Euro 2012 Winner: My Predictions

by Chris Hard

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012
 

Euro 2012 Winner: My Predictions

Lets start with a rundown of the contenders

Spain:

With no Puyol, the heart of Spain’s defence is missing. Regardless of this Spain’s weakness is their defence and this is no secret. The most notable weakness is the left back position, Arbeloa at left back will struggle to compete with Europe’s best right wingers. To further add to Spain’s problems is the absence of the influential Villa, and although Spain have attacking players in abundance, it is evident that they will be relying heavily on the out of form Torres. However, I am backing Torres to challenge for the Golden Boot, (how can you not, with Iniesta and Xavi providing?) and carry this form into the Premier League.

Furthermore, the Spain/Barcelona playing style has been figured out, as shown by Chelsea in the Champions League and Real Madrid in La Liga. The way they play is beautiful, yet one-dimensional. But in the last World Cup Spain only managed to score 8 goals in 7 games, something that is often overlooked. Spain won ugly.

My Prediction: Semi-Finalists

Germany:

Understandably, they are one of the favourites. With a fantastic team all round it is easy to see why they will power through this tournament. However, it can be argued that they should have won something now, especially with the squad they have at their disposal. I would be prepared to ‘stick my neck out’ and say that potentially, they are chokers. After the defeat against Spain in Euro 2008 they failed to learn any lessons and came unstuck again in 2010, against the same opponents. It is also important to note that this German side contains a lot of Bayern Munich players, such as: Gomez, Muller, Kroos, Boateng, Lahm, Neuer and Schweinsteiger. They have not only just lost in the Champions League final, but also the League twice (back to back) to Dortmund. For me, this does not bode well for this German side. They are yet to show this team, is a winning team.

My Prediction: Finalists (2nd)

France:

For me, they are going to be the ‘surprise’ winners. Blanc has had the team for enough time now to implement, not only his playing style, but also his ethic, going 21 games unbeaten (though this counts for little in a major tournament). Gone are the old guard that some would argue were too arrogant, and in with the new. Most of the France team for this tournament, are there based on merit. Players such as Cabaye, Koscielny and Giroud are chosen on their form this season. The one weakness is the lack of strikers France have at their disposal. If Benzema gets injured then they could find themselves struggling for goals, as Giroud is only proven in the French league. However, if they can keep all their players fit then this French team just might surprise us all

My Predictions: Winners

Surprise team

Poland:

Just looking at Group A, (Poland, Greece, Russia and Czech Rep.), you immediately must give any team in that group a chance. Group A will be the most tightly contested, and toughest group to predict. Any single team can advance from that group, but as hosts, you would have to back Poland to do well. Furthermore this Poland team is a team with three, back to back, Bundesliga winners. Striker Lewandowski and winger Błaszczykowski both have the ability to change games in an instant. And Piszczek offers a winning mentality to the back four, with Szczensy between the sticks providing security at their own goal. This team certainly has the spine.

However one must stress that Polish expectations shouldn’t get too high, as their opponents in the quarter finals will be a team from Group B, Germany, Holland, Denmark or Portugal. One thing is for sure; with a scrap of luck this Poland team can deliver.

My Prediction: Quarter-Finalists

Golden Boot: Karim Benzema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Man: Fernando Torres

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  • AntonyDiNozzo

    And the winner is:

    Germany vs Italy 1 – 4 : ITALY

  • suranjan ghosh

    AND THE WINNER IS –
    GERMANY3 -SPAIN 2
    GERMANY WINS……..

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