Before Europe’s eagerly awaited high worldwide match will get underway on June 11, FRANCE 24 takes a take a look at 9 of the highest stars anticipated to entrance the footballing world.
Delayed by a 12 months because of the world Covid-19 pandemic, the Euros lastly get underway this Friday. FRANCE 24 takes a more in-depth take a look at 9 gamers who might make all of the distinction to who will win and who will lose.
In the 2016 championship that was performed out in France, Ronaldo led Portugal to its first Euro win in historical past. Five years on, Ronaldo is trying to pull off the identical feat. Ronaldo, who’s Portugal’s No. 1 record-maker (175 video games, 104 objectives), just lately warned his Juventus teammate, Frenchman Adrien Rabiot, to “watch out” through the Euro meet. That stated, the French are eager for revenge on the workforce that disadvantaged them of the trophy on house turf within the 2016 remaining.
Ronaldo was solely 19 years previous when he led Portugal to the 2004 Euro remaining, however the workforce was then snubbed of the trophy by Greece. At 36, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has since scooped up a powerful assortment of trophies with Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus. Although Ronaldo has simply rounded off a tricky season with Juventus, Ronaldo stays a harmful participant – his 36 objectives in 44 video games for Turin testify to that.
This can be Ronaldo’s fifth European Championship, and he’s anticipated to place up stiff competitors to guide his workforce to one more win.
Group F (Germany, France and Hungary).
De Bruyne is the incarnation of the Belgium workforce, jam-packed with expertise however seldom ready to expertise the candy odor of victory; the workforce typically reaches the highest ranks however has by no means carried away the trophy. They got here third within the 2018 World Cup.
The Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne, who will have fun his 30th birthday on the finish of this month, at present appears to be on the absolute peak of his profession, having been named the Premier League’s finest participant this season. Under Pep Guardiola’s watchful eye, De Bruyne has now change into one of many world’s finest soccer gamers, and his star is shining all of the brighter now that Belgium’s different favorite participant, Eden Hazard, has come off a tough season with Madrid.
But will De Bruyne be capable to reduce latest membership losses to carry his nation its long-awaited cup? Belgium’s No.7 remains to be reeling from City’s loss to Chelsea within the Champions League remaining, the place he was injured within the nostril and left eye and compelled to stroll off the sphere after only a half hour of play. He has since needed to bear surgical procedure and is prone to miss Belgium’s opening sport towards Russia on Saturday, June 12.
Three years in the past, Kylian Mbappé was the French workforce’s prodigy through the World Cup in Russia. Back then, he was solely 19, and his apparent expertise had already made him vital for nearly any workforce, with common comparisons to Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. Today, the 22-year-old PSG striker has risen to the highest, and is designated as top-of-the-line gamers on this planet. His PSG document says all of it: He scored a complete of 42 objectives final season and has put in splendid performances towards each Barcelona and Munich. After already serving to the French workforce take house the World Cup, the Euro is bound to be subsequent on his record: France solely reached an honourable, however bitter, second place within the final.
To accomplish that, he has each Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema to help him in his assaults on the aim.
He simply has one 12 months left on his contract with PSG, and Real Madrid have already got their eyes on him. If he helps France take the Euro, he would be the participant everybody can be clamouring to signal.
Seven years in the past, Harry Kane was thought-about nothing greater than a flash within the pan, a participant who couldn’t shine for greater than a season. Since then, nonetheless, Kane has confirmed time and time once more his doubters fallacious, pulling off beautiful performances with each Tottenham and the England workforce. At the World Cup in Russia, Kane was tapped the highest scorer with a complete of six objectives.
While taking part in with the Spurs, he has earned his maintain too, having been named the Premier League’s high scorer thrice, in 2016, 2017 and 2021.
But the England captain nonetheless lacks a global meet trophy, and the “Three Lions” are greater than hungry to lastly add one other feather to their cap: England final received a trophy within the 1966 World Cup.
The similar might be stated for Tottenham, whose finest outcomes dates again to 2019, when it made it to the Champions League remaining.
According to British tabloids, Kane is now trying to transfer to a extra profitable membership. Whether or not these rumours are appropriate, Kane’s precedence now’s to indicate the goalscoring prowess on the Euros that received him the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot.
It was the form of comeback virtually nobody had believed in. Until May 18. Rumours had swirled all day a couple of lengthy discuss held between the Real Madrid striker and Didier Dechamps, with the France coach allegedly wanting so as to add Benzema again to the workforce. Later that night, the rumours have been confirmed by the coach himself: Five-and-a-half years after he final sported the “Les Bleus” jersey, Benzema was again on the squad.
After spending the previous 12 years at Real Madrid, the 33-year previous is a drive to rely on. After each Ronaldo and Gareth Bale’s departures, Benzema is now the one skillfully main the assaults for “Los Blancos”. During the 2020-2021 season he confirmed proof of his striker skills, scoring 30 objectives and making 9 assists through the course of 46 video games. Banned from collaborating within the 2016 euro, through which the France workforce completed second, and with a knee-ligament harm stopping him from collaborating within the victorious 2018 World Cup, Benzema has rather a lot to look ahead to.
For the longest time, Müller thought he must sustain with this match from the spectator’s seat, after having been banished from the German workforce by coach Joachim Low following Germany’s crash out of the 2018 World Cup. But two years on, and the greater than environment friendly midfielder is again on the “nationalmannschaft” (nationwide workforce), and he’s bringing his spectacular track-record of 39 objectives in 102 matches together with him.
At 31, the 2014 World Cup winner and Bayern Munich participant, is indispensable for Germany’s shot on the golden trophy. Although Bayern, winners of the 2020 European championship, might have misplaced out within the Champions League after reaching the quarter finals, they nonetheless secured a ninth consecutive win within the Bundesliga – a lot due to Müller’s 11 objectives and 18 decisive assists.
Currently ranked because the world’s ninth finest footballer, Lewandowski caps what can solely be described as an outstanding season with Bayern Munich, throughout which he set a brand new document for the variety of objectives scored throughout a single Bundesliga season, beating Gerd Müller’s 40-goal document. Lewandowski is, in different phrases, turning up on the Euro in very, excellent kind.
Lewandowski has been the captain of the Poland workforce for the previous six years, and is the workforce’s top-scorer with a complete of 66 objectives in 118 video games performed. Will Lewandowski be capable to carry the in any other case enough “Biało-Czerwoni” (white and reds) to victory? With a striker like that, something is feasible.
With 16 objectives and 5 assists, Yilmaz was nothing however essential to Lille when it clinched the French championship. Nicknamed the “kral” (king), the 35-year-old striker joins the Turkish nationwide workforce for a global match for the primary time in 15 years, and he’s in higher form than ever.
The former Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Besiktas participant can be searching for any motive to make a spectacular come-back after a considerably fluctuating nationwide workforce profession. The similar goes for the remainder of the Turkish workforce, after it did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
If the Euro 2020 hadn’t been delayed by a 12 months, the 27-year-old striker, who simply completed off a surprising season with Olympique Lyonnais, wouldn’t have participated because of a 2019 knee ligament harm.
But now he’s again, and he’s changing Virgil Van Dijk as captain of the “oranje” (the orange) after the latter was hit by an harm. Depay has refined his sport, and has change into a reliant and constant drive. He was tapped the perfect passer of his workforce through the qualifiers, making a complete of eight assists.
After the Netherlands did not qualify for each the Euro 2016 and 2018 Word Cup, Depay will step onto the sphere with the ambition of proving that the “oranje” belong among the many finest of world soccer.
This is an adaptation of the authentic article which was written in French.