The co-host Poland will be happy with this draw; they face the Euro 2004 winners Greece which will be tricky. Remember Greece played the opening game of Euro 2004 when they beat Portugal and went on to win the whole tournament. I think Russia will be the strongest team in this group. Czech Republic will fancy their chances in grabbing that second spot but I think the host will edge it.
First: Russia Second: Poland
The ‘group of death’ as there is in every tournament. This one will be pretty good viewing for every football fan. Holland, the 2010 World Cup runner-up are the seeded team and a lot of expectations will be on them to finally live up to their expectations and win a tournament since Euro ’88. Germany maybe the strongest team in this group after a very impressive World Cup this young side are dangerous and with likes of Gomez and Klose to pick from to lead their attack they’re one of the early favourites. Portugal got through via the play-off & hopefully we see Ronaldo take a tournament by storm, he is capable so will it be next year? Denmark are the weakest team in this group, but FIFA ranked 11th have nothing to lose, their expected to go out, however would you be surprised if they sneaked through?
First: Germany Second: Holland
Republic of Ireland
The holders will have to be cautious in this tricky group. Italy them 2-1 recently and Ireland will show no fear. Spain will get through as their quality is very strong. Italy do have a bit of a striker problem and a lot will depend on Mario Balotelli, can this talented player show what he has on the national stage? Ireland again a team who got through via the play-off will go into this tournament with confidence. They way the fixtures fall mean they could have showdown winner takes all game against Italy. Croatia are no walk over’s though, a steady side hard to break down and with some talented players they will be a danger.
First Spain Second: Ireland
Again like their fellow co-hosts they will be happy with this draw. Getting England means a lot of hype around that game and beating them would go down in history. However heir best chance is finishing second. Sweden is a side who can’t be taken lightly and if they win their opening game they will fancy their chances. France after a very poor World Cup have had a bit of a clear out and this fresher side will think they can top this group. England will be pleased with this group. They have beaten Sweden recently, and should beat Ukraine. The danger is that first game against France where it’s a must not lose game.
First England Second: France