Euro 2012 Scores: 4 Defenses in Dire Need of Improvement After Crushing Defeats

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Euro 2012 Scores: 4 Defenses in Dire Need of Improvement After Crushing Defeats
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The European Championships mark the halfway point between the next World Cup in 2014, but, more importantly, they offer European fans the chance to see their country's most talented footballers compete on an international level that is more than just about tuning up with friendlies.  

This year's Euro Championships have offered us a look at the commanding German squad, a battle between two of the globe's top national teams in Spain and Italy, as well as the collapse of the Netherlands squad.  

While still no team has been eliminated from the tournament, the Dutch—at 0-2—are facing a very different situation than their miraculous run during the 2010 World Cup that eventually ended in a heartbreaking fashion, when they lost the championship match to Spain, 0-1.  

With two games down in the opening round of the tournament, we have seen our fair share of surprises; and after the jump I will offer you an inside look at four teams I feel need to tighten up their defenses if they want a shot at progressing further into this year's tournament. 

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