From goals and assists, to pass accuracy and top speed, Bundesliga players are already lighting up EURO 2020! With 92 players in attendance – more Bundesliga representation at the European Championship than ever before – it comes as no surprise that the stars of German football have had a huge impact on the group stages, with three of the six top scorers so far coming from the Bundesliga!
Here is our EURO 2020 fact sheet, which highlights some of the top moments from Bundesliga players so far, including a wonder strike from Patrik Schick and Joel Pohjanpalo’s seminal moment for the Finland national team.
There are a total of 91 players from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 competing at EURO 2020–German football has never provided such a large contingent in this competition. With these players distributed across 19 of the 24 competing nations, it is no surprise that Bundesliga players were involved in many of the great group stage moments.
Patrik Schick’s goal of the tournament
Every football fan around the globe will know his name by now: Patrick Schick, forward of the Czech Republic and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. With 13 Bundesliga goals last season, Schick showed his quality and has now left his mark on Euro 2020.
Not only has he already scored three times in the group stage, but the second is undoubtedly one of the goals of the tournament. Picking up the ball close to the halfway line against Scotland, Schick’s 50–yard “golf shot” was inch-perfect. The bold, but perfectly executed lob found the target, catching Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall out of position. With this goal, Schick set a new record for the longest distance goal in the history of the European Championship, and it will take some beating in the years to come!
Leon Goretzka’s last-minute equaliser ensures Germany progress
From the moment the draw was made, Group F was the one to watch, and it lived up to the billing, with the final matchday one of the most memorable and –ultimately –decided by a Bundesliga champion. Needing to avoid defeat against Hungary to progress to the next round, Joachim Löw’s gameplan was disrupted early when Mainz 05’s Adam Szalaidirected his header past Manuel Neuer.DespiteGermany equalising early in the second half, Hungary re–took the lead just seconds later, and Germany were facing an early exit.
However, FC Bayern München’s Leon Goretzka was the super sub and his late strikesecuredGermany second place and qualification. This 84thminute goal proved to be a key moment of the group stages; playing a defining role in the final positions of group F and ensuring Germany move on to face England in the next round.
Joel Pohjanpalo’s first game for Finland at a major tournament
At the end of the group stage, there are naturally also teams that do not go through to the round of 16. One of them is Finland, who by qualifying, had achieved their first appearance at a major tournament. With goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky from Bayer 04 Leverkusen and 1. FC Union Berlin’s Joel Pohjanpalo, theFinshadtwo Bundesliga players in their ranks. Despite a very worrying time during their first match against Denmark, Finnishfans showed true greatness when they cheered on Christian Eriksen and stood united with the Danes in crisis.
Later on, after the game was resumed, it was Bertin’s striker Pohjanpalo who made history by scoring Finland’s first goal, and latterlysecuringFinland’s first–ever win at a major tournament. Pohjanpalodemonstrated great sportsmanship, limiting his celebrations out of respect for Eriksen and the Danish nation. Although the tournament has now ended for the Scandinavian team, Finland will be remembered for their attitude in this situation and Pohjanpalo’s gesture showing that football is about more than just about winning.
Yussuf Poulsen a leader for Denmark
Yussuf Poulsen is known as a loyal player, having joined RB Leipzig when he was only 19 and the club was playing in the German third division. Eight years later, he has helped Leipzig to become one of the best teams in the Bundesliga and a Champions League contender.
Poulsen has also demonstrated these attributes with the Denmark national team. In a time of extreme crisis, the Danes showed the world what football is all about: unity, solidarity, and team spirit. The world collectively held its breath when Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed during Denmark’s first match against Finland. The team were quick to react, standing together to ensure privacy as paramedics attended to Eriksen.
After it was certain that his condition was stable, the team returned to the pitch, and Poulsen proved his leadership credentials once more. In the next match, he scored his team’s first goal of the competition. Although they lost the game, his goal was a key moment for Denmark and, with a spectacular 4–1 win against Russia(in which Poulsen also scored), the Danessecured qualification in their final game of the group stage.
Bundesliga players shaping the EURO 2020
The Bundesliga is famous for its goal–filled matches every single week. Therefore, it is no surprise that Bundesliga players are also shaping EURO 2020 with their goals. A total of 22 goals have come from the Bundesliga, and plenty more are sure to come as move into the next round. Two of the Bundesliga’s top marksmen –Emil Forsbergand Patrik Schick –remain in the hunt for the Golden Boot with three goals apiece, and three of the top six top goalscorers currently ply their trade in the German top flight.
Meanwhile, Steven Zuber of Switzerland and Eintracht Frankfurt leads the way in assists, having contributed to a total of three goals thus far. Borussia Dortmund and Belgium midfielder Axel Witselis one of the top passers in the game, and has so far maintained an exceptional passing accuracy of 98.5% over the first three games.
French winger Kingsley Coman, who plies his trade for Bayern, is one of the fastest players of euro 2020 so far –with a recorded speed of 33.7km/h.
England’s first match of the competition, Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham made history as the youngest player ever to appear at a European Championship, aged 17 years and 345 days. Though the record has already been broken, Bellingham’s star continues to rise. One of 13 Bundesliga players nominated for the illustrious Golden Boy award, given to the most exciting young player in Europe aged 21 or under, Bellingham’s performances for club and country are not going unnoticed.
In total, there are14 Bundesliga players who have played every minute of the competition so far, and with some incredible performances during the group stage, it remains to be seen who will go on to make history.
The stage is now set for the round of 16, and with the eyes of the world watching once more, there is a lot more to come from the stars of the Bundesliga.