The first 24 team and 6 group Euros will commence on a Friday evening in St.Denis, France at the well known Stade de France. Before that I will be nailing in my predictions as well as the knockout stages for this years 2016 Euros, now lets get right in to it!
Starting at group A is France, Romania,Switzerland and Albania. As France are one of the favorites in this prestigious tournament as well as the host nation they will obviously finish top of the group! In second place I’ve chosen Switzerland due to Dortmund’s amazing goal-keeper Roman Burki. Also due to Stokes Xherdan Shaqiri and Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka! Also don’t forget that 4 3rd place teams will still be going through depending on points then goal difference. So in 3rd place I have gone through mainly because Albania doesn’t have any good talents to be honest with you and are ranked #42 in the FIFA world rankings and Romania are 22nd so for me It’s gonna be Romania 3rd and Albania last.
Next is group B and in it is England, Russia, Slovakia and Wales. First place is obvious England with an outstanding arsenal of strikers being Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and the 2 top scorers in the BPL Harry Kane and the lengthy Jamie Vardie! Second is right beside England in the world in terms of location and that is Gareth Bales side, Wales. To be honest with you in matters on Bales performances. On his day he has the power to carry his nation in an outstanding way, but if he doesn’t, It will all crumble. Although they have one of Arsenal’s key central-midfielders Aaron Ramsey who on his day could bang in a couple of assists and amazing goals. In 3rd I’ve gone with Russia as they have a solid goal-keeper being Igor Akinfeev and also because It’s Slovakia’s first Euros as an independent nation and since 1976 being Czechoslovakia, so yes! Russia will finish 3rd and the new country to the Euros Slovakia will finish in a disappointing 4th place.
OK, Group C is Poland, Ukraine, Northern Ireland and the German giants! In first again is extraordinarily obvious being the German giants of course with the likes of Thomas Muller and the strongest defense in the world being Manuel Neuer in Goal with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels with the Bayern Center-back pairing. On the left is Howedes and right is the young but promising Hector. In second is a nation that is right beside in in terms of location and that is Lewandowski’s Poland! He will be coming up against numerous teammates on Germany and that game will be interesting! In 3rd I’ve gone with Ukraine due to the fact that Northern Ireland don’t have much of a team and Ukraine have great depth in midfield with Sevilla’s star Yevheniq Konoplyanka. That does mean though that Northern Ireland will be eliminated.
Now group D which is one of the 2 groups of death and the 4 sides that are in it are Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic and Croatia. Yet again it seems like first place is obvious being Spain. They also have one of the best defenses being David De Gea in Goal, the center-back pairing of Pique and Ramos, and on the left Jordi Alba and on the right the promising and proven Bellerin. In second it has to be the Croatians with a stacked midfield with the likes of Modric, Rakitic, Kovacic and Perisic. In 3rd it had to be Turkey who have some key players for example Hakan Calhanoglu, arguably the best free-kick taker in the world! Also Czech Republic only have 1 stand out player being their goal-keeper Petr Cech. I really think that Turkey are one of the dark horses in this tournament and could surprise, so yes, sadly Czech Republic will be eliminated anyway onward we go!
Almost finished in terms of group stages, we have group E, the real group of death? The nations are the Belgium beasts, Italy, Ireland and Sweden. Ah, at last a group where first place is not THAT obvious. Anyway it sort of is, so I’ve gone with Belgium due to the master mind Kevin De Bruyne and Belgium being #2 in the FIFA world ranking right behind Argentina which does make them the strongest side in terms of rankings. In second will be Italy, their best chances are Insigne and Candreva due to Marco Veratti being injured. But come on Italy have to finish it front of Sweden and Republic of Ireland, right? Anyway Sweden will come first, but just like Poland and Wales it completely depends on how Ibrahimovic performs, and sadly both Ireland’s will be eliminated as they don’t really have any notable players so Sweden will finish 3rd and Ireland will be eliminated.
Finally the final group which is group F with Portugal, Iceland, Hungary and Austria. In first it will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s side, Portugal in first bu also with the talented goalkeeper Lopez. I must admit that was pretty easy but in second it has to be Austria due to Bayern’s talented left-back David Alaba! Also surprisingly Austria are #10 in the FIFA world rankings which will definitely give them a big boost. In third I’ve gone will Hungary in 3rd and Iceland last because that’s what most people have been saying, I also agree that Hungary are just a little bit stronger even though I don’t know any players on either side but Hungary are the stronger team on paper.
But now I must pick my 4, 3rd place teams! The options are Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Sweden and Hungary. I have picked Sweden because they have Ibrahimovic who could definitely score a couple of goals to bring them through! Next I’ve gone with Russia due to past experience in this tournament and goal-keeper Igor Akinfeev. Then I’ve gone with in my opinion, the biggest dark horses in the tournament, Turkey, that could really surprise some people. Now there’s Hungary, Romania and Ukraine, I’ve eliminated Hungary due to not being in the Euros for absolute ages! So I’ve gone with Romania because their just a bit stronger then Ukraine! So again my 4 3rd place teams are Sweden, Russia, Turkey and Romania!
Finally, at last! The knockout stages of this prestigious tournament! The first match is Poland v. Switzerland so I had to go with Poland and Lewandowski! The next match is Spain v. Romania and this one was obvious. It’s going to be Spain, amazing defense and they will go far in this tournament! England v. Turkey, as I said Turkey are the dark horses so I think that England will hilariously lose again in a penalty shootout. Portugal v. Italy and I’m gonna have to route with Cristiano on this one, Italy have been performing poorly lately so they will be knocked out! The next match is Germany v. Russia and Germany are far too strong for Russia and the German defense is just outstanding. Next is Belgium v. Croatia and It’s gonna be Belgium, there squad is too strong and they are #2 in the FIFA world rankings, sorry Croatia, but It’s over for you… Now It’s France v. Sweden and the host nation and the favorites will obviously beat Sweden even If Zlatan performs. The last match for this round is Wales v. Austria which in my opinion is basically Bale v. Alaba and Gareth will win every time so Wales will be going through!
The big quarter finals! In game 1 It’s Spain v. Poland and It just had to be Spain! I mean, Robert Lewandowski by himself can’t beat a stacked squad of Spaniards! Sorry Poland, but Spain is clearly going to completely beat you in fashion. Now we have Rolando’s Portugal against Turkey! This will be the end of the dark horses and Ronaldo will completely and utterly tear apart Turkeys team and Portugal will go through. Next is a huge one, the German giants v. the Belgium beasts! But to be honest I think the world cup winners will beat them as they have an insanely stronger defense then Belgium. Sadly that will be the end of Belgium and their highly anticipated speculation. Next is also an obvious one! We have the hosts France v. Bale’s Wales. The host nation is just to strong and also It’s sad to say but Wales are a 1 man team, sorry Aaron Ramsey!
The Semi-Finals, what ever team gets here should be proud! We have bloody Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal come up against fellow Real teammates on Spain! But for once It’s not obvious! I think that Portugal will cause an upset as Ronaldo will be trying his very hardest after many years ago v. Greece in the finals as his side Portugal and him were in absolute tears, especially Ronaldo. Sorry Spain, but that’s what you get for playing so poorly in the World cup! Next one also isn’t obvious! It’s Germany v. the hosts France! I think that after Germany winning the world cup there will be a upset and the host nation will push threw! Also Germany have a lack of strikers which will defiantly help France!
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you the 2016 European cup finals! France v. Portugal, this was one of the toughest decisions in my whole life! But as a strong galácticos fan, and I will route with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal winning the 2016 European cup! It will go in to extra-time, maybe even penalty’s but Portugal will never give up and the host nation will sadly be defeated in the finals!
So there we have it! Portugal will win the Euros and with a golden generation of superstars to come to bring even more silverware. If you disagree with me which you may do, leave a comment saying who will win if you don’t think It’s Portugal. So yes, the most elite player in world soccer history has no speculation about him in the tournament, but at the end has all of it and all the glory. So just like in 2004, he will be crying! Not tears of sadness though, tears of joy and victory! Thanks to all of you for tuning in,