The first phase of the Euro 2012 has already been played and we have been able to see which the strongest teams and best players are. Moreover, we have already had the first surprises of the competition: one of the favourite countries to win, the Netherlands, has been eliminated, and also the promising Russian team will not play the quarterfinals. However, Greece is the other surprise, because they have classified and they will play the next round.
These will be the quarterfinals matches:
Czech Republic vs Portugal (Thursday 21st)
Spain vs France (Saturday 23rd)
Germany vs Greece (Friday 22nd)
England vs Italy (Sunday 24th)
The winner of the match between the Czech and Portuguese teams will play the semifinals against the winner of the clash between the Germans and the Greeks; the other semifinal will be played by the winners of the Spain vs France match and the England vs Italy match.
Portugal, Spain and Germany seem to be the favourites to reach the semifinals of the Euro 2012. The other quarterfinals clash will be played by England and Italy, two European giants that have played better in previous years but that are both strong teams, so either of them could win.
However, in every Euro and World Cup there are teams that are unexpectedly eliminated and others that are not expected to pass but in the end they do, so nothing is set in stone.
For example, in the 2006 World Cup in Germany a strong Spanish team faced a French team that appeared to be weaker in the last 16 round. Spain was the favourite but in the end France won and also reached the final of the World Cup. These kind of football competitions are unpredictable.
Will this ‘story’ be repeated this year or not?
The good stuff starts now: the quarterfinals are here!