A Preview of the Euro 2008 Finals

imagination and attention of millions of soccer addicts all over the world. With sixteen of Europe’s best teams fighting it out for a place in the annals of soccer history, expect action, drama and football of the highest order this coming summer. With an eye on the upcoming championships, let us review the possible teams who would be lifting the chequered trophy come the 27th of June in Austria.

World Champions Italy certainly look to be on the strongest sides of paper. The Italians always come up with the goods in the big stage as demonstrated by their success in the last World Cup and with the likes of Luca Toni and Alessandero Del Piero in fine form, the Azzuri have a lethal frontline capable of coming up trumps against the very best. The defence is a slight concern though with Fabio Cannavaro looking ufabet วิธีสมัคร the shadow of the player he was in the World Cup 2006 but with Buffon guarding the net, opposition strikers have much work to do to notch up goals against the Azzuri.

Joint favourites with Italy would have to be France and Portugal. Both these sides have been consistently good at major tournaments over the past decade or so and will be hoping to bury their shortcomings in recent finals by going all the way this time. France will be playing without Zinedine Zidane in a major tournament for the first time and will be heavily reliant on Frank Ribbery and Sameer Nasri in the midfield for pulling the opposition strings. However with Thierry Henry and upcoming Lyon sensation Karim Benzema in attack, expect goals galore when France come out to the field .

This tournament will finally see Cristiano Ronaldo play at the peak of his poweress and the Portuegse will hope that the dazzling wing combination of Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma will help them rise from the disappointments of the Euro 2004 when they were vanquished by Greece in their home turf. Their fellow Iberian rivals Spain have also be hoping that they can break their eternal chokers tag with a major silverware for the first time in forty four years. Spain come into the Euro 2008 finals with arguably the finest strik

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