This text was first printed on March 24 and has been up to date.
The UEFA European Beneath-21 Championship knockout phases start on Monday, Could 31 (watch LIVE on ESPN3 and ESPNU) and, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event being held in Hungary and Slovenia is a bit totally different to traditional.
Firstly, as a result of the senior Euro 2020 event has been pushed again to this summer season, the U21 Euros began in March as an alternative of June. It has additionally been break up into two phases: The group stage arrives from March 24-31 after which the knockout spherical from Could 31-June 6. With solely 9 days of soccer in complete.
The video games will happen in 4 Hungarian cities (Budapest, Gyor, Szekesfehervar and Szombathely) and 4 Slovenian ones (Ljubljana, Koper, Maribor, Celje). This is every thing it’s worthwhile to know.
Teams and Schedule
The event elevated from 12 to 16 groups this yr. There have been 4 teams of 4, with the highest two from every group progressing to the quarterfinals.
Group Stage: March 24-31
Quarterfinals: Could 31
1. Netherlands vs. France, 6 p.m. CEST / 12 p.m. ET / ESPNU
2. Denmark vs. Germany, 9 p.m. CEST / 3 p.m. ET / ESPN3
3. Spain vs. Croatia, 6 p.m. CEST / 12 p.m. ET / ESPN3
4. Portugal vs. Italy, 9 p.m. CEST / 3 p.m. ET / ESPNU
Semifinals: June 3
1. Netherlands/France vs. Denmark/Germany, 9 p.m. CEST / 3 p.m. ET / ESPNU
2. Spain/Croatia vs. Portugal/Italy, 6 p.m. CEST / 12 p.m. ET / ESPNU
Remaining: June 6
The ultimate is being held on the 16,000-capacity Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana.
Gamers to look at (by Tor-Kristian Karlsen and David Cartlidge)
The Premier League was properly represented with the well-established likes of Chelsea‘s Callum Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal duo Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe included within the England squad, although the Younger Lions crashed out within the group phases.
Groups have been allowed so as to add new gamers to their 23-man squads, together with France’s Dayot Upamecano and Houssem Aouar. So who might be making a reputation for themselves within the knockout phases?
Netherlands: Myron Boadu, ST
A ahead with little else than the opposing aim in thoughts. The AZ teenager not often participates within the build-up part, however is ruthless contained in the penalty space. He averages a aim each different recreation within the Eredivisie, is ready to end from wherever contained in the penalty space and loves operating onto deep through-balls. Dynamic and highly effective, he solely wants little area to drag the set off. — TKK
France: Eduardo Camavinga, MID
Two years and over 60 video games on from his Ligue 1 debut, the Rennes midfielder is without doubt one of the most promising youngsters in world soccer. Initially fielded as a holding participant, Camavinga has additionally often featured within the No. 8 position this season. Left-footed, wonderful on the ball and with a recreation intelligence properly past his years, the 18-year-old marked his second (of three) full caps by getting on the scoresheet in opposition to Ukraine final October. A delightfully agile participant, in a position to dictate and affect the rhythm of the sport, he is a reported €60m goal for PSG and Actual Madrid. — TKK
Denmark: Victor Nelsson, DEF
The captain of the Danish aspect has already been capped at senior degree and is being courted by golf equipment from the European high leagues (FC Copenhagen at all times drive a tough cut price, which is more likely to be the explanation why he is nonetheless there). A decided, strong-minded centre-back with practically 150 league appearances, he has gained round three quarters of his aerial challenges this season. — TKK
Germany: Florian Wirtz, MID
A primary full season with Bayer Leverkusen has been an immense success for Wirtz, with the 18-year-old scoring seven targets and helping seven occasions in 37 video games. He is typically deployed in attacking midfield and appears to roam into the ultimate third along with his good dribbling. Not solely does he have an eye fixed for a move and the flexibility to convey others into play, his dynamic motion means he can go for aim himself too. Anticipate him to chop in from large areas, however when Germany want some spark he can present a contribution from a central place too. — DC
Spain: Marc Cucurella, DEF/MID
Barcelona lastly made the choice to let Cucurella go in 2020 after he got here via their academy, but it surely hasn’t halted the 22-year-old’s progress one bit. A mortgage to Eibar proved to be the proper first step exterior of La Masia to develop his recreation earlier than a transfer to Getafe rounded him off. His velocity, power and dedication in large areas is notable and he can function each as a full-back and winger. His attacking output has been a key function of Getafe’s play during the last couple of the seasons and he’ll look to offer comparable for Spain as one of many extra senior gamers. — DC
Croatia: Domagoj Bradaric, DEF
The Lille left-back performed 26 occasions for the membership on the way in which to the Ligue 1 title this season and is essentially the most completed participant in an unusually unspectacular crop of Croatians. Although a revered full-back in French soccer, he has struggled to maintain his place this season on account of antagonistic type, a number of decisive private errors and restricted attacking contribution. Even so, Bradaric continues to be thought-about as one of many up-and-coming left-backs in European soccer. — TKK
Portugal: Diogo Leite, DEF
The 6-foot-4 centre-back has but to nail down a daily beginning place with FC Porto however a powerful event with Portugal may see him seize it subsequent season. He is not solely a powerful, combative competitor however he is additionally clean in possession. Anticipate Portugal to ask him to step out of defence recurrently, linking with midfield and offering build-up from the again. A daily in any respect youth ranges with Portugal, his expertise might be key and he boasts loads of confidence in his recreation to take that accountability on. — DC.
Italy: Gianluca Scamacca, ST
Scamacca has been the current distinction maker for Italy. The 22-year-old frontman began the season in high quality type, scoring targets for Genoa in addition to the U21 nationwide aspect, however went on a 14-game barren spell in Serie A earlier than ending with 12 targets in 29 video games. His recreation can falter if his confidence dips however Scamacca, who spent two years on the PSV academy as an adolescent, could be a handful along with his aerial energy and power. — TKK