Despite many predicting the upcoming European Championships to be one of the most competitive in the tournaments history due to the amount of quality throughout, it will still be a major surprise should we see a repeat of the 2004 competition, in which Greece shocked the footballing world to claim glory.
Hosts France join past winners Germany and Spain as favourites for the competition, however the last 16 will be filled with some of Europe’s elite talent from potential outsiders.
The likes of England, Belgium and Portugal will all be hoping to finally win their first European Championships this summer, and could well mount serious challenges come the latter stages. Should Roy Hodgson’s men navigate themselves past the likes of Russia and Wales to make it out of Group B, the attacking threat of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy could well come into prominence against the bigger teams.
Meanwhile, fresh off the back of Champions League success, Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to add to his medal haul this season. Should Portugal top Group F, a potential last 16 tie against Belgium or Italy is certainly a mouth-watering prospect for supporters.
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One man who will be hoping to grace the international stage for possibly the last time, is the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Should a move to Manchester United materialise, which was reported by many this week, the former PSG and Barcelona man will perhaps have extra motivation to achieve success with Sweden.
Elsewhere, should Spain come out safely from the so called ‘Group of Death’, containing Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey, Vicente Del Bosque’s men will once again be among the leading contenders for glory, despite their lack of a recognised goal scorer. Bookies.com offer some of the best deals involving free bets for the upcoming tournament, starting with the opening fixture between France and Romania this Friday.
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