Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Ohh!! Review EURO 2012 Group D (ENG Version)


FIFA ranking: 16
Key man: Franck Ribery
Strength: Pace
Weakness: Lack of a leader
Tip: Semi-final

LOOK for France at the next World Cup in two years because this is a team on the rise. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is all class up front, Samir Nasri is just getting better and Yann M'Vila is exciting - and they are all young. After the embarrassment of South Africa 2010, this event will restore French pride. The only thing missing is a Zidane-style leader.

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson
Is Roy Hodgson the man to lead England to Euro 2012 glory? Time will tell.
Source: AP

FIFA ranking: 7
Key man: Roy Hodgson
Strength: No expectations
Weakness: Rooney's ban
Tip: Quarter-final

BOY, can England find some troubles. Their best player will miss the first two games against France and Sweden, the manager Roy Hodgson is untested and the tabloids will be sharpening their headlines. For all that, I'm expecting England to finally deliver in a big tournament.
Maybe it's out of loyalty, but I can just feel something.


FIFA ranking: 49
Key man: Andriy Yarmolenko
Strength: Playing at home
Weakness: Leaky at the back
Tip: Will beat Sweden

IMPORTANT things first: Ukraine sells the cheapest beer in Europe.
Second point: It will be extra sweet when the hosts beat Sweden in their opening game. Andriy Yarmolenko, 22, already has big European clubs calling so he will be looking to shine. He will partner 35-year-old Andriy Shevchenko, who will be looking to go out with a bang.


FIFA ranking: 17
Key man: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Strength: Experience
Weakness: Lack of depth
Tip: Fourth in group

SWEDEN always punch above their weight, but this looks a fight too far for a team that has had better days. AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic remains their best player, scoring five goals in eight qualifying matches. They have a history of tight matches against England and will be looking to defend their way through by minimizing the damage against France.

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