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Jun 5, 2008

Countdown to Euro 2008

The European Football Championship is upon us again. Co-hosts Switzerland will get Euro 2008 under way against the Czech Republic in Basel on 7 June, before fellow co-hosts Austria begin their Group B campaign the following day in Vienna. Let’s take a look at all the 16 competing teams and their groupings.

Group A

Switzerland (co host)
FIFA world ranking: 44
Formation: 4-3-2-1

Czech Republic
FIFA world ranking: 6
Formation: 4-4-2
Player(s) to watch: Petr Cech

Portugal
FIFA world ranking: 11
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Player(s) to watch: Christiano Ronaldo

Turkey
FIFA world ranking: 20
Formation: 4-5-1
Player(s) to watch: Nihat Kahveci

My predictions:
Group A winner: Portugal
Runner-up: Czech

Group B

Austria (co host)
FIFA world ranking: 92
Formation: 4-4-2

Croatia
FIFA world ranking: 15
Formation: 4-1-3-2
Player(s) to watch: Luka Modric

Germany
FIFA world ranking: 5
Formation: 4-4-2
Player(s) to watch: Miroslav Klose, Michael Ballack

Poland
FIFA world ranking: 28
Formation: 4-2-3-1

My predictions
Group B winner: Germany
Runner-up: Croatia

Group C (Group of Death)

France
FIFA world ranking: 7
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Player(s) to watch: Frank Ribery

Holland
FIFA world ranking: 10
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Player(s) to watch: Rafael van der Vaart

Italy
FIFA world ranking: 3
Formation: 4-3-3
Player(s) to watch: Luca Toni

Romania
FIFA world ranking: 12
Formation: 4-4-2
Player(s) to watch: Adrian Mutu

My predictions
Group winner: France
Runner-up: Romania

Group D

Greece (Defending Champion)
FIFA world ranking: 8
Formation: 4-3-3

Spain
FIFA world ranking: 4
Formation: 4-5-1
Player(s) to watch: David Villa, Fernando Torres

Sweden
FIFA world ranking: 30
Formation: 4-1-3-2
Player(s) to watch: Zltan Ibrahimovic

Russia
FIFA world ranking: 24
Formation: 3-5-2
Player(s) to watch: Andrei Arshavin

My predictions
Group winner: Spain
Runner-up:Sweden

3 comments:

Fußball Gewinnspiel said...

I cant wait for the begging.I hope we all will able to enjoy this game

North London Boy said...

Why are Germany favourites? They're rubbish. That said Spain and Holland have squads full of brilliant players but there seems to be something about their coaching methods that causes them to self destruct when it really matters. Maybe Croatia will surprise a few people.

football Lyrics said...

I'm here after a long time.. lol..