Here are 5 bold predictions for Euro 2020
Euro 2020 is finally around the corner, kicking off on 11 June at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Eleven host cities from all corners of Europe will stage one of the sporting world’s most beloved international competitions.
Much of the build-up to matchday one – featuring Turkey vs Italy – has been characteristically dominated by the biggest talking points. France, with its enormous depth of quality, is everyone’s favorite to steal Portugal’s crown. Germany, with eccentric manager Joachim Löw taking up his post for the final time as top boss in the country. And England, with the hopes of a nation pinned to the notion that the Three Lions will finally come good.
But the Euro and its international relatives the World Cup, Copa America, and the African Cup of Nations, have a habit of shocking us all.
From Greece’s improbable triumph in 2004 to Denmark’s miracle in ’92, one has to wonder what is in store for the first pan-European Euro in the competition’s history.
In that light, here are five bold predictions for Euro 2020.
Bold Prediction #1: France’s best player at Euro 2020 will not be Kylian Mbappe
Yes yes…blasphemous, I know. Given just how brimming with talent the French national team is this summer, many still sit back in excitement to see Kylian Mbappé dazzle on the international stage once more. The Les Bleus prodigy has already put countless opponents to the sword for his country, banking the Best Young Player award at World Cup 2018 while also being nominated to the dream team of the tournament.
But as Mbappé’s star has continued to rise, another celestial giant has quietly gone about his career and is…