Group B

Group B - Germany, Holland, Portugal, Denmark

GERMANY - The Germans frequently perform at major finals. In 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010 they have come close to glory, yet they are still without a major trophy since Euro '96. However, this years European Championships is where their luck will surely change. The latest breed of talent, boasts vast experience, youthful energy and a team of winners. It seems Joachim Loew has all the ingredients for Germany to once again rule the football world.

Fifa Ranking - 2

Players To Watch - Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil, Holger Badstuber

VERDICT - Winners




HOLLAND - The Dutch national team will be looking to rid the demons of the 2010 World Cup Final as they threw 40 years of Dutch football tradition down the drain to turn the Soccer City stadium into a battlefield. Nevertheless, their talent is unrivalled in many areas of the game. Like Germany they have an experienced squad with an unbelievable attack likely to expose the Portuguese and Danish defences.

Fifa Ranking - 4

Players To Watch - Urby Emanuelson, Gregory Van Der Wiel, Robin Van Persie

VERDICT - Semi Final




PORTUGAL- Portugal have come close to success at major tournaments as many times as ever in recent years. A final defeat in Euro 2004, 4th place at the 2006 World Cup and Semi Finalists at Euro 2008. However, their so-called "Golden Generation" is all but vanished from international football leaving one man to carry the team, Cristiano Ronaldo. Its seems, despite a talented first XI, that the over reliance on Ronaldo and a fragile defence will spell an early exit for the Iberian nation.

Fifa Ranking - 5

Players To Watch - Cristiano Ronaldo, Fabio Coentrao, Nelson Oliveira

VERDICT - Group Stage



DENMARK - The winners in 1992 will have a mammoth task to progress to the quarter finals in next months tournament. The outsiders in the "Group of Death" will have to rely on a decent back four if they are to pull off a great shock and qualify. Big players like Agger, Kjaer and Eriksen are capable of an upset but must utilise their talented squad to perfection. Any repeats of the 2010 World Cup and it's bye-bye Denmark.

Fifa Ranking - 10

Players To Watch - Christian Eriksen, Daniel Agger, Anders Lindegaard

VERDICT - Group Stage

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