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Group D is the quasi “group of death”. It consists of 4 squads that at one point in time were the shining stars. All of them can show outstanding performance. Spain is the current Euro champion and they have a dream team. Croatia is consistent when it comes to taking part in football competitions at the highest level. The Czech were on a winning spree 12 years ago, which gave them the highest ELO rating. Last, but not least, Turkey’s managed to reach the 3rd position in France 18 years ago. History repeats, and we’re back in France.
Croatia god penalized in the qualifying group due to reasons that are not directly related to what goes on on the court, instead what happens among the crowd. Fortunately for them, they got penalized with only one point deducted. If they had been deducted one or two points more their spot in the Euro 2016 would’ve been compromised. What’s done is done. Their Euro adventure commences on the 12th of June when they’ll meet with the Turkish squad on the Parc des Princes in Paris.
When it comes to scoring goals the Czech seem to be rather modest. On the other hand, they were consistent in the qualifying round with 7 wins, 1 tie and losses. Tomas Rosicky and his club-mate Petr Cech are the stars in the Czech squad. Tomas Rosicky also called the Mozart is the biggest threat to Czech’s opponents and it will be difficult to concede a goal since the experienced Cech is guarding the goal. The Czech can be rather unpredictable. They will be a challenge for both Spain and Croatia as well.
Spain failed to beat Slovakia only. They are the team with the highest number of points in the qualifiers. It’s what was expected from the current Euro champion. Their outstanding performance was irrelevant, so to speak, since they were already in the group stage of the final tournament. This will be the last major football competition for several key players from the Spanish squad like Iniesta for instance. Spain’s squad is probably the team with the highest net worth. They don’t have just football stars, they have legends.
This nation has had its ups and downs over the past few decades. They were a major surprise in the World Cup in France and we have no reason to believe that they can’t be one once again. Arda Turan, Atletico Madrid’s player is the captain of the Turkish national football team. Turkey has one of the best young players who can become a huge star. Big clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United have already shown interest in him. It’s Oguzhan Ozyakup. He is a rising star. You better keep an eye on him if you enjoy attractive dribbling.
Despite being the current champion, Spain is not viewed as the prime candidate for this Euro Cup trophy. Placing a bet on Spain that they will scoop another trophy guarantees you a win of 6.50 times your bet. The odds of 11/2 seem fair and profitable. Croatia comes with odds of 25/1, Turkey 22/1 and last, but not least is the Czech Republik with odds of 66/1.
Spain and Croatia will be the teams that will advance to the knockout stage of the tournament. That’s if some sort of a miracle happens and Turkey or the Czech squad make their Euro adventure a bitter one.