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Euro 2020 Stats

Euro 2020 Stats

All 24 participating nations of Euro 2020 have announced their squad list. Barring changes due to injuries (read: Trent Alexander-Arnold), we look at some statistics of the 624 players named.

FYI, it should have been 626 but Spain only used up 24 of their allotted 26 names.


Euro 2020 Stats  – Youth vs Vintage

Youngest Teams

Turkey enter Euro 2020 with the most youthful team in terms of age. The squad average age is 25.0 years and FPL managers would be familiar with Kabak (DEF | 4.5) and Under (FWD | 7.0) both whom are under 23 years of age.

They are led by 35-year-old Yilmaz (FWD | 8.0), who won the league title with Lille this season. He is, however, one of two players above the age of 30 in the team.

England and Wales are the next youngest, at 25.3 and 25.6 respectively.

Definitely much for future for these three teams.

Oldest teams

At the other end of the spectrum is Sweden, which has an average age of 29.2. This is even without Ibrahimovic (39), who missed out on injuries.

12 Swedish players are above 30 years of age, including all three of their goalkeepers, who are all 31 year-olds.

The Swedes will be led by 36-year-old Granqvist (DEF | 5.0), whose first Euro tournament was Euro 2008.

With just a slight lower average age (also 29.2) is the Belgian Red Devils – they have 7 players aged 30 and above.

They have veteran 35-year-old Vermaelen (DEF | 5.0) in their squad. The ex-Arsenal / Barcelona centerback is currently plying his trade in the J-League.

You have a sense that this is the Golden Age of Belgium and if they do not win this here, they may struggle in the future.

Youngest

Youngest Individuals

Poland’s Kozłowski (MID | 5.0) is the youngest player in Euro 2020, at age 17 years and 7 months. He is a relatively unknown outside of Poland, where he plays in the top flight. He has 2 caps.

Next youngest is England’s Bellingham (MID | 6.0), at 17 years and 11 months. Bellingham is a regular with Dortmund and has already impressed with his performances to date.

Third youngest is Musiala (MID | 5.5), The Bayern star could have played for England but opted for Germany and has 2 caps. He has scored 7 times in 37 appearances at club level this season and expected to play some part of Euro 2020.

Oldest Individuals

Dutch goalkeeper Stekenlenburg (GK | 4.5), is the oldest player of Euro 2020, at 38 years and 11 months old. He did, however, play regular football with Ajax last season and won the league title.

Stekenlenburg’s first major tournament was World Cup 2006.

Scotland’s goalkeeper Gordon (GK | 5.0) is the second oldest, at 38 years and 5 months.

Gordon currently plies his trade with Hearts in the Scottish second tier but had started both of Scotland’s last two matches, suggesting that he may start on MD1.

The third oldest player and oldest outfield player is Portugal’s Pepe (DEF | 5.0), now 38 and 4 months old.

Pepe first played for Portugal in Euro 2008 and has 113 caps. He missed Portugal’s last 6 games through injury but is likely to start alongside Dias (DEF | 6.0).

Experience

Most experienced

Belgium goes into the tournament as the most experienced team in terms of international caps. The squad averages a staggering 50.2 caps. Led by Vertonghen’s  (DEF | 5.5) 126 caps, Belgium have 4 players with over 100 caps and Mertens (MID | 9.0) is on 97 caps.

In terms of international goals, Belgium lead the way as well. The 26-men squad have a total of 237 international goals on their books, 63 more than the next nation Portugal (174).

Portugal are the second most experienced (40.0) and have the second most international goals. Portugal’s statistics are of course skewed by their one-man machine Cristiano Ronaldo, who personally is on 173 caps and 103 international goals.

Third on both lists is France, at 39.2 caps and a total of 164 international goals.

Least experienced

Scotland is the least experienced side in Euro 2020, averaging 17.8 caps per player. The most capped is Gordon (GK | 5.0) with 57. Captain Robertson (DEF | 5.5) has 44.

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The Scots’ poor qualifying record had probably attributed to this – this is Scotland’s first major Finals in 23 years. 5 of the current squad members were not even born when Scotland last played in World Cup 1998.

Hungary is the next least experienced, with an average of 19.4 caps per player. Captain Szalai (FWD | 6.0) is the most capped at 70 (23 international goals).

Interesting to note is that England (20.9) and Spain (21.8) are amongst the least experienced teams in Euro 2020.

In terms of international goals, Spain rank second last to Scotland’s 35. Among Spain’s 24 players, they have only scored a total of 55 international goals. Morata (FWD | 9.0) top that chart with 19 international goals – no other Spanish has more than 10 goals.

It remains to be told how their lack of experience would hurt their Euro 2020 chances. Let’s not forget that Ramos (180 caps | 23 goals) also missed out due to lack of fitness.

Most represented clubs

A total of 212 clubs would be represented at Euro 2020; 207 from Europe, 3 from Asia and 2 from North America.

Unsurprisingly, Champions League Finalists Manchester City and Chelsea are most represented in Euro 2020 with 15 players each.

15 City players represent 7 different nations at Euro 2020, they have 4 representatives in both the England team and the Spanish side.

For Chelsea, their 15 will play for 8 different clubs including 3 for Germany and 3 for France.

Bayern Munich is the next more represented – they have 14 players in Euro 2020 including 8 for Germany alone.

Juventus (14), Manchester United (11) and Dynamo Kyiv (11) makes up the rest.

Club Nationalities

All 20 Premier League sides of the 2020/21 season have representatives in Euro 2020. A total of 118 players play in the Premier League, 18.9% of the player pool. In all, 146 players play club football in England, 55 more than the next most – Germany (91).

61.7% of all Euro 2020 players play in the top 5 European league.

European Championship Statistics

Team

In terms of the European Championships, Germany lead with most accolades.

The Germans have the most trophies (3), reached most Finals (6) and qualified the most times (12), including 7 straight competitions since Euro 92.

Spain also have 3 wins, but have reached fewer Finals (4).

Portugal are the defending champions and will be heading to Euro 2020 with the same coach (Santos) and same captain (Ronaldo).

England holds the record of most appearances (10) without winning the Euros. Their best performance was reaching the semis on 2 occasions.

Individual

Cristiano Ronaldo (FWD | 12.0) dominates individual accolades for Euros.

He has played the most games (21). Depending on how Portugal progresses, he has the opportunity to become the outright top scorer (now tied on 9 with Platini). If he scores in Euro 2020 he will become the only player in the history to score in 5 different tournaments.

All these probably justifies his price tag of 12.0, the highest of all players in Euro Fantasy.

Joachim Low is already the most decorated manager in terms of matches played (17) and wins (11), he will have this last chance to extend his record.

 


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