France, Portugal, Germany gathered in the Eurocup 2020
BUCHAREST: France faces a major obstacle if they are going to add the European Championship to their World Cup crown after leaving in it Euro 2020 group as Germany and reigning European champions Portugal in Saturday's draw in Bucharest.
Neither France nor Portugal were in Pot One for the 24-team competition being held in 12 cities across Europe, making them the dangerous teams to avoid for the top seeds.
In the event, they were all put together in a high-calibre Group F alongside Germany , who will play all their group games in Munich. That is where Joachim Loew's team will face France in their first match on June 16 and then Portugal on June 20.
It is the most difficult group, but we must accept it. It means we will have to be ready immediately, said France coach Didier Deschamps.
Group F will be completed by one of the winners of the play-offs that will be played next March, leaving several possibilities open, including Hungary, which will play two games in Budapest if they succeed.
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France beat Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on home soil, before slumping in the final against Portugal .
With the four best teams in third place, it is very possible that the three advance to the last 16, but Loew has no doubt that France, which continued its triumph in the 1998 World Cup by winning the Euro 2000, is the stronger. equipment.
They are world champions and have strengthened for the past three or four years. They are the group's favorites, he said.
In the meantime, England were drawn with Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D, with the Gareth Southgate team to play group games at Wembley, which will also host the semifinals and the final on July 12.
The group will complete that group to emerge victorious from Route C in the play-offs, be it Serbia, Norway, Israel and Scotland. The latter have the additional incentive of knowing that they will play two games in Glasgow in the group stage if they qualify.
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Italy will face Turkey in Rome in the opening match of the tournament on June 12, with Switzerland and the semifinalists of Euro 2016, Wales, also in that section, Group A.
Wales will play two games in the distant Baku, starting with Switzerland on June 13. They played there this month and won against Azerbaijan in a tie.
Obviously, in the championships, six or seven months will pass, but we know what to expect, the facilities were fantastic there, and I think it's also great for fans who have two games there, said Welsh chief Ryan. Giggs
Spain will play against Sweden and Poland, as well as a play-off winner in Group E, with Luis Enrique's team playing in Bilbao.
Finland will face two hosts, Denmark and Russia, as well as the beloved Belgium in Group B in what will be their first euro.
The Netherlands, on the rise after missing the Euro 2016 and the last World Cup, face Ukraine and Austria along with another tiebreaker winner in Group C.
St. Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Dublin will also host matches after UEFA decided to spread the euro across the continent to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first tournament in 1960.