Sports News

Euro’s round-up: Who is the dark horse, favourite and disappointment?

Squads for the European championships this summer have begun to be announced, and the beginning of the tournament is on the horizon! So, looking into the tournament, who is going to be the favourite, the dark horse and the disappointment?

The favourites for the Euro’s will surely be France, especially with the recalling of Karim Benzema to the squad. The Real Madrid man has had a fantastic season, and alongside the firepower of Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe the French will have a dangerous attack. The squad depth for the national team is often talked about, with France being able to field two separate national sides who would most likely reach the semi-finals.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid played at Nuevo San Mames Stadium on May 16, 2021 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Marzo / Pressinphoto / Icon Sport)

The other favourites are Belgium, Germany and England, but all these teams will rely on certain individuals turning up over summer. Belgium’s success will hinge on whether Eden Hazard can find his form, Germany will need Timo Werner to suddenly become a top finisher, and England will rely on Harry Kanes performances if they are to go far in the tournament.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Harry Kane of England during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The Disappointment is likely to be a large nation with a lot of footballing pedigree, but are unlikely to perform this year. Italy have an ageing squad, and my money would be on them to disappoint, especially after not being a top national side for a while now. Injuries won’t help the Italians either, with many of their young talents who could have a breakout tournament missing out.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 07: Nicolo Zaniolo of Italy injured during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Netherlands and Italy at Johan Cruijff Arena on September 7, 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This means that he is likely to miss the tournament. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

A dark horse for the Euro’s could be Turkey, who have been brilliant in qualifying, thanks in part to Lille’s large Turkish contingent, who have all played a major role in their title charge this season, with veteran striker Burak Yilmaz having the season of his life, and Yusuf Yazici and Mehmet Çelik also being key players for a surprisingly successful Lille side.

LILLE, FRANCE – MAY 16: Burak Yilmaz of Lille OSC during the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and AS Saint-Etienne at Stade Pierre Mauroy on May 16, 2021 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Who do you think will win the Euro’s? Let us know on our Twitter!

Make sure to check out other articles like this!

Sam Hutchison

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button