With less than 24 hours to go until the stage is set for the UEFA championship #EURO2016 kick off in France. Football fans across the world cannot wait any longer to get a glimpse of their favourite players sweating it out for the coveted Henri Delaunay trophy.
The reigning world champions Germany goes into the tournament as clear favourites to clinch the European cup, a title they’ve won three times in the past years. Germany has been the most consistent international team by far, and their strength lies in teamwork.
As Euro 2016 is about to commence pundits across the globe will be watching the German team closely, to see if they would shake off their “Tunrniermannschaft” which means that team has a tendency of not performing well in matches of lesser importance than they would in major tournaments such as the World Cup. Die Mannschaft has consistently showed award winning performances in the previous world cup notably thrashing the host Brazil 7- 1 in the semi-final, and ultimately going on to win the cup by beating Lionel Messi led Argentina in the finals.
The German football system has produced world class players like Muller, Gotze, Kroos, Podolski, Ozil, Gomes, Schweinstelger etc, a team list that is likely to send fear in any of their opponent minds.
Germany is going all the way to clinch the title.
Les Bleus (France) playing on the home turf, should not be taken off slightly they just cause upset taking us back to 1998 World Cup hosted in the country. With the home crowd (plus Michel Platini in the stands) adding another dimension, the host are likely to end up in the finals. France has assembled a team comprised of young exciting players such as midfield king Pogba and the red hot goal poacher Griezmann. The midfield duo of Pogba and Matuidi are crucial to Les Bleus success with their ability to defend and attack at the same time.
Spain just disappeared off the map into football obscurity, and by the look of things they may not even emerge in the near future. La Roja lost a spark, they’re weak, and i don’t expect them to come out of the group stages. The once mighty Spain is in ICU and I can safely say the re-building process should commence as soon as possible.
It’s been 50 years since the so-called inventors of modern day football England have not won any major trophy, and please don’t expect this to change anytime soon. 3 Lions goes into every tournament as favourites but always fail to deliver. With the backing of a strong English media, England has managed to win every tournament before even kicking a ball. I love English media for being patriotic. A red carpet is being laid out for Arsenal bound striker Jamie Vardy to set the scene alight and introduce himself on the international football space.
Notably missing from this year’s tournament is the absence of the infamous Oranje brigade of Nederland after failing to qualify, by displaying below par performances during the qualifying stages. As a big fan I’m completely disappointed of them not taking any part in this tournament.
Antonio Conte’s men The Azzuri have featured less amongst the favourites to win this tournament. But be careful the former 2006 World Cup winners might spring up a very defensive surprise and come out and take it. Expect to see the Italians well through into the semi-finals.
Belgium is enjoying the benefits of having assembled a new mixture of young and great players plying their trade with major European teams. Due to lack of international experience the Belgian team could only go as far as the quarterfinals. Expect this team to be amongst the best in Russia 2018 World cup.
#EURO 2016 FINAL MATCH: FRANCE VS GERMANY