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Who will win Euro 2008?

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Lineker, Hansen and Shearer preview Euro 2008

This summer's European Championship in Austria and Switzerland is wide open, with up to 10 of the competing countries justifiably believing they could win the tournament.

606: DEBATE
Fifteen BBC pundits reveal who they think will walk off with the Henri Delaunay Trophy and which stars they are expecting to shine.


Gary Lineker:

Gary Lineker
It's open, but I'm going for those perennial underachievers Spain. They've got a bit more strength in depth this time, a lack of which has let them down in the past. Their spine - Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Fernando Torres and David Villa - is very strong.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo.


Jonathan Pearce:
I believe Portugal can win Euro 2008. They have a group of players that reached the final in 2004 and got to the semis of the World Cup in 2006 and they have the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo. Is this his year?
Euro 2008 ones to watch: Torres, Villa, Jeremy Toulalan.


Alan Shearer:

Alan Shearer
They have always struggled, but I can see Spain winning it this time, they have got a fantastic spine throughout the team in goalkeeper Casillas, defender Carles Puyol, midfielder Fabregas and the two boys up front Torres and Villa.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Ronaldo.


Lee Dixon:

Lee Dixon
My head says that Germany will win but my heart wants Spain to finally triumph. It will be interesting to see Fabregas make the step up - will Euro 2008 help develop his football education?
Euro 2008 ones to watch: Fabregas, Mario Gomez and Benzema.


Alan Hansen:
I'd be surprised if the winner didn't come from the usual suspects, either Germany, Italy, France or Spain. It'd be nice for Spain to win it this time, but if I have to pick a winner I'll say Germany. Outside of them Croatia and Czech Republic are the dark horses.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Torres.


Gavin Peacock:

Gavin Peacock
I think Germany will win the tournament. Their squad from two years ago is still very much together and Michael Ballack is their king. I'd like to see Croatia win it, they did for England but I like the way they play football.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Franck Ribery.


Steve Wilson:
My heart says Netherlands because Marco van Basten is continuing their fine traditions, but my head says Germany because they have got that continuity after the World Cup with Joachim Loew. It's on their doorstep and in their language, too.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.


John Motson:

John Motson
Germany are the favourites you would have to say because they are extremely mentally strong and they know what they have to do. There is a good, positive vibe about German football at the moment and they will be expecting to shine as always.
Euro 2008 ones to watch: Huntelaar, Luka Modric, Benzema.


Guy Mowbray:
My head says Spain and my heart says Spain this time. I've tipped them for every recent tournament and they've failed so if I don't tip them and they win that would be too frustrating. There is no team they are not capable of beating.
Euro 2008 ones to watch: Modric, Ronaldo, Torres.


Jacqui Oatley:

Jacqui Oatley
I reckon Germany and Italy have to be the favourites because they both know how to win these tournaments. It would be good for the competition if the host nations did well but it is difficult to see that happening.
Euro 2008 ones to watch: Gomez, Ricardo Quaresma, Benzema Huntelaar.


Mark Lawrenson:
I'd love to see Spain win it and I would like to think they can do it this time. They always have very good players but they have possibly got more quality at this tournament and some of their players have useful experience of playing in another league too.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Karim Benzema.


Mark Bright:

Mark Bright
My heart says Spain to win the tournament because like England they are underachievers, but they have good players in good leagues playing for top clubs. Having said that, my head reckons Germany.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Benzema.


Damian Johnson:
Like many of my colleagues I'm tipping Spain to win it, but I think Croatia are real dark horses and I can see them going far.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Ronaldo.


Adrian Chiles:

Adrian Chiles
I will be supporting Croatia at Euro 2008 as I'm half-Croatian, but I can definitely see Germany winning it - probably on penalties. You can't discount the Germans from ever winning a tournament like this.
Euro 2008 one to watch: Torres.




see also
Euro 2008: Who will you support?
27 May 08 |  Euro 2008
The road to Euro 2008
23 Nov 07 |  Football
Euro 2008 finals draw
02 Dec 07 |  Internationals


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