Euro 2008 logoWith only two months left before kickoff, many have started making predictions about which one of the 16 teams competing in the Euro 2008 finals will bring home the caveatted trophy. A research group from the Swiss bank UBS crunched through historical data for all teams participating in the competition and has made a number of educated predictions about the predicament of many of them. In a nutshell, UBS predicts the following will happen in the Euro 2008 soccer competition:

  • Hosts Austria and 2004 runner up Portugal will be eliminated in the group stage.
  • Hosts Switzerland will make it as far as the semis beating three-time trophy holders Germany.
  • Euro 2004 holders Greece will be eliminated in the quarter finals by World Cup champions Italy. There will be no repeat for the Greek team that surprised the soccer world winning the 2004 contest.
  • Italy will beat the Netherlands in the semifinals and advance to the final where it is destined to finish in second place unable to become both the World Cup and European Championship holder.
  • The Czech Republic will be the lucky team to bring home the Euro 2008 trophy defeating the 2006 World Cup holder Italy just as they did in the past when they beat Germany in 1976.



So, all these sound like reasonable predictions. Germany are the favorites to win the tournament but the favorites don’t always win. Similarly, the host nations often do well in such competitions; one recent example is Portugal’s second place finish in 2004. Greece was the outsider in 2004 and they are not a team with a long history of success in European Championship and World Cup competitions. Even though many agree that the current squad is much better and more complete that the team that won the trophy in 2004, the other teams are now paying attention and will not be surprised by the Greeks.

The European Championship will start June 7th, 2008, and it will be co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland.

Read more: Czech Republic and Italy May Reach Euro 2008 Final, UBS Says.

Comments

22 Responses to “Euro 2008 predictions: Czechs to bring home the trophy”

  1. Kyle Candiano on May 15th, 2008 2:21 am

    Forza Azzurri!

  2. Nikki on May 15th, 2008 6:46 am

    BEWARE of the GREEKS!

  3. tony on May 16th, 2008 9:47 am

    Da Silva or not, Croatia will crush!

  4. gino on May 18th, 2008 2:44 pm

    italia-germania in finale italia campione salute ragazzi

  5. Danny on May 29th, 2008 8:17 pm

    believe it or not, it’s Portugals time to WIN!!!

  6. Panther on May 30th, 2008 7:14 am

    @Danny, you must be joking!

  7. winnner on May 31st, 2008 3:27 pm

    ITALY WILL WIN AS THEY ALWAYS BRIBE FIFA

  8. winnner is a tool on June 1st, 2008 2:01 pm

    quote “ITALY WILL WIN AS THEY ALWAYS BRIBE FIFA”

    Well then I guess we should all be glad that this isnt a FIFA tournament

  9. surf on June 2nd, 2008 4:19 pm

    RUSSIA-CROATIA Final- Russia Wins!

  10. flash on June 3rd, 2008 6:36 pm

    this is not a good prediction no way Czech Republic will win this. portugal out in the first round? most likely not. i see either Spain, Portugal or Germany winning this.

  11. salt on June 4th, 2008 3:54 am

    what planet are you living on ….. portugal out in the first round, germany will loose against the swiss, and the czech will win????? hahahhahaha…. the only dumber comments on this site come from winner

  12. Panther on June 4th, 2008 4:27 pm

    @salt,

    in case you can’t read (and from your response it looks like you can’t), these are the predictions given by UBS using some specialized software they have developed and I quote from the post above,

    “In a nutshell, UBS predicts the following will happen in the Euro 2008 soccer competition”

    Okay?

  13. Andrew on June 4th, 2008 5:23 pm

    What about the Dutch… they playing there usual brand of excellent football, it could be their year…. What about Spain…? Czech will go far but too much class and experience in other teams to win it…
    Greece, Switz out in 1st round no doubt!
    Possible Italy – Germany final….

  14. salt on June 4th, 2008 11:17 pm

    okay panther 1:0 for you due to a own goal by moi….. !! was clearly victim of reading headlines only, spent a bit more time on you site and must say, truly great site with very good info and stories!

    however as for czech lifting the title…. germany loosing to the swiss…. oh well, no wonder UBS is in trouble with prediction as such 🙂 and as much as i would want the italian’s to be both world and euro champs, sans cannavaro this want very likely not happen… i predict a final between portugal and holland! without any prediction of who may take the trophy…

  15. Panther on June 5th, 2008 4:49 am

    @salt,

    thank you for you kind comments; it takes a big man to admit making a mistake (especially on the Internet where posting anonymously is so easy.)

    The UBS predictions seem a bit off because there are too many variable to consider and, in my opinion, any prediction is as good as any other because of that. With every person making their own predictions and posting them online, at least some will get it right. That said, I still think that this is a subject worth talking about even if the odds of us picking the winner correctly are very low.

    If you look around the site, some of our editors have made their own predictions which are different than the UBS software ones.

    Cheers!

  16. Gavin Murphy on June 6th, 2008 12:52 am

    The Russians to win Euro 2008 under superb coach Big Guus Hiddink. he has done a remarkable job over the last few years with South Korea and the Aussies and now its about time that it paid off big time with him and the Russians taking home the trophy to a jubilant Moscow square. good luck big man!!!

  17. salt on June 11th, 2008 1:06 am

    now panther after the first round is played…. things start to look a bit more clearer….

    italy to my horror are truly worth s…!! “not much” this time around.

    holland as predicted are a great team, as is portugal!

    spain however after last night game, must be considered all the way on the top….. what truly great game they played!

  18. Panther on June 11th, 2008 3:47 am

    I agree Italy need to get their game together but they have the talent and they are World Champions so they still have a chance. I was not impressed by Portugal but I was indeed impressed by Holland and Spain. I have actually written an article with a recap of the first round of games and my predictions for which teams will move on to the quarter finals. Check it on the front page.

    Cheers!

  19. JOSEPH on June 17th, 2008 8:45 pm

    HUP HOLLAND HUP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. JOSEPH on June 17th, 2008 8:45 pm

    GIVE ‘EM HELL YOU GUYS, I MEAN YOU D U T C H GUYS

  21. JOSEPH on June 17th, 2008 8:46 pm

    i saw italy win by 2 goals from france..

    holland can do better than that, can they not ?

  22. Frederick on June 22nd, 2008 9:08 pm

    Spain will win it. They will go on to beat Turkey 2-0 on the 29.

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