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Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Who will win Euro 2000?
Which side do you think will lift the trophy when the tournament ends in Rotterdam on July 2?
One of the best international tournaments in memory is coming to a conclusion. Sixteen teams have been whittled down to the two finalists, Italy and France, but who will get their hands on the silverware?
France have lived up to their pre-tournament billing having played some delightful football on route to the final.
The French have the opportunity to become the first team to lift the European Championships as the World Cup holders and much will depend on Zidane who has been in imperious form over the last three weeks.
Italy will be hoping that Zidane and the French forwards have as much trouble breaching their defence as other teams have had in the tournament.
The Italians have made quiet progress to the final and unlike their opponents are unbeaten in the competition. Having only conceded two goals in five matches it is clear where their strengths lie but their forwards cannot be under-estimated.
You told us your verdict on which team was going to win Euro 2000. Read a selection of your comments below.
Adam Brookes, England
From the start I have backed France to win, but then seeing Holland play in the knock out stages, I wasn't so sure. Now Holland are out, I think France will win quite eaisly
Italy will be the European Champions. Not only have they the best defence in the tournament, they also have quite a dangerous attack. My guess are that Italy is going to win 2-0!!! France will not be able to penetrate Italy's defence.
France are a very good team and in the recent past Italy have been unlucky. France is my team, but the semi-final has given Italy the hope to win and this time Italy is set to beat France.
Let us hope that France get an early goal and force the
Matt Scholes, Canada
Variation in approach seems to be the strength of Italy. That was
proved beyond doubt when they humbled Holland. They play different games against different opponents. France will testify to that after the final.
The French are perfect in everything. No doubts, France will win the final.
Italy can do it. They've beaten one top class team and there is nothing to stop them from doing it again. They will be thinking of revenge and team confidence must be high.
There is a limit to luck. The Italians have exhausted theirs. I give the trophy to France. 2-1
The winners will be
Mangire Kibanda, Tanzania, East Africa
France deserves to win. They have played the more attractive football than Italy.
I am in no doubt that France will be European Champions. Their midfield is formidable. Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira and Didier Deschamps have been superb while Blanc, Thuram and Desailly have been rock solid. Henry has kept all the defences on their toes and Barthez has given out good messages towards his new boss.
The French are in a class of their own, with probably the best goalkeeper in the world between the sticks and a back line as hard to get past as a titanium plated wall -
Matt Phillips, England
The spotlight is on France and Holland, but the better team is Italy. Holland have proven over and over again that they fail at key matches. France have less talent than Italy, although they are a better organised team.
I think that Portugal have the most flair and I hope they win this championship! They are an absolute delight to watch and have the necessary strengths to lift the trophy. Besides, I think it will be good for the game if a small country like Portugal (without comparable financial backing) won just due to sheer class!
The big question is: can France display a similar performance against Portugal after the trouble they have gone through against Spain? If France will make it to the final, they are likely to miss out a few players on the way, due to yellow cards and injuries. Holland, however, are pretty much clear and without damage and will dispose of Italy without too many problems. The Dutch finishing power may also be a crucial factor between the two. That still does not take away the fact that I reckon the French to have the best team. But the best team does not always win the competition...
Although Portugal are an inspired team and Holland is at home I think it's between Italy and France but it's a tough call.
Italy will win because like France in '98 and Germany in '96 they have a tight defence, hard working midfield, a bit of sparkle and that wee bit extra of having two to three world class forwards.
I think Holland and France will do well. They have a good squad and team spirit. But if I had to choose one team it would have to be France if they can maintain their form.
After the match against Yugoslavia, it should be crystal clear to anybody that Holland is going to win this championship. If you remember the last World Cup in France, Holland was clearly the best team and should have been in the final. Now however, we are playing at home.
Though I admire the football played by Portugal, France will win the title. They also have the flair and attack-mindedness as well as a better defence. France to win over Holland in the final.
Ken Onacha, Israel
I want France to win. They will make history if they do. No World Cup Winners have ever gone on to win the European Championship two years later. They stand on the threshold of the double!
After watching the first two quarter-finals I am more and more certain that Portugal will take it home. Their way of playing, brilliant individuals and the mixture of youth and more experienced players put them in front of the rest. After following the boring and disappointing Norwegians, I hope the Portuguese will show us the way to play entertaining and offensive Football.
The only team in the competition with everything is France. They have the best keeper in the world, a defence with pace, power and adaptability. Their midfield has grit AND guile as well as speed, and their strikers have power and pace to burn. France will win easily.
Marios Philippopoulos, Canada
Holland can go all the way. They have some brilliant players like Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars and Jaap Stam. France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Yugoslavia are good but Holland at home could be unstoppable.
Holland are going to win Euro 2000. With England out of the competition It will be Holland V France in the final. Holland winning 3-1.
Holland have the tenacity, flair, inventiveness, strength and reserve manpower to win Euro 2000.The team is as efficient as the Germans and the clinical finishing of it's strikers will see them go all the way.
I am sure Portugal will win and Luis Figo
will lift the Euro 2000 trophy.
Phil Styles, England
Portugal have the best squad and team spirit. No other team in the tournament can match that.
If Spain can keep it together at the back against France then they can beat them. Spain are better going forward so France will have to be good at the back to contain the likes of Ra¨l, Mendieta and Alfonso.
Italy deserve to hold the Euro 2000 trophy. They have a great team and have been performing extraordinarily with experienced players.
I think Spain and France will do well. My outsider is Yugoslavia, they have very good players and will be playing on passion, due to the fact that they were almost not allowed to play.
France will win the final. They finished runners-up in the group stage behind Holland, but they have such an extremely strong team, from the defence through to the attackers. They have the best midfield player in the world alongside another superior midfielder (Zidane and Deschamps), two of the best forwards in the world (Anelka and Henry), and arguably the best keeper around (Barthez), and playing in front of him are four class defenders (Thuram, Lizarazu, Blanc and Desailly). France just can't go wrong.
France just smashed Denmark 3-0 and played an average game.
They are less in control of the game because they now play with two strikers.
But these strikers are Anelka and Henry, with Trezeguet and Wiltord on the bench. They can score at any time against any team. But their main strength is their mental toughness, like in '98. France will be very hard to defeat.
Holland? Did you watch them against the Czech Republic?
Alistair McGill, Scotland
I think Turkey could be the dark horses
of the championships but I don't think
they will win, they will do well to reach
the final. I really think Holland will take
the honours this time round.
Andreas Feldmann, Chile
I think France will win Euro 2000 because of the quality and depth they have in their squad. Barthez is a fantastic goalkeeper. They also have some world class defenders like Laurent Blanc and Thuram. The midfield is France's strong point where they have the likes of Petit, Vieira and of course Zidane who I think is the best European player in the world. During the 1998 World Cup the only position the French were short of were strikers, but now France have one of the best strikers in the world. Thierry Henry has been in great form for Arsenal and if he can carry that on into Euro 2000 along with the likes of Zidane and Thuram, I think France will be a good bet to win the competition
Although the brains favour Spain or Holland, for sentimental reasons I say Romania...A heart-breaker at the '94 World Cup (lost on penalties to Sweden, otherwise who knows what might have happened??!), Romania has the same core squad, but combine that with terrific young talent influx and you just might have the winner.
Everone is mentioning Holland but they will be shocked when Portugal led by Figo upset them.
I believe that Spain have the most exciting line-up in the competition. Their past performances have not always reflected their potential but this could be their year given the success of Spanish sides in the Champions League.
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