Euro 2016 Preview: Group F


So – the last group. Just four teams to go, and within them one of my favourites – and a potential dark horse.

The four that remain are Hungary, Portugal, Iceland and Austria.



Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt).

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyorgy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schopf (Schalke)

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (Basel).

Coach: Marcel Koller

Qualifying: 1st in Group, 9 wins from 10

So, we start with the team I think have a chance of doing a ‘Greece’. With a good set of keepers, Dragovic, Hinteregger and Wimmer as options in central defence, as well as Premier League winning left back Christian Fuchs – David Alaba, Zlatko Junuzovic, Harnik and Arnautovic in midfield and talented strikers such as Rubin Okotie and Marcel Sabitzer – I think at 40/1 they are a decent price. Group wise, I don’t think Iceland or Hungary will cause them any problems, while Portugal will be a good water tester for them. Should qualify easily, but how far they will go? Who knows



Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig).

Defenders: Attila Fiola (Puskas Akademia), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz (Videoton), Adam Lang (Videoton), Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen).

Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zoltan Gera (Ferencvaros), Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Gergo Lovrencsics (Lech Poznan), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg).

Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Adám Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros)

Coach: Bernd Storck

Qualifying: Playoff winner vs Norway

Hungary are going to be one of the worst teams in Euro 2016 – but, they did prove hard to break down in Qualifying, although their group was pretty dreadful, and also beat Norway twice to qualify via the playoffs. They might sneak into the last 16 if they get a result against Iceland. I’m not expecting them to do well at all, and neither is anyone really!



Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Bodo/Glimt), Ogmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord).

Defenders: Ari Skulason (OB), Hordur Magnusson (Cesena), Hjortur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kari Arnason (Malmo), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK).

Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Norrkoping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Sundsvall).

Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern)

Coach: Lars Lagerbäck & Heimir Hallgrímsson

Qualifying: 2nd in Group A

Iceland are making their first appearance at a European Championship, and are very much there on merit. They were a bit of a shock, but once it got towards the latter stages it was widely expected that they would qualify. They are also the only team with joint coaches – with the two above sharing the role – and with Largerback’s 9 years of international experience it’s really no surprise they have qualified. They will be hoping to get into the round of 16 and go from there, and could challenge both Portugal and Austria. Eidur Gudjohnsen is in the squad at the ripe old age of 37 after a decent spell with Molde, so it should be a fitting international fair-well for the well travelled veteran.



Goalkeepers: Rui Patrício (Sporting CP), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dínamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahçe), José Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient).

Midfielders: William Carvalho (Sporting CP), Danilo Pereira (Porto), João Moutinho (Monaco), Renato Sanches (Benfica), Adrien Silva (Sporting CP), André Gomes (Valencia), João Mário (Sporting CP).

Forwards: Rafa Silva (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille)

Coach: Fernando Santos

Qualifying: Won Group

Portugal hardly had a difficult group in the qualifying period, but started off by making a meal of it. Paolo Bento was sacked after a 1-0 opening day defeat by Albania, with Fernando Santos coming in and steering them to 7 wins in a row and easy qualification. Will Ronaldo finally turn up at a major tournament? Who knows, but there’s a chance he could be out-shone by Renato Sanches. They will get through this group, but it might be 3rd if Austria and Iceland are as tough as I expect them to be!

Group Overview

Lets finish this quickly. I expect Hungary to struggle and finish 4th. Austria will be a team to look out for with some dangerous players. Iceland have a largely unknown squad, but in Sigthorsson leading the line they have a striker with a 1 in 2 record at international level (20 goals in 39. Portugal are favourites to win the group, but it won’t be as easy as some are making out.

Easy choice for my top tip – Dual Forecast: Portugal/Austria @ 11/10