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France vs Germany UEFA EURO 2020 preview: where to watch, team news, form guide

France face Germany in UEFA EURO 2020 Group F – all you need to know.

Joachim Löw will begin his last tournament as Germany coach against France in Munich
Joachim Löw will begin his last tournament as Germany coach against France in Munich UEFA/Getty Images

Germany take on France in UEFA EURO 2020 Group F in Munich on Tuesday 15 June at 21:00 CET.

France vs Germany: live build-up

What's the story?

France and Germany are more used to meeting at the other end of tournaments, and maybe they still will, but for the first time they face off in a group game. Les Bleus are tipped by many to add the European title to their global crown, while their predecessors as world champions – here, in the last tournament of Joachim Löw's long reign – have had mixed results in recent months but then Germany have often thrived most when underestimated.

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Where to watch the game on TV

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Starting line-ups

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernández; Rabiot, Kanté, Pogba; Benzema, Griezmann, Mbappé

Germany: Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rüdiger; Kimmich, Gündoğan, Kroos, Gosens; Havertz, Müller; Gnabry

Reporters' views

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David Crossan, France reporter: With Benzema and Griezmann having shaken off minor problems, Deschamps can unleash his fearsome front three on Germany. It's a team to excite fans of the world champions and unlike at the FIFA World Cup in Russia three years ago, I don't expect the coach to have to revise his plans after the opening game. Les Bleus are well prepared for the challenge of starting with an 'away' match and should be confident of getting a result.

Philip Röber, Germany reporter: What a treat we are in for as a conclusion to Matchday 1! The last two friendlies did not give too much of an indication of how high Germany's performance level really is, but the vibes coming out of the camp suggest they don't think twice about the fact many see them as underdogs for these finals. The only significant absence may be Leon Goretzka in central midfield; up front it looks like Timo Werner is not first choice at the moment.

What the coaches say

Didier Deschamps, France coach: "It's a massive game to start with. It's a massive game for us but also for the Germans, because we are both among the top European nations. The objective is to be effective in both boxes, because that's where the game will be decided."

Neuer keen Löw gets perfect swansong

Joachim Löw, Germany coach: "You can feel positive tension in the air and anticipation. I really thought 'finally!' when I got on the bus to come here. I’m calm, relaxed, and think that in the last 14 days we have done what we wanted to. Tomorrow it’ll be important to see what the team has shown in those couple of weeks against such a top-class team like France." 

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)

France: WWWWDW

Germany: WDLWWL

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