Group A: Portugal and Czech Republic
Group B: Germany and Croatia
Group C: Italy and France
Group D: Greece and Spain
The reason I chose Portugal to win its group is quite simple: Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo is playing like no other at this point and opponents will have a tough time stopping him. Furthermore, the team is just very solid as a unit and I don’t see them seeing defeat soon (in fact, I have Portugal winning it all.) For the second spot in Group A, I think it will be a close one between Czech and Switzerland, but I believe the former will come out on top thanks to Petr Cech.
In Group B, I see Germany continuing to play well. For the other spot Croatia will take it. Poland has a shot at it, but in the end I think Croatia will overcome their problems to pull through.
I think most people have Italy in the top two of Group C. For the second spot France seems to be the favorite, even though Holland has often been undermined. I think it will be a close one, but France will be the ones celebrating, not the Netherlands.
Greece won it last time and they certainly have a shot this time. Although I don’t see a repeat happening, I definitely see Greece winning that group. For the second spot I think all three of the other teams (Spain, Sweden, and Russia) have a chance at it. I picked Spain, but I can really see it going either way.
As I look at the brackets more, the more confused I get. I changed my picks several times already, but I think I will stick with what I have above and see what happens. It really is tough to decide who will come out on top in soccer, but that’s just what is great about the sport.
For more predictions read, “Euro 2008 predictions: Czechs to bring home the trophy.“