Belgium have been rocked with the news that key midfielder Axel Witsel could miss the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament in the summer after he suffered a long-term injury over the weekend in the colours of his club. Borussia Dortmund player Witsel suffered the injury in the league win over RB Leipzig over the weekend. Axel Witsel was in the starting XI for Borussia Dortmund during the game that ended 3-1 in favour of the 1997 Champions League winners away from home.
German national team manager Joachim Low has largely struggled to hit the expected heights amongst the German football faithfuls since he led the team to their fourth World Cup title at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in the South American nation of Brazil. Joachim Low and Germany won that World Cup tournament by beating Argentina in extra time during the final clash. Joachim Low showed his quality as a manager as he sent on Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze to do the damage. Schurrleprovided the assist for Gotze to score the all-important winning goal that gave the Germans their fourth World Cup title.
Joachim Low has not been able to replicate that level of success in the other major tournaments like the European Championship in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup tournament in 2018. He faces a big task to replicate that level of success ahead of Euro 2020. Recent reports had claimed that Low might need to win Euro 2020 next summer to keep his job as the German national team manager. Continue Reading
The 2020 European Championship is the most unique yet in the history of the competition mainly due to the tournament being hosted in different cities across several countries rather than the norm of the tournament being hosted in several cities across one or two countries. Euro 2020/2021 will take place next summer after it was brought forward from the originally designated period, this summer. This was due to effects of Covid-19, which was also responsible for the suspension of the majority of the football leagues across the world. In addition, fans became absent at match venues to prevent the spread of the virus.
The prestigious tournament which comprises of top European nations was originally scheduled to commence in March 2020 but was pushed to a later date due to the breakout of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHAT THE PLAY-OFF IS ABOUT
There are 10 qualifying groups in the tournament. Each group will see the top two teams advance further, amounting to a total number of 20 participants in the next round.
One of the most prestigious football tournaments after the FIFA world cup is nothing but the UEFA Euro Cup. This tournament is one of the oldest tournaments and most of the football playing nations of Europe participates in this tournament.
The EURO cup is the witness of the rise of many stars of the soccer world and has turned many zeros into heroes. But in the current pandemic situation, the 50th edition of the tournament has been postponed which was about to be held in 2020. The European football authoritative bodies have decided to postpone the tournament to 2021 until the pandemic situation comes under control.
European Championships, with the advent of COVID 19, has been postponed to next year. England remains as the favourite of the people as in the World Cup they played up their best performance. Many were expecting a good performance from England in the Euro 2021before it was postponed to next year. With one more year added, England has the opportunity to develop their team as well as to add new members to the squad. Gareth Southgate has been a promising coach to the team and the people respond positively to them.
The English fans will be expecting a lot from the players as most of them had a good season this year. Jadon Sancho even though belongs to the German club has attracted the likes of fan with his game. He has established himself as one of the best footballers in the world and he has also been linked with a move to Manchester United.