In my career as a sports writer, I've never failed to go against the grain. Playing devil's advocate is my strong suit, even if it hurts.
This article’s headline is not meant as an imprecation and although I’m not superstitious, reading what I wrote makes me cringe.
Why? Because I love the Spain national football team more than any other team and I want nothing more than to see them take the Euro 2012 a second time.
Adroit as they are, they know how to conquer and conquer and conquer.
Therefore, would it not seem a natural reaction from football fans and pundits alike to say that Spain is the favorite to clench the biggest title in world football (next to the World Cup) twice in a row?
As the Euro 2012 approaches, it's logical to think that Spain, who are currently the European and world champions, will waltz in and sweep their second Euro win.
I’ll give you five reasons to think again.