The Euro 2008 tournament is about to get underway, so I need to make these predictions fast.
The last time we saw Christiano Ronaldo, he was at midfield crying about missing his penalty kick, even though Man. U pulled out the Champions League.
Assuming the tears have dried, it's hard to believe any of these other three teams will pose any sort of problem for them. After being upset by Greece in the finals last time around, the Portuguese are a team to fear.
Some may argue the two-four spots, but the top dog is obvious. Germany just has too much fire power for these other teams. I also think that captain Michael Ballack has something to prove.
The Germans have not won anything since 1996, and Chelsea's recent dramatic loss has only added to the pressure now placed on Ballack to justify his career.
As much as it pains me, it's hard to see the Italians winning this group. They struggled to even make the cut. Also, it's going to be hard to watch them play without beloved striker/attacking midfielder Francesco Totti.
Throw in the revenge factor from the 2006 World Cup, and I think the French will edge the Italians in group play.
Can the Greeks repeat?
No. No, they cannot.
For the Spanish it's a big goose egg in the World Cup, and no Euro championship since 1964. That all may change with one man: Fernando Torres.
The young Spaniard is coming off a sizzling hot year in the Premier League. Toss in some veteran leadership from Xavi, Carles Puyol, and captain Iker Cassillas, and the Spanish will be making major noise at the end of the month.
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