Germany recently found out that they would be playing in a group with France and Portugal for this summer’s European Cup. Unsurprisingly, this group is widely considered to be this tournament’s “Group of Death.” Die Mannschaft’s Euro 2020 hopes will be decided on how they play against two of the world’s best soccer nations. Germany may not have an easier time in the Nations League afterward, either. It has emerged that they quite possibly may be grouped with France and Portugal again.
Germany is lucky to be in Nations League Group A at all. They were relegated in the inaugural Nations League campaign, but then UEFA decided to expand the field from 12 to 16 teams. But Germany still will not have an easy run at finishing top of their Nations League group. They will have some hefty competition.
Kicker points out that, because of their FIFA ranking, Germany will probably be placed in pot 3 along with Poland, Croatia, and Iceland. They will then be grouped with teams from pots 1, 2 and 4. Some of those teams include England, the Netherlands, and Portugal in pot 1, as well as France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy in pot 2.
Until March, we can only speculate who Germany will play. One thing that is for certain, though, is that Germany’s group will be filled with some of the world’s best national teams. Hopefully, Die Mannschaft can earn a better result next time.