Which Teams Could Spring a Surprise?
A transitional Spain side coached by Luis Enrique do not have the toughest group with Sweden, Poland, and Slovakia for company, and could build up steam and become a formidable force. Along with them, 2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia aren’t to be taken lightly either, despite the ageing squad, as they are not going down without a fight.
Switzerland could be a dark horse to watch, they have reached the knockout stages of the last three major tournaments they have appeared at. They beat Belgium in the Nation Leagues 5-2 in 2018, displaying an unbelievable comeback and demonstrating the desire to win.
Holland and Italy are also among the teams who are going through a transition, having experienced some humiliating lows in recent years. Neither have very difficult groups to deal with and could cause some damage in the knockout stages.
There’s also Poland bringing Ballon d’Or ,chasing Robert Lewandowski to the Euros, backed by a supporting cast including Arkadiusz Milik, Piotr Zieliński, and Mateusz Klich.
What About COVID-19 Regulations for Teams?
As has been the case with all football leagues and sporting tournaments around the world in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams will be tested regularly in their bio-bubbles, and basic protocols will have to be adhered to.
Teams hit by COVID-19 cases or mandatory quarantine at the European Championship can have their games postponed for up to 48 hours to get new players in, UEFA said. A match will not be called off or postponed if each team has at least 13 players, including one goalkeeper, available for selection. The team responsible for a game not being played will forfeit it as a 3-0 loss and the national federation will face disciplinary action by UEFA.
UEFA has also decided to increase the squads for all teams to 26 players but on matchday only 23 players remain as the maximum permitted.
All teams can use a maximum of five substitutes, with a sixth substitute allowed only in extra time. Each team may use a maximum of three stoppages in play to make substitutions and an additional stoppage may be used during extra time.
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