Football: Euro 2020 qualifying groups announced

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Poland will face Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia, and Latvia in the qualifying stage of Euro 2020.

The draw of the football Euro 2020 qualifiers took place in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Despite Poland’s poor performance in the Nations League matches this autumn, other matches worked in Poland’s favour. It was placed in pot 1, thus avoiding top teams: France, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, and Italy. However, there was still a chance the Polish side might face Germany, Russia, or Wales.

Sunday’s draw can be considered lucky for Poland. It was placed in a fairly level group G, with Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Republic of Macedonia, and Lithuania.

“We have to keep our wits about it. We were in the first pot and the draw is surely not the worse one for us but we should all accept that the group is very level. I think the matches will be tight and we need to prepare for this”, Polish coach Jerzy Brzęczek said.

Among other interesting clashes, Germany will face the Netherlands in group C, France was drawn against Iceland and Turkey in group H, while group I will see a clash of Belgium and Russia.

The qualifying stage comprises five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams. The top two teams in each of the groups will qualify for the main event that will take place in stadiums across Europe and will begin at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on June 12, 2020.

The Euro 2020 qualifying matches will be played between March and November 2019.