This year’s Euros is the largest ever which had 24 teams fighting for the place in top 16 and the group stages are now been finished. Every team fought with his head and heart to book their place and even the giants pampered and the late goal drama has been simply unforgettable. Here is the look at the look of the first half of the best 16 teams at the Euros-
A look at all 16 teams that have qualified for the Euros Part – 1
The host did not look in their best shape before the start of tournament with the defensive injuries but came up with some lightening performances in the first two matches. Dmitri Payet has been a main man for the French team bringing his top notch performance from the premier league. They have been a bit fragile sometimes as they were rescued by the late goals and didn’t fare well against the Swiss opposition.
They had a promising pool of the player coming into the Euros but disappointed with their performances. They were placed in a hard group and started their campaign well with the win over Albania but then back to back draws on the hands of Romania and France somewhat derailed their momentum. Granit Xahaka was the shining star for them in the group stages.
The England team has always looked promising on the cards but has never delivered according to their own standards and same was the story in the group stages where they finished second fiddle to Wales. They have a brilliant attacking force in their hand and Rooney had been revolutionized in the midfield for them partnered by brilliant Eric Dier. They can be more promising, but if they did the same like they did in the group stages, then they will surely retain the title of “quarter final team”.
They have looked promising and can be real bet to progress into the last eight and who knows even further. They can be a potent force in the attack, but they have a few shortcomings that were seen in the England team and should deal with them with firm ease if they want to pose a greater challenge.
They showed off their credentials in style against the mighty Germans by beating them 3-1 before the competition but had a poor start to their campaign when they suffered defeat at the hands of Wales. They did bounce back by winning against a mediocre Russia and then playing a draw against the group favorites England. Hamsik looks like their main man, but will face the German challenge again in the knockouts.
They are the clear cut favorites to lift the trophy this year, but were very unconvincing against Poland in their second match. The mighty Germans have sorted their two major problems and the main players’ looks back to their best which is a warning for all other teams to beware of them. They have everything in their hand at the moment and teams will definitely want to avoid them.
They came into the completion with the tag of dark horses and have certainly proved it by playing stalemate against the German team. They look promising and can advance further in the completion, but the form of Lewandowski will be crucial as he has failed to score a single goal for Poland this year.
They became the forth British team to qualify for the knockouts, but were not that convincing. McGovern has proven himself as worthy assets. They put up a good show against Ukraine but are the least favorite team going into the knockouts. They will face another British team Wales and looks likely to exit the competition.