Euro 2020 Fantasy Football Tips: 12 Players To Sign
If the arrival of the European Championships wasn’t exciting enough already, UEFA’s official Euro 2020 Fantasy Football game has arrived, too.
As you can imagine, there are a plethora of supremely gifted footballers on show this summer, but fitting the best into your team will be no easy feat.
Those familiar with Fantasy Premier League should not feel too out of place, though there are some key differences between the two formats.
For those unaware of how it will work, you pick a squad of 15 players – two goalkeepers, five defenders, five midfielders and three forwards.
Of course, with this being a tournament, there are more transfers available and regular opportunities to overhaul your squad.
The Euro 2020 game is already going down a treat with players posting their teams on social media – with Mesut Ozil showcasing his side to his 26m followers.
With the contest now underway, SPORTbible takes a look at some three key players from each position to consider for your first squad.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
The Belgian faces Russia and tournament debutants Finland, as well as a Denmark side known more for its defence rather than its attack.
Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark)
Kasper Schmeichel is the captain and, above all, the key component to the Danish defence.
The Leicester City stalwart faces a low-scoring Finland outfit in his first game – and we expect a clean sheet in that one.
Urgurcan Cakir (Turkey)
Conceding just three times, Turkey came away from qualifying with the best defensive record of any team in Europe.
An opening fixture against Italy should prove tricky, but at a cost of just €4.5m, Ugurcan Cakir is definitely worth a punt to keep the ball out of the net.
Jordi Alba (Spain)
Barcelona’s Jordi Alba – widely regarded as one of the best left-backs in the world – remains a zippy presence on the left-wing and is a must-have for any team.
Alba comes into Euro 2020 in good form after scoring three goals and registering five assists in La Liga last season.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine)
Oleksandr Zinchenko will be a familiar face to Premier League observers – and he looks an absolute steal at €5.5m.
The 24-year-old is classified as a defender in the official game after his exploits as Manchester City’s left-back, but will play his natural attacking midfield role for Ukraine.
He will also step up to take most set-pieces, including penalties.
Jason Denayer (Belgium)
Jason Denayer is expected to start at the heart of Belgium’s defence and his €4.5m price tag marks him out as a budget option in a strong side.
Much like Turkey, Belgium only conceded three times during qualifying and look to have a favourable group.
Ferran Torres (Spain)
Highly regarded by manager Luis Enrique, the 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Germany earlier in the year.
Mason Mount (England)
There is a slight question over his starting status in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side, but he is highly regarded among the backroom staff – and should assume plenty of set-piece duties.
With that said, €7m feels like a bargain, doesn’t it?
David Alaba (Austria)
The 28-year-old has a decent international scoring record – given he takes all set-pieces, too – and his modest €5.5m price tag should allow for funds to be spent elsewhere in your team.
Harry Kane (England)
Harry Kane is England’s talisman, leader and most importantly, a must-have for your fantasy team.
The Tottenham Hotspur talisman is the jack of all trades and is everything you could want in a striker at this summer’s tournament.
Get your cash primed and ready because €11.5m might sound like a lot, but his goals will, almost certainly, repay the favour.
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Romelu Lukaku has an excellent international record with 60 goals in 93 games and should only improve on that at this tournament.
Given Belgium’s relatively kind group, Lukaku is a second-favourite for the Golden Boot just behind Harry Kane.
How’s that for a strike force?
Burak Yilmaz (Turkey)
Burak Yilmaz enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 last season and will enter this tournament off the back of winning the title at Lille.
Again, Italy may be tough opponents first up, but there are goals to be had from the rest of the group.