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Anytime there's an international competition, fans and pundits alike are always looking for the so-called "Group of Death."
Most of the time, the label is a bit over the top. However, in the case of this year's Group B, it could not be more accurate.
According to FIFA, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark are the Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 10 countries in the world, respectively.
Finishing top of this group is almost like winning the entire competition itself.
Four years ago, the Dutch were looking at a similar situation, when they were grouped with Italy, France and Romania. They actually managed to win every match, beating Italy by a score of 3-0 and France by a score of 4-1.
In retrospect, though, both the Italians and French were a bit on the decline, which culminated in their exits in the group stage two years later.
This year, Germany looks to be at the peak of their powers, or possibly even in the ascension stage still.
Portugal has the hottest player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, and is playing much better under Paulo Bento.
Denmark cannot be ignored either. The Dutch may have beaten the Danes, 2-0, at the 2010 World Cup, but this is a much-improved Denmark side. And Christian Eriksen is the kind of creative midfielder who can give the Netherlands fits.
Even if the Dutch manage to escape from Group B, it may take everything they have, leaving nothing for the knockout phase.