When the opening match of the European Championships gets under way this evening (Friday 11 June, 21:00 CEST) in Rome, with Turkey facing Italy, the six EURO-Wolves will doubtless be watching on television. Their campaigns will start over the coming weekend: on Saturday for Kevin Mbabu and Admir Mehmedi, when Switzerland play their opener, then on Sunday for Josip Brekalo (Croatia), Wout Weghorst (Netherlands) and Xaver Schlager and Pavao Pervan (Austria).
Group A, Wales – Switzerland, Saturday, 15:00 CEST
Switzerland, with VfL duo Mehmedi and Mbabu in their squad, have been drawn in Group A with Italy, Turkey and Wales, whom they face in their opening game on Saturday 12 June at 15:00 CEST in Baku. “We know the kind of quality Wales have,” said Mbabu, who is really looking forward to the match. “Overall, they are a very, very good team. We need to be on our guard. I’m already excited about playing in my first ever EURO. All of us can’t wait for it to start.” Switzerland will be looking to get through the group stage and then cause an upset or two later on.
Group D, England – Croatia, Sunday, 15:00 CEST
For Brekalo’s Croatia, their first Group D match on Sunday promises to be an absolute firecracker when they face England at Wembley. “I’m really looking forward to it,” said Brekalo. “It’s my first big tournament for my country and I’m over the moon to be part of it. We want to have a good match to kick things off and give us some confidence for the other two group games against Scotland and Czech Republic.”
Group C, Austria – North Macedonia, Sunday, 18:00 CEST
Austria, featuring Schlager and Pervan, will be facing the supposed underdogs of the tournament on Sunday when they take on North Macedonia in Bucharest. “We played them twice in EURO qualifying so they’ll be well prepared. We’ll be giving it everything we’ve got to get the three points,” said Schlager, who refused to set any specific targets for his team, saying: “I’m just taking it one game at a time. We obviously want to win every match though.” In their other Group C games, Austria will face the Netherlands (with Weghorst) and Ukraine.
Group C, Netherlands – Ukraine, Sunday, 21:00 CEST
Weghorst can hardly wait to get the Netherlands’ EURO campaign under way against Ukraine, where they will enjoy home advantage in Amsterdam. “Finally it’s upon us – it’s going to be great,” said the striker ahead of his first tournament with the Oranje, who are certainly aiming high. “We want to win the EURO,” said Weghorst, whose team will also be facing Austria (with Schlager and Pervan) and North Macedonia in Group C.