From a true-to-form Group of Death to a promising set of entertaining matches between known powerhouses and revitalized nations, there’s plenty to break down as the draw for the finals of Euro 2020 was conducted in Bucharest, Romania, on Saturday.  

Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s draw:


Often the Group of Death is a construct, something perceived because there is a sense that there has to be one, but this time it clearly exists. Thanks to an indifferent qualifying campaigns France, the world champion, was seeded in Pot 2 and Portugal, the European champion and Uefa Nations League winner, in Pot 3. 

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The possibility of them being drawn together had been widely trailed as the worst outcome for any of the seeds but not only did it come to pass, they were drawn in Group F along with one of the 12 co-hosts, Germany. The fourth team in the group will be the winner of the play-off featuring teams in Path A, unless Romania comes through ahead of Hungary, another of the hosts, Bulgaria, and Iceland in which case it will be the winner of Path D – Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Belarus.

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