Euro 2012: Why Germany Is Clear Cut Favorite to Bring Home Title

Nick HartCorrespondent IMay 15, 2012

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 07:  Gerard Pique of Spain challenges Mario Gomez of Germany during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Semi Final match between Germany and Spain at Durban Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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UEFA Euro 2012 begins on June 8, 2012 and the German national team is the clear cut favorite going into the tournament. The Germans are on a roll, and are hitting on all cylinders. They stormed through their qualifying group, and while other top teams dropped points through the stage, Germany remained perfect. 

Germany was perfect in the qualifying stage, going 10-0, and dominating Turkey, Belgium, and the rest of the rest of the teams in the qualifying stage. The Germans also posted the second best goal differential, an impressive 34 goals for opposed to 7 goals against. Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez, and Mesut Ozil, were the top three goal scorers in the group, totaling 20 goals between the three of them.

An incredibly disciplined team, Germany has embraced a more free following and graceful style of play under the direction of Joachim Low. Expect Germany to not only defensively shut down opponents during UEFA Euro 2012, but also to be one of the top scoring squads in the tournament.

Following their impressive qualifying run, Germany has been placed in the “group of death” alongside the Netherlands, Denmark, and Portugal.  An impressive group on paper, Germany should have no problems advancing from the group. Denmark isn't nearly in the same class, and Portugal, while talented, isn't as deep as the Germans. The Dutch are talented, but they have struggling lately, including a 3-0 loss to the German national team. 

Assuming the Germans win their group, they will likely play England, the winner of Group D. The English are talented, but are only getting older, and Germany beat the English in the 2010 World Cup. The Germans will likely meet the Spanish national team in the finals of the tournament, a replay of the final from UEFA 2008, as well as a rematch of the semifinal from the 2010 World Cup. 

In both instances, Germany lost 0-1, but with the Spanish national team struggling, dropping a friendly against a Rooney-less English side, as well as drawing against Costa Rica, Germany is primed for the win. 

The German National Team is on fire, dominating its recent competition. Traditionally a fundamentally sound team, the Germans have begun to embrace an attacking style of play, making them an incredibly difficult team to face. 

With other national teams struggling, the Germans will win UEFA Euro 2012.