Surprised nobody has started a thread about the actual final tournament itself especially considering we are only 12 months away.
It is obvious that Spain, Germany and Holland will be the overwhelming favourites especially considering the quality of their squads and results in recent years but I am very sure Italy will be resurgent. Yes they failed in SA 2010 but that was because the squad was too old and in transition. I see some good younger players coming through and I believe Gli Azzuri can make it similar to Euro 2000 when few people expected them to do so well.
Surprise packages - I am tempted to name Croatia, Russia and Turkey least not because of how they impressed in 2008 yet embarrassingly all of them failed to qualify for 2010 and so the novelty surprise factor may have worn off. But I still would fancy Croatia to spring a surprise or two and maybe Sweden as well as this will surely be one of Zlatan's last chances to shine in a big tournament.
I would love to see both Poland and Ukraine reach the quarters at least, obviously because it is great to see the home teams do well but does anyone think it can happen?
Do not fancy England, France or Portugal at all thank you (I am hoping Portugal fail to qualify full stop! Without you-know-who they do struggle) and anyone suggesting France are coming back as a force (I have seen many posts on this forum suggesting that) seem way off the mark. They cannot beat Belarus home or away and there seem to be some gaps in quality at the moment. I would wait till Euro 2016 (when they are indeed the home team) to see Les Bleus as a force to be reckoned with.
Teams (likely): Poland, Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Netherlands, Greece, England, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Serbia, Sweden, Croatia, Czech Republic.
Teams likely to reach semis: Germany, Spain, Netherlands, outsider (probably France or may be one of the hosts).
In my opinion i think Germany will win Euro 2012... That is all.
The teams in bold are certainly on a knife-edge to qualify, and do not forget that we have no idea what the play-offs will be like. Even the likes of Montenegro, Belarus, Scotland and the two Irelands have as good a chance as any of being in a play-off.
(Original post by dnumberwang)
I hope England fail to qualify. It will improve the quality of the tournament
Considering that most tournaments where England have done really well or made a big impression have been rather ****e (1990, 1996, 2002 and 2004 spring to mind) I don't think that is something that would distress me!
Germany or Holland will probably win this one but France are definitely coming back. Belarus is not a reason to suggests otherwise, we might of draw against them but we're still ahead in the group and haven't got much to worry about.
[QUOTE=robocop1andahalf;31940521]The teams in bold are certainly on a knife-edge to qualify, and do not forget that we have no idea what the play-offs will be like. Even the likes of Montenegro, Belarus, Scotland and the two Irelands have as good a chance as any of being in a play-off.
Your right anything can happen in the play-offs (i.e Ireland vs France WC) but i think the likes of Greece, Portugal, Czech etc... will be cabable of doing the job.
Tbf Xavi will probably still be there too unless he retires from international football. At 34 it's not like he'll lose anything other than pace which he more than makes up for in other areas. Iniesta will be 30 whilst Silva and Fabregas will have broken through by then too. Sounds ridiculous even saying that considering how good they are.
(Original post by Catilina)
Looks weak compared to a possible german squad to be honest. I wonder wether we´ll see a new generation of dutch players soon as well, they´re current big players aren´t getting younger either.
Have you seen the Alcantara brothers play?
Pedro is 23 and firing 20 goals a season.
Bojan lost confidence this season but let's not forget he scored over 300 goals during his youth career.