Euro 2012 Standings: Teams in Best Shape to Make Semifinal Run

Mayesha KhondokerCorrespondent IJune 19, 2012

Euro 2012 Standings: Teams in Best Shape to Make Semifinal Run

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    This list takes a look at the top three teams that are sure to progress into the four semifinals spots. We are currently at the last day of UEFA Euro 2012 group stages, which means that six teams have already won their place in the quarterfinals. Germany and Spain have destroyed their oppositions to go through while Italy and Portugal have defied the odds to progress. Today two favourites England and France must hold onto their position on the table to move forward, subsequently upsetting the hopes and dreams of local fans in Ukraine. 

    While both Germany and Spain are favorites to win, another team may be able to rise up to the challenge and take home the trophy.Their talent, diversity, style of play and goalscoring ability have made these three teams unstoppable in their progress to the quarterfinals. Considering that Netherlands and Russia are out, these teams will not have a problem making it through to the semifinals. 

Germany

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    Germany have not lost a single match in their last 13 competitive games, the longest streak in history for the Germans.

    Additionally Germany won their entire fixture of Euro qualifying and tournament matches. In each of these matches the Germans were the first to score.

    Germany ties France for the most number of appearances at the European Championship final. Germany have won the trophy three times. 

    The current German squad has striker Mario Gomez and midfielders Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger all in goal scoring form. Furthermore they have Holger Badstuber, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng and captain Philipp Lahm in their line of defence. 

    Germany uses a 4-2-3-1 formation which places Mario Gomez up in front with Muller, Ozil and Podolski behind to provide the assists and rebounds. The team also has two defensive midfielders Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the center to defend and move forward when needed. 

    Their speed, stamina and formation will be their strengths en route to the semifinals. 

Spain

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    Spain’s ability to maintain possession, rebound, and control a match are significant strengths in their progress in this tournament.

    However if Spain face France in the quarterfinals the circumstances may change. Apart from Fernando Torres, Spain’s striking options Fernando Llorente, Pedro and Negredo have not had enough experience or playing time in international tournaments to provide a threat.

    However Spain have the option to use midfielders Cesc Fabregas, David Silva and Jesus Navas in attack if necessary. 

    Spain have won all of their last nine matches at Euro Cup Finals.

    Italy’s goal in the first match of the 2012 Euro has been the only goal scored against Spain in the past six matches in major international tournaments.

    Over Spain’s last 24 matches at the Euros and World Cup, Spain had only coincided two goals against France in the 2006 World Cup.

France

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    France won the Euro cup title in 1984 and 2000. On Tuesday France will only need a draw to go through to the quarterfinals.

    However they have tough competition ahead as they will face off against either Spain or Italy.

    They would only be out if both France and England lose and go head to head on goal difference or goals scored.

    France are unbeaten in their last 23 games, the highest run among all teams taking part in Euro 2012. France’s shooting accuracy on goal (68 percent) is the highest at Euro 2012

    With stars Yann M'Vila, Samir Nasri, Frank Ribery, Oliver Giroud, Karim Benzema, Gael Clichy and Patrice Evra in their line up the French team boasts the most promising team in recent history to challenge for the European Championship.

    This group of diverse talent and youth will make the team hungry to win. The determination and belief alone will be their strength to progress through to the semifinals.