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Can Anyone Challenge Spain At Euro 2012?

Once in a while a team comes along that simply dominates in its field. Think France during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Think Real Madrid from the mid-50’s to mid-60’s. Barcelona now.

photoOn the international stage, there is no doubt that the current team to be seen in such a light is Spain and this is reflected in the Spain euro 2012 odds.

Having ended their tournament hoodoo at the Euro 2008 tournament, they went into the last World Cup as huge favourites. With the weight of such expectation, many a side would have crumbled, but instead they went out there and proved to everyone what a truly magnificent team they are.

You would have to be ignorant to the facts to suggest that anyone other than Spain will be the favourite going into Euro 2012, for they still remain the finest (international) footballing side on the planet.

However, questions will surely be asked as to whether there is anyone out their capable of deposing them from their throne.

Certainly there are other sides out there of going to Poland and Ukraine and emerging as champions – the European sides produced much of the entertainment at the last world cup.

To back a side other than Spain could be considered either very foolish or very brave, but one side you simply cannot ignore is Germany.

At the last World Cup, they were one of the youngest sides, yet they went all the way to the semi-final, handing out thrashings to both England and Argentina along the way. Of course, every one of those players will be two years older by the time Euro 2012 gets under way.

Furthermore, many of them have moved onto some of the biggest clubs in the world. The German contingent at Real Madrid is as strong as it has ever been, while the biggest German club, Bayern Munich is built around a solid core of German internationals.

England demonstrated in a recent friendly that Spain are certainly beatable. If they have an off day at the Euros, and their opponent is on song – don’t discount an upset.

Indeed, England will surely consider themselves to be one of the favourites after a dominant qualification process. In beating Spain, they showed they can be a match for anyone in the world, let alone Europe.

Lets not forget France, with the likes of Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Franck Ribery. They may have been a damp squid in South Africa in 2010, but things have changed there, and they surely will offer stiff competition.

The World Cup runners up, The Netherlands will be keen to set the record straight after their feisty encounter with Spain at Soccer City. Portugal will have a go, Italy will do.

And lets not forget the luck of the Irish.

It is going to be one hell of a tournament.

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