Everything you need to know about Euro 2020 “Group of Death”

Group F, highly regarded as the “Group of Death”, consists of reigning champions Euro 2020 Portugal, Hungary, France and Germany. The most glorious 24-team tournament, which was being held across Europe to mark UEFA’s 60th anniversary, will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. The tournament’s opening game will see Joachim Low’s side host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.

Initially, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg and Baku will host quarter-finals as well as group-stage clashes, while Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Glasgow and Budapest are the other venues, staging group-stage and last-16 encounters. Here’s how teams in Group F booked their spot in the finals and everything you need to know before the Euro 2020 Germany matches.

TEAMS:

France (Group H winners)

Following Turkey’s qualification in a goalless match against Iceland, Didier Deschamps’ France clinched their place in the tournament on top of the Group H table and without kicked a ball for a match to determine their spot. World champions are three points ahead of Iceland in third and qualify by virtue of having a superior head-to-head record.

Germany (Group C winners)

Toni Kroos struck twice as Germany qualified for the European Championship with a 4-0 win over Belarus. BorussiaMönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter opened the scoring for the hosts before Leon Goretzka doubled their lead to book their place in the tournament. Joachim Germany have qualified for the finals for a record 13th time in a row.

Portugal (Group B runners-up)

The defending European champions Portugal, who won the title in 2016 and followed it up with the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown,  secured their spot when they edged past Luxembourg 2-0 away from home in the final day of qualification last year. Bruno Fernandes scored Sunday’s winner in the 39th minute, followed by a late insurance goal from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 86th.

Hungary (Play-off winner)

Defending champions Portugal, World Cup winner France and underdog Germany will be joined by Hungary in Budapest and Munich. Hungary made a dramatic late comeback at the empty Puskas Arena to qualify for the Euro 2020 finals, defeating Iceland who had been two minutes away from sealing their place. Dominik Szoboszlai goal sealed the stunning victory in stoppage time in Budapest.

VENUES:

Puskas Arena, Budapest (Hungary)

Puskas Arena is Budapest’s newest stadium named after its most famous team captain Ferenc Puskás, and is home to the Hungarian national team. The revamped stadium finished its construction in 2019 and can now hold 67,215 spectators. Its predecessor, the Népstadion (People’s Stadium) had been the home of the Hungary national team since 1953.

Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)

Home of Bundesliga giants Bayern München, the Football Arena Munich was completed in April 2005 in time to stage games at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It can accommodate 75,000 spectators for international games. This stadium is widely known for its exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels, the first stadium in the world to have a full colour changing exterior.

FIXTURES:

June 15: Hungary vs Portugal (Budapest), France vsGermany (Munich)

June 19: Hungary vs France (Budapest), Portugal vsGermany (Munich)

June 23: Germany vs Hungary (Munich), Portugal vsFrance (Budapest)

June 27: 1C vs 3D/E/F (Round of 16Budapest)

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