Gala poster, this Tuesday evening, at the Allianz Arena in Munich renamed Football Arena for the competition.
France, the reigning world champion, gives the reply to its predecessor Germany for the first match of Group F of Euro 2021. If clashes between the two nations are commonplace in the final phase of a major tournament, it seems long gone are the days when the Mannschaft always won at the end.
The Blues have lost, in fact, only 2 of their last 13 confrontations.
Here are some benchmarks in figures before this shock.
France have not lost any of their last six matches in Germany (4 wins, 2 draws).
We must go back to August 12, 1987 to find traces of a defeat of the Blues of Henri Michel on German soil.
At the time, we were still talking about the FRG.
The Mannschaft have a habit of getting the European Championships off to a good start.
She has never even known defeat for her opening match (7 wins, 5 draws).
The last time she had not won when she entered the competition was Euro 2004 against the Netherlands (1-1).
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Antoine Griezmann often feels himself grow wings when he crosses Germany. He has already scored 4 goals, including a memorable double in the semi-finals of Euro 2016, against this nation. Either his favorite opponent. The FC Barcelona striker is the European player involved in the most goals in the last 2 major tournaments (Euro 2016 + World Cup 2018): 10 goals and 4 assists in 14 matches in both competitions.
The Blues have not known the horrors of failure in competition for more than two years, exactly on June 8, 2019 in Konya, against Turkey (0-2).
They won 13 of the following 16 games, giving up points only three times, still at home, in October 2019 against Turkey (1-1), a year later against Portugal (0-0 ) and in March 2021 against Ukraine (1-1).
If he comes into play this Tuesday evening, Olivier Giroud, the top scorer of the Blues in activity (46), could become the 1st player of the France team to play 100 matches under the Didier Deschamps era, a record under the orders of the same French coach.
The Chelsea striker is also with Blaise Matuidi the player to have most often faced Germany (7 times).