Every Euro 2020 Team Graded

International football came back with a bang this month. The delayed European Championships brought us some of the best skills and thrills on display at a major tournament in history. Calum Muldoon reviews each team’s performance.

Whether it was France’s shock defeat to the Swiss, or the inspiring comeback of the Danes, this tournament will go down in history as one of the most exciting in Euros history. While Italy took home the top prize, plenty of other sides exceeded expectations, while some failed to make as much noise as spectators thought they would. So, without further ado, here is how I would grade each team that competed in Euro 2020.

Italy

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PLACE: Champions

MANAGER: Roberto Mancini

STAR PLAYER: Giorgio Chiellini

GRADE: A+

How else could you grade this side? They have been exceptional all tournament, while extending their unbeaten run to 34 matches which started way back in September 2018. They looked cagey at times in the final against England, but they put on a dominant display in the second half and took the title home after a tense penalty shootout. 

England

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PLACE: Runners up

MANAGER: Gareth Southgate

STAR PLAYER: Raheem Sterling

GRADE: A

Football did not come home. But it almost did. Southgate’s side made it to their first major tournament final in 55 years and put themselves on course to win it all with an early Luke Shaw goal. They were solid across the board and have plenty to look forward to in the coming years. Just a shame the only two sides they couldn’t beat were champions Italy and, of course, Scotland!

Spain

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PLACE: Semi Finals

MANAGER: Luis Enrique

STAR PLAYER: Ferran Torres

GRADE: B+

Spain did not look that good at first. Having gotten off to a slow start with draws against Sweden and Poland, fans were not sure if they would even make it out the group. Spain started to flow better and thrashed Slovakia 5-0, before facing a decent Croatia side in a thrilling 5-3 victory to the Spaniards. While they were knocked out in the semis by champion Italy, they impressed many with how quickly they turned their fate around.

Denmark

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PLACE: Semi Finals

MANAGER: Kasper Hjulmand

STAR PLAYER: Kasper Dolberg

GRADE: A

Denmark have had a rough tournament to say the least. In their opening match, Christian Eriksen collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Thankfully, medical staff saved his life, and the Danes were left in shock and horror at their teammate being carried off in that condition. However, they built up the courage to keep fighting and exceeded expectations by making it to the semi-finals. Just for their resilience you have to give them a top mark.

Belgium

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PLACE: Quarter Finals

MANAGER: Roberto Martinez

STAR PLAYER: Kevin De Bruyne

GRADE: B-

This Belgium side probably should have gone all the way. With such a great midfield and strike force, there was no reason why they could not have achieved what has been calling for them for decades: a major tournament. Alas, Belgium just did not look convincing in any game really. Sure, De Bruyne’s return from injury helped but they never looked like champions, therefore I cannot give them anything higher than a B-.

Switzerland

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PLACE: Quarter Finals

MANAGER: Vladimir Petkovic

STAR PLAYER: Xherdan Shaqiri

GRADE: A

Perhaps the standout game of this tournament was the one between Switzerland and France that ended 3-3 before a penalty shootout that would send the Swiss through to the quarter finals. While they would bow out to Spain on penalties, they did the seemingly impossible and kicked out the tournament favourites in the first knockout round.

Czech Republic

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PLACE: Quarter Finals

MANAGER: Jaroslav Silhavy

STAR PLAYER: Patrick Schick

GRADE: B

Having scored one of the best goals in European championship history in their first match, they set themselves up for a good run. After qualifying in third place, they would face the Netherlands who were on a bit of a run and beat them convincingly. Schick was fantastic throughout the tournament and ended up as the joint-top scorer of the tournament. While they were knocked out by Denmark the following round, their run will not be forgotten for a while.

Ukraine

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PLACE: Quarter Finals

MANAGER: Andriy Shevchenko

STAR PLAYER: Roman Yaremchuk

GRADE: B-

Ukraine made it through against the odds. Having qualified for the knockout stages in third, no one had them beating group E leaders Sweden, yet they did. However, they were thumped by England in the quarter finals. While England were excellent, Ukraine did not look convincing at all, meaning I have to mark them down solely for that performance.

Austria

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Franco Foda

STAR PLAYER: Marko Arnautovic

GRADE: B+

No one thought Austria would do anything special. They squeezed out the group stages in the final match and would face a rampant Italy. That did not phase the Austrians as they would play a fantastic 90 minutes. While Italy would go on to progress after extra time, you cannot say Austria did not leave everything out on the pitch.

Portugal

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Fernando Santos

STAR PLAYER: Cristiano Ronaldo

Grade: C

When you are the reigning champions, you are expected to go far. Portugal were sloppy in defence against a weak German side and fell short against the Belgians in the last 16. The only reason they get a passing grade is that they performed adequately against Hungary and France, thanks to a couple of examples of Ronaldo’s excellence.

Croatia

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Zlatko Dalic

STAR PLAYER: Ivan Perisic

GRADE: B

Croatia improved game by game until they were challenging with the best. Although they started the tournament with a 1-0 loss to England, Croatia came back and ended the group stage with a rampant 3-1 win over Scotland. While they made a thrilling comeback against Spain in the dying minutes of their last 16 tie, it would not be their night as they would concede two goals in extra time, sending them out.

France

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Didier Deschamps

STAR PLAYER: Karim Benzema

GRADE: C-

Having been lacklustre throughout the group stage, France were expected to switch it on as soon as possible. That would not be as star man Kylian Mbappe would send them crashing out of the Euros early through a blocked penalty in the shootout against Switzerland. Overall, a disappointing tournament for the world champions.

Wales

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Robert Page

STAR PLAYER: Kieffer Moore

GRADE: B+

No one had the Welsh getting out the groups. Playing alongside Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland, 2016s semi-finalists were expected to give it their all and see where it took them, but alas, they did progress with some great performances against some tough sides. The only reason they do not get an A for their efforts is how easy they were disposed of by Denmark in the last 16. Otherwise, another great tournament from Wales. 

The Netherlands

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Frank de Boer

STAR PLAYER: Denzel Dumfries

GRADE: C

This one is tough to analyse. They looked fantastic in the groups and still collapsed at the first hurdle. Having only won one knockout game since 1988, in some ways this was coming. Whether it was the pressure of the last 16 or the absence of star centre back, Virgil Van Dijk, the Netherlands could not find what it takes to go the distance.

Germany 

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Joachim Low

STAR PLAYER: Kai Havertz

GRADE: D

This was a horrific tournament for the Germans. With poor performances against France and Hungary, it was a miracle that they got through and when they faced England, they simply didn’t show up. A 2-0 loss to one of their biggest rivals meant that Joachim Low was to end his time as Germany manager with a whimper rather than a bang.

Sweden

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PLACE: Last 16

MANAGER: Janne Andersson

STAR PLAYER: Emil Forsberg

GRADE: C

Sweden looked like they could be a dark horse in this tournament. They did not lose a group stage game, finished top of the group ahead of Spain and would face a Ukrainian side who made it through in third. However, their form dipped and a red card in extra time was the killing blow, allowing Ukraine to win the game 2-1. Not bad from the Swedes, but they should have gotten through.

Finland

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PLACE: Group stage

MANAGER: Markku Kanerva

STAR PLAYER: Glen Kamara

GRADE: B

The collapse of Christian Eriksen marred Finland’s 1-0 win over Denmark in the opening match of group B. While Finland did not make it out of the group stages, they certainly impressed with their positive style of football. You cannot complain about their performance in their first ever major tournament.

Slovakia

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PLACE: Group stage

MANAGER: Stefan Tarkovic

STAR PLAYER: Milan Skriniar

GRADE: C

Slovakia got off to a quick start with a 1-0 win over Poland placing them top of group E after the first match and, while they lost to a strong Swedish side, they were expected to give Spain a good game. That was not the case as two own goals would contribute to a 5-0 thrashing by Spain and they crashed out earlier than fans thought they would.

Russia

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PLACE: Group stage

MANAGER: Stanislav Cherchesov

STAR PLAYER: Aleksei Miranchuk

GRADE: D

The 2018 World Cup hosts hoped to have quite a run in this tournament but poor performances in the group stage led to them ending the campaign bottom of their group. They were expected to give Belgium a good game but were outplayed in a 3-0 loss. While they did pick up a 1-0 win against Finland, they would have any hope of qualification killed in a 4-1 defeat to Denmark.

Hungary

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PLACE: Group Stage

MANAGER: Marco Rossi

STAR PLAYER: Andras Schafer

GRADE: A

People did not know whether to laugh at Hungary or feel bad for them when they were put in the so called ‘Group of Death’, but they exceeded expectations. They picked up draws from both France and Germany and even threatened to make it through to the knockouts ahead of one or two of the others.  While they did go out, they proved themselves to be a fierce side who can play against the best.

Poland

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PLACE: Group Stage

MANAGER: Paulo Sousa

STAR PLAYER: Robert Lewandowski

GRADE: C

Fans thought they could make it quite far into the competition with their frontman Robert Lewandowski. A loss to Slovakia was avoidable by their standards and while they impressed against Spain and gave Sweden a scare in the dying moments of the match, they would not escape from the groups as predicted.

Scotland

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PLACE: Group Stage

MANAGER: Steve Clarke

STAR PLAYER: Andrew Robertson

GRADE: C

Appearing in their first major tournament in 23 years, Scotland’s hopes were high. Following a goalkeeping error that would create one of the best goals in international football, Scotland lost 2-0 in their opening game. While they played great in their 0-0 draw with England in their own backyard, they could not make it through to their first knockout game in their history after losing 3-1 to Croatia. While they bowed out early on, there was certainly some positives to take away from this.

North Macedonia

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PLACE: Group Stage

MANAGER: Igor Angelovski

STAR PLAYER: Goran Pandev

GRADE: B

North Macedonia were the butt of the joke in the build up of the tournament and they would prove that they were a competent side. While they conceded eight goals in three games, they were not embarrassed by these quality sides at all even levelling with Austria in their opening game. Who knows if they will ever make it to a major tournament again but one thing is certain, they made their country proud.

Turkey

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PLACE: Group Stage

MANAGER: Senol Gunes

STAR PLAYER: Burak Yilmaz

GRADE: F

Turkey were everyone’s bet for a dark horse in the competition. With a solid attack and defence there was no reason for them not to do well. How wrong everyone was. They seemed to lack stamina in their opening match against Italy, conceding three goals in the second half and would be embarrassed by both Wales and Switzerland. Only scoring one goal in three, Turkey made themselves to look like a side that did not belong there even with the star power on their team.

Final Thoughts

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Now that the first major tournament in three years is finished, we can now look ahead to Qatar 2022. Italy will have their eyes on the top prize looking to win their first World Cup since 2006 and I am sure England will be looking to take that extra step. Plenty of sides like France and Germany will look to regroup and analyse where they went wrong ahead of this next tournament. As qualifiers relaunch in September, only then will we get a clearer image of who could be the next world champions.

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