The general public does not yet know them. But they could well be illustrated this summer during the European Championship 2020. Discover the eleven (possible) surprises of the competition
The assiduous followers of the round ball undoubtedly know some of them. The general public on the other hand has (surely) never heard their names. As Euro 2020 opens this Friday, June 11, discover the typical team of players who could reveal themselves during this month of competition.
Dominik livakovic is in the cages of our eleven. The Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper has made a place for himself in the Croatian selection in recent months to become the incumbent in his post, to the detriment of Lovre Kalinic, passed among others by Téfécé and who was loaned by Aston Villa to Hajduk Split this season . The 26-year-old goalkeeper of the vice-world champions had a good season in his domestic championship, but also on the European scene through the beautiful course of his training in the Europa League. Peter Gulacsi, who wears the colors of RB Leipzig and whom France will meet on their way during the group stage against Hungary, could also reveal himself to the general public, even if his performances are already well recognized abroad. Rhine.
The defense has a little Danish accent. In the hinge, we find Jannik Vestergaard and Pau Torres. The first, author of a very good season with Southampton, is in the sights of more upscale clubs. The 28-year-old giant (1 meter and 99 centimeters) is certainly good in impact, but also in anticipation and recovery. He could also prove to be an asset on Denmark’s defensive and offensive set pieces. The 24-year-old Spaniard is also courted by large groups. It must be said that his season is remarkable. He was one of the important elements of Unai Emery’s squad to conquer the Europa League, which is also the first European Cup in Villarreal history. Used to being a regular in Spain’s central defense for several months, he could be a major player for Luis Enrique this summer.
To the right of the defense, the choice was difficult because many are those who could claim to be there. It is finally Joakim maehle (24 years old) who was preferred by the editorial staff. Tracked last season by Olympique de Marseille, the Dane finally landed this winter in Lombardy, at Atalanta Bergamo, where he continued to grow. His volume of play and his offensive qualities could be a plus for his national team. The left side is occupied by his club teammate Robin gosens (26 years). The German, author of an excellent year 2020-2021, with no less than 11 goals and 6 offerings in Serie A, could prove to be invaluable for the Mannschaft of Joachim Löw.
Manuel Locatelli (23 years old) seems almost obvious in the midfield. This season, the Italian from Sassuolo has confirmed his good qualities seen in recent years. In a very competitive sector, Roberto Mancini, the coach of Squadra Azzura, could rely on him because of his ability to make impact and play fair. He is associated in the midfield with Tomas Soucek. The Czech was one of West Ham’s base men in 2020-2021. With Declan Rice, he formed a remarkable pair of recuperators which allowed the Hammers to conclude a good year in 6th place in the Premier League. Solid in duels, the 26-year-old midfielder is also an attacking asset. Good launching pad, he likes to project himself to bring danger into the opponent’s area, as his 10 goals scored in the English championship attest. Already well established in his selection, he will undoubtedly be one of the strong men of the Czech Republic this summer.
On offensive positions, Viktor Tsygankov (23 years old) occupies the right side of our typical team. The Ukrainian winger, fast and technical, comes out of a good year in the jersey of Dynamo Kiev, with whom he scored 12 goals in the league and 2 in the Champions League. It is also one of the major assets of the Ukrainian selection on the offensive plan. It was he who offered the victory to his country against Spain last October (1-0), and it was also he who saved the honor against France (7-1). On the left, we find Christoph Baumgartner (21 years old). The attacking midfielder from Hoffenheim, more used to playing in the axis, has been able to make his place in the Austrian selection for several months. Within a quality midfielder, the right-hander author of a promising season (6 goals, 3 assists in the Bundesliga) brings added value in particular thanks to his propensity to play forward and his good technical quality. .
These are two young players who form our attacking duo. The first is a little better known than the other. He is the center-forward of PSV Eindhoven Donyell malen. Thanks to his very good performances in the red and white jersey (19 goals and 8 assists), there is no doubt that he should arouse the greed of big clubs this summer. But among the Oranjes, the 22-year-old player who passed through Ajax Amsterdam and Arsenal in the youth categories is not (yet) essential. His versatility – he can evolve in the axis as on the wings – as well as his speed, his ball calls and his sense of goal are all qualities on which Frank de Boer could rely, even off the bench. Alongside Donyell Malen, we chose the young Czech Adam hlozek. Removed from the lawns for a good part of the season because of a fractured metatarsus, the striker, aged only 18, still scored 15 goals and delivered 8 offerings in 19 Czech league games. The nugget of Sparta Prague, absent from the last rallies of its selection due to his injury, is well in the list of Jaroslav Silhavý. It would not be surprising to see him sow discord in the opposing defenses thanks to his speed, his handling of the ball and his precision in front of the cages.