Our forecast for the Euro 2024 game:
Player in the spotlight (Granit Xhaka):
Xhaka is recognized as one of the top central midfielders in Europe currently and has caught the attention of several prominent teams. After only two seasons with FC Basel, he was sought after by Borussia M’gladbach and joined them in 2012.
The Swiss professional initially struggled in his early days in Germany, leading to doubts from experts about his abilities. However, he proved them wrong by elevating his game and demonstrating his talent at the top level. Playing as a holding midfielder, Xhaka impressed both supporters and analysts with his displays in the Bundesliga and European tournaments, even notching a few crucial goals along the way.
Even though he is young, this talented soccer player has been an important part of the Swiss national team for a while now. In his first 40 games, he has scored 6 goals and has become a strong leader for the Rossocrociati. His performance in the 2014 World Cup, where he scored one goal in four games, is just the beginning of many more successful tournaments to come.
Highlighted Team (Romania):
Romania was among only four European teams to participate in the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Since then, the team has attained commendable performances on the global level, although they have not been able to compete for significant titles.
The Tricolorii, led by their top football player Gheorghe Hagi, almost made it to the semi-finals at the 1994 World Cup in the United States, but lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout. Romania has participated in the World Cup seven times and qualified for five European Championship tournaments. Their best performance was in 2000, when they were knocked out by Italy in the quarter-finals.
At the top of the list for scoring goals, Gheorghe Hagi and Adrian Mutu are the only two Romanian soccer players who have become well-known around the world. However, Dorinel Munteanu, Dan Petrescu, Gheorghe Popescu, and Viorel Moldovan are also noteworthy. Romania’s home games are held at the National Arena in Bucharest.