:
champion (1968)
quarter-finals, defeat to Germany on penalties

Manager: Roberto Mancini
One of the best players of his generation, but with his career in the blue jersey, Mancini is looking forward to making his mark as manager of the national team after winning trophies at club level in Italy, England and Turkey.

Key player: Marco Verratti
Like his coach, the blue midfielder has not yet been able to express himself in the blue as with the club. Football based on Mancini’s possession, however, looks perfect for the PSG player’s characteristics.

Special Observer: Gianluigi Donnarumma
At just 20 years old, Donnarumma is already a veteran goalkeeper having been a first-team regular for many years. After Gianluigi Buffon’s farewell, wearing those heavy gloves is his turn.

Did you know?
Italy’s March win over Liechtenstein was the first 6-0 in 57 years. The last result by the same margin was the victory over Turkey in 1962


Balance Group C: G8 V6 P1 S1 GF24 GS7
Top scorer in the Qualifiers: Georginio Wijnaldum (8)
Best UEFA EURO placement: Victory (1988)
UEFA EURO 2016: Did not qualify

Manager: Ronald Koeman
Koeman has re-launched holland in February 2018 when he was selected for the Orange bench.

Key player: Memphis Depay
The Orange have plenty of forward picks but much of the offensive weight falls on the shoulders of Lyon’s mighty forward, a tireless runner from the velvety right-hander.

Special observer: Donny van de Beek
Prototype of the Ajax midfielder, young (22 years old), excellent technique, vision of the game, ability to play between the lines, and with incredible timing in the insertions in the area.

Did you know?
The Netherlands did not qualify for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This was the longest streak without a finals qualification since the mid-1980s, when the Dutch came back in style to win the European Championship in 1980.


Budget Group G: P10 V8 P1 S1 GF15 GS5
Top scorer: Robert Lewandowski (8)
Best UEFA EURO placement:
quarter-finals (2016)
quarter-finals, eliminated by Portugal on penalties

Technical Commissioner:Jerzy Czaczek
A silver medal as a player of Poland at the 1992 Olympics, the former midfielder led teams such as GKS Katowice and Wisa Pock before taking the national team’s reins last July.

Key player: Robert Lewandowski
A player with the most appearances and goals ever in the national team, the Bayern player is one of the deadliest strikers in the penalty area – as demonstrated by his hat-trick against Latvia in the seventh round.

Special observed: Krzysztof Piak
The AC Milan striker scored 22 goals in Serie A last season – 13 of them with Genoa, his former team – and already has an average of one goal every two games in the national team.

Did you know?
The coach Brzaczek is the uncle of experienced Polish midfielder Jakub Baaszczykowski.


Balance Group B: G8 V5 P2 S1 GF22 GS6
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (11)
Best UEFA EURO placement:
victory (2016)

Technical Commissioner: Fernando Santos
A former defender with a suitcase, Fernando Santos coached Portugal’s three greats, moving to the national team in 2014 after a stint on the Greek bench. His first two goals were the victory of UEFA EURO 2016 and the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League.

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Holder of the record attendance and goals in Portugal, CR7 will be 35 years old at EURO 2020 and will try to take a pebble out of his shoe: he has never been top scorer at the European Championships or The World Cup.

Special observer: Joo Félix
A player of prodigious technique, he is the latest arrival in a Portugal already full of talents. At the age of 20, he made his senior international debut in June in the triumphant UEFA Nations League.

Did you know?
October’s defeat in Ukraine was Portugal’s first knockout under Fernando Santos in a EURO match (including Nations League) – qualifier or final tournament – since he took office in September 2014. His only previous defeats came in the World Cup.


Budget Group I: G10 V8 P0 S2 GF33 GS8
Top qualifying scorer:
Artem Dzyuba (9)
Best European Championship finish:
(in 1960 as USSR), semi-final (2008)
group stage

Technical Commissioner: Stanislav Cherchesov
The former Spartak Moskva and Russia goalkeeper took the reins of the national team in the summer of 2016 and, after two years of swinging results, led Russia to the quarter-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as host.

Key player: Artem Dzyuba
The mighty Zenit centre-back – 1.96 tall – is the captain and current top scorer with 21 goals.

Special observed: Dmitri Barinov
The 23-year-old midfielder made his debut for Russia last summer and is having the best year of his career. He scored the goal in his Loko’s win over Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League and is also dictating the law in the league.

Did you know?
Russia does not win a five-match euro finals match; Their last victory was 4–1 over the Czech Republic in the opening game of UEFA EURO 2012.


Group F Balance Sheet : G10 V8 P2 S0 GF31 GS5
Top qualifying scorer: Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo (4)
Best European Championship finish: Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)
UEFA EURO 2016: Round of 16, 2-0 loss to Italy

Technical Commissioner: Luis Enrique
After leaving in June for personal reasons, he returned to his post in November after the end of qualifying. Previously, he led Barcelona to success in the UEFA Champions League in 2015.

Key player: Sergio Ramos
An irreplaceable player in the Spanish rearguard, Ramos is also at the top of the qualifying marker standings after the converted penalty kick.

Special Observed: Fabion Ruiz
A valuable element in the Iberian midfield, he inspired Spain to the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

Did you know?
Ramos overtook Iker Casillas in terms of appearances, collecting 168 with La Roja.


Group Budget: G10 V6 P3 S1 GF23 GS9
Top qualifying scorer: Robin Quaison (5)
Best UEFA EURO placement: semi-finals (1992)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Technical Commissioner: Janne Andersson
He was the main architect of Sweden’s resurgence, returning to the World Cup after 12 years and excelling in a UEFA Nations League group that included Russia and Turkey.

Key player: Robin Olsen
The agility, physique and reflexes of the Cagliari goalkeeper have proved invaluable on several occasions for the Swedish national team.

Special Observer: Alexander Isak
He was the youngest scorer of all time for AIK (at 16) and the national team (at 17). Today he is 20 years old, plays for Real Sociedad and looks decidedly more mature than his young age.

Did you know?
In 1992, Sweden finished first in the group ahead of England, France and Denmark (later champions) but were eliminated in the semi-finalsGermany (3-2).


Budget Group D: P8 V5 P2 S1 GF19 GS6
Top qualifying scorer: Cédric Itten (3)
Best UEFA EURO placement: Round of 16 (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: Round of 16, lost 5-4 on penalties to Poland after the 1-1 final

Technical Commissioner: Vladimir Petkovic
Born in Sarajevo, Petkovic moved to Switzerland in 1997 and has been Ct of the national team since 2014. The Swiss have not failed to qualify for a finals since.

Key player: Granit Xhaka
A rocky player with a great vision of the game, Xhaka is the glue of this Switzerland. The Swiss won 3-0 against Denmark when he was substituted. The game then ended 3-3.

Special observed: Breel Embolo
The striker is re-launching at The Munchengladbach after overcoming a series of injuries. Powerful, flexible and fast, the 22-year-old is unpredictable with the ball between his feet.

You know what?
Switzerland have always passed the group stage with Petkovic on the bench but has never won a knockout match: in the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, at EURO 2016 and in the UEFA Nations League.


Group J balance sheet:G10 V7 P2 S1 GF18 GS3
Top qualifying scorer: Cenk Tosun (5)
Best UEFA EURO placement:
semi-finals (2008)
group stage

Technical Commissioner: Enol Gone
A six-time title winner with Trabzonspor and a former national team member, the former goalkeeper, Goni, became Turkey’s Ct and finished third at the 2002 World Cup. After two championships won with Besiktas, he returned to the national team’s bench in 2019.

Key player: Cenk Tosun
He knows how to get the best out of the Everton striker, who has already coached at Besiktas. Not too fast or giant in stature, he works hard for the team and is a race bomber.

Special Observed: Merih Demiral
When Demiral left Alanyaspor for Sassuolo in 2019, coach Sergen Yalin said: “Turkey has its central defender for the next 10 years.” Shortly thereafter came the move to Juventus, who will try to cultivate a talent that will turn 22 years before Euro 2020.

Did you know?
Turkey has qualified for five of the last seven European Championships since their first qualification in 1996.


Budget Group A: P8 V6 P1 S0 GF17 GS4
Top qualifying scorer: Roman Yaremchuk (4)
Best European Championship finish: group stage (2012, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Technical Commissioner: Andriy Shevchenko
A football legend, with AC Milan won the UEFA Champions League in 2003 and the Ballon d’Or in 2004, and is fifth in the overall ranking of top scorers in UEFA competitions for clubs with 67 goals.

Key player: Andriy Yarmolenko
Ukraine’s top scorer with 36 goals (only Shevchenko with 48 scored the most in the overall standings), Yarmolenko is ready to pick up where he left off after returning from a long injury.

Special observer: Viktor Tsygankov
The 21-year-old has to fight for a starting shirt as both Yarmolenko and Marlos can adapt to playing in his preferred role as a right-back.

Did you know?
Ukraine qualified for a EURO for the first time directly; She had managed to qualify for a final stage in 2012 as co-hosts and in 2016 after her play-off victory over Slovenia.


Budget Group E: G8 V4 P2 S2 GF10 GS6
Top qualifying scorers: Gareth Bale (2), Kieffer Moore (2), Aaron Ramsey (2)
Best European Championship finish: semi-finals (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: Semi-finals

Technical Commissioner: Ryan Giggs
He spent his entire playing career at Manchester United, setting a record (963). He won the Premier League 13 times and the UEFA Champions League in 1999 and 2008. He made 64 appearances for Wales from 1991 to 2007, scoring 12 goals. In January 2018, he was appointed head coach.

Key player: Gareth Bale
Despite having turned 30 this summer, Bale remains the symbol of the Welsh national team, of which he is the all-time leading goalscorer. Very influential both on and off the pitch, he has always scored important goals for his country since his debut in 2006.

Special Observer: Daniel James
The 22-year-old made a name for himself at Manchester United after his arrival in the summer and, on his debut for the national team, scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Slovakia in the first leg of the qualifiers. At UEFA EURO 2020 he will have the opportunity to show off his great speed.

Did you know?

Prior to Finland’s qualification, 33 of the 55 UEFA national federations had participated in a Euro final.