Germany Euro 2020: Team News, Fixtures, Tactics, Head Coach and Key Players
|Germany are one of the favourites to win Euro 2020. Photo Squawka|
Germany join world champions France, defending European champions Portugal and underdogs Hungary in Group F, which has been branded the ‘Group of Death’ when it comes to Euro 2020 fixtures, taking place in 2021 after the tournament was postponed due to the pandemic.
Germany fixtures Euro 2020
Germany’s first fixture at Euro 2020 will see them face France in perhaps the biggest opening game of the tournament on Tuesday 15th June 2021.
The match kicks off at 8pm (UK time) and will be shown live on ITV and online via the ITV Hub.
Munich’s Allianz Arena will host the game, meaning Germany benefit from a home advantage of the world champions.
Tuesday 15th June
Game 1 – Group F: France v Germany (8pm)
Saturday 19th June
Game 2 – Group F: Portugal v Germany (5pm)
Wednesday 23rd June
Game 3 – Group F: Germany v Hungary (8pm)
The head coach: Joachim Low
Despite coming under regular pressure, Low has stood the test of time in his role as Germany manager, leading Die Mannschaft to two European Championship semi-finals, a runner-up performance in the 2008 Euros, two World Cup semi-finals and that famous, glorious 2014 campaign.
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But this will be Low’s last tournament as Germany boss, with the 61-year-old announcing his decision to step down this summer.
“I take this step very consciously, full of pride and enormous gratitude, but at the same time continue to be very motivated when it comes to the upcoming European Championship tournament,” Low said in March. “Proud because it is something very special and an honour for me to be involved in my country and because I have been able to work with the best footballers in the country for almost 17 years and support them in their development.
|“I have great triumphs with them and painful defeats, but above all many wonderful and magical moments – not just winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I am and will remain grateful to the DFB, which has always provided me and the team with an ideal working environment.”|
Prior to taking the reins, Low spent time as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant and oversaw Germany’s transition into a much more attractive, attacking unit. He expects every player in his squad to be proficient with the ball at their feet, able to play in tight spaces and maintain dominance in possession. Few players reflect this better than long-time goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, a player Low has often insisted is capable of playing outfield.
Tactics Germany Euro 2020
Though he has experimented with a back-five, Low has mostly stuck with a 4-3-3 formation. The most likely centre-back partnership among Low’s current options would be Antonio Rudiger and Niklas Sule, though Mats Hummels’ recall throws up an alternative. There is, however, fierce competition at full-back, with the likes of Lukas Klostermann, Marcel Halstenberg, Philipp Max, Mathias Ginter and Robin Goesens all battling for two spots.
Then there are the goalkeepers. While England, the Netherlands, Spain and Co struggle to settle on just one reliable option, Germany have a plethora of incredible shot-stoppers to choose from. Manuel Neuer is the obvious No.1 but behind him, Arsenal’s Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt provide incredible depth. In short, regardless of who Low picks in defence, scoring goals against Germany could prove a very difficult task.
Further forward, Germany qualified for the Euros with a record of seven wins and one defeat in eight games, scoring a massive 30 goals along the way, eight of which belonged to Gnabry. Alongside Werner and Bayern Munich teammate Leroy Sane, Gnabry completes a dynamic German front-three with eye-watering pace and enough tactical flexibility to make them incredibly unpredictable and hard to contain. Behind them, the likes of Gundogan and Leon Goretzka have been in supreme goalscoring and creative form at club level and with the elite protection and passing of Joshua Kimmich in the No.6 role, Low could form a genuinely world-class, forward-thinking midfield. Toni Kroos, of course, is still a regular in the German starting XI, while there is the added option of Thomas Muller operating behind the forward line after his phenomenal season with Bayern.
Who is the Key player - Germany Euro 2020
Remember in 2018 when everybody accused Neuer of being a busted flush of a goalkeeper? Well, since then the 35-year-old has fully recovered his fitness and re-established himself as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet both with the ball at his feet and at keeping it out of the net. Neuer has kept 24 clean sheets in the Bundesliga alone since the start of last season, while he’s bailed his side out on numerous occasions as Bayern mopped up every title available to them last season. As one of the few players in this squad with major tournament-winning experience at international level, too, he’ll play a key part for Low this summer.
Once the heir to Philipp Lahm at full-back, Joshua Kimmich has fully completed the transition to central midfield and is now arguably the best No.6 on the planet. Still bringing plenty of bite to his defensive duties, Kimmich also exudes pure class with the ball, splitting defences open and keeping Bayern ticking with precision passing and ice-cold composure. The 26-year-old already has 14 assists from 33 games across Bundesliga and Champions League play this season, while his tendency to pull out the odd screamer from distance makes him a wildcard option to go and be the difference-maker for Germany.
Serge Gnabry has been doing a wonderful job of putting his failed Arsenal spell in the rearview mirror and honestly, it’s been a joy to watch him do it. Far more than a simple speed merchant, Gnabry can turn defenders inside-out with dynamic dribbling, while his direct nature means he will always look to get himself in front of goal. With 15 goals in 20 caps, Gnabry’s record for Germany has been astounding so far — his ability to interchange between wide and central positions will make him incredibly unpredictable for the likes of France and Portugal in the group stages.
Which Timo Werner will turn up to the European Championships is one of the biggest questions Germany face heading into this summer. After scoring 95 goals in 159 appearances for RB Leipzig, his move to Chelsea last summer felt like the natural progression for his career but, thus far, it hasn’t worked out in London with the 25-year-old managing just 12 goals in 50 games across all competitions, and only six of those strikes have come in the Premier League. On the face of it, his record for Germany looks great with 15 goals in 35 caps. However, he couldn’t get off the mark at Russia 2018 and he’ll want to put that major tournament record right this summer to silence his critics. Whether or not Werner can do that might well be key to Germany’s chances of making a deep run at this tournament.
Germany’s full 26-man Euro 2020 squad
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Robin Gosens (Atalanta), Christian Gunter (Freiburg), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Robin Koch (Leeds United), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders: Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Florian Neuhaus (Borussia Monchengladbach), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich), Kevin Volland (Monaco), Timo Werner (Chelsea)
Germany predictions for Euro 2020
Group F is an impossible one to call yet Germany will be confident of at least finishing second here – and potentially setting up a last-16 tie with England. Were that to happen, Löw’s men would probably go into the encounter as underdogs despite their historic record over the Three Lions.
Win the group and it’s a much easier task for Germany but realistically they will be second-best against France. Yes, the likes of Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller provide experience within the squad but Germany are not the cutting-edge side they once were and have defensive issues that must be addressed.
|Why Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Marco Reus aren’t in the Germany squad |
When the Germany squad for Euro 2020 was announced, the biggest stories were the inclusions of Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, whose international careers had looked over after the 2018 World Cup.
However, there was a big exclusion too as Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen missed out, replaced by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp who joins Neuer and Bernd Leno. Now, this isn’t a performance based absence, as Ter Stegen is set to undergo a procedure on his knee that will rule him out of the tournament.
“I have decided together with the medical team of the club that I will do a complementary intervention on my knee,” he wrote in a message on his Instagram.
“I’m sad that I will miss the Euro 2020 this summer with Germany. For the first time in many years I will be a fan at home supporting my country, I hope we win it.”
Ter Stegen is joined in missing Euro 2020 by Marco Reus, with the Dortmund forward needing time to recover after a gruelling season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
“After a complicated, exhausting and, in the end, ‘thank God’ successful season, I decided, together with the national team coach not to go to the European Championship,” Reus posted, also on Instagram.
“This decision was very difficult for me because I am always full of pride when I am allowed to appear for my country.
“But after a very intense year for me personally and achieving my goals at BVB, I made the decision to give my body time to recover!
“I will make good use of the break in order to be able to start the new season optimally! I wish ‘Jogi’ and our team all the best for the Euros and I will cheer as a fan and keep my fingers crossed.”
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