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Infirmaries European giants

June 9 2006

Football is played by a huge number of countries, and such competition is not in any other sport. Meanwhile, very few of those States, who took the World Cup, and even fewer of those who won it. But there are countries that belong to the favorites, if only because it is in their championship collection of the best players in the world. This, of course, talking about the top five football in Europe.

England: with or without Rooney?

Team of the founders of football each time is listed in the favorites of the world championships, but since 1966 every time the British that there is not enough. England is now under the guidance of Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson once again looks a winner, and now, for this is a huge reason. Team captain David Beckham, striker Michael Owen, midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, defenders Rio Ferdinand and John Terry ... Only the goalkeeper is not enough, but with the field players in this evil is not so conspicuous.

However, the closer the Championship, the greater the anxiety began to experience English fans. The fact that the hospital were immediately defenders John Terry, Ashley Cole, Gary Neville and the main hope of the team - striker Wayne Rooney broke his foot in late April. A few weeks England was praying for something to 20-year-old striker was able to come to Germany, and only a day before the opening of the Championship it was announced that Rooney will be able to help the team. However, in the first two or three matches the British have to deal with rivals without him.

Spain: The most unfortunate Football Nation

Spain's team can safely be called the main loser World Championships. Despite the countless victories Real Madrid, Barcelona and other clubs, the national team has never managed to climb the world championships over 4 th place. Four years ago, such a chance was, however, in the quarterfinals of the judge simply "killed" the Spaniards in the quarterfinals to South Korea. Therefore, the Spanish fans were looking forward to when the time comes to retribution.

At the disposal of coach Luis Aragones are excellent performers. This defender of Barcelona's Carles Puyol, goalkeeper of Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and especially the forwards - 21-year-old Fernando Torres and Raul symbol of the team, scored the highest number of goals for the national team in history. Six months, the captain of Real Madrid had been treated, but now he seems to have got the form. By the will coach the team did not have his eternal partner Fernando Morientes, and many believe that eventually it might go sideways Spain. But coming out - depends on the Ukrainian team, which the Spaniards play the first match.

Italy: unbreakable wall of defense steel ...

Three-time world champions always among the favorites. The Italians have given the world many brilliant players - some going, going. But in practice one always remained the same: Tactics. Italian national team is known for its game on defense, and a "football from the ambush of many annoying. However, the Italian defensive wall called "katenachcho" (castle - Ed.) Repeatedly stumbled over the best strikers rivals. Hardly change the principles of the game on defense and current coach Marcello Lippi.

As part of the Italians have a great goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, defenders Fabio Cannavaro and Alessandro Nesta, Gianluca Zambrotta Midfielders: Francesco Totti and striker Alessandro Del Piero and many other top stars. However, there are two things that will hinder the team. First - this is an injury Nest, Zambrotta and midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, who will not let them play in their first match. The second - an unprecedented corruption scandal in football, FIFA has hit Italy.However, 24 years ago such a scandal ended with the victory in the World Cup. Maybe now you get?

France: the world on a string

French team is rightly called the most international team in the world. Indeed, the root of the French in its structure there is little - comes to mind except a colorful goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. The remaining stars are from the colonies: Zinedine Zidane - from Algeria, Patrick Vieira - from Senegal, Thierry Henry - from the Antilles. Scrolling can be up to infinity, but we note that eight years ago, this conglomerate has led France to the first in its history, the world champion title.

Now the French team is undergoing a generational change. Many people who forged a victory on the fields of France 8 years ago are gone, but six world champions are still in the camp of the team Raymond Domenech. And if Zidane and defender Lilian Thuram is about to walk away from football, Henry, Vieira and striker David Trezeguet has not yet old and full of strength to prove that the complete failure of the fields in Japan and South Korea was no more than an unfortunate misunderstanding. And even a broken leg in the English striker Liverpool's Djibril Cisse should not prevent the French to play with dignity.

Germany: a puzzle for coach

Germany squad in recent years has lost some of their positions, and within it are not so many of the brightest stars, as before. However, reasons for optimism among German fans is: 32 years ago, native walls have helped them become champions of the idols, and a brilliant game no discipline once rescued Germany. But now the coach Jurgen Klinsmann will have far more complicated than its predecessors, and the matter is that - the very identity of a mentor.

Great footballer in the past 42 years, and has virtually no experience of coaching. In addition to everything most of the time he spent in the U.S., and only visited the home on short visits. He could not decide who to stand in goalkeeper - Oliver Kahn of Bayern Munich or conducting a brilliant season, Jens Lehmann of Arsenal. In addition, it mercilessly criticized the team's captain Michael Ballack. When the captain is injured, the German media immediately wrote that Ballack in the opening match against Costa Rica will not play. Now he has recovered, and is a matter of Klinsmann - to put a crooked player in or not.

For different reasons, Klinsmann had not taken a team of many prominent players - striker Kevin Kuranyi, midfielder Dietmar Hamann and defender Christian Verns. However, the Germans have collected the magnificent form of striker Miroslav Klose, and a young defender Philipp Lahm and Andreas Hinkel seem increasingly impassable. There are a midfielder Sebastian Schweinsteiger, so that the Germans might well appear able-bodied team and show who is boss in the Championship.

Vadim Trukhachev


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