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To Reach Semi Final Tips For Euro 2012
UEFA Euro 2012 features some of the world’s best sides. Given the tight competition, which of the 16 participating teams will make it to the top-four of this tournament? Let’s take a closer look at the best of them.
The Top Four Contenders
Spain’s chances of making the semi-finals are almost as clear as a sunny-day sky. Winning Group C – which they are expected to comply with without any major difficulties at hand – after all provides the Spaniards the benefit of a quarter-finals showdown against the runner-up of Group D. Given that it’s either England or France, two teams that Spain can easily get past through insofar as recent history is concerned, you might as well go all-in on a Spain semi-final appearance. With all due respect to the Three Lions and the Les Blues, the Red Fury is just unstoppable insofar as they are concerned.
Unlike the Spaniards, the Germans have their work cut out for them. The mere fact that they were drawn in the “Group of Death” already spells the word ‘complicated’. For three straight games in the group stages, this means that the Germans will need to work hard and emerge as winners. If they do, then you might as well treat them as polished diamonds; it’s not easy to win a group that contains the likes of Holland, Portugal, and Denmark. Their reward is an easy path through to the finals, perhaps facing Italy in the semis., and then Spain or Holland in the finals
As mentioned, Netherlands is in a group where the winners – or survivors if you will – are bound to be rewarded with an easier road to the finals. Holland’s fate is after all intertwined to that of Germany, Portugal, and Denmark. Never mind their possible quarter-finals opponent; the bigger sides are already lined-up to face them in the group stages. As they say, it’s never too early to start playing good. A topnotch group stage performance for the Dutch could definitely earn them a finals appearance, but like the Germans, book them straight to the semis.
It’s quite unfortunate for the Italians to find themselves in Group C, in the same bag where defending champions Spain is situated in. Then again, it’s quite fortunate for them that all the other top sides are stacked in one group – Group B that is. This means that even if Italy finishes in their group as runners-up, they will not face any Holland or Germany until the semi-finals. The only issue is that they will need to make do with a match against Group D winners in the quarters.
England or France against the Italians, take your pick. But against any of these two sides, the fact remains that the Italians are bound for the semi-finals.
It’s essential to win Group D, as England and France would have realized by now. Winning the group will take them to a quarter-final showdown against Group C runner-up and if all goes according to plan, that team would be Italy. The runner-up meanwhile will have to face Group C winners (Italy as runner-up leaves us with Spain as group winners).
You never have to ask which team will have better chances of making it to the semis – the answer: the team that wins Group D. Between England and France, it’s quite difficult to decide as of the moment. So we’ll take it as if both teams have equal chances of making it to the semi-finals.
Group A is almost a forgotten group this tournament, with all the focus going to the other groups. The side that wins Group A will face the runner-up of Group B – possibly Holland – in the quarters, and this already looks like a done deal. Because of Group A’s tie with Group B, nobody really expects a Group A team to make it to the semi-finals. But in case you’re in the mood for wagering on a massive underdog come the quarters, Russia is your best chance to reap massive rewards.
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