Euro 2020: What you need to know about Group C and D

Euro 2020: What you need to know about Group C and D

We take a look at Group C and D.

Group C

NETHERLANDS

Group C fixtures
13/06: Netherlands vs Ukraine (Amsterdam)
17/06: Netherlands vs Austria (Amsterdam)
21/06: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Qualifying
Group C record: P8 W6 D1 L1 F24 A7
Qualifying top scorer: Georginio Wijnaldum (8)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: winners (1988)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Coach: Frank de Boer
De Boer replaced Barcelona-bound former team-mate Ronald Koeman in September 2020 having previously coached Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United.

Key player: Georginio Wijnaldum
The Dutch captain has repeatedly excelled with club and country on the biggest of stages. His surging runs into the opposition penalty area and excellent finishing have helped make him Oranje's second-top scorer; with 22 goals he's only one behind Memphis Depay, on 23. The two also have an almost telepathic understanding on the pitch.

One to watch: Matthijs de Ligt
Captain of Ajax at 19, defensive rock and potent attacker during the club's breathtaking UEFA Champions League journey in season 2018/19 (he scored in both the quarter- and semi-finals), champion of Italy in his first season at Juventus: in Virgil van Dijk’s absence, this tournament could really be De Ligt’s platform to achieve Oranje immortality.

Did you know?
The Dutch missed out on EURO 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. It is their longest absence from major finals since the mid-1980s – when they marked their return by winning EURO '88.

UKRAINE

Group C fixtures
13/06: Netherlands vs Ukraine (Amsterdam)
17/06: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
21/06: Ukraine vs Austria (Bucharest)

Qualifying
Group A record: P8 W6 D2 L0 F17 A4
Qualifying top scorer: Roman Yaremchuk (4)

Pedigree
European Cup best: group stage (2012, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Coach: Andriy Shevchenko
A brilliant striker who won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and 2004 Ballon d'Or while at AC Milan, Shevchenko is sixth in the all-time UEFA club competitions scorers' chart with 67 goals.

Key player: Ruslan Malinovskyi
Thanks to his excellent distribution and ability to retain possession, create space and glide between the lines – not to mention his venomous shot from distance – Atalanta's versatile left-footed midfielder has a huge impact on Ukraine's approach.

One to watch: Viktor Tsygankov
The Dynamo Kyiv man has tough competition, as Yarmolenko and Marlos can both fill his favoured position on the Ukraine right wing, yet he continues to carve out a niche.

Did you know?
This is the first time Ukraine have qualified for a EURO directly; they made it as co-hosts in 2012, and beat Slovenia in the play-offs to reach the 2016 event.

AUSTRIA

Group C fixtures
13/06: Austria vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
17/06: Netherlands vs Austria (Amsterdam)
21/06: Ukraine vs Austria (Bucharest)

Qualifying
Group G record: P10 W6 D1 L3 F19 A9
Qualifying top scorer: Marko Arnautović (6)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: group stage (2008, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Coach: Franco Foda
Capped twice by West Germany, Foda has spent the majority of his coaching career with Sturm Graz, winning the league and cup. He has been Austria boss since the start of 2018.

Key player: David Alaba
Alaba recently left Bayern for Real Madrid as one of the most-decorated footballers in Bundesliga history and, at the ripe age of 28, he is just entering his peak. His versatility, wealth of experience and winning mentality is a blessing for his team-mates and coach.

One to watch: Konrad Laimer
Despite missing most of the 2020/21 season through injury, Laimer's energetic performance in the warm-up friendly against England showed he is ready for UEFA EURO 2020. Strong in the tackle and adept on the ball, the 24-year-old will act as a fulcrum in the heart of Austria's midfield.

Did you know?
It is more than three decades since Austria's last victory at a major finals, beating the United States 2-1 at the 1990 World Cup.

NORTH MACEDONIA

Group C fixtures
13/06: Austria vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
17/06: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (Bucharest)
21/06: North Macedonia vs Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Qualifying
Group G record: P10 W4 D2 L4 F12 A13
Play-offs: Kosovo (h) 2-1, Georgia (a) 1-0
Qualifying top scorer: Eljif Elmas (4)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: N/A
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Coach: Igor Angelovski
Angelovski was appointed in October 2015 after two years in charge of Rabotnički, having led them to a domestic double and a pair of Macedonian Cup wins.

Key player: Goran Pandev
The versatile Genoa forward is now 37 and just finished his 20th season in Italy, but his powers of creativity, vision and passing are undimmed. Pandev is North Macedonia’s captain, record scorer and record appearance-maker, and fired them to the finals with a play-off winner in Georgia.

One to watch: Eljif Elmas
Just 21 and earmarked as Pandev's long-term successor as fulcrum of the national team. Blessed with vision beyond his years, the Napoli midfielder is a master of distribution who doesn't shirk the physical side of the game.

Did you know?
North Macedonia's third place was their highest finish in any of the 13 qualifying groups they have contested since independence (though their play-off spot came via the UEFA Nations League).


Group D

ENGLAND

Group D fixtures
13/06: England vs Croatia (London)
18/06: England vs Scotland (London)
22/06: Czech Republic vs England (London)

Qualifying
Group A record: P8 W7 D0 L1 F37 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Harry Kane (12)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: third place (1968)
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 2-1 to Iceland

Coach: Gareth Southgate
His four major tournaments as a player included EURO '96, and a famous semi-final penalty miss against Germany. As manager he has changed the mood around England, leading the team to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

Key player: Harry Kane
England’s captain and talismanic 34-goal striker is both scorer and creator – as 33 goals and 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions in 2020/21 highlights.

One to watch: Jude Bellingham
Underlined his potential with a fearless UEFA Champions League quarter-final display against Manchester City offering energy, power, confidence, and a fine goal. If England top Group D, the Dortmund midfielder will mark his 18th birthday with a last-16 tie at Wembley.

Did you know?
Going into this EURO, England have lost just two of 23 Wembley home games under Southgate – against Spain and Denmark.

CROATIA

Group D fixtures
13/06: England vs Croatia (London)
18/06: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
22/06: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow)

Qualifying
Group E record: P8 W5 D2 L1 F17 A7
Qualifying top scorer: Bruno Petković (4)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 1-0 aet to Portugal

Coach: Zlatko Dalić
A former midfielder who never represented his country, Dalić took over from Ante Čačić in 2017 and led the team to the 2018 World Cup final.

Key player: Luka Modrić
The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner has now overtaken Darijo Srna's record 134 caps, not only captaining the side but setting the midfield tempo with his vision, energy and slick passing.

One to watch: Andrej Kramarić
Comes into the finals on the back of an excellent season at Hoffenheim, scoring 20 Bundesliga goals. He poses a threat everywhere in the final third, and Niko Kovač has compared him with Davor Šuker. Yet to reach his peak with Croatia.

Did you know?
Croatia climbed 122 places in the FIFA rankings from 125th to third between 1994 and 1999.

SCOTLAND

Group D fixtures
14/06: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
18/06: England vs Scotland (London)
22/06: Croatia vs Scotland (Glasgow)

Qualifying
Group I record: P10 W5 D0 L5 F16 A19
Play-offs: Israel (h) 0-0, 5-3 pens; Serbia (a) 1-1, 5-4 pens
Qualifying top scorer: John McGinn (7)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: group stage (1992, 1996)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Coach: Steve Clarke
The former Chelsea player started his coaching life as Ruud Gullit's assistant at Newcastle United in 1998. He took the Scotland helm in May 2019 after a fruitful tenure at Kilmarnock.

Key player: John McGinn
An old-fashioned Scottish midfielder, McGinn is a quality player who brings more to the side than his ability to tackle and pass. His enthusiasm and tenacity drive the team on, and the Aston Villa man is also a threat when he gets into the opposition box.

One to watch: Billy Gilmour
The Scottish public are hugely excited by the Chelsea midfielder’s cameo appearances in the pre-tournament friendlies against the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Clarke may be tempted to start the young playmaker, but more likely he will be kept in reserve; expect him to make an impact when he gets the opportunity.

Did you know?
Scotland also faced England at Wembley at their last EURO finals in 1996.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Group D fixtures
14/06: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
18/06: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
22/06: Czech Republic vs England (London)

Qualifying
Group A record: P8 W5 D0 L3 F13 A11
Qualifying top scorer: Patrik Schick (4)

Pedigree
UEFA EURO best: winners (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý
Holder of the record for most Czech top-flight appearances (465), the 59-year-old won two titles as coach before taking the Czech reins in September 2018.

Key player: Vladimír Darida
All-action midfielder who plies his trade at Hertha Berlin, he leads by example and inspired the surprise qualifying victory over England.

One to watch: Tomáš Souček
The beating heart of the Czech midfield redefines what it means to have "good feet for a big man". Czech player of season in 2018/19, voted No1 by journalists in 2020, and starred for West Ham in 2020/21, contributing ten goals.

Did you know?
Czech Republic are ever-present at the UEFA European Championship as an independent nation, reaching seven successive final tournaments.

- uefa.com

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