The 2020 UEFA EURO Football Championship is set to begin on Friday, and the biggest names in European football who will be missing out on the championship have been listed by German sport magazine Kicker. Unfortunately, the Hungarian prodigy Dominik Szoboszlai is among them.
Kicker shared sixteen notable players who will be missing out on the championship, describing Szoboszlai as “The Hungarian hope,” who unfortunately has not been able to step on the field for RB Leipzig since the winter due to a groin injury.
Hungary already faces some of Europe’s best teams in Group F: Germany, France, and Portugal. Germany’s Marc-André ter Stegen and Marco Reus will be missing out on the championship, as well as Anthony Martial and Ferland Mendy from France.
Those who are not among Hungary’s Group F opponents, but will be missing out due to injuries, coronavirus infections, or other reasons, include Jasper Cillessen and Virgil van Dijk from the Netherlands, and Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal, and Ansu Fati from Spain.
From England, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold can be found on the list as well, but Mason Greenwood has allegedly decided not to take part. Finally, Nicolo Zaniolo from Italy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Sweden can be found Kicker’s list as well.
Hungary’s first game is set to take place next Tuesday against Portugal at 18:00 CET in Budapest. Despite the absence of Szoboszlai, the President of the Hungarian Football Federation, Sándor Csányi, is optimistic in Hungary’s performance, saying that the team has evolved since its last game against Portugal in 2016.
Featured photo illustration by MTI/EPA/Christian Brun