Who will win Euro 2008? Will it be Spain, Holland or even Greece ?
With Euro 2008 just a day away, fans and pundits are finalising their hopes for the tournament but who will be the winner?
After Greece sprung from outsiders to winners in 2004, is there hope of a Romanian or Polish win?
Both teams go into the tournament after winning their qualifying groups with Romania finishing ahead of Holland and Poland topping a group which contained 2004 finalists Portugal.
This year sees no representatives from the 'home nations' so who will the passionate English fans root for this time?
Spain seems to be the favourite with the English with five of the 23 man squad playing in the Premier League, primarily with Liverpool FC ( 4 -Reina, Arbeloa, Alonso and Torres) who have more players in the squad than Spanish giants - Real Madrid (2 - Casillas and Ramos) and Barcelona (3 - Puyol, Iniesta and Xavi.)
France, Portugal and Holland are also favoured by many fans because of their Premier League links in Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal who like Liverpool have different nationalities at the tournament.
Chelsea have a main mix of Portugal and France, Manchester United have French, Portuguese and Dutch links and Arsenal have a mix of France and Spain.
As for who will win the tournament, my personal view is Holland who despite not being European giants have a great squad at their disposal and have links from all over Europe.
The impact of the players starts at the back in number one 'keeper Edwin Van Der Sar, a world class shot-stopper and with hopes of adding to his Premier League and Champions Legaue winners medals with one at the Euro's.
His fellow goalkeepers Henk Timmer and Maarten Stekelenburg also have had good seasons at Feyernoord and Ajax respectively.
In defence- the Dutch have experience in Mario Melchiot (Wigan), Wilfred Bouma(Aston Villa) and Andre Ooijer (Blackburn Rovers), Khalid Boulahrouz (Sevilla), Tim De Cler (Feyernoord), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg) and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Barcelona) but also have youthful star in John Heitinga (Ajax)
Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben (Real Madrid), Rafael Van Der Vaart and Nigel De Jong (Hamburg) provide the skill and pace of the midfield but they are accompanied by Orlando Engelaar (FC Twente), Demy De Zeeuw (AZ Alkmaar) and the youngest member of the squad, ibrahim Afellay, 22 (PSV Eindhoven).
Holland's main impact comes up front in their strikers who comprise an array of skill, pace and goal scoring capabilities. The main threats are Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax) and Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid) who have scored many goals in the last few seasons. They are backed up by Arsenal's Robin Van Persie who is the architect of scoring spectacular goals, Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt who never stops running and is a scorer of headed goals from time to time and Celtic's Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who had a successful season in the Scottish Premier League.
Barring an injury crisis, I would say that the Dutch are well equipped to mount a strong challenge in the tournament and if their strategy is effective they can come out as champions.
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