Kamis, 21 Juni 2012

Euro 2012 Prediction

We are down to the knockout stages of this year's Euro 2012 as 8 teams remain with a great shot at winning this year's Euro 2012. There have been some surprises as the Netherlands, Russia, and both hosts plus four other nations have been eliminated. So, who will win this year's Euro 2012.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal to the semifinals
Portugal vs Czech Republic
Petr Cech is going to fact his toughest challenge yet as he is going to have to be prepared for a lot of dangerous shots on target. The Czechs will probably be without captain and midfield playmaker Tomas Rosicky as that will make this a really tough matchup for the Czechs. Portugal is loaded with talent from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in attack to Raul Meireles and Miguel Veloso in midfield to Pepe and Bruno Alves on the back line to Rui Patricio in goal. The Portuguese will be able to dominate possession as the Czechs best chances will be on counter-attacks. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is starting to really take off at this and the Portuguese are in their best form so I think Portugal will win 3 to 1.

Andres Iniesta and Spain will be in the semis
Spain vs France
This is one of the more interesting quarterfinals as two world powers take one each other with the defending champs taking on a French team that disappointed against Sweden. After France's disappointing loss, I would expect manager Laurent Blanc to put Yohan Cabaye and Jeremy Menez back in the lineup for Yann M'Villa and Hatem Ben Arfa. Laurent Koscienly will have to step up against Spain in the spot of the suspended Philippe Mexes as this Spanish attack has shown some weakness against team that are aggressive at disrupting possession. That will be the key for the French as disrupting possession allowed Croatia to stay in the game against Spain. The Spanish need to run their attack through striker Fernando Torres as he is starting to show his elite goal-scoring form. Also, Vicente Del Bosque need to keep using Jesus Navas off the bench as his pace as been able to change games and make the Spanish pressure even tougher to handle. This will be an exciting game as the French will need Karim Benzema to be on his best form to have a good chance at winning. However, the French will come up short as the Spanish will win 2 to 1 and book a ticket in the semis against Portugal.

Ozil is going to help take the Germans to the quarterfinals.
Germany vs Greece
The Germans have been the most impressive team at this year's Euros as the Greeks will need a Euro 2004 size miracle if they want to upset the Germans. The Greeks do have some talent in attack Dimitris Salpigidis and Theofanis Gekas and the Greeks have a solid back line. However, the Gemans have some great chemistry with most of the starters playing for Bayern Munich. Mario Gomez is in the best form of his career internationaly as he is on pace to win the Golden Boot for Euro 2012. Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been key in setting opportunities for Gomez as the Germans have been very dangerous throughout this Euro 2012. Mats Hummels has proved that he is one of the best defenders in the world as he impressed in every game during the group of death. This is the easiest opponent that the Germans have faced so far and they will easily defeat the Greeks 4 to 0.

Rooney has shown his top goal scoring form for the English
England vs Italy
This will be the most exciting game of the quarterfinals as both these teams are on a very similar level. The English have done very well at staying organized and using a conservative attacking style which helped them come back to beat Sweden and then cruise against the co-host Ukraine. Wayne Rooney is already showing his true number nine ability as his ability to be in the right place at the right time allowed him to put James Milner's cross in the back of the net. Rooney and Danny Welbeck are the right pair of strikers as they are both used to each other from playing for Manchester United and regularly starting together at Old Trafford. Steven Gerrard has worn the captain's armband well as he has been playing at the high level that you would want your captain playing at. Ashley Cole has been a constant at left back as his ability to get up the wing from his left back position is part the reason why he still starts for the Three Lions. Joe Hart has given the English a rock in goal as he has become the number one keeper they have been looking for after the disappointments in goal from two years ago. The Italians changed to a 4-1-3-2 against the Irish as that was their best goal scoring day of the tournament as they scored two goals. It might have been the Irish but this formatiob can definitely work for the Italians. Mario Balotelli has finally found his goal scoring form as he came off the bench to score a spectacular goal to extend the Italian lead to two goals. Andrea Pirlo might be playing in his final major international tournament but the 33-year-old is still one of the best playmaking midfielders in the world and he will cause some problems for the English. Gianluigi Buffon has once again proved why he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world as he has been in top form in this tournament. The English and Italians both are elite teams but the English will be able to book a semifinal ticket against Germany by beating the Italians 2 to 1.

Torres is ready to help Spain go to a final
Spain vs Portugal
It is always exciting when we get to see a great rivalry in the semifinals of a major tournament and the battle between the two Iberian nations will definitely be an exciting battle. The chance to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal take on Xavi and Spain will be an exciting match. Pepe is the tough type of player that the Spanish struggled against when they played the Croatians and the Spanish could struggle to get a consistent attack while Portugal's lack of an elite striker in the middle will allow Pique and Sergio Ramos to shut down tons of attacks. This game will probably come down to one or two chances for each side as whoever takes advantage of the opportunities better will have more success. Andres Iniesta and David Silva are going to have to take advantage of whatever chances they have as they also can look to get it to Fernando Torres as he has regained some confidence. The Portuguese will need to attack the Spanish wing backs if they want to have the most success as Jordi Alba and Arbeloa will have to step up their play to contain Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani on the wings. The Spanish and Portuguese will have a very exciting game as both of these teams could very well win but the Spanish will get the chance to repeat as European champs as Iniesta will get the one goal that the Spanish need to win 1 to 0.

Philipp Lahm and Germany are headed for the final
Germany vs England
This game should also be really good as the English have the organization to be competitive with the Germans in this semifinal as both teams have the goal scoring ability to go to the final in Kiev. John Terry is probably going to be given the task of marking Mario Gomez in this game as how Terry defends will be key in England's hopes to advance to the final. Roy Hodgsen will have to think about starting Theo Walcott as his speed is something that the Germans lack and that could make the English attack very dangerous. Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger versue Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard in the center of midfield will be the key matchup as this could even decide who wins the match. Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber will have the job of containing Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck as this will not be an easy job for the two centerbacks. The Germans and the English will provide an high scoring game as both Mario Gomex and Wayne Rooney will score some big goals in this game. The English are proving to be a very tough side to beat but the Germans will send them home as the Germans will beat the English 3 to 2 and book their ticket to the final in Kiev.

Germany vs Spain
This will be one of the best finals as UEFA is getting exactly what they want with the two best teams in Europe facing off in the finals of Euro 2012 in Kiev. This should be an instant classic of a game as both teams have great attacking prowess so we should see plenty of goals in this finals. The Spanish and the Germans both are very good at running organized attacks but a key difference in this game will be which team can have more success on the counter attacks as there will be a few of those in this game. Fernando Torres and Mario Gomez will probably both score as Gomez will wrap up the Golden Boot in this final. The matchup of Xavi versus Mesut Ozil should be exciting as these are two of the best midfield maestros in the world and both know how to make plays. The backlines of Spain and Germany will be tested as goalkeepers Iker Casillas and Manuel Neuer will have to be prepared to handle tons of shots in this final. Tactics and making the right substitutions will be key for each manager as Vicente Del Bosque and Joachim Low will both have to make the right decisions to win as one piece of abd tactics or one wrong substituion could cost either side. The Spanish have the chance to win their third straight major, international competition but it will not happen as the Germans will win all of their games at Euro 2012 and lift the trophy in the final by defeating the Spanish 3 to 2 with two goals from Mario Gomez.

The Germans will be celebrating a European Championship in Kiev this year

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