1. ITALY
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Leonardo Bonucci of Italy lifts The Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

To no surprise, this year’s Euro 2020 champions have been a level above the rest – solid at the back, clinical at the front. With 5 wins from 7, this Italian side set two new records of achieving 13 consecutive wins and going 32 games unbeaten; their last defeat coming in 2018. Italy scored the most goals in the tournament (13) and conceded the third-fewest (4), with goalkeeper, Donnarumma, winning the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award. Not only did they win games, but they also dominated and demolished opposition sides, finishing the tournament with the most attacks (383), most tackles carried out (99), and most balls recovered (291), most distance covered (877.2km) and many more. Their cohesion and understanding set an example for all other teams, but they also had exceptional individual performers. Goalkeeper, Donnarumma, saved multiples penalties to get the team through the knockout stages and midfielder, Jorginho, covered more ground than any other player in the tournament. Five Italian players featured in the Team of the Tournament, the most of any team, showing just how good they were.

2. ENGLAND

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Wembley Stadium in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Although it didn’t come home, the England players have a lot to be proud of. The runners-up had a dream start to their campaign as they set a Euro’s record of being the first team to keep 5 consecutive clean sheets from the start of a tournament. The England defence was a real struggle to break down. They only conceded 2 goals in the entire tournament and goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, won the Golden Glove. Their attack, however, lacked a bit of steam. This English side became the first ever to qualify through the group stages having only scored 2 goals. Nevertheless, they finished the tournament with the second-most goals scored. England had 3 players in the top 5 distance covered by individual athletes featuring Raheem Sterling, Kalvin Phillips and Harry Kane and had 3 players make it to the Team of the Tournament. With so many young emerging talents, England has a very bright future and if they keep performing the way they do, they will surely see SOMETHING come home.

3. SPAIN

SEVILLE, SPAIN – MARCH 31: Estadio Olimpico on March 31, 2021, in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Arguably, the most entertaining games of the tournament included Spain. With the youngest average age at the tournament, no one predicted them to go to the semis; however, they proved everyone wrong. Spain’s Tiki-Taka way of playing was mastered by every player on the pitch as they passed their way into the semi-finals with the highest passing accuracy (90%). Spanish midfielder Pedri won the Young Player of the Tournament but all the young Spaniards excelled in their job roles. Despite scoring the joint-most goals (13), Spain was not the most clinical of sides and an improved shot conversion rate could see them become real title contenders. With more maturity and experience, Spain could be the team to beat in the upcoming tournaments.

4. DENMARK

TOPSHOT – Denmark’s forward Yussuf Poulsen (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during the UEFA EURO 2020. (Photo by Stuart Franklin / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STUART FRANKLIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Rewinding a few weeks, a Denmark side without Christian Erikson was like a car without wheels. Losing their main outfield player, there wasn’t much expected from Denmark, however, this Danish side totally turned it around. They had a shaky defence at times but scored the second-most goals, compensating for their goal difference. Having the mental strength to keep going and putting in quality performances, the semi-finalists had a magnificent campaign that will definitely go down in their history books. They were defeated over a controversial decision, otherwise; they could have even gone all the way. Who knows?

5. BELGIUM

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 21: Belgium celebrate their side’s first goal, an own goal by Lukas Hradecky of Finland during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship. (Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky – Pool/Getty Images)

Belgium are a reputable team in knockout tournaments, finishing third in the 2018 World Cup. The momentum from 2018 put high expectations on the team, with anything below a semi-final finish considered a disappointment, however, losing to the champions by only one goal doesn’t sound too bad now. Belgium conceded the second-fewest goals (3) but sometimes struggled at the other end of the pitch. With not completely fit star players Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, Belgium’s attack was incomplete, but at their best, these players are unplayable. With their ‘Golden Generation’ of footballers playing, you can never rule them out from winning silverware. 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Another great read and such a detailed analysis of the Euro 2020 winners. A lovely write up to recognise the achievements of England too. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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