Published: 2021-06-15 By: The Guru
The weekend brought a moment most football fans around the world were waiting for: the kickoff of the 2020 European Championship. Don’t let the name fool you, there’s no time travel involved - the event was simply postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. Now, in turn, a year after it should have started, it’s more exciting than ever. Football fans and Betway soccer betting enthusiasts around the world are constantly keeping an eye on the news about the teams, the goals and the results. No doubt, checking their betting slips just as often, hoping that their predictions about the winner prove to be true.
Let’s face it, some teams are much more likely to reach the final than others. Do you want to know which ones they are? Read on.
Portugal is at its eighth EURO this year - the country has participated in the tournament since 1984 with varying success. They made it to the semi-finals in five editions, and reached the final twice - once they lost to underdogs Greece, and once - in 2016 - they beat France to win the tournament.
This year, the Portuguese national team goes prepared with high-profile players like Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, and Ruben Dias.
Italy has a long history at the EUROs, winning the tournament in 1968, and finishing second in 2000 and 2012. This year, they enter the competition with many high-profile internationals, like Barella, Bastoni, and Donnarumma.
Germany has participated in European Championships since 1972, winning three, finishing second three times, and finishing third three times, and only finished out of the top 8 twice. This year, they prepared for the tournament with talented players like Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, and Joshua Kimmich.
Belgium hosted the European Championship twice but never won a tournament - the closest the team finished to the top was in 1980 when they reached second place. This year, Martínez is bent on doing better, with players like Lukalu, Tielemans, both Hazard brothers, and possibly Kevin De Bruyne who is recovering from an injury as we speak.
Surprising as it may sound, the national team representing the birthplace of football never won a European Championship - the Three Lions only reached the semi-finals twice. This year, in turn, their chances of succeeding are pretty high thanks to one of the best English squads ever, with players like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount playing along up-and-coming talent like Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice.
The favourite of the tournament this year is France - and why shouldn’t it be? With two titles under its belt, the French national team heads into this battle with big names like Mbappé, who impressed the entire world at the FIFA World Cup in 2018, Pogba, Griezmann, and Dembélé.
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