Euro 2016 is almost upon us. The tournament sees the cream of European soccer duke it out for four weeks to see who’ll have the continental bragging rights for the next four years. Spain won it last time around – in 2012 – and are one of the favorites once again.
But who else is in with a shot of winning this year’s tournament?
Here we give you the low down on the bookmakers choices, as well as a few other nations who may end up challenging the big boys …
The host are favorites for the tournament, despite losing two key men in Raphael Varane and Mamadou Sakho.
Les Bleus have won the Euros before, in 1984 and 2000, and will be hoping to prevail again with a home crowd behind them.
They are light at the back and strong up front, so expect lots of goals – at both ends!
Key Man – Antoine Griezmann
The reigning world champions are in a bit of a transitional period.
Two stalwarts of the international team – Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose – retired after Brazil 2014, and they have yet to be replaced.
They are particularly short on options up front. Low will have to rely on Mario Gomez as the focal point, or adopt a strikerless system with Mueller and Gotze the furthest forward.
Key Man – Toni Kroos