EURO 2020: Italy takes the Cup and first place in our ranking

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With the end of the exciting Euro 2020 tournament, it’s time to rank the 24 competing nations.

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1. Italy (2)

Outsider Azzurri’s balanced and team-based approach propelled them to the championship.

2. England (5)

While he had a good tournament, Gareth Southgate will be rightly criticized for his handling in the final.

3. Spain (1)

The young team played well enough to win their semi-final against Italy before falling on penalties.

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4. Denmark (4)

They were second behind England in their semi-final, but didn’t deserve to lose on a cheap penalty kick in overtime.

5. Belgium (3)

Lost a close game against potential champions and will certainly be one of the favorites for next year’s World Cup.

6. Czech Republic (7)

I’m sure everyone made Patrik Schick finish as Euro 2020’s joint top scorer, right?

7. Switzerland (6)

Brought Spain on penalties as they beat a man before eventually failing in a shootout.

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8. Ukraine (8)

The 4-0 quarter-final loss to England looks worse on paper than it actually was, but we were lucky to go that far.

9. Croatia (9)

Co-starred in one of the craziest international games we’ve seen and was definitely gaining momentum.

10. Sweden (11)

Emil Forsberg, who hit the wood twice against Ukraine, had been one of the best players in the tournament.

11. France (10)

With the latest reports, it turns out that behind the scenes this French team was a mess.

12. Austria (12)

Is Marko Arnautovic the most angry football player? He certainly plays like that most of the time.

13. Germany (13)

You must be wondering what changes will be in store for the World Cup with Joachim Low officially absent.

14. Netherlands (14)

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Unsurprisingly, Frank de Boer has already left as Dutch manager after this knockout loss.

15. Portugal (15)

Could not defend his Euro championship and will now be asked questions about the future of the team.

16. Wales (16)

Put on the worst performance of any team that made it to the knockout stage in the loss to Denmark.

17. Hungary (17)

Does anyone else wonder if Hungary could have done as well as Portugal against Belgium?

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18. Poland (18)

Turns out changing managers after qualifying for a major tournament is a bad idea.

19. Finland (19)

The next step for star Teemu Pukki is trying to keep Norwich City in the Premier League for more than a season.

20. Russia (20)

Alone looked really competitive in his match against another opponent from Finland and has now fired his manager.

21. Scotland (21)

Kieran Tierney, one of the two great left-backs of the Scots, has secured a nice contract extension from Arsenal.

22. North Macedonia (22)

Always nice to see a veteran leader like Goran Pandev come out with his head held high.

23. Slovakia (23)

Maybe should get some credit from Spain for putting the La Roja attack on the right track.

24. Turkey (24)

I still don’t know how an allegedly strong defense of qualifying has been laid out so often.

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