Euros are just around the corner, and each team has started to announce their squads for the tournament. The International tournaments give an opportunity to small countries to make their names. We have seen countries like Iceland beat the likes of England in the last Euros. We are looking at the five teams who can make a run in the tournament.
Hungary has been thrown into the group of death and is likely to stay at the bottom of the group with the likes of Germany, France, Portugal, who are favourites for the tournament. Hungary shouldn’t be taken that lightly since they have been a team with bright youngsters with a lot of potential, as well as experienced campaigners. They have a good chance of winning against Germany since it is a rebuilding team after the shock exit in the 2018 World Cup. Much pressure will be on the youngster and goalscorer Dominik Szoboszlai and veteran goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. With three favourite teams to win the tournament in their group, they have the chance to surprise.
Sweden as a football team is always under the shadow of the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic. With Ibrahimovic ruled out of the tournament, Sweden would be under a lot of pressure to show and prove to the world that they can play without him. Sweden has many youngsters who are proving themselves on the world stage. These include Alexander Isak, Victor Lindelof, and Dejan Kulusevski.
Wales has qualified for their second consecutive Euros, which is excellent for their football history. They have a mixture of youth and experience to dwell upon. They have proved themselves on the world stage already with Gareth Bale, Daniel James, Aaron Ramsey, and Ethan Ampadu. They have been drawn into a tough group with Turkey, Switzerland, and tournament favourites Italy. They would need to play hard against Italy and Switzerland to prove that they are a footballing nation to reckon with.
Turkey is in the same group as Wales, has a young squad as well, and are looking excellent defensively as well as offensively. They have veterans like Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu in the attack and at the same time have youngsters like Ozan Kabak and Caglar Soyuncu. They might be the best underdog team in the tournament, whom everyone needs to fear.
Scotland has always played second fiddle in their rivalry against England, and would be looking to avenge this by beating them and causing a major upset when they face each other on June 22. They have world-class players like Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, and Scott Mctominay. They have bright youngsters like Che Adams and Billy Gilmour who can develop their game to the next level and take their team to new heights if they can put up a proper run-in.
It remains to be seen which of these footballing nations can dwell and rise to their potential.