The season is officially over and this summer we will have exciting games happening in the Euro 2012.
As always, Real Madrid players have been called up to defend their national teams and attempt to win the cup. Arguably, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira’s Germany have the best shot but no one can rule out Spain as the favorite. Here is your full guide to the Euro 2012 from a Real Madrid eye.
The current champion, Spain, has called up Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol and Xabi Alonso to their squad. This list is not final as it does not include any players from Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao or Chelsea as they are still competing for the Copa del Rey and Champions League final respectively. While there are no doubts Iker, Sergio and Xabi will be part of the Spanish squad, Arbeloa and specially Albiol, do not have their spot secured. It is a shame that Granero and Callejon were not given a chance, however, it is only a matter of time until their talent can no longer be left behind by Del Bosque.
Spain is in group C alongside Italy, Ireland and Croatia. They will face Italy first on match 5, on June 10th at 18h UTC+2. Their second game will be against the Irish on June 14th at 20h45. Finally, they will face Croatia on June 18th in their last group phase game. Best of luck to the current Campeones!
Lead by their captain Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese squad has a good shot at the cup this time around. They may not be the favorites but their squad is full of stars. Meireless, Pepe, Coentrao, Moutinho, Eduardo, Postiga and Nani are only some of the stars this team has.
Portugal takes part of group B alongside World Cup runner-ups Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. Without a doubt the group to keep your eyes on. They will kick off their Euro against Germany on June 9th at 21h45 in a game that no one shall miss. These two squads are worthy of a final. They will play their second game on June 13th at 21h45 against Denmark and they will complete their group phase against the Netherlands on June 17th at 21h45.
The favorites of the Euro 2012. Germany is plagued with talent. We are well aware of Mesut Ozil‘s ability to assist a killer like Gomez or Sami Khedira’s ability to run more than anyone else on the team. With Gotze, Gomez, Muller, Podolski, Schweinsteiger, Hummels, Lahm, Neuer and of course Mesut and Sami, Germany is the rival to beat. Not only are they a great squad but they are also a very young one. Germany already humiliated Messi’s Argentina out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Germany’s path to the final will kick off against Portugal as previously mentioned. They will then face the Netherlands in a game that should be beyond exciting. They will play on June 13th at 21h45. Make sure you mark your calendars for this one. Finally, they will play Denmark on June 17th at 21h45.
Last but not least, Monsieur Benzema’s France is in group D of the Euro 2012. France will likely count with Lloris, Evra, Clichy, Rami, Gourcuff, M’Vila, Nasri, Ribery, Remy and of course Karim Benzema. Although they are not at all favorites, they are coached by “Le Président” Laurent Blanc. Blanc won the World Cup with France in 1998 and the Euro in 2000. He is a born winner.
France will kick off their Euro against England on June 11th at 19h. They will then meet Ukraine in Donetsk on June 15th at 19h. Finally, they will face Sweden on June 19th at 21h45 in the last game of their group phase.
The rest of their Euro participation will depend on where they place in their group. Check out the following chart for it: