Germany got a good start on the qualification with victory over the Netherlands, but is Joachim Löw’s troops mature enough to win the European Championship in a year and a half?
There was praise almost all the way when Germany in a tremendous match in Amsterdam beat the heir of the Netherlands with 3-2 in their first match in qualification group C. The victory came in after a late scoring from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz, and thus ensured the Germans a good start in the pool, which besides Holland also counts Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.
The European Championships in 2020 are held as known in several countries, including Denmark and Germany, and this is the first time a final round is back on German soil since the happy World Cup days in 2006.
Germany is known as a notoriously strong final round crew, but last summer’s failure in Russia has created scratches on the paintwork, and now the question is whether they are good enough to win the Euro 2020
France is defending world champions and has a talent mass without equal, while England is also on the road with what looks like a golden generation. A generation that has already won big triumphs at youth level at various U-championships. Spain still has a lot of talent in its squad, and then there are teams like Holland and Italy who can certainly not be depreciated from lifting the trophy until next summer.
Germany has won the European Championship three times and is, together with Spain, the most successful team in the lifetime of the tournament. In addition, they have been in the final three more times, most recently in 2008 when they lost to Spain.
The last triumph was in 1996, when Oliver Bierhoff became the great hero when he first settled and then scored to score goals in Golden Goal in the final against the Czech Republic.