Here is a short introduction to the Euro 2020 fantasy game which we will be covering here at fantasy football geek. Then Kev in Canada gives an article on the Euro 2020 fantasy game starting us off with the penalty taker from each team. There’s also a link to the Euro 2020 fantasy game and the FFGeek league for you to join
EURO 2020 Fantasy – A Short Introduction And The Potential Penalty Taker For Each Team
The first game of Euro 2020 kicks off on 11 June 2021 but the fantasy game on the UEFA.com site is already open. See the link below. At fantasy football geek we will be covering the tournament with articles on how to play, rules, player stats as well as a number of the Contributors creating and managing fantasy teams over the competition.
We’ll start that process in full soon after the FPL season finishes although we may still provide the odd article here and there before that. Firstly though here’s a primer article from Kev in Canada outlining the penalty takers for each team. If you do join the Euro 2020 fantasysite make sure you join the FFGeek League. See the link below
Finally is you have any specific knowledge to add to the article leave it in the comments below
(The Euro Fantasy site is now live here: LINK )
Here’s also the link to the FFGeek League or with the league code 49KWOPI907
Hey friends. It is almost time for Euro 2020 Fantasy tournament. Even though my focus is still #FPL, I figured I would dive into the live Euro fantasy site.
If you recall, in 2018 VAR was brought into the spotlight, as penalties were awarded at a record-breaking pace. VAR has knowing each team’s penalty taker may be a helpful tool in deciding who to have in your fantasy lineup. It even made unique legends, like Sweden’s penalty taking defender Andreas Granqvist, who scored 2 penalties in the tournament.
VAR is back for 2020* so we need to know who takes the pens for each team!
How this Primer was Put Together
Sadly there is no site that tells us who each team’s pen taker is. So a lot of research was needed.
My process was straightforward, but time consuming. I went to each team’s transfermarkt website and went through every penalty taken for the past few years.
For each team; the spot kick taker was not as obvious as Ronaldo, Kane or Depay, so this primer may not paint the entire picture. So please feel free to comment below if you have some sourced intel on a team to help update this primer! Thank you if you do.
Some Notes From the Findings:
•I tried to add some soundbites for some of the more complex team scenarios.
•There seem to be as many as 4 Defenders taking penalties this year (although Granqvist may have lost it!)
•14/24 teams have a pretty well-known PK taker such as Harry Kane for England. The other ten teams are a bit murkier.
Penalty Spot Kickers by Country:
Marko Arnautovic – Forward – 7M
Marcel Sabitzer – Midfield – 8M
*Note: Sabitzer took the most recent pen, with Arnautovic not in the squad. Arnautovic took the two before that with Sabitzer on the field.
Eden Hazard – Midfielder – 10M
Romelu Lukaku – Forward – 11M
*Note: Lukaku took the most recent three penalties in 2020/2021 but Eden Hazard was not playing during any of them. When both played, Eden Hazard took the most recent Pen, in 2019/2020.
Luka Modric – Midfield – 8.5M
Ivan Perisic – Midfield – 8.5M
*Note: Modric should be nailed. Perisic did take one on October 2019 before Modric was subbed on. He missed it.
Borek Dockal – Midfield – 6M
Vladimir Darida – Midfield – 7.5M
Patrick Schick – Forward – 8M
*Note: Tricky to call the shooter based on game sheets of last three years. All have been out there together at different times with different shooters. I would have preferred to put Schick at the top but his most recent kick came two years ago in June 10, 2019.
Christian Eriksen – Midfield – 9M
Harry Kane – Forward – 11.5M
Teemu Pukki – Forward – 7M
Kylian Mbappe – Forward – 12M
Antoine Griezmann – Forward – 11M
Olivier Giroud – Forward – Forward – 8M
*Note: This one is tricky. Mbappe has taken the most recent pen and missed. Griezmann has also been missing. Giroud pretty much shoots them all in but is not always first choice on the team sheet. I am not quite sure who will take it. My money is on Kylian Mbappe, as he has become a phenom and the face of the team.
Ilkay Gundogan – Midfield – 7.5M
Toni Kroos – Midfield – 7M
*There have been 4 penalties in the past 3 years. Ilkay has taken two and Toni has taken two. Neither have been on the field together for them. All four have gone in. My gut says Ilkay takes it, just because he took the most recent one. However, we don’t even know who will start. This situation is a bit risky.
Adam Szalai – Forward – 6M
Nemanja Nikolic – Forward – 5.5M
Roland Sallai – Forward – 6.5M
*Note: Talk about madness. There have only been three penalties taken in the last 7 years. They all happened IN THE SAME GAME just a few weeks ago on March 28th, 2021 and all three were taken by different shooters. Good luck guessing the shooter but probably a full avoid. I picked the team captain who took and scored the first penalty of the game when it was 0-0.
Jorginho – Midfield – 6M
Ciro Immobile – Forward – 10M
*Note: Similar to Chelsea in FPL, we all hope the superstar forward is the spot kicker but in reality, if Jorginho is on the field he will likely take it.
Memphis Depay – Forward – 10M
Ezgjan Alioski – Defender – 4.5M
Ilija Nestorovski – Forward – Not in the game
*Note: I am not sure why Nestorovski is not in the game. I am not up to speed with Team Selection for North Macedonia. I think the fact that Alioski is only 4.5M, and a defender that sometimes takes the kicks, is enough to be a staple in our squads. He is probably the hottest item on this entire list for fantasy purposes. Just be aware if Ilija comes back into the picture, as he took the most recent pen with both on the field.
Robert Lewandowski – Forward – 11.5M
Christiano Ronaldo – Forward – 12M
Artem Dzyuba – Forward – 8.5M
Ryan Christie – Midfield – 7M
*Note: Christie took the only two they had this year.
Ondrej Duda – Midfielder – 6M
Jan Gregus – Midfielder – 6M
*Note: This is probably the murkiest scenario on this primer outside of Hungary. Duda is not even listed on the link as taking a penalty, I have no source that he is the pen taker. It was listed on a site from years ago. The only penalties on Transfermarkt have happened while Duda has not been on the pitch. Gregus seems to be the one to take it in that scenario but it was a Friendly. Therefore I do not have confidence in him and would just gamble on Duda. This is not a great source though.
Sergio Ramos – Defender – 7M
Alvaro Morata – Forward – 9M
*Note: Lots and lots of pens taken by Ramos over the years. Will he be fit to play? He seems like a staple for our lineups if he does, even though he is the most expensive defender to own.
Sebastian Larsson – Midfield – 6M
Andrewas Granqvist – Defender 5M
*Note: World Cup 2018 super hero, Granqvist, missed a pen in 2019 and Larsson has been taking them since! Unfortunate I know. However he is still probably worth owning, just in case he is a pen taker, as the fact he is a defender is such a large advantage.
Ricardo Rodriquez – Defender – 5.5M
*Note: DEFENDER taking pens Alert!
Burak Yilmaz – Forward – 8M
Andriy Yarmolenko – Midfield – 8.5M
Ruslan Malinovskyi – Midfield – 7M
*Note: A bit murky as both have taken a pen with the other on the field. It seems like Yarmolenko. He did miss the most recent pen though. This is not a clear situation, unfortunately. Yarmo is also quite expensive (same price as Modric) so perhaps it is best to avoid.
Gareth Bale – Midfield – 9.5M
Aaron Ramsey – Midfield – 8.5M