Spain and Portugal will begin their preparations for their respective Euro 2020 campaigns when they lock horns in an international friendly on Friday night.
La Roja will take on Sweden in their European Championships opener on June 14, while Portugal are preparing for the start of their tournament, which sees them face Hungary on June 15.
It is going to be fascinating to see how Spain perform in this summer’s European Championships, with head coach Luis Enrique leading the team into a new era. A lot of the major stars are no longer available for selection, with a number of younger players being given chances to make their mark at this level.
As mentioned, La Roja will open their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden on June 14, before also taking on Poland and Slovakia in Group E. In truth, the section should be relatively straightforward for a team of Spain’s ilk, but this is not the side that won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup.
Enrique’s team have made a strong start to their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign, picking up seven points from their three matches against Greece, Georgia and Kosovo.
Spain, as mentioned, have won two of the last three European Championships, but they failed to make an impression at Euro 2016, being eliminated in the round of 16 by Italy.
La Roja will now take on Portugal and Lithuania on June 4 and June 8 respectively before tackling on Sweden in Seville, and it is going to be very interesting to see how the major European sides are shaping up in the lead up to Euro 2020.
Portugal, meanwhile, are gearing up for the start of their European Championships, which sees them take on Hungary in Budapest on June 15.
Group F is absolutely fascinating, with France and Germany also present in the section. Third spot could be enough to make the round of 16, but Portugal will not want to take any chances, and Fernando Santos’s side will be more than confident of mixing it with the best teams in the competition.
A Selecao are the holders of the trophy, having beaten France in the 2016 final, while they also reached the semi-finals in 2012, losing to eventual winners Spain on penalties.
Santos’s team are expected to make a big impression on this summer’s tournament considering their quality and experience, and they will be desperate to open their campaign with a victory over Hungary on June 15 ahead of two tough matches against Germany and France on June 19 and June 23 respectively.
Portugal, like Spain, have also made a strong start to their 2022 World Cup qualification campaign, collecting seven points from their three Group A matches against Azerbaijan, Serbia and Luxembourg.
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