Everyone is saying how this will be the best Euro championship in its history. I think there may be some great matches, but typical football will the norm and there will be plenty of 1-0 matches. Will Spain repeat? No. Will Poland or Ukraine advance from group play? No. Sadly, this is the world's greatest tournament since there are no lower tier teams are included and it does not live up to the hype. Will there be a miracle run like Greece in 2004? Can Ireland muster a win? Will France flame out, or rise from its 2010 World Cup ashes? There are many questions and all will be answered soon as the matches begin today! The question many are pondering is who will win Euro 2012? My forecast has Holland vs Italy and Spain versus Germany in the semifinals and Germany beating Italy in the final. If I were to put money down on this, it would be on Germany. But, hedge your wager with some dark horses. My long shot picks are Russia and Croatia. I picked Russia due to their nasty history with Poland and Ukraine and unwelcome reception, which may fuel them to thumb their noses and will victories where they are unexpected. Croatia is a solid team. If they can draw with Italy and Spain and win against Ireland in group play, they could become this tourney's Cinderella.
Best of luck to all the nations and hope for a peaceful, beautiful tournament.