After more than a year of waiting, Euro 2020 has finally started. The tournament began with Italy’s 3-0 victory over Turkey in Rome on Friday and will end on July 11 at Wembley Stadium.
The tournament was first held in 1958 and has been played 15 times since then. After many structural changes over the years, UEFA has decided that 24 teams will compete for the title of best national team on the continent.
In 16 European Championships and 26 years of Major League Soccer’s existence, champions have managed to secure stadiums after successful European spells. In 2007, David Beckham became the first high-profile European player to sign for a team MLS The club, and since then, the American League has hosted a large number of players who participated in the European Championship.
Here is a guide to the best participants in the European Football Championship in the Football League:
After nearly two decades with Liverpool FC, Steven Gerrard signed with LA Galaxy in 2015 and made an impact on American football. The player had a legendary career in the English Premier League and at the international level. He participated in three different European Championships, in 2000 and 2004 while captaining England 2012. Despite not winning the title, Gerrard led the Three Lions to some very successful moments.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed with LA Galaxy in 2018 and played for the MLS team for two seasons. Although he was excluded from the current Euros due to a knee injury, the player has a long history with the tournament. He represented Sweden in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016, and was part of the 2012 Team of the Tournament for his excellent performance. In MLS, he scored an exceptional 52 goals in 56 matches.
Former LA Galaxy player and current Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham will forever be engraved in the history of the European Championship. Beckham is third in total assists with five total assists, and the player with the most assists in the group stage. Beyond the numbers, Beckham’s impact on England in the Eurozone is undeniable. He led his team to the quarter-finals during the 2004 tournament, narrowly losing to Portugal on penalties, and skipping penalties in penalty shootouts. He went on to sign for Galaxy in 2007, scoring 98 goals and winning back-to-back MLS Cup titles.
The legendary midfielder joined the Chicago Fire in 2017 and scored eight goals in 85 public games. Internationally, Schweinsteiger played for Germany from 2004 to 2016, forming part of the most successful national teams at the time. He debuted in 2004, and currently holds the German record for most European Championship matches with 18 matches played in the tournament. He has formed part of three teams for the European Championship.
The legendary French player joined the New York Red Bulls in 2010 and scored 51 goals over five seasons. Internationally, Henry is France’s top scorer and eight times best footballer of the year. In 2000, Henry led France to the UEFA European Championship title after an impressive performance throughout the stage and was named to the Team of the Tournament. In all, he played 123 matches for the France national team and scored 51 goals.