Last week the FIFA date was played, and although in Latin America many of the matches were friendly games, in Europe the 20 places for the 2020 Euro Cup were defined.
Netherlands National Team / Photo: EFE
LatinAmerican Post | Laura Viviana Guevara Muñoz
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Although the first 20 were chosen, there are still four places available and which will be granted in the playoffs, as explained by Marca, “there are 16 teams that will be divided into four groups according to their position and performance in the Nations League. The paths do not cross each other: those of A do not intersect with those of B, or C, or D. From each road comes a classified ”. In this way, they will have a new possibility to participate in one of the most important football events.
The playoffs will be held on March 26, 2020, and the key day where the remaining four participants can play the standings will be March 31 of the same year. In LatinAmerican Post we tell you more about this important tournament.
1. The return of two great
Taking into account that in the last World Cup in Russia the four finalists were all from Europe, the European Championship points very high since it is not a secret that the best football is there. Because the return of Holland excites many fans of this sport.
The Dutch did not participate in the European Euro Cup in 2016, nor in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. But now, in the hands of the current coach and former footballer Ronald Koeman, the Dutch team will participate again in a tournament of high importance. The team, which has been largely renovated, will feature the talents from Ajax, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and the slightly more veteran players, Virgil van Dijk, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Another return of the greats will be that of Italy, who missed the last World Cup. Commanded by Roberto Mancini, the Italians did not lose any match in the Eurocup qualification; highlighting the win against Germany (9-1) or against Liechtenstein (6-0).
Without a doubt, one of the best strategies of the new coach was to summon talented young people, some even without having minutes in the Italian Serie A, as Gol Caracol explains; Among those found are Nicoló Barella (22 years old), Sandro Tonali (19 years old), Federico Chiesa (22), among others. In addition to also combine with those who also with a set of players who, on average age reach 24 years. The same media states that Mancini "worked to return to his team a clear tactical idea, based on ball possession, vertical play, and offensive philosophy."
2. Where will it be played?
This edition will be the first in which a country is not the only or main venue of the tournament. Twelve cities will be chosen to carry out the tournament from June 12 to July 12. According to the official website of the competition, "it is celebrated for the first time throughout the continent to celebrate its 60th Anniversary."
UEFA explains that in London the final match, semifinals, a round of 16 match and three group stage matches will take place. Those cities that receive three matches of the group stage and one of the quarterfinals will be Baku, Munich, Rome, and St. Petersburg. The other cities (Amsterdam, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin and Glasgow) will have three games of the group stage and one of the round of 16.
Recordemos las 12 ciudades sedes de la Eurocopa del año entrante:— Andrés Lacouture (@AndresLacouture) October 14, 2019
3. The draw
Although the 24 teams are not complete, next November 30 we will know how the cup groups will be formed. The four teams that still do not have their foot in the Eurocup, will automatically go to the fourth bass drum. For not having a fixed headquarters, “the classified selections and that are also hosts, have been previously paired and already know the area of which they will be part,” as highlighted by Publimetro.
In addition, teams that are heads of series will be chosen under certain conditions such as the final position in the group, the points obtained, the goals scored, goal difference, goals scored as a visitor, number of victories and number of victories as visitors. Points will also be subtracted for the total disciplinary offenses (3 points per red card including the second yellow card, 1 point per yellow card seen by a player in a match, according to the official UEFA website).
4. The records that this first phase leaves
On the one hand, England celebrated its 1,000 games by the hand of Tottenham striker, Harry Kane, who, in just 18 minutes, managed to score three goals. Kane managed to climb in the top of the top scorers of the team because so far he has scored 24 goals.
On the other hand, Spain managed to enter the select list of selections in scoring goals for 40 consecutive games. As the Libyan media says "the last time Spain saw the defeat was in June 2016 against the Italian team for the round of 16 of the European Eurocup".
Following hat-tricks, Serge Gnabry, the German national striker surpassed the mark of the German striker Miroslav Klose, who in his career as the striker of the national team was crowned as the top scorer; however, in his first thirteen games, he managed to score 11 goals. Record that Gnabry surpassed then in the same number of games, having as average of annotation a goal by game.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo goes for more
The Portuguese is getting closer to keep breaking records. Ronaldo has scored 98 goals with his team, and is two of being one of the greatest scorers in football history; It should be remembered that he recently reached 700 goals scored. If he wanted to break the record in its entirety, he would have to score more than 109 goals to take away the throne of Iranian Ali Daei, top gunner of the national football team.