Group A - Portugal, Spain, Greece, Russia
Portugal: (FIFA Ranking 20)
Coach - Luiz Felipe Scolari
Dangerman - Luis Figo
If they were a Premiership Team they'd be - Newcastle United (a good mix of experience and exciting young talent that promises so much but often fails to deliver)
Portugal are one of the underachievers of international football of recent years and for many of their players this is their last chance to put this right. Big name players such as Figo, Rui Costa, Paulo Bento and Fernando Couto are all well into their 30's and Euro 2004 is their chance to leave the international stage covered in glory.
The Portuguese have appointed Luiz Felipe Scolari, who managed Brazil to world cup glory in 2002, as international manager. If he manages to coach this all star team to their maximum potential, Portugal will be a huge danger.
The last world cup saw Portugal fail to get past the group stages when they were one of the fancied teams to win it. They've started disasterously in this tournament with a loss to Greece, but their victory against russia has left a mouthwatering showdown with Spain. Anything but a win and the Portuguese haven't got far to go home!
Well a 1-0 win and Portugal move on as Group winners and a 1/4 final against England in Lisbon. Their ageing stars ground out a result against a disappointing Spain, but may find England much more of a threat.
Current spread prices:
Tournament Index: 47-49 (see main Euro 2004 page for a full list of prices and betting expanation)
Greece: (FIFA Ranking 34)
Coach - Otto Rehhagel
Dangerman - Stelios (of Bolton)
If they were a premiership side they'd be Spurs - can be pretty to watch, but highly unlikely to win a trophy
German coach Otto Rehhagel transformed Werder Bremen into Bundesliga Champions, but his job to turn Greece a major European force seems to be more difficult.
He has certainly instilled a typical German discipline into the side that nearly ended England's hope of automatic World Cup qualification in 2002 when they were 2-1 up at Old Trafford until Beckham's famous free kick.
Greece had never won a game in the finals of a major tournament until their comfortable win against Portugal. They did win their qualifying group - that contained Spain - so should we be surprised that yet again they were able to hold Spain in their second game. However a poor 2-1 defeat to Russia has left the Greeks in the runners up spot and will face the tournament favourites France in the 1/4s
Current Spread Prices:
Tournament Index: 30 - 32