The European Championship kicks-off tomorrow evening and it promises to be one of the most entertaining in years.
Seven out of the top 10 teams in FIFA’s world ranking will take part in the tournament, which will make it even harder to win.
We all know that the likes of Spain, Germany and Holland are the big favourites for Euro 2012.
However, the European Championships has produced some major surprises down the years, think Denmark 1992 or Greece 2004.
This Euro’s contains no really weak teams and none of the big guns can underestimate the so called ‘underdogs’. Even the lowest ranked team in the competition Poland will have their home fans behind them, and as history has shown home support can spur a team on in major tournaments.
I don’t think I have ever seen a European Championships with such a strong group of teams. Not only do we have Spain, Germany and Holland, we also have outsiders like England, France and Italy. Even teams like Portugal and Croatia could cause a shock.
This is truly a tournament where every team can beat every other team. A lot of the games will be really hard to judge and the groups even harder. We might think we know whose going to progress to the quarter-finals but its not always the favourites who progress from the group stage.
This European Championships will be one of the most interesting because of the amount of top-class entertainers in the competition. From Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani of Portugal to Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder of Holland.
The tournament will be jam-packed with players that can thrill and entertain the spectator. If everybody plays to their full potential then Euro 2012 will be one of the best major tournaments in living memory.
Although it’s the star players that will keep us entertained it’s the best team that will prove triumphant come the end of the tournament. Star players can help teams win games but it’s the team that sticks together that will win the tournament.
The team that turns out to be more than the sum of it’s parts. The likes of Greece and Denmark didn’t have the best individual players at previous tournaments. However, they had brilliant team spirit and work ethic, which helped the team to unexpected successes.
I would be naïve to say that I could see an underdog claiming the trophy, as I can’t really see past the three favourites of Spain, Germany and Holland. Although freak results have happened in the past as I previously stated and at this stage I wouldn’t write anybody off.
The sense of excitement in England seems to have been tempered by tepid results and the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England boss. However, I don’t expect England to disgrace themselves at Euro 2012.
Taking my Englishman’s hat off though and I’m looking forward to watching the other teams play. For me World Cup 2010 was a damp-squid of a tournament but I am looking forward to Euro 2012 with great anticipation and excitement.
I just can’t wait for the whole thing to kick-off. I just hope our readers are as excited as I am about Euro 2012 and remember stay with Soccernews for all your Euro 2012 news. Enjoy!
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