5 coach facts at EURO 2020. The EURO 2020 event will start soon. Next weekend, the first match will be played at the Stadio Olimpico. Turkey will challenge Italy. There are many interesting things related to this event. One of them concerns the trainers who handle the 24 participating teams.
If you look closely, there are not a few coaches who have previously worked at EURO when they were still players. They even on average are mainstay players of their time. On this occasion, the author tries to present 5 interesting facts about these trainers.
Eight Special Figures
Based on our search, of the 24 coaches who will take part in EURO 2020, there are 8 people who have previously worked in this event as players. That’s quite a lot because it reaches 33 percent of the total coaches in this event.
The eight special figures are Andriy Schevchenko, Luis Enrique, Stanislav Cherchesov, Paulo Sousa, Frank de Boer, Roberto Mancini, Didier Deschamps and Gareth Southgate. They have featured in at least 2 EURO matches. Of the eight figures, only Cherchesov plays as a goalkeeper.
Deschamps Buru Vogts
Among the coaches who have previously played on the EURO stage, Didier Deschamps has a special record. He’s the only one who’s ever won. He was part of the French national team that won the event in 2000 which was held in the Netherlands and Belgium.
At the EURO 2020 event, Deschamps has the opportunity to repeat that achievement in his capacity as a coach. If successful, he will match the German legend, Berti Vogts.
Until now, the former tough defender is listed as the only winner as a player and coach. As a player, he won in 1972, while as a coach in 1996.
Paulo Sousa was recorded to appear in two editions of the European Cup, namely in 1996 and 2000. He went down in 6 matches without being able to score a goal. All with Portugal national team.
His best achievement was becoming a semifinalist in 2000. At that time, the Seleccao das Quinas were eliminated by France by Zinedine Zidane’s golden goal from the penalty spot in the 117th minute.
At EURO 2020, Sousa became an anomaly. The reason, he did not handle his country’s national team. As is known, the defending champion is still being managed by a senior coach, Fernando Santos. As for Sousa actually handle the Polish national team. He was trusted to handle Robert Lewandowski et al. since 21 January 2021 as a substitute for Jerzy Brzeczek.
Two Causes of Failure at EURO
The EURO stage is actually not something fun for Gareth Southgate and Frank de Boer. As players, they have been the source of the failure of their respective teams. Interestingly, the same thing happened in the semifinals.
Southgate became the culprit of the failure of the England national team against Germany in the 1996 European Cup semifinals at home. He was the only player who failed to score in the penalty shootout.
The same thing happened to De Boer four years later when the Netherlands against Italy. Not only failed in the penalty shootout, he also failed to execute a penalty in the 39th minute.
Five Alumni EURO 1996
Of the eight coaches who have previously played at EURO, five of them have something in common. They are both alumni of EURO 1996 which was held in England.
They are Luis Enrique, Stanislav Cherchesov, Paulo Sousa, Didier Deschamps and Gareth Southgate.
The best achievements were achieved by Deschamps and Southgate. Together with their respective teams, both qualified for the semifinals and lost on penalties 5-6.
The difference is, Deschamps did not appear to defend the French national team when removed by Rep. Czech Republic, while Southgate performed fully and became the culprit of the failure of the Three Lions during the penalty shootout against Germany.
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