Euro 2020 is set to commence on June 11 and Denmark will face Finland in first Group-B encounter on June 12. Here we take a look at the teams and players in Group B.
Group B comprises of four teams: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Russia.
Belgium’s national team has competed in three major football tournaments every four years. It was seen in the final stages of thirteen FIFA World Cups and five UEFA European Championships, as well as three Olympic football events, including the 1920 Olympics, which they won.
Roberto Martnez has been in command of Belgium since 2016. He was a Spanish midfielder who carved out a niche in English football.
|GoalKeeper||Thibaut Courtois||Real Madrid|
|GoalKeeper||Simon Mignolet||Club Brugge|
|GoalKeeper||Mats Selz||RC Strasbourg Alsace|
|Defender||Dedryck Boyata||Hertha Berlin|
|Defender||Thomas Vermaelen||Vissel Kobe|
|Midfielder||Timothy Castagne||Leicester City|
|Midfielder||Nacer Chadli||İstanbul Başakşehir|
|Midfielder||Yannick Carrasco||Atletico Madrid|
|Midfielder||Kevin De Bruyne||Manchester City|
|Midfielder||Youri Tielemans||Leicester City|
|Midfielder||Hans Vanaken||Club Brugge|
|Forward||Michy Batshuayi||Crystal Palace|
|Forward||Christian Benteke||Crystal Palace|
|Forward||Eden Hazard||Real Madrid|
|Forward||Romelu Lukaku||Inter Milan|
Denmark won the Football event at the 1906 Intercalated Games and finished second in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Denmark, on the other hand, did not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 1986, despite winning another Olympic silver in 1960 as amateurs who barred its internationals from becoming pros at foreign teams.
After being named to succeed Ge Hareide after the initially scheduled finals, former Nordsjælland coach Kasper Hjulmand took over in July 2020.
|Goalkeeper||Kasper Schmeichel||Leicester City|
|Defender||Jens Stryger Larsen||Udinese|
|Defender||Simon Kjær||Ac Milan|
|Midfielder||Christian Eriksen||Inter Milan|
Until gaining a place at UEFA Euro 2020, Finland had never qualified for a major tournament. After decades of relative obscurity, the country began to make headway in the 2000s, scoring remarkable successes against established European teams and climbing to 33rd place in the FIFA World Rankings in 2007.
Markku Kanerva, a five-time Finnish champion with HJK, spent 12 years with Finland’s Under-21 team and as an assistant coach to the senior team before taking over in 2016.
|Goalkeeper||Anssi Jaakkola||Bristol Rovers|
|Defender||Daniel O’Shaughnessy||HJK Helsinki|
|Defender||Robert Ivanov||Warta Poznań|
|Defender||Nikolai Alho||MTK Budapest|
|Defender||Jukka Raitala||Minnesota United|
|Midfielder||Robin Lod||Minnesota United|
|Forward||Joel Pohjanpalo||Union Berlin|
Russia first competed in the FIFA World Cup in 1958, despite being a FIFA member since 1912. They qualified for the competition a total of 11 times, with their best finish being fourth place in 1966. Since 1954, Russia has been a member of UEFA. They won the European Championship for the first time in 1960 and finished second in 1964, 1972, and 1988.
Stanislav Cherchesov, a former Spartak Moskva and Russia goalkeeper took over in summer 2016 and guided the hosts to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals after two years of inconsistent friendly success.
|GoalKeeper||Anton Shunin||Dynamo Moscow|
|Defender||Mário Fernandes||CSKA Moscow|
|Defender||Igor Diveyev||CSKA Moscow|
|Defender||Vyacheslav Karavayev||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Defender||Andrei Semyonov||Akhmat Grozny|
|Midfielder||Magomed Ozdoyev||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Midfielder||Dmitri Barinov||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|Forward||Aleksandr Sobolev||Spartak Moscow|
|Midfielder||Roman Zobnin||Spartak Moscow|
|GoalKeeper||Yury Dyupin||Rubin Kazan|
|Defender||Georgi Dzhikiya||Spartak Moscow|
|Midfielder||Yuri Zhirkov||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Midfielder||Rifat Zhemaletdinov||Lokomotiv Moscow|
|Midfielder||Daniil Fomin||Dynamo Moscow|
|Forward||Artem Dzyuba (captain)||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Midfielder||Daler Kuzyayev||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Midfielder||Andrei Mostovoy||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Forward||Denis Makarov||Rubin Kazan|
|Midfielder||Maksim Mukhin||Lokomotiv Moscow|