Euro 2020: There Will Actually Be a Real Group of Death
It seems like every international tournament since 1970 features one pool where there are too many potential favorites to qualify for the next round.
The World Cup in Mexico that year saw three sides in Group 3 that all had legitimate designs on hoisting the hardware, but the FIFA format allowed only two to advance.
Thus, early tourney drama was assured, and the term Group of Death was coined.
True to tradition, then, Euro 2020 just produced another one.
Check out Group F, which is this case will be more appropriately called Group WTF:
That's putting it mildly.
- Portugal is the defending EuroCup champion,
- France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and
- Germany won the 2014 World Cup before that.
Here's how the tournament format plays out:
Basically, then, Group F got caught in the perfect storm.
The tournament draw was the most complex UEFA's ever devised, due to:
- the pre-pairing of the 12 hosts, and
- the play-off system, a product of the Nations League.
If there's an early advantage, it's for Germany due to the fact it's hosting half of the group's games. Maybe it's for that reason that die Mannschaft manager Joachim Löw is putting a brave face on something over which he has no control.
After Germany's flame-out in the 2018 World Cup, the nation's expecting more than a brave face this time around, and Löw's real face shows it:
That'd be Todesgruppe.
They're just hoping, when the time comes, someone's asking for that translation in French or Portuguese.