Although I had predicted that England would not do well in the current Euro edition, there is no doubt in my mind which team I truly support to win Europe’s premier football competition. With Red Devils’ trios of frontline leading the Three Lions’ attack, rest assure that I’ll be cheering for England to lift the trophy on July 1st 2012. Hopefully, Rooney, Welbeck and Young can show to the world how good they are and contribute to England’s success in Euro 2012. At the moment, I’m glad to see the form shown by Welbeck and I now believe that England can safely navigate pass the group stage at the expense of host nation, Ukraine.
Having seen most of the teams in action, I believe that the champion will still be among the top teams, i.e the Germans, French or the Spaniards. Germany is obviously the most impressive of the lot, playing quality football and scoring goals in every game they had played so far. In Thomas Müller, they have a reliable goal scorer, while Mesut Özil is probably one of the best midfielders in the game today, if not the best. Spain is technically the best team in the world but after achieving so many successes over the years, the team really need some motivation to do well again.
The scare given by Italy in the first game really did well to them and with Fernando Torres seeming to be enjoying the game again; La Furia Roja could well be the first team to win three majors tournament in succession. Meanwhile, France will be buoyed by the form of their stars Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery as they seek to win back the title they won during the Zidane’s era.
With Holland continuing their tradition as the perennial under-achiever after bowing out of the tournament before they reach the last 16, you have to look to England, Portugal and probably Croatia as well as the team that can challenge the big three for the title of the “Best Football Nation In Europe”. Ironically, either Spain or Croatia will be out tonight with Italy looking to take advantage of any slip ups by the two in Group C. Despite their gallant effort in progressing pass the group stage, I don’t think the likes of Greece and Republic Czech will fare well in the knock-out stages.
I’m looking forward to more quality football over the next couple of weeks. Some of the teams, including England have been very negative in their approach and even 2 cups of coffee couldn’t stop me from napping half-way through their game against French. Hopefully the return of Wayne Rooney to England’s line up will galvanised the team and help them put a better show tomorrow night.
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