European Cup 2021: Five reasons why England and Germany will become must-see football


In a purely arithmetic sense, the football competition between England and Germany is almost evenly divided. One side won 13 games. Another won 15 games. This does not make people feel unbalanced, but there is still this enlightening quote from the legendary British striker Gary Lineker:

“Football is a simple game,” he said after the most important defeat in England. “22 people chased the ball for 90 minutes, and finally the German won.”

They participated in the 2010 World Cup. Germany won. They participated in the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship. Germany won. They participated in the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup (pictured below), which inspired Lineker’s famous words. So you know the result.

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They will meet again in the round of 16 of the 2020 European Cup on Tuesday. For England, this seems to be the worst of all possible situations, encountering their nemesis so early in the majors, but this is one of the more attractive situations in the F held last Thursday. In the last two games of the group, they faced this challenge.

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Since the winner of England Group D will face the runner-up of Group F in the first knockout round, the Three Lions could have competed with the defending world champion France or the defending European champion Portugal. Only Hungary, ranked 40th in the world, would be a more attractive opponent, but the Hungarian was eliminated by the German team in the group stage.

So this is the England team vs. Germany, and it may be the last 16 of the European Cup.

There are too many reasons to watch:

1. Gareth Southgate’s Silent Trash Talk

Through three group matches, the 21-year-old England striker Sancho played a total of 6 minutes.One of America’s brightest football sounds, David Moss Fox Sports and State of the Union Podcast, Showing that if he is engaged in daily work in the Premier League, then this will never be the case for such a talented player.

“They don’t appreciate what they have there,” Moss said in a podcast last week. “Because they see everything through these Premier League goggles, and the fact that he is doing what he is doing in Germany-for me, he has always been underestimated in the (England) setup.”

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In Moss’ view, if Sancho played for Manchester United instead of Dortmund, then England coach Southgate (bottom left) would not be able to disappoint Sancho.

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Sancho scored 8 goals and 11 assists in the Bundesliga last season, scoring a total of 37 league goals in the three full seasons of his career. Moss said his performance there made him “a bit lower” than the younger European stars Kelian Mbappé and Erlin Harland.

writing BBC Sports, German legend (and former US national team coach) Jurgen Klinsmann said: “Everyone in Germany is surprised that Sancho doesn’t have more time to play in England at Euro 2020-but they I don’t want to see this change on Tuesday.”

England only scored two goals in three games, but ranked first in the group with two wins and one tie. Reserve forward Marcus Rashford told ESPN that Sancho might be important in the German game, “because he played a lot of football with them…more than the rest of us.” However, for one team For teams lacking offensive sparks, Sancho can provide more than just inside information.

2. The team that wins this game can win everything

In fact, we can say this in any match in the round of 16, even Sweden against Ukraine. If you are inside, you have a chance.

But the point here is how beneficial the bracket is to England’s winning team against Germany.

The quarter-finals of either England or Germany will be the winner between Sweden (21st in the world ranking) and Ukraine (24th in the world ranking). From there, it will be the semi-final against Denmark (12th) or the Czech Republic (43rd).

After last Wednesday’s game, the bracket looked really attractive to the England-German champion. The Czech team’s upset against the hot Dutch team on Sunday afternoon made the final look like an open door.

Oh, and if the winner happens to be England, the semi-finals and finals will be played at Wembley Stadium in London.

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3. The winner can regain some juice

In the 2014 World Cup, Germany humiliated Brazil with a score of 7-1 on the Brazilian turf-and continued to beat Argentina to win the championship-the German national team project became a model for the world. After England’s young talents scored in overtime in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, they were seen as emerging forces.

During these euro periods, everyone underperformed in their own way.

In a very difficult group, Germany almost missed the knockout stage until Leon Goretzka scored a goal in the 84th minute, tied Hungary and finished runner-up in the group before retaining his position. .

In a group that may be underestimated, England defeated Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic without scoring, but only occasionally sparks of offense, including at least 3 shots hitting the post and two goals Leading to the number one ranking.

But Germany’s defeat of England is of great significance to a team looking forward to a coaching change. England’s defeat of Germany will be the first competitive victory for its young core players to defeat major European rivals, as well as a tonic for all previous defeats against the Germans in major tournaments.

To find a chance for England to beat Germany on one of the biggest stages, it must go all the way back to 1966, when the British team won their only World Cup title and defeated the German team in the final. It has been 34 years since Sancho was born.

4. Some of the best players in the world will participate in the competition

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Even if Sancho does not play, there will be many stars to see.

England striker Harry Kane is the winner of the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot and is the subject of transfer speculation that Manchester City may pay $138 million from Tottenham Hotspur. Young Phil Foden performed well in Manchester City, won the Premier League and entered the Champions League final, while Manchester City veteran Raheem Sterling scored two goals for England in this game.

Germany’s Kay Havertz (above) scored the winning goal for Chelsea in the Champions League final. He scored twice in the European competition. Midfielder Joshua Kimmich is one of the most versatile players in the world. Goretzka’s return from injury may be the spark needed for Germany to win.

5. Final cheers for Joachim Low

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After winning the third place in the 2006 World Cup, he replaced Klinsmann as the coach of the national team. Luo (above) led the German team to the second place in the 2008 European Cup, in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals and 2012 European Cup semi-finals , And finally reached the top of the world in 2014.

The past few years have not been so brilliant. In the 2018 World Cup, Germany ranked last in the group stage, behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea, and withdrew from the 2018 World Cup. Taking the same route home from this game is so close.

The 61-year-old Loew requested in March that the 2020 European Cup be his last game, even though his contract was originally scheduled to end in the 2022 World Cup. Hansi Flick of Bayern Munich was hired as the next coach after the tournament in May.

It is rare for the national team coach to have a tenure as long as Loew, but this continuity has worked. This is his last chance to reward the loyalty of DFB-National Federation.



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