Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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



FIFA ranking: 65
Key man: Wojciech Szczesny
Strength: Home fans
Weakness: Lack of goals
Tip: Last in group

WHEN your key man is the goalkeeper, it says it all about your style of play. Poland are fit, tough and stoic. 
They will park the bus in front of goal, rely on the passion from playing at home and then try to nick a goal on the counter. Midfielder Robert Lewandowski, from Borussi Dortmund, offers the X-factor to a squad built around tight defence.


FIFA ranking: 11
Key man: Andrei Arshavin
Strength: Creativity
Weakness: Up front
Tip: Top of the group

DICK Advocaat is a dour manager in charge of a small, quick team that like to express themselves. He is also the eighth highest paid coach in the world. A lot is expected of Advocaat and his relationship with his players will be crucial to success. Arshavin will look to create chances for Roman Pavlyuchenko and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, but lack of goals has been a concern.


FIFA ranking:
Key man: Giannis Fetfatzidis
Strength: Defence
Weakness: Lack of goals
Tip: Quarter-finals

A NATION in desperate need of some good news will be hoping for a similar miracle to 2004 when the Greeks were kings of Europe. They should advance to the next stage because they are hard to break down, conceding just five goals in 10 qualifying matches. Keep an eye out for the Greek Messi (yes, another one). Giannis Fetfatzidis is a quality player.


FIFA ranking: 26
Key man: Tomas Rosicky
Strength: Experience
Weakness: No genuine striker
Tip: Third in group

THE good news for the Czechs is they have a terrific under-21s team - the bad news is they are not ready for this tournament. Coach Michal Bilek will rely on the same old faces of keeper Petr Cech, midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Petr Jiracek. Their leading scorer in qualifying was left back Michal Kadlec, which tells a story in itself.


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