My full predictions for Euro 2012
- Czech Republic
Germany over Poland
Spain over Ukraine
Netherlands over Russia
France over Croatia
Germany over Spain
France over Netherlands
Germany over France
Germany explanation: The Germans return many of the same players from their explosive 2010 World Cup team. This squad has some fresh faces making tournament debuts in midfielders Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. Germany will finish second in their group, but find their form in the last group game against Denmark. From there they will beat a familiar foe in Poland and get revenge against Spain. The Germans will be too much for France in the final in Kiev and Germany will win their first major trophy in 16 years.
Golden Boot: France forward Karim Benzema; The Real Madrid striker just had a breakout season for the Spanish Champions. He lost weight, got in better shape and scored 32 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions. I think his team will make the final and if France is to do that, then Benzema will have to net goals playing in front of Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri.
UEFA Tournament of the Tournament
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Germany), Hugo Lloris (France), Wojciech Szczesny (Poland)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Germany), Mats Hummels (Germany), Phillip Lahm (Germany), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Gregory van der Wiel (Netherlands), Lukasz Piszczek (Poland)
Midfielders: Mesut Ozil (Germany), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Samir Nasri (France), Franck Ribery (France), Xavi (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Ibrahim Afellay (Netherlands), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Luka Modric (Croatia)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Germany), Karim Benzema (France), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands) Robert Lewandowski (Poland)
Eight other players that will breakout and help their stock: Defender Jordi Alba (Spain), defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Greece), midfielder Christian Eriksen (Denmark), midfielder Javi Martinez (Spain), midfielder Yann M’Villa (France), midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (England), forward Nikola Jelavic (Croatia), forward Tomas Necid (Czech Republic)
What are your predictions for the tournament? Who will win the Golden Boot and what other players will do well at Euro 2012?