Four killer talents from 'The Group of Death'

          Euro 2020: Group F - Ones to watch

          2021/06/09 15:38
          Stephen Gillett

          With the countdown to the tournament in full swing, Playmaker have been beavering away on a 40-page Euro 2020 guide - and it's finally here! 

          Click here for the full digital version of the fanzine, which features expert analysis from a notable cast of football writers, journalists and fans for EACH of the 24 nations participating at this summer's European Championships. 

          In collaboration with design gurus 'The Graphic Bomb', it's an 'all killer, no filler' bible that will give readers the lowdown on what to expect from the two dozen teams set to do battle when the competition commences on 11 June. 

          To whet your appetite - for the guide and Euro 2020 itself! - here's an exciting quartet of players to watch from Group F, this edition's 'Group of Death' which will see defending champions Portugal, world champions France, three-time Euro champions Germany and Hungary go toe-to-toe for a place in the knockout stages.

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          João Felix (Atletico Madrid and Portugal)

          He may enter the tournament as a La Liga champion, but João Felix indisputably plays second fiddle to Ronaldo on the international stage, as he has done to Luis Suarez at Atletico Madrid.

          Despite regular flashes of his enormous talent, the truth is that Felix is yet to realise his full potential for club or country, but perhaps we will see the best of him at these Euros.

          A goalscorer and a playmaker, now would be the perfect time for Felix to throw down a marker and step out of Ronaldo’s considerable shadow.

          Sporting defender Nuno Mendes also deserves a quick mention - at just 18, he has been superb for the Portuguese champions this season and will soon be a household name. 

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          Christian Günter (Freiburg and Germany)

          After Mahmoud Dahoud's surprise exclusion from the squad, Christian Günter is worth keeping an eye on. He's not an obvious choice, but with Germany’s lack of depth at full-back, he could well have a role to play.

          The Freiburg man is not only a dynamic threat going forward, but also a solid defender. He is full of running and could be a good option for Germany this summer. 


          Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich and France)

          Mbappé's too obvious, so we’ll look elsewhere! Kingsley Coman is unlikely to start in Deschamps’ 4-3-1-2, but he should see plenty of action.

          His ability to stretch play and get crosses into the box could make him a deadly double act with Giroud, the two coming off the bench in tandem for a more attack-minded approach.

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          Attila Szalai (Fenerbahce and Hungary)

          Currently plying his trade in Turkey with Fenerbahce, Attila Szalai is a 23-year-old with a bright future.

          The defender has adapted well to the demands of international football and this summer’s tournament is the perfect stage for him to develop - and impress the raft of Premier League clubs, including Leicester and West Ham, reportedly chasing his signature.


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