Euro 2020 overview: Meet group A

Author : Yaron Muravyov

Source : 112 Ukraine

The European Football Championship starts soon. We introduce Euro participants of Group A, which includes the national teams of Italy, Turkey, Wales, and Switzerland
18:15, 13 June 2021

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Italian national team

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Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alex Meret (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino);

Defenders: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio), Alessandro Bastoni (Inter), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Emerson Palmieri (Chelsea) , Alessandro Florenzi (PSG), Gianluca Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta);

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Midfielders: Nicolo Barella (Inter), Brian Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Manuel Locatelli (Sassuolo), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Atalanta), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (PSG);

Forwards: Andrea Belotti (Torino), Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Juventus), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Matteo Politano (Napoli).

Way to Euro

The Italians made their way to the Euro in the same group as Finland, Greece, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Armenia, and Liechtenstein. Naturally, none of the rivals was able to provide decent resistance to Squadra Azzurre - 10 matches, 10 wins and only 4 conceded goals. After that, the Italian national team played in the League of Nations, where they also confidently won their group and also started victoriously in the selection for the World Cup. Judging only by the results, the Italian national team has been in great shape for the past few years.

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Italy - 30 points

Finland - 18

Greece - 14

Bosnia - 13

Armenia - 10

Liechtenstein - 2

The Italian national team has always lacked high-class players. This year Roberto Mancini has gathered a very fighting team, in which young talents coexist with veterans. Bonucci, Chiellini, Veratti, Insigne - they have all played for the national team for a long time. But for example the goalkeeper Donnarumma will play for the first time in a big tournament. Attackers are also expected to be a lot - Bernarderski, Chiesa and Immobile are obliged to show their class.

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It is the forward of “Napoli” that can be distinguished among all. He is the national team's top scorer this year with 3 goals. In addition, Ciro Immobile is the first among the Italians in the list of goalscorers of this season in Serie A. Immobile has 20 goals this season and is expected from him in the Euro.

Main coach

In the spring of 2018, the Italian national team was headed by Roberto Mancini. The 56-year-old specialist by that time worked in many clubs around the world but did not work with the national teams yet. Italy missed the 2018 World Cup, so they had to return to their level through qualifying matches, which they went through great. In total, under the leadership of Mancini, the Italian national team played 30 matches, of which only two lost.

Under Mancini, Italians play fairly modern football with an abundance of passing games and fast, high pressure on loss of the ball. Against opponents of a lower class level and skill of the national team, players is enough to win without any problems. But Italy has problems with opponents from the top teams.

Turkish national team

Goalkeepers: Mert Gyunok (Istanbul Bashakshehir), Ugurjan Chakyr (Trabzonspor), Altai Bayindyr (Fenerbakhche), Gokhan Akkan (Rizespor).

Defenders: Zeki Celik (Lille), Mert Mulduur (Sassuolo), Merich Demiral (Juventus), Ozan Kabak (Liverpool), Chaglar Söyuncu (Leicester), Kaan Ayhan (Sassuolo), Umut Merash ("Le Havre"), Rydvan Yilmaz ("Besiktash").

Midfielders: Abdulkadir Omur (Trabzonspor), Cengiz Under (Leicester), Efejan Karadzha (Alanyaspor), Khalil Akbunar (Geztepe) Yu Dorukkhan Tokoz (Beshiktash), Irfan Fenerbakhveji Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Bashakshehir), Okay Yokushlu (West Bromwich), Orkun Kekchu (Feyenoord), Ozan Tufan (Fenerbahce), Tailan Antalaly (Galatasaray), Hakan Chalhanoglu (Milan) Yusuf Yazidzhy ("Lille")

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Forwards: Burak Yilmaz (Lille), Enes Ünal (Getafe), Khalil Dervisoglu (Galatasaray), Kenan Karaman (Fortuna), Kerem Aktyurkoglu (Galatasaray)

Way to Euro

The Turks passed a fairly serious selection group for the European Championship. Their rivals were the French and Icelanders, as well as Albania, Andorra, and Moldova. Having lost only once in Iceland, the Turks finished second in the group and qualified for the Euro.

After that, the Turks calmly and evenly performed in the League of Nations, after which they started in the selection for the World Cup. Here the Turks recalled that they can play bright football. And we confidently dealt with the Netherlands and Norway. But with Latvia they managed to draw 3: 3. Before the Euro, the Turks managed to play sparring with Guinea.

Main coach

Veteran of the Turkish football workshop Chenol Gunesh has been leading the Turkish national team for the second time in his career. In its first run in 2000-2004. Then the Turks managed to win the bronze medal of the 2002 World Championship. Turkey Gunesha failed the next selection and did not qualify for the Euro, and the coach left his post. To return in spring 2019.

After the return of the 68-year-old specialist, the Turks cheered up, confidently passed the selection, and are now preparing for the Euro. It is interesting what exactly the Turks will play in the opening match, where their rival will be the Italian national team.

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Wales national team

Goalkeepers: Adam Davis (Stoke City), Wayne Hennessy (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester).

Defenders: James Lawrence (St. Pauli), Chris Mefem (Bournemouth), Chris Gunther (Charlton), Connor Roberts, Ben Cabango (both Swansea), Joe Rodon, Ben Davis (both) Tottenham), Rhys Norrington-Davis (Sheffield United), Neko Williams (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Rubin Colville, Jonathan Williams (both Cardiff), Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Joe Morrell (Luton), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Harry Wilson (Liverpool).

Forwards: Dan James (Manchester United), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff), Tyler Roberts (Leeds).

The Welsh made their way to the European Championship through matches with Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan. The Wales national team secured their entry to Euro only at the end of the group stage, beating the Hungarians at home. The victory over them put Wales in second place in their group and they advanced to the Euro.

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Group E

Croatia - 17 points

Wales - 14

Slovakia - 13

Hungary - 12

Azerbaijan - 1

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Way to Euro

The rivals of the Swiss in the selection for the Euro were the teams of Denmark, Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar. Having started the selection not in the best way, the Swiss gave a victorious finish and took first place in the group. In parallel, the Swiss national team played in the League of Nations in the same group with the Ukrainian national team. And thanks to the courts and the coronavirus, she was able to stay in the elite of the tournament. Switzerland started the selection for the World Championship with two victories by Bulgaria and Lithuania.

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Group D

Switzerland - 17 points

Denmark - 16

Ireland - 13

Georgia - 8

Gibraltar - 0

Goalkeeper Jann Sommer is considered the main star of the current Swiss national team. The 32-year-old goalkeeper joined Borussia Mönchengldbach in 2014. Together with the team, Sommer won the Bundesliga bronze, played in the Champions League. This season, he took part in two defeats of Shakhtar, and also saved two penalties from Sergio Ramos. Last season, he was one of the leaders in Europe in terms of the number of saves and penalties.

In addition to the goalkeeper, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Shaqiri stands out in the Swiss national team. It is difficult to call him the main player of the “Reds”, but he is definitely a footballer of the main clip, constantly appearing on the field. Another star Granit Jaka has looked bad this season, like his Arsenal. And the footballer's problems were mainly with discipline, which can cost a lot for the Euro.

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Switzerland national team 

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Goalkeepers: Jan Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (PSV), Jonas Omlin (Montpellier).

Defenders: Ricardo Rodriguez (Torino), Fabian Cher (Newcastle United), Manuel Akandji (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach), Silvan Widmer (Basel), Loris Benito (Bordeaux "), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg), Eray Gemert (Basel), Jordan Lotomba (Nice).

Midfielders: Granit Jaka (Arsenal), Jherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Steven Zuber (Eintracht Frankfurt), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Edmilson Fernandes (Mainz ), Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt).

Forwards: Haris Seferovic (Benfica), Admir Mehmedi (Wolfsburg), Brel Embolo (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mario Gavranovich (Dynamo Zagreb), Ruben Vargas (Augsburg), Christian Fassnacht (Young Boys "), Andi Zekiri (Brighton).

Main coach

Vladimir Petkovich has been working with the Swiss national team for 7 years. It was he who became the first to bring the Swiss to the Euro. Under his leadership, Switzerland has risen in the FIFA rankings and has been among the world's top leaders for the past 10 years. At the same time, under the leadership of Petkovic, there are no real star players. He manages to achieve results through discipline and tactical demands.

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The Swiss national team, under the leadership of Petkovic, plays a fairly collected football with an emphasis on defense. At the same time, if a team needs to attack, it knows how to play a quick pass and play positional attacks. But against top rivals, the result is achieved, first of all, thanks to the dedication and confident play in defense.

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Italy shouldn't have a problem getting out of the group. Mancini's wards stand out for the level of their players among the whole group. If Switzerland, Wales, and Turkey look "on paper" equal, then Mancini's team can get problems only if they themselves allow them in their matches. The rest will fight for the remaining playoff spots. And due to experience and class, we will put the Swiss national team as the second favorite.

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