One of the most ornate nations in Europe’s championship history, one nation without their talismanic striker and another putting their hopes on their golden goalkeeper, while the big outsiders had their key man back in Europe to prepare for this summer: Group E is one for the nostalgic.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Luminaires and how to look
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Monday, June 14th
Poland vs. Slovakia (Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, 12 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Spain vs. Sweden (La Cartuja, Sevilla, 15:00 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Friday, June 18th
Sweden vs. Slovakia (Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, 9.00 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Saturday, June 19th
Spain vs. Poland (La Cartuja, Sevilla, 15:00 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Wednesday 23 June
Slovakia vs. Spain (La Cartuja, Sevilla, 12 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Sweden vs. Poland (Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, 12 ET, ESPN / Univision)
Joint record three-time winners with Germany, Spain are the favorites in Group E ahead of Sweden, Poland and Slovakia. However, Luis Enriques Roja is undergoing a rejuvenation and is therefore not among the hot favorites for the title. Without Real Madrid players in the team, this is not the Spanish side of the old and it may take a while before they are back challenging for title No. 4. That said, they have the advantage of being based at home throughout the group game.
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In the mixture
Sweden and Poland are similar, both having an aging talisman in attack, but while Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out a few weeks ago and had only just returned to the international setup after retiring, Robert Lewandowski is available and the key to Poles. The Scandinavians are more of a team without Ibrahimovic, but they lack the star quality of a Lewandowski, while Poland have that ability but will no doubt love the kind of solidity that Sweden enjoys.
One to look at
The meeting between Spain and Poland in Seville may be the key for both sides, as Spain starts with a tough clash with Sweden, and Poland will want their chances against Slovakia in St. Petersburg: Group E must take her after the second round.
Spain: As one of the most experienced players in the team, Thiago Alcantara is expected to step up and inspire his teammates to victory, while David De Gea, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jordi Alba are the other experienced heads.
Sweden: With Ibrahimovic out and lots of older heads, Emil Forsberg will be seen for inspiration, while Marcus Berg is the most productive goal scorer. However, there are some very bright young Swedish talents emerging, including Henrik Larsson’s son Jordan of Spartak Moscow.
Poland: Look no further for Lewandowski – Bayern’s league scorer will be the key to any hope the Pole has of getting out of the group.
Slovakia: Marek Hamsik may be getting older, but he is still the key to his country and will complete a switch to Trabzonspor in Turkey after a short period in Sweden to prepare for this.