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Belgium without de Bruyne: Introducing Group B at Euro 2020

Author : 112.ua News Agency

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On June 11, the European Football Championship starts in Rome. 112ua.tv introduces its readers to all the participants of the tournament. And today Group B is next in line, in which the national teams of Belgium, Denmark, Russia, and Finland have gathered
13:00, 3 June 2021

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On June 11, the European Football Championship starts in Rome. 112ua.tv introduces its readers to all the participants of the tournament. And today Group B is next in line, in which the national teams of Belgium, Denmark, Russia, and Finland have gathered.

Belgium national team

Goalkeepers: Courtois (Real Madrid), Mignolet (Club Brugge), Zels (Strasbourg)

Defenders: Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Boyata (Hertha), Denaier (Lyon), Vermaelen (Vissel Kobe), Vertonghen (Benfica), Meunier (Borussia Dortmund), Castagne ( Leicester City);

Midfielders: De Bruyne (Manchester City), Dendonker (Wolverhampton), Carrasco (Atlético), Praet, Thielemans (both Leicester City), Shadley (Istanbul Bashakshehir), Thorgan Hazar, Witsel (Borussia Dortmund), Vanaken (Club Brugge)

Forwards: Doku (Rennes), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Mertens (Napoli), Trossard (Brighton & Hove Albion), Batshuayi (Chelsea, on loan from Crystal Palace), Bentek (Crystal Palace), Romelu Lukaku (Inter).

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Way to Euro

The selection for the European Championship for the Belgians was not in the most difficult mode. The rivals of the "red devils" were San Marino, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Scotland, and Russia. Martinez's wards did not experience problems with any of the opponents, having won all 10 matches.

Group I

Belgium - 30 points

Russia 24

Scotland - 15

Kazakhstan - 10

Cyprus - 10

San Marino - 0

In the spotlight

The Belgium national team has a lot of outstanding footballers. No wonder the team takes first place in the FIFA rankings. At the same time, the national team does not have any serious victories. Nevertheless, when you have Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois or Romelu Lukaku in your squad, you are already one of the favorites of the tournament.

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Unfortunately, Kevin de Bruyne was injured in the Champions League final. And according to doctors' forecasts, he will not be able to recover before the playoffs. Therefore, the brain function of the attacks of the Belgian team is completely transferred to Eden Azar. The midfielder had a weak season at Real Madrid, scoring only 4 goals. The bosses of the “creamy” are not happy with Hazard and he is already thinking about returning to “Chelsea”. And at Euro he will have a great opportunity to remind him of his top level.

Main coach

In the summer of 2016, Spanish specialist Roberto Martinez signed a contract with the Belgian Football Federation and became the head of the national team. Belgium under the leadership of Martinez symbolically lost its first match to Spain. And after that, the “devils” issued a 24-match streak without defeat, became the number one team in the world, and the Belgians won the qualifications for the World Cup and Euro easily and naturally.

While still working at Everton, Roberto Martinez is remembered for his love of combination football. And in the Belgian national team, where an incredibly talented generation was selected, this approach to the game gave an effective and quite effective result - the Belgians score a lot and in different ways.

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Denmark national team

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Frederik Rennov (Schalke), Jonas Loessl (Midtjylland);

Defenders: Daniel Wass (Valencia), Joakim Mehle (Atalanta), Jens Larsen (Udinese), Nikolai Boylesen, Matthias Zanka (both Copenhagen), Simon Kier (Milan), Andreas Christensen ( Chelsea), Yannick Westergaard (Southampton), Joachim Andersen (Fulham);

Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Heybjerg (Tottenham), Thomas Delaney (Borussia D), Matthias Jensen, Christian Norgor (both Brentford), Christian Eriksen (Inter), Anders Christiansen (Malmö);

Forwards: Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona), Jonas Wind (Copenhagen), Kasper Dolberg (Nice), Andreas Olsen (Bologna), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria) , Robert Skov (Hoffenheim), Andreas Cornelius (Parma).

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Way to Euro

The Danes managed to qualify for the Euro, never losing, but at the same time becoming the second in their group. They gave way to Switzerland, but outstripped Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar. Denmark lost only to its current rival Belgium in the League of Nations, but defeated England and Iceland. The Danes started the World Cup qualification with confidence, winning three starting matches.

 

Group D

Switzerland - 17 points

Denmark - 16

Ireland - 13

Georgia - 9

Gibraltar - 0

In the spotlight

Denmark now has a great team with several, if not the top, then about that level players. Kasper Schmeichel was one of the main characters of the season at Leicester, which was very visible in England. There is Christian Eriksen, who knows how to show space-level football, but the midfielder does not show himself in the best way at Inter, although he became the champion of Italy.

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But I would like to highlight Andreas Christensen from London “Chelsea”. After the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea played great football, especially at their goal. And one of the main characters of this change was precisely the Danish defender. He is now 25 years old and is closer to his playing peak than the Danish national team and should be used.

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Main coach

The Danish national team was taken to the European Championship by another coach. At Euro they were supposed to play under the direction of the Norwegian Oge Hareide. But the players did not like him, and then the Euro was postponed for a year. Well, the Danish federation decided to change its head coach and was entrusted to Kasper Hjulmand to bring the national team to the European Championship.

The 49-year-old coach has achieved the greatest success at Norshellan, with whom he was able to win the Danish championship and play in the Champions League. In 2014 he went to conquer the Bundesliga, but did not stay long at Mainz. After returning to his homeland and several more sehons at the helm of Norshellan, Kasper Hulmand was called to lead the national team. The atmosphere in the team has improved, and the results continue to delight the fans.

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Russian team

Goalkeepers: Yuri Dupin (Rubin Kazan), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Matvey Safonov (Krasnodar), Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow).

Defenders: Georgy Dzhikia (Spartak Moscow), Igor Diveev, Mario Fernandez (both - CSKA Moscow), Roman Evgeniev (Dynamo Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov, Vyacheslav Karavaev (both Zenit St. Petersburg), Fedor Kudryashov (Antalyaspor Turkey), Ilya Samoshnikov (Rubin Kazan), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny).

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Midfielders: Dmitry Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov, Maxim Mukhin (all - Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Golovin (Monaco France), Arsen Zakharyan, Daniil Fomin (both - Dynamo Moscow), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow) , Alexey Ionov (Krasnodar), Daler Kuzyaev, Andrey Mostovoy, Magomed Ozdoev (all - Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Makarov (Rubin Kazan), Alexey Miranchuk (Atalanta Italy), Denis Cheryshev ( Valencia "Spain).

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Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Zabolotny (Sochi), Alexander Sobolev (Spartak Moscow).

Way to Euro

The Russians are well acquainted with the Belgian national team. After all, it was with her in the selection for the Euro that they played in the same group. Having conceded 7 goals from Belgium in two matches, the Russians won the rest of the matches and qualified for the European Championship. In the League of Nations, the team is playing for the second time in Division B, where they will also play next season. And in the selection for the World Cup there were victories over Malta and Slovenia and the defeat of Slovakia.

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Group I

Belgium - 30 points

Russia 24

Scotland - 15

Kazakhstan - 10

Cyprus - 10

San Marino - 0

In the spotlight

Last summer, Alexei Miranchuk moved from Lokomotiv Moscow to Atalanta, Italy, for 14.5 million euros. In addition to him, Denis Cheryshev, Denis Golovin and Fedor Kudryashov also play for Russians abroad. But the latter plays in Turkey and does not play a serious role in the national team yet. But out of the three named, it is Miranchuk who looks like the most potentially brilliant football player of the national team.

“Atalanta” had a worse season than the previous one, but remained at the level of the top club in Italy. So far, the Russian has failed to become the leader of his club, which is explainable by his not-so-long stay in the team, but Alexey spent 24 matches, scored 7 goals, and scored one assist.

Main coach

Stanislav Cherchesov joined the Russian national team before preparing for the World Cup. The Russians did not play the selection then, as the hosts, and were gaining form through friendly matches. At the World Cup, the Russians were able to pass Spain in the playoffs on the penalty spot, but then they also lost to Croatia in the 11-meter series. They were satisfied with Cherchesov's work at the helm of the national team and he continued to coach the team.

The next contract extension with Cherchesov happened in the spring of 2020 when Russia had already left the qualifying group and was supposed to begin preparations for the Euro. But there was a transfer and plans changed. But Cherchesov remained and, judging by the feedback from the players and the results, and will remain.

Finland national team

Goalkeepers: Lukas Hradecki (Bayer Leverkusen), Ess Joronen (Brescia), Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers);

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Defenders: Juhani Ojala (Vejle), Leo Vaisanen (Elfsborg), Sauli Vaisanen (Chievo), Paulus Arajuuri (Paphos), Daniel O'Shaughnessy (HJK), Nikolai Alho (MTK Budapest) , Albin Granlund (Steel Mielec), Robert Ivanov (Varta), Jere Uronen (Genk), Nicholas Hamalainen (CRC);

Midfielders: Pyryu Soiri, Joni Kauko (both Esberg), Glen Camara (Rangers), Onni Valakari (Paphos), Rasmus Schuller (Djurgarden), Thomas Lam (PEK Zwolle),

Forwards: Tim Sparv (Midtjylland), Fredrik Jensen (Augsburg), Joel Pohjanpalo (Union), Lassi Lappalainen (Bologna), Markus Forss (Brentford), Yasin-Amin Assehnun (Lahti) ), Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Way to Euro

For the first time in their history, the Finns will play at the European Championship. They made it to their debut Euro thanks to the second place in the group with Italy, Greece, Bosnia, Armenia, and Liechtenstein. After that, the Finns performed at the level in the League of Nations, after which they played two draws at the start of the selection for the 2022 World Cup, one of which was with Ukraine.

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Group J

Italy - 30 points

Finland - 18

Greece - 14

Bosnia - 13

Armenia - 10

Liechtenstein - 2

In the spotlight

There are no particularly bright or prominent players in the Finnish national team. The Finns achieved their results through disciplined play and perfected team actions. But among the whole team, it is worth highlighting one of the main authors of its historical release - Norwich forward Teemu Pukki.

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Do not think that the level of the Euro Championship is not enough. There are a lot of players from the first English league at the tournament, and the average level of the teams there is not worse than many European leagues. And 26 goals per season is an indicator of a very decent work of a forward. So, this guy will still show himself at the Euro.

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Main coach

Markku Kanerva joined the Finnish national teams back in 2004. Until 2010, he became the first to bring the youth team to the Euro. He was even entrusted with the main team then for a while, while they were looking for a new coach. And 6 years later, Kanerva has already fully headed the main team of the country.

In the recent game against the Ukrainian national team, the Finns did not show anything tactically supernova. Markku Kanerva is a good specialist by European standards. He managed to put together a strong team from not the strongest players, which plays modern football. With a great emphasis on defense, of course, but the Finns know how to play pass.

The Belgium national team must pass the group with a 100% score. The fans simply won't accept anything else. Russia and Denmark will fight for the second place. And the Danes look much more interesting than Cherchesov's wards. Those of course will win over the Finns and will talk about their chances of winning the Euro, but the groups will not go further.

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