Group F at UEFA Euro 2020 will not be for the faint of heart. The 2014 World Champions Germany will face the 2016 European Champions Portugal and the 2018 World Champions France. The fourth team will be determined by the playoffs.
Jogi Löw will have his work cut out for him if he wants to get Germany through to the knockout rounds this summer. He has another six months to get his squad playing the way he wants to before kickoff, so we’ll see how he gets them to the tournament.
A bit of good news for the Germans comes from where the games will be played. Due to the quirks of the final tournament being played all across Europe, the Germans will play all three group stage games at the Allianz Arena in Munich. The other three games of Group F will be played at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest.
Winner Playoff Path D/A
Winner Playoff Path C
Winner Playoff Path B
Winner Playoff Path A/D
The top four third place teams of the six groups will also advance to the Round of 16.
Here’s how the fourth team in Germany’s group will be determined:
- If Bulgaria, Hungary, or Iceland win Playoff Path A, the winner of Path A will join Group F.
- If Romania win Playoff Path A, the winner of Playoff Path D will enter Group F
The sixteen team playoffs will be used to determine the final four teams to qualify for Euro 2020. If you’d like a detailed explanation of how these teams qualified for the Playoffs and how they were sorted into each Path, then you should check the Wikipedia here. It’s way too convoluted, and UEFA is bonkers for designing this.
The semifinals of each Playoff Path will be played on March 26, and the finals will be played on March 31.
Playoff Path A
Iceland vs Romania
Bulgaria vs Hungary
Playoff Path B
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland
Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland
Playoff Path C
Norway vs Serbia
Scotland vs Israel