Euro Cup 2012 Build-Up – The History
So with 20 days to go and on the day of the Champions League Final lets take a look at how the teams and groups shape up. To see the groups and specific group analysis take a look at Euro 2012 Groups.
So we start with the favourites who include either Spain, Germany or the Netherlands. Spain are current Euro and World champions and for that reason you would have to say they are clear favourites this summer but with the strength of Germany and the Skill of the Netherlands its not going to be an easy tournament for Spain, or for any other team.
The Favourites Euro History
Germany will definitely have something to say though with the likes of Gomez, Özil, Schweinsteiger and Podolski in their team, not forgetting one of the worlds best goalkeepers in Neuer. Holland will certainly stake their claim as well with the like of Van Persie, who has been in scintillating for Arsenal this season, Sniejder and Robben.
Both nations will be going all out to win the competition, Germany’s team has more winning experience with their last UEFA Euro Championship win coming in 1996. They also won the competition in 1972 and 1980. The Netherlands have won the competition just once and that was back in 1988.
Spain’s recent history in the big competitions has been outstanding, firstly winning the last UEFA Euro competition back in 2008 and then winning the FIFA world cup in 2010. Their only previous win in the Euro’s apart from the 2008 win came way back in 1964 which was the last time the country hosted the competition. With the likes of Xavi, Iniesta, Ramos, Torres and Casillas you have to say Spain stand a chance of making history with consecutive UEFA Euro cup wins.
Euro 2012 Outsiders – England, Portugal and France
The outside bets at this summers Euro 2012 Championships would be England, France and Portugal. England who have never one the Euro championships, have only reached the semi-finals on two occasions. The first was back in 1968 where they won the the 3rd and 4th placed game to finish 3rd overall in the competition, the second was in 1996 when Terry Venables was manager.
France first won the competition back in 1984 and then won it again in 2000 with current UEFA president Michel Platini as manager. France’s last trip in a notable competition was the debacle of the last world cup. Raymond Domenech then manager of France announced he was leaving as coach before the start of the FIFA world cup 2010 and what then followed was shameful for all involved with french football. Domenech had a bust up with most of the team sending some of the players home and have bans placed on the players that he collided with the most, a prime example is Nicolas Anelka who after being banned for a significant number of games, vowed he would never play for france again.
Portugal similar to England have never won the UEFA Euro Championships and their best position, which was as runners-up, was back in 2004 when they hosted the competition. With Undoubtably the best player that can feature in the competition in Cristiano Ronaldo, only getting better and better, their is no doubt they could cause and upset. They are placed in Group B which is the Group of death this summer including 2 of the three favourites to win the competition in the Netherlands and Germany. If they can manage to qualify from that group then they will stand a real chance at winning the competition.
Again all three teams will be looking to cause an upset and go as far as they can in this summer Euro 2012 and with some of the biggest names in football, Euro 2012 promises to be both entertaining and exciting.