EURO 2016: Things to know about Group C
Dec. 12, 2015
PARIS (AP) — While Germany coach Joachim Loew sounded confident that the world champions will top Group C, Poland has the firepower to spoil those plans. Co-hosts of Euro 2012, the Poles were the top scoring team, with 33 goals, in qualifying for Euro 2016, thanks to the superb Robert Lewandowski.
Ukraine, the other co-host of Euro 2012, and Northern Ireland, playing its first European Championship, will bring up the rear in Group C.
Here are other essential things to know about the group:
THE BIG MATCH: Without question, Germany vs. Poland on June 16 at the Stade de France. Poland proved a handful for the World Cup holder in qualifying, winning 2-0 in Warsaw in October 2014. Germany got its own back, winning 3-1, when they met again in Frankfurt this September.
PLAYER TO WATCH: With 13 goals in 10 matches, Lewandowski was the top scorer in qualifying and will be one of the most-watched stars in France next June.
PROJECTED TOP TWO: That's easy — Germany and Poland should top this group. Far harder is guessing their order. The runner-up of Group C will play the second-place team of Group A, likely Switzerland, in the last 16.