Monday, June 2, 2008

Euro 2008: Group A Preview


One of the favorites to win the title, Portugal will bank on their wealth of attacking talent, which helped them to score nearly one goal per game at the last World Cup. There is no question who the star of this team is: Boavista midfielder Jorge Ribeiro. Hoping to make a name for themselves on the world stage will be Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United (Note: Not the same Ronaldo as the Brazilian one) and Barcelona midfielder Deco.

Prediction: Will win tournament.

Czech Republic

The Czechs will be hoping to put disappointing results behind them, which should be easy considering the linear nature of time. They are led by Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, widely hailed as the world's best Chelsea goalkeeper; the giant Jan Koller, an aerial threat; and Milan Baros, shite for club but oddly effective for country. The Czechs are organized and efficient, but might lack leadership with the international retirement of Pavel Nedved.

Prediction: Will probably win tournament.


With nearly half their squad playing in the domestic league, the Swiss aren't expected to make much noise at Euro 2008. Amusingly, they have been drawn into the same group as Turkey, with whom they had a violent post-game dustup during qualifiers. Arsenal's Phillipe Senderos and top goalscorer Alexander Frei of Dortmund will be relied on heavily. They won't help.

Prediction: The Swiss will not score a single goal.


Turkey will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Greece by being a team full of players nobody has ever heard of, playing dreadful football, winning the tournament, and subsequently being hated by everyone in the world. They've already got that last part covered.

Prediction: Three times as many bookings as goals scored.

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