Sunday, December 2, 2007

Euro 2008 finals draw

The draw for Euro 2008 finals were held and concluded. The qualified 14 teams and the two hosts are now being divided into 4 groups consisting of 4 teams each. Only the two top teams will make it into the next knock out round of the tournament. As the seeding were announced it was likely that 4 teams that were bookmaker's favorite to win the tournament can be casted in the same group. But it didn't happened only three teams were pitted alongside with that pedigree. The so called group of death teams are Italy, France, Romania and the Netherlands as they are all in Group C. One notable thing to not is that Italy and France qualified from the same group and Netherlands and Romania also qualified from the same group of the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

In Group A, Switzerland will be fighting for knock out places with Czech Republic, Turkey and Portugal. This group is also a fairly tight group as the Czech, Portugal and Turkey all have some star players playing in their side and the Swiss has home crowd behind them.

In Group B, co host Austria were pitted alongside Croatia, Germany and Poland. This group is the easiest group of all as Austria are not strong team and Poland does not boost some quality players in their side. Croatia and Germany will fancy strongly to move into the next round.

In Group D, one of the tournament favorite Spain will be battling with Russia, Sweden and defending champion Greece. This group also boost some strong battles as non of the team are less strong then other in terms of their game play. Spain are tipped as group winners and the other three teams have equal chance of qualifying to next round.

The groups are:

Group A:
Czech Republic

Group B:

Group C:
Group D:

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