Road to Poland and Ukraine

by Lorenzo Bettoni

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Germany, Italy, Spain and Netherlands (plus hosts Poland and Ukraine) are the first nations to be qualified to Euro 2012 with still two more rounds of matches to play in October.

In this moment Germany and Spain seemed the best European national teams.  Last saturday  Joachim Loew’s team has won 4-0 for the 4th time in the season and they’re ready to improve the second place in Euro 2008 and the semifinal of the last Wolrd Cup. At the same time, yesterday Spain won 6-0 against Liechestein and they’re the favored team to win the tournament of the next year, also because the team is composed for more than a half by players of the best club in the world, FC Barcelona.

After them there are Italy and England, even if for the moment they look less organized than Germany and Spain. Cesare Pradelli is trying to change the Italian way of play football, using more ball possesion, but being a new way of playing it’s not granted that Italy will reach immediately a good result at Euro 2012, even if the team is composed by strong players such as Villareal’s Giusppe Rossi, Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli and Giorgio Chiellini.

Fabio Capello has the last chance to win an important trophy for England, just like the “Gerrard generation”. Liverpool captain, in fact,  as well as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and other players on thier 30 will probably play their last tournament with the national team in Ukraine and Poland. England is not yet qualified to Euro 2012 but a draw against Montenegro the next 7th of October will give to Fabio Capello the pass for the finals of 2012.

The Netherlands, conducted by Wesley Snejider wil be another important pretender for the tournament, while France also after the draw against Romania (0-0) looks a step behind the others. However there are still 10 months to revise these forecasts…


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  • dexy longshot

    Gotta agree with that, depending how the draw pans out, it’s gotta be spain, germany/holland. Can’t see us winning it against any of those three unless Fabio ditches Barry and sorts out the mentality. Get Clive Woodward involved pronto!

  • Lorenzo Bettoni

    I would say Germany more than the others. They are not winning any trophy since Euro 1996, they’re strong and young. At the same time they also have experience as lot of players play in the most important European clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

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