With the promise of fantastic international football just around the corner, join us as we take a look at the teams that have qualified into EURO Group C for the final EURO 2020 (2021) tournament.
Group C Teams
Before leaving and taking up the Barcelona job, Ronald Koeman brought a few years of critical success to the Netherlands national team. Young talents like Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, matched up well with the experience of Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk to help them reach the Euro 2020 (2021) Finals in style, by beating rivals Germany 4-2. With a feeling around the camp that the best is yet to come, it’s up to the newly appointed manager, Frank de Boer, to get the most out of his stars and compete for the biggest prize.
Ukraine broke their best ever qualifying campaign record getting into the Euro 2020 (2021) Finals off the back of six wins and two draws across their eight games. Much of their recent success can be attributed to manager Andriy Shevchenko, who has built a team with a good mix of young talent and experience. Possessing a strong defensive line and the striking capabilities of Roman Yaremchuk – who is renowned for scoring goals even during poor performances – Ukraine stand a great chance of advancing well past the group stages.
An underwhelming start to their qualification campaign left the Austrian national team scrambling for points. Although they managed to turn things around with mercurial wins over Slovenia and North Macedonia, manager Franco Foda was heavily criticised at the time for not being able to get the most out of a squad that is more than capable of good football. Things do however look much brighter ahead of the Euro 2020 (2021) Finals as the likes of David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic help give Austria an edge that could push them past their opponents.
North Macedonia made history by qualifying for their first major tournament after their captain, Goran Pandev, netted the Balkan nation a crucial goal in an all-important playoff final win against Georgia. The 65th FIFA world-ranked international team are scheduled to make their tournament debut against Austria in Bucharest on 13 June. Although expectations are not sky-high for North Macedonia, EURO 2020 (2021) could prove to be a critical foundation for the team to build on and take their next step.
Group C Fixtures
Sunday 13 June
Austria vs North Macedonia (18:00, Arena Națională, Bucharest)
Netherlands vs Ukraine (21:00, Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam)
Thursday 17 June
Ukraine vs North Macedonia (15:00, Arena Națională, Bucharest)
Netherlands vs Austria (21:00, Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam)
Monday 21 June
North Macedonia vs Netherlands (18:00, Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam)
Ukraine vs Austria (18:00, Arena Națională, Bucharest)
All kick-off times are shown in CET (Central European Time).
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