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Euro 2024 Power Rankings: Portugal is not First, but ahead of England and Spain

Sunday, December 03, 2023
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Euro 2024 Power Rankings: Portugal is not First, but ahead of England and Spain

France are commonly appearing frightening onetime again, England surely hold the talent to wrap up their hold on for a 1st international trophy since 1966, while Portugal are absolutely winging under new trainer Roberto Martinez. Obviously, Spain and Belgium will dream their casualties, too, but what about the hosts, Germany- can Julian Nagelsmann recharge a squad has been in weakening for some time now? 

Below, thing species and rates the top contenders to triumph at Euro 2024 ahead of the group- stage draw on Saturday, December 2. 

10. Netherlands ⇑ 

A 4- 0 beating in Paris and a 2- 1 loss at home to a Kylian Mbappe- encouraged France have beat home the actuality that this isn't a retro Netherlands side, and cast respectable reservation on whether convincing Ronald Koeman back for a alternate spell as trainer was truly the exact call. At the end of the day, however, qualification was the direct object, and it was realised with one game to spare thanks to a 1- 0 win over Ireland. 

The Dutch aren't low on strenght- Cody Gakpo was unsettled at the World Cup, Xavi Simons is one of the most supercharged talents to come out of Netherlands in the last 10 years, while captain Virgil van Dijk looks back to individual coming up his talent better. But if you are depending on Wout Weghorst for score, all is certainly not easy, so we'll simply find out in Germany where they are covering to be a third- seed squad- if Koeman's hand are genuinely suitable of combining it with the big giants. 

 9. Albania ⇑ 

Arguably the feeling-good short story of the qualification stage, Albania picked up the point they demanded in Moldova to the reach the European Championship finals for the just the 2nd time in their lifetime. 

What is remarkable is that the Eagles, who are guided by ex Arsenal and Barcelona full- back Sylvinho, were defeat in their 1st game, defeating 1- 0 to Poland. still, they also gained 15 points from a achievable 21, with a sensational 3- 0 rout of Czech Republic the undoubted highlight of a major seven- game unbeaten drift in GroupE. 

Quietly, while Albania similarly beat Poland at home in the qualifiers, and boast some ethical Serie A players, like as Etrit Berisha, Elseid Hysaj, Berat Gjimshiti and Nedim Bajrami, it would be a huge surprise to see them form the knockout stages in Germany. 

8. Turkey ⇑ 

Turkey's opportunities of passing a third successive Euros showed up in real threat of covering up in steam after a 1- 1 tie with Armenia. still, the judgment to sack Stefan Kuntz as trainer after a 4- 2 friendly defeat to Japan documented a masterstroke, with Vincenzo Montella guiding his new squad to a heavy 1- 0 win over Croatia in Osijek the latter's earliest- ever home beating in a Euro qualifier. 

Turkey followed that upward with a 4- 0 rout of Latvia that looked them progress through with one game left, as Montella turned the first foreign trainer to qualify the country for a major competition, and a 3- 2 friendly victory over Germany in Berlin has just hardened the uncertainty that Turkey might exactly set in a surprise or two at Euro 2024. 

 7. Hungary ⇑ 

They may have rather slipped over the finishing range, but there is no rejecting the unbelievable process Hungary have formed since skipping out on the 2022 World Cup. Marco Rossi's men nailed qualification for a third straight European Championship by picturing 2- 2 in Bulgaria thanks to a last- minute own goal from Alex Petkov. 

Still, star player Dominik Szoboszlai rolled on the manner in his homeland's final group match, with the elegant Liverpool midfielder scoring two times in a 3- 1 victory over Montenegro that put the seal on an unbeaten movement. Hungary surely do not have the hardest team, but home- and- away wins over Serbia proved that they should not be underrated. 

 6. Austria ⇔ 

After a hard beginning to life under Ralf Rangnick that contained deportation to the 2nd tier of the Nations League, Austria have grow an entirely dissimilar lookout under the ex Manchester United boss and picked qualification for a third successive Euros in October by beating Azerbaijan 1- 0 thanks to a penalty from Marcel Sabitzer. 

The Austrians, who are bossed by Real Madrid's David Alaba, purely gained one point from their two matches against Belgium, which suggests that they are doubtful to be title expectants in Germany. still, right now, Rangnick is being cracked up for not only the results he has gained, but the provoking and broad approach he has embraced, which has performed in the fans fallin back in passion with a squad they had raised bored of eyeing under ex boss Franco Foda. 


5. Belgium ⇔ 

Belgium's 2022 World Cup Tournament was a grand tragedy, with star player Kevin De Bruyne causing quite the difference by effectively bouncing some of his squad- mates as too old before the competition started. The unescapable dressing- room divide sported a big part in the Red Devils' humiliating group- standings elimination- as did Romelu Lukaku's weak finishing, in beauty. 

Still, the Roma striker is fitted and firing again, with Lukaku scoring a history- breaking 14 goals in qualifying. New trainer Domenico Tedesco is also doing a fine job of refreshing the team, with the Belgians unbeaten since he delivered Roberto Martinez after the Qatar tragedy. 

All effects counted, De Bruyne might truly enjoy returning to the national- squad set- up once he recovers from a long- term hamstring injury. 

4. England ⇓ 

Is football eventually going to come' home'? Well, you clearly wouldn't go against Gareth Southgate's side winning in Germany coming year. They have got the genius and, at this stand, they have also got the skills, having played the final of the last Euros. 

Qualification was secured with two games to spare after a veritably emotional, come- from- behind palm over Italy at Wembley. still, after concluding their crusade with two dire performances, against Malta and North Macedoinia, and there are still some dubieties, substantially girding the director. 

Southgate has long been criticised for his felt die-hardism and he is allowed himself that they have not somewhat been at their high performed in 2023, which is reality of a concern given they boast arguably the most exciting crop of attackers in world football. There are also fears that Southgate's clashing picking policy might see in- form players like Raheem Sterling left out of the team for Euro 2024. 

Still, if England can keep Jude Bellingham and Harry Kane fit, anything feels possible for the Three Lions. 

 3. Spain ⇑ 

Enormous credit must go to Luis de la Fuente for the way in which he’s managed Spain’s qualifying movement. Some allies and scholars maintained that the ex Under- 21s trainer demanded the top- level skills to lead the country squad after a shock 2- 0 defeat at Scotland that Rodri and uncounted others didn't take well. still, after picking up the Nations League trophy in June, La Roja also went on a six- game winning band in Group A and accumulated qualification after growing payback over the Scots before winning 1- 0 in Norway. 

Self-confidence in De la Fuente has now been revived, and while the loss of Gavi to a season- ending injury is a disaster that could have fluently been escaped, Spain will still tour to Germany with an charged young side highlighting budding stars Pedri, Ansu Fati, Alejandro Balde and Lamine Yamal, the brilliant defensive midfielder Rodri and captain Alvaro Morata, who's adoring one of his purple patches up front. 

2. Portugal ⇑ 

Effects could not be covering any more for Portugal after substituting Fernando Santos with Roberto Martinez succeeding a unfortunate World Cup movement that closed with the familiar presence of a frustrated and teary Cristiano Ronaldo bristling down a stadium gallery. 

Truly, the Seleccao won all 10 of their Euro 2024 qualifiers, scoring 36 goals( Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes bagged 16 between them) and allowing only twice. Given their capital of attacking appliances, Portugal just have to be counted serious hopefuls to achievement in Germany coming summer. 

Still, it's worth pointing out that their qualifying group was absolutely awful, while it also remains to be seen if Martinez is honestly fit of delivering in a major competition, given the way in which he blew Belgium's' Golden Generation'. 

1. France ⇔ 

The highest- placed European squad in the world right now- and with logical reason. France boast a verily ridiculously deep pool of players, a big blend of outrageously supercharged stars and evergreen stagers who have seen, suited and won it all. 

1st- selectionNo. 9 Olivier Giroud may be turning on a bit but there are no simply imperfections in this team goalkeeper Mike Maignan is a phenomenon- hand, the defence is so good that William Saliba still is not a unspecified starter, an formerly fearful midfield has been boosted by the emergence of generational genius Warren Zaire- Emery, link- man Antoine Griezmann is in the shape of his life, while Kylian Mbappe is relatively just the most intimidating attacker in world football. 

Greece may have ruined France's hopes of finalizing with a perfect history in qualifying by holding a important- changed Bleus to a 2- 2 tie in Athens, but after exceeding Netherlands both home and away with impactful alleviation, the 2022 World Cup runners- up are genuinely much the squad to beat at Euro 2024.

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