So. I did my Euro 20028 brackets and came up with some surprises.
Group A: 1. Czech Republic 2. Portugal
Group B: 1. Croatia 2. Germany
Group C: 1. Romania 2. Holland
Group D: 1. Spain 2. Sweden
Yep, there's a clear Eastern/Central Europe bias here. I think Turkey narrowly misses out in Group A and France narrowly loses out in Group B. I think the loss of defender Fabio Cannavaro is a big blow to Italy, and lets a slightly more high-powered Dutch offense squeeze through.
Let's play this out 'til the end.
Quarterfinals: Czech Republic over Germany; Portugal over Croatia; Romania over Sweden; Holland over Spain.
Portugal plays its one great game of the tourney to beat Croatia. Holland is this year's block to Spanish ambitions in the Euro.
Semifinals: Czech Republic over Portugal; Romania over Holland
Don't think the Portugal can take a more balanced Czech team. Romania is the 2008 version of Greece, and Mutu is a firm favorite for the golden boot.
Final: Romania's magic runs out in a virtual home match for the Czechs in Vienna. Czech Republic.
What do you think? Comments are open!
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