Euro 2008 Football ('Soccer') Championship Preview!

June 7-29, 2008 – The Euro Football (‘Soccer’) Championship boasts the top national teams in Europe. Get the author’s view on how each of the sixteen teams will do in an event that is only held once every four years!

Commencing on June 7 and running through June 29, the Euro 2008 Football ("Soccer") championship boasts the top national teams in Europe. The tournament is run by European Football's governing body UEFA and pits 16 national teams from across Europe against one-another.

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This is one of the premier football events in the world and is held every four years and not to be missed. This year the Euros are held jointly across Austria and Switzerland with the finals in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Vienna.

Of these 16 teams, the host nations Austria and Switzerland were granted automatic inclusion to the tournament with the balance of the 14 nations going through an arduous qualification process.

The winning team will represent UEFA at the 2009 Confederation Cup (or the runner-up if Italy wins given that Italy has already qualified as 2006 World Cup victors).

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In addition to the honor and pride of hoisting the trophy, UEFA will pay-out €184 million in prize money to Football associations taking part.

Each team participating will receive €7.5 million, with victories worth €1 million and draws €500,000 in the group stage. Participants in the Quarterfinals receive €2 million, Semifinals: €3 million with the losing squad in the finals receiving €4.5 million and the winning team €7.5 million.

The teams are broken down into four groups of four teams with the top two squads advancing to the quarter-finals. From the knockout stage, the clubs advance into the quarter-finals through the finals as such:

    Quarter-Finals

    • June 19: Winner of Group A vs Runner-up of Group B - Basel
    • June 20: Winner of Group B vs Runner-up of Group A - Vienna
    • June 21: Winner of Group C vs Runner-up of Group D - Basel
    • June 22:Winner of Group D vs Runner-up of Group C - Vienna

    Semi-Finals

    • June 25: Winner of Quarter-final 1 v Winner of Quarter-final 2 - Basel
    • June 26: Winner of Quarter-final 3 v Winner of Quarter-final 4 - Vienna

    Finals

    • June 29 - Vienna

This past December 2, 2007 a draw was held to align the qualifying teams into these four groups.

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Group A
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Group A is made up of one of the top teams of the tournament, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Turkey and co-host, Switzerland. I expect the Czech Republic and Portugal to advance to the quarter-finals. My forecast would see the Czech Republic advancing to face Croatia in the quarter-finals as winner of Group A and Portugal to face Germany; it is a titanic clash of styles.

Portugal is the ninetieth ranked team in the world and is led by one of the best tacticians and motivators in the sport, Luiz Felipe Scolari. While I expect formidable opposition from the vastly improving Turkish squad, Portugal and the Czech Republic likely have the easiest of all the Top-10 teams competing at the Euro's to advance quarter-finals.

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    Portugal boasts a stellar cast of exciting players with the brilliant flair and beauty that marks the Portuguese game. And while Portugal most assuredly will play the beautiful game beautifully, it remains to be seen whether it can play at a level to hoist the trophy.

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    After witnessing each of their matches since the 2006 World Cup, something is definitely missing from the squad and simply it is the leadership of the legendary Luis Figo wearing the armband. All eyes will be toward Cristiano Ronaldo to break out at the international scene but for Portugal to hoist the trophy, it will need its younger players to mature quickly and a true leader to emerge.

      Roster

      1. Ricardo
      2. Paulo Ferreira
      3. Bruno Alves
      4. Bosingwa
      5. Fernando Meira
      6. Raul Meireles
      7. Cristiano Ronaldo
      8. Petit
      9. Hugo Almeida
      10. João Moutinho
      11. Simão
      12. Quim
      13. Miguel
      14. Jorge Ribeiro
      15. Pepe
      16. Ricardo Carvalho
      17. Ricardo Quaresma
      18. Miguel Veloso
      19. Nani
      20. Deco
      21. Nuno Gomes
      22. Rui Patrício
      23. Hélder Postiga

      Matches

      • 07/06/ v Turkey
      • 11/06/ v Czech Republic
      • 15/06/ v Switzerland

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Cristiano Ronaldo.

dot The Czech Republic dot

    The Czech Republic are coached by Karel Brückner and are likely the most underrated sixth-ranked team in the world I can recall. While the Euro roster has two notable exceptions in Tomas Rosicky; and Pavel Nedved they have the talent and composure to go all the way.

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      Roster

      1. Petr Cech
      2. Zdenek Grygera
      3. Jan Polak
      4. Tomas Galasek
      5. Radoslav Kovac
      6. Marek Jankulovski
      7. Libor Sionko
      8. Martin Fenin
      9. Jan Koller
      10. Vaclav Sverkos
      11. Stanislav Vlcek
      12. Zdenek Pospech
      13. Michal Kadlec
      14. David Jarolim
      15. Milan Baros
      16. Jaromir Blazek
      17. Marek Matejovsky
      18. Tomas Sivok
      19. Rudolf Skacel
      20. Jaroslav Plasil
      21. Tomas Ujfalusi
      22. David Rozehnal
      23. Daniel Zitka

      Matches

      • 07/06/ v Switzerland
      • 11/06/ v Portugal
      • 15/06/ v Turkey

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The Czech Republic Team.

dot Turkey dot

    Turkey is the No. 25 team in the world and coached by Fatih Terim. The overall development of the domestic leagues, with its heavy influence of Brazilian flair and support of regional programs is some of the best worldwide and has seen the sport improve dramatically over the last decade.

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      Roster

      1. Rustu Recber
      2. Servet Cetin
      3. Hakan Balta
      4. Gokhan Zan
      5. Emre Belozoglu
      6. Mehmet Topal
      7. Mehmet Aurelio
      8. Nihat Kahveci
      9. Semih Senturk
      10. Gokdeniz Karadeniz
      11. Tumer Metin
      12. Tolga Zengin
      13. Emre Gungor
      14. Arda Turan
      15. Emre Asik
      16. Ugur Boral
      17. Tuncay Sanli
      18. Kazim Kazim
      19. Ayhan Akman
      20. Sabri Sarioglu
      21. Mevlut Erdinc
      22. Hamit Altintop
      23. Volkan Demirel

      Matches

      • 07/06/ v Portugal
      • 11/06/ v Switzerland
      • 15/06/ v Czech Republic

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    Switzerland, which is No. 48 in the world, has the luxury of playing at home throughout their matches and capable of playing the spoiler. Led by Jakob Kuhn, their ranking is deceptive. The Swiss were a Top-15 squad only two years ago.

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    The Swiss are one of the youngest teams in the tournament and they have had problems at striker, so goal scoring will be at a premium but will defensively mark teams tight.

      Roster

      1. Diego Benaglio
      2. Johan Djourou
      3. Ludovic Magnin
      4. Philippe Senderos
      5. Stephan Lichtsteiner
      6. Benjamin Huggel
      7. Ricardo Cabanas
      8. Gökhan Inler
      9. Alexander Frei
      10. Hakan Yakin
      11. Marco Streller
      12. Eren Derdiyok
      13. Stéphane Grichting
      14. Daniel Gygax
      15. Gelson Fernandes
      16. Tranquillo Barnetta
      17. Christoph Spycher
      18. Pascal Zuberbühler
      19. Valon Behrami
      20. Patrick Müller
      21. Eldin Jakupovic
      22. Johan Vonlanthen
      23. Philipp Degen

      Matches

      • 07/06/ v Czech Republic
      • 11/06/ v Turkey
      • 15/06/ v Portugal

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Group B
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Group B is the least challenging of groups. I have Germany and Croatia advancing, although Poland will be a pesky opponent. Co-host nation Austria has the dubious honor of being one of the lowest-ranked teams to ever play in a Euro championships but has wisely invested in its development programs (unlike one very large country who did not make it) and using this as part of a long-term process at improving the game.

My forecast would see Germany advancing to face Portugal in the quarter-finals as winner of Group B and Croatia to face the Czech Republic.

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    If you're used to word associations, when you think of Germany one phrase that will come to mind is quality. Quality is synonymous with German manufactured products and so is the grade of football.

    Germany, lead by Joachim Löw, will play an attacking style and are loaded with talent including the likes of Michael Ballack, Miroslav Klose, Kevin Kuranyi and up and comer goal scoring phenom Mario Gómez. Gómez, who plays for VfB Stuttgart should be a player to watch; he is quickly emerging as one the top snipers in the world and a constant threat around the goal.

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      Roster

      1. Jens Lehmann
      2. Marcell Jansen
      3. Arne Friedrich
      4. Clemens Fritz
      5. Heiko Westermann
      6. Simon Rolfes
      7. Bastian Schweinsteiger
      8. Torsten Frings
      9. Mario Gómez
      10. Oliver Neuville
      11. Miroslav Klose
      12. Robert Enke
      13. Michael Ballack
      14. Piotr Trochowski
      15. Thomas Hitzlsperger
      16. Philipp Lahm
      17. Per Mertesacker
      18. Tim Borowski
      19. David Odonkor
      20. Lukas Podolski
      21. Christoph Metzelder
      22. Kevin Kuranyi
      23. René Adler

      Matches

      • 08/06 v Poland
      • 12/06/ v Croatia
      • 16/06/ v Austria

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Mario Gomez.

dot Croatia dot

    Croatia, coached by Slaven Bilic, has been training diligently in Cate and appear very confident. Their hopes will greatly rely upon Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Mladen Petric and unfortunately are without the goal-scoring prowess of Eduardo da Silva who suffered a horrific injury at Arsenal this February.

    Croatia is not a team to be taken lightly as fans of England are well aware of as they destroyed England's hopes of qualifying for the Euros.

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      Roster

      1. Stipe Pletikosa
      2. Dario Simic
      3. Josip Simunic
      4. Robert Kovac
      5. Vedran Corluka
      6. Hrvoje Vejic
      7. Ivan Rakitic
      8. Ognjen Vukojevic
      9. Nikola Kalinic
      10. Niko Kovac
      11. Darijo Srna
      12. Mario Galinovic
      13. Nikola Pokrivac
      14. Luka Modric
      15. Dario Knesevic
      16. Jerko Leko
      17. Ivan Klasnic
      18. Ivica Olic
      19. Niko Kranjcar
      20. Igor Budan
      21. Mladen Petric
      22. Danijel Pranjic
      23. Vedran Runje

      Matches

      • 08/06/ v Austria
      • 12/06/ v Germany
      • 16/06/ v Poland

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Luka Modric.

dot Poland dot

    Poland is lead by miracle worker Leo Beenhakker who is long overdue for recognition on the international front. Don Leo who took Trinidad and Tobago to the 2006 World Cup, has worked the same magic with Poland as they qualified for their first Euro's even though going through the largest qualifying.

    Offensively Poland leaves a great deal to be desired but will play a tight marking scheme that will frustrate the best of squads. Judging upon their qualification which included a victory over mighty Portugal, Poland is without a doubt a threat to advance to the quarter-finals and cannot be overlooked.

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      Roster

      1. Artur Boruc
      2. Mariusz Jop
      3. Jakub Wawrzyniak
      4. Pawel Golanski
      5. Dariusz Dudka
      6. Jacek Bak
      7. Euzebiusz Smolarek
      8. Jacek Krzynówek
      9. Maciej Zurawski
      10. Lukasz Gargula
      11. Marek Saganowski
      12. Tomasz
      13. Marcin Wasilewski
      14. Michal Zewlakow
      15. Michal Pazdan
      16. Jakub Blaszczykowski
      17. Wojciech Lobodzinski
      18. Mariusz Lewandowski
      19. Rafal Murawski
      20. Roger Guerreiro
      21. Tomasz Zahorski
      22. Lukasz Fabianski
      23. Adam Kokoszka

      Matches

      • 08/06/ v Germany
      • 12/06/ v Austria
      • 16/06/ v Croatia

dot Austria dot

    Co-host nation, Austria has the dubious distinction of likely being the lowest ranked team in the Euros. However don't let that confuse you as the Austrian FA (österreichischer Futball Bund) has invested heavily in the long-term in the development of the game, brought in some heavy-hitting consultants and done a better job at organizing the domestic sport than many larger countries. This has already reaped rewards in overall performance including last summer's U-20 World Cup in Canada.

    Coach Josef Hickersberger's formidable task is uniting an inexperienced squad along with incorporating younger players as well as making use of master performance conditioning expert Roger Spry to prepare Austria.

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    Key developing players to watch are Sebastian Prödl and Erwin "The Hoff" Hoffer who were featured at last summers U-21 World Cup, the always menacing Emanuel "the Pog" Pogatetz and the tournaments elder statesman Ivica Vastic. Naturally the goals for Austria are soundly rooted with providing quality representation and honoring its supporters of one of the world's most beautiful countries.

      Roster

      1. Alex Manninger
      2. Joachim Standfest
      3. Martin Stranzl
      4. Emanuel Pogatetz
      5. Christian Fuchs
      6. René Aufhauser
      7. Ivica Vastic
      8. Christoph Leitgeb
      9. Roland Linz
      10. Andreas Ivanschitz
      11. Ã?"mit Korkmaz
      12. Ronald Gercaliu
      13. Markus Katzer
      14. György Garics
      15. Sebastian Prödl
      16. Jürgen Patocka
      17. Martin Hiden
      18. Roman Kienast
      19. Jürgen Säumel
      20. Martin Harnik
      21. Jürgen Macho
      22. Erwin Hoffer
      23. Ramazan ?-zcan

      Matches

      • 08/06/ v Croatia
      • 12/06/ v Poland
      • 16/06/ v Germany

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Erwin Hoffer.

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Group C is without question, the "group of death" with Italy, France, The Netherlands and Romania. Each of these matches is a "can't miss" event and could be talked about for years as classics (hint, "record" all matches). Italy is beginning to gel and ready to double-up on the 2006 World Cup triumph.

I expect Italy to win the Group with France narrowly overcoming The Netherlands but the France - Netherlands match could be one of the most explosive affairs to be seen in a longtime. The Netherlands could be the major surprise of the tournament as they possess jaw-dropping firepower and are capable of upsetting either squad.

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    Led by Roberto Donadoni, Italy is rightfully one of the tournament favorites and sensibly seen to advance through Groups C and D to the finals. Mr. Donadoni has possibly the most difficult job in the sport as all eyes have been on him in Italy (and worldwide) since he took over for Marcello Lippi after the World Cup triumph.

    The Italian squad is a symphony of genius on the pitch led by one of the finest goalkeepers in the sports history, a human-wall, Gigi Buffon. The back four are anchored with captain Fabio Cannavaro who enters the Euros with 116 caps.

    The midfield is patrolled by Gennaro Gattuso, an on-field bulldog of venom and tenacity who hails from the beautiful southern Calabria section of Italy, Andrea Pirlo, Simone Perrotta and the emerging star Alberto Aquilani.

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    Upfront, Alessandro Del Piero will lead the squad along with Antonio Cassano to his right. In one of the most shocking of events, Donadoni has been experimenting with a number of unique formations for the Azzurri, which will have three upfront and only three in defense.

      Roster

      1. Gianluigi Buffon
      2. Christian Panucci
      3. Fabio Grosso
      4. Giorgio Chiellini
      5. Fabio Cannavaro
      6. Andrea Barzagli
      7. Alessandro Del Piero
      8. Gennaro Gattuso
      9. Luca Toni
      10. Daniele De Rossi
      11. Antonio Di Natale
      12. Marco Borriello
      13. Massimo Ambrosini
      14. Marco Amelia
      15. Fabio Quagliarella
      16. Mauro Camoranesi
      17. Morgan De Sanctis
      18. Antonio Cassano
      19. Gianluca Zambrotta
      20. Simone Perrotta
      21. Andrea Pirlo
      22. Alberto Aquilani
      23. Marco Materazzi

      Matches

      • 09/06/ v Netherlands
      • 13/06/ v Romania
      • 17/06/ v France

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Alberto Aquilani.

dot France dot

    Raymond Domenech leads another star-studded cast of Les Bleaus. What precisely do you say about a nation's team that has put together the sporting standard in player development over the last 25 years - once again France has an impressive array of players.

    However, France is definitely going through a modest rebuilding phase and how could they not feel a sense of loss without Zizou leading them. The cast is however rich with talent with Franck Ribéry leading the assault of Thierry Henry and Karim Benzema although the exclusion is David Trézéguet is once again hard to explain.

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    In recent friendlys France has looked extremely rusty and will need to hone its scoring touch if they are to attain their goal of winning the Euros.

      Roster

      1. Steve Mandanda
      2. Jean-Alain Boumsong
      3. Eric Abidal
      4. Patrick Vieira
      5. William Gallas
      6. Claude Makelele
      7. Florent Malouda
      8. Nicolas Anelka
      9. Karim Benzema
      10. Sidney Govou
      11. Samir Nasri
      12. Thierry Henry
      13. Patrice Evra
      14. FranÇois Clerc
      15. Lilian Thuram
      16. Sébastien Frey
      17. Sébastien Squillaci
      18. Bafetimbi Gomis
      19. Willy Sagnol
      20. Jérémy Toulalan
      21. Lassana Diarra
      22. Franck Ribéry
      23. Grégory Coupet

      Matches

      • 09/06/ v Romania
      • 13/06/ v Netherlands
      • 17/06/ v Italy

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Karim Benzema.

dot The Netherlands dot

    Amongst the constant talk of Italy and France, many have forgotten the power of the Oranje. Marco van Basten's squad feature a potent attack with Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and one of the best young strikers in the sport, Ajax's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. On the hunt for goals.

    Between the posts is Edwin van der Sar, coming off the Premier League and Champions League title and Manchester United and ripe with confidence. The Netherlands unfortunately will be without Ryan Babel who suffered an ankle injury in practice.

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      Roster

      1. Edwin van der Sar
      2. André Ooijer
      3. Johnny Heitinga
      4. Joris Mathijsen
      5. Giovanni van Bronckhorst
      6. Demy de Zeeuw
      7. Robin van Persie
      8. Orlando Engelaar
      9. Ruud van Nistelrooy
      10. Wesley Sneijder
      11. Arjen Robben
      12. Mario Melchiot
      13. Henk Timmer
      14. Wilfred Bouma
      15. Tim de Cler
      16. Maarten Stekelenburg
      17. Nigel de Jong
      18. Dirk Kuyt
      19. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
      20. Ibrahim Afellay
      21. Khalid Boulahrouz
      22. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
      23. Rafael van der Vaart

      Matches

      • 09/06/ v Italy
      • 13/06/ v France
      • 17/06/ v Romania

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Edwin van der Sar.

dot Romania dot

    The Tricolorii face one of the most difficult of all teams in the tournament given they face three Top-10 squads in the world. Victor Piturca faces a difficult challenge but has made what I consider a brilliant tactical move by using an experienced squad including six players who play together at FC Steaua Bucuresti. This is an important strategic point as the familiarity of play could prove to be an enormous advantage for Romania. Much of their success falls on the shoulders of Adrian Mutu who lead ACF Fiorentina in Serie A this past season.

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      Roster

      1. Bogdan Lobont
      2. Cosmin Contra
      3. Razvan Rat
      4. Gabriel Tamas
      5. Cristian Chivu
      6. Mirel Radoi
      7. Florentin Petre
      8. Paul Codrea
      9. Ciprian Marica
      10. Adrian Mutu
      11. Razvan Cocis
      12. Marius Popa
      13. Cristian Sapunaru
      14. Sorin Ghionea
      15. Dorin Goian
      16. Banel Nicolita
      17. Cosmin Moti
      18. Marius Niculae
      19. Adrian Cristea
      20. Nicolae Dica
      21. Daniel Niculae
      22. Stefan Radu
      23. Eduard Stancioiu

      Matches

      • 09/06/ v France
      • 13/06/ v Italy
      • 17/06/ v Netherlands

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Group D
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Group D is the scene of most diverse styles of plan in the tournament and possibly the birthplace of the tournaments major upset. Luis Aragonés Spanish squad is in perfect position and should advance as the winner of Group D to face the runners-up of Group C.

Second place is Russia's in my opinion particularly with Greece not looking sharp. Within my monthly "Renegade Futbol Club" newsletter, I noted nine months ago that Russia would be a Football superpower by 2014-2018 and break through the Top-10 rankings. It is becoming abundantly clear that I was far too conservative in my estimate and top teams will need to watch Russia closely as we approach World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

dot Spain dot

    Is this the year for Spain to finally win their first championship in over 40 years? Spain is brimming with young talented players such as Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Ramos and Fernando Torres. Yet no mention of Spain's chance would be complete without mention of the omission of Raúl.

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      Roster

      1. Iker Casillas
      2. Raúl Albiol
      3. Fernando Navarro
      4. Carlos Marchena
      5. Carles Puyol
      6. Andrés Iniesta
      7. David Villa
      8. Xavi Hernández
      9. Fernando Torres
      10. Cesc Fàbregas
      11. Joan Capdevila
      12. Santi Cazorla
      13. Andrés Palop
      14. Xabi Alonso
      15. Sergio Ramos
      16. Sergio García
      17. Daniel Güiza
      18. Álvaro Arbeloa
      19. Marcos Senna
      20. Juanito
      21. David Silva
      22. Rubén de la Red
      23. Pepe Reina

      Matches

      • 10/06/ v Russia
      • 14/06/ v Sweden
      • 18/06/ v Greece

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Daniel Güiza.

dot Russia dot

    My choice to finish second in Group D and to give Spain absolute fits in their opening match. Guus Hiddink has Russia well prepared for the challenge and the emergence of Russia as a power in the sport is getting closer. He has taken the unique position of drawing upon players primarily from the top clubs in Russia and it will likely pay rich dividends as the players are familiar with each others style.

    One drawback for the team is that they may have lost top striker Pavel Pogrebnyak to a knee injury against Serbia on Friday. In the mid-field watch for the likes of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, the mercurial Vladimir Bystrov and the artistry of Dmitri Torbinsky to become the talk of the tournament.

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    Should Pavel Pogrebnyak be healthy, the combination of him and Andrei Arshavin up-front could jettison Russia up the world ranking quickly as they leave a wake of opponents behind them.

      Roster

      1. Igor Akinfeev
      2. Vasili Berezutski
      3. Renat Yanbaev
      4. Sergei Ignashevich
      5. Aleksei Berezutski
      6. Roman Adamov
      7. Dmitri Torbinski
      8. Denis Kolodin
      9. Ivan Saenko
      10. Andrei Arshavin
      11. Sergei Semak
      12. Vladimir Gabulov
      13. Pavel Pogrebnyak
      14. Roman Shirokov
      15. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
      16. Vyacheslav Malafeev
      17. Konstantin Zyrianov
      18. Yuri Zhirkov
      19. Roman Pavlyuchenko
      20. Igor Semshov
      21. Dmitri Sychev
      22. Aleksandr Anyukov
      23. Vladimir Bystrov

      Matches

      • 10/06/ v Spain
      • 14/06/ v Greece
      • 18/06/ v Sweden

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Igor Akinfeev.

dot Greece dot

    Otto Rehhagel is certainly facing a formidable task as the defending Euro 2004 champions are stumbling into the competition after a 3-2 loss to Hungary and a dreadful nil draw against Armenia. They will need to make some tactical moves quickly or this will be a short and uncomfortable tournament.

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      Roster

      1. Antonis Nikopolidis
      2. Giourkas Seitaridis
      3. Christos Patsatzoglou
      4. Nikos Spiropoulos
      5. Traianos Dellas
      6. Angelos Basinas
      7. Giorgos Samaras
      8. Stelios Giannakopoulos
      9. Angelos Charisteas
      10. Giorgos Karagounis
      11. Loukas Vintra
      12. Kostas Chalkias
      13. Alexandros Tzorvas
      14. Dimitris Salpingidis
      15. Vassilis Torosidis
      16. Sotiris Kyrgiakos
      17. Fanis Gekas
      18. Giannis Goumas
      19. Paraskevas Antzas
      20. Giannis Amanatidis
      21. Kostas Katsouranis
      22. Alexandros Tziolis
      23. Nikos Liberopoulos

      Matches

    • 10/06/ v Sweden
    • 14/06/ v Russia
    • 18/06/ v Spain

dot Sweden dot

    Coach Lars Lagerbäck has a strong squad at his disposal including an impressive striking force with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson. However the recent 1-0 loss to a young Ukraine squad certainly raises some eyebrows. Sweden will need those two along with a steady performance by Fredrik Ljungberg to succeed.

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      Roster

      1. Andreas Isaksson
      2. Mikael Nilsson
      3. Olof Mellberg
      4. Petter Hansson
      5. Fredrik Stoor
      6. Tobias Linderoth
      7. Niclas Alexandersson
      8. Anders Svensson
      9. Fredrik Ljungberg
      10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
      11. Johan Elmander
      12. Rami Shaaban
      13. Johan Wiland
      14. Daniel Majstorovic
      15. Andreas Granqvist
      16. Kim Källström
      17. Henrik Larsson
      18. Sebastian Larsson
      19. Daniel Andersson
      20. Marcus Allbäck
      21. Christian Wilhelmsson
      22. Markus Rosenberg
      23. Mikael Dorsin

      Matches

      • 10/06/ v Greece
      • 14/06/ v Spain
      • 18/06/ v Russia

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About The Author

    John Davies is the founder of Renegade Training International and has published ten books and over one-thousand articles. For Football fans he publishes a monthly guide, the "Renegade Fútbol Club" in five languages, "The Beautiful Game" and this year will begin to open permanent branches of "Renegade Sporting Clubs" throughout the world, starting first in Montréal, Canada and London, England. "RSC" will promote the game of Football and other healthy sporting activities to children and adults of all backgrounds in a ethical and honorable platform to satisfy the goal of "sport enhancing the quality of life".