Come on now, you KNEW I had to say something about the Euro 2012. It’s not the World Cup for international teams, but it might as well be. Honestly if you just said, “hey Brazil and Argentina do you wanna compete in this tourney?” then it would be the best QUALITY tournament ever. I’m not knocking the World Cup, but the Euro’s as they stand have better teams from top to bottom than the World Cup does (I’m looking at you Saudi Arabia). So with that, today this exciting tourney starts. Will Spain defend their crown, and in doing so be the first team to win 3 major tournaments in a row? Or will Germany, France, Holland, England, or Portugal have something to say about it? Lucky for you, I’m gonna put on my Nostradamus cap and predict the Group Stages.
Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic
Not really the sexy group of the tournament, I have Russia winning it with Greece finishing 2nd. Not that I’m hating on the host nation (Poland) or on the Czech’s but I just don’t see it happening.
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal
The Group of Death. Every game in this group should be fun and entertaining. As big of a bitch as Ronaldo is, he is the 2nd best player in the world (yes I said second), meaning since Messi can’t play in the Euro’s that he is the best player in this tournament. Is it enough to advance through the group stages? I don’t think so. The Germans are a well oiled machine. No seriously, I think they are a bunch of robots. Hitler youth’s youth? (Too soon? Come on its been over 50 years!!) The Dutch. The co-favorites of this group with the Germans. The winner of this group is my pick to advance to the finals from their side of the bracket. I’m calling Holland and Germany advancing. Still don’t know which way to go as one and two. Oh yeah, Denmark is in here….yeh, that’s about as much as they will get mentioned.
Group C: Croatia, Italy, Spain, Ireland
A fun group as well. Italy once again rocked by scandal (plus they have the biggest knucklehead in Balotelli on their team). Spain boasting the Euro 2008 trophy and World Cup 2010 title. Ireland has Lucky of Lucky Charms fame (he is Irish right)? And Croatia has…ehh, yeh Croatia. I’m picking Spain and Italy, but I do think Croatia could challenge Italy for that 2nd spot. If the Italians lose focus, watch out. Croatia trying to shock again this year.
Group D: England, France, Sweden, Ukraine
I can safely say that I hate all the teams in this group. Ukraine, I don’t even know you that well but you are guilty by association. Sweden has the notorious douchebag in Zlatan Ibrahimobitch…I mean Ibrahimovic. I don’t think anyone on ANY of his teams has ever actually liked him. France is the class of this group. They have a strong side, and with Ribery and Benzema up top and Nasri providing them balls (yeh, the French like it when they are provided balls…zing!), they are one of the favorites of the entire tourney not just this group. Then you have England. Underachieving England. They should advance out of the group stage (even with Rooney’s suspension), but they SHOULD have advanced further in the last world cup too. I have France and England coming out of here, but England has been known to just not show up. Look for Sweden to try to play spoiler.
(Without a doubt, Soccer highlights are the best to watch in montage form.)
I’ll be back after the Group Stages with more picks..
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