Four dark horses that could spring a surprise in the Euro 2020

Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral of Turkey
Caglar Soyuncu and Merih Demiral of Turkey | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The European Championships are set to begin later this week, and several countries across Europe will be looking to get their hands on the ultimate prize this summer.

While the likes of France and England can be considered as heavyweights who have a genuine chance of lifting the trophy this summer, one has to consider the dark horses who could spring a surprise as well.

Here at Anytime Football, we look at four nations that could surprise with their performances this summer.


Kasper Hjulmand’s squad is heading into the Euros in impressive form, and they will take on the likes of Belgium, Russia and Finland in the group stages.

The Danish side will have the home advantage in Copenhagen for all three matches, and they have the players to pull off impressive results against all three teams.

The likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Andreas Christensen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Christian Eriksen are all top-class players for their respective clubs, and they could make a big difference for Denmark this summer.

Group: Belgium, Russia, Finland


They were beaten in the final of the 2018 World Cup by France, and they will be desperate to go all the way this time around.

For players like Luka Modric, this could be the final opportunity to win the tournament, and the Real Madrid star will look to do his best for his country this summer.

There are other quality players like Ivan Perisic, Sime Vrsaljko, Marcelo Brozovic and Ante Rebic who will be able to support the Croatian superstar in Croatia’s quest for glory.

Group: England, Scotland, Czech Republic


Robert Lewandowski is the best striker on the planet without a doubt, and having him will improve Poland’s chances of doing well in Euros. Lewandowski scored 48 goals and picked up 9 assists in all competitions this past season. He is more than capable of winning games all by himself. 

It will be interesting to see if the likes of Mateusz Klich and Grzegorz Krychowiak can help create ample chances for the Bayern Munich star this summer. 

Group: Spain, Sweden, Slovakia


The Turkish outfit will be heading into this tournament with a lot of confidence and talent. They have recently beaten the likes of Holland and put on impressive performances against France.

Turkey are blessed with impressive defensive talents like Merih Demiral, Caglar Soyuncu and Ozan Kabak. In attack, they have the highly experienced Burak Yilmaz, who has just led Lille to the French league title.

Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is an excellent creator as well, and he is a massive threat from set-pieces. He created more chances than anyone else in the Serie A last season. Yusuf Yazici of Lille also scored 14 times from the midfield this past year. 

Turkey have the bones of a very good team, and it will be interesting to see if they can spring a surprise in Euro 2020

Group: Italy, Wales, Switzerland