Who will win Euro 2016?
Next year in the 2016 Euros there are a lot of high hopes for teams involved, but who will go on to win?
In the Euros qualifiers, England have been playing really well and they have an in-form Rooney, a creative Barkley, a good defense and a solid goalkeeper.
The England national football team did not enter the competition until 1964, having declined to participate in 1960. It has competed in the qualifying competition every time since, a total of 13 tournaments, although has failed to qualify for the finals proper on 5 occasions: 1964 (Spain), 1972 (Belgium), 1976 (Yugoslavia), 1984 (France) and 2008 (Austria/Switzerland).
Their best performances are a third-place finish in 1968 (when only four teams competed!) and a semi-final on home soil in 1996, when they were defeated by Germany on penalties. The team has reached the quarterfinals on two occasions: 2004 (Portugal) and UEFA Euro 2012 (Poland/Ukraine), losing both on penalties to Portugal and Italy respectively.
In the 2014 World Cup Spain shocked everybody by having an early exit but next year in the Euros they hope to fight back and get quite far in the competition. In the past, Spain have enjoyed success and do have a good chance of winning this year with the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabrigas, Santi Cazorla and many more amazing players.
In 2014 World Cup, Belgium were the underdogs but they proved everyone wrong and they shone against some good teams. Belgium’s national team has participated in three quadrennial major football competitions. They appeared in the end stages of twelve FIFA World Cups and four UEFA European Football Championships, and. For the record, won the gold in the 1920 Olympics.
Other notable performances include victories over four reigning world champions —West Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France – between 1954 and 2002. Belgium has longstanding football rivalries with their Dutch and French counterparts, having played both teams nearly every year from 1905 to 1967. The squad has been known as the Red Devils since 1906.
Germany have the best chance of winning the Euros because of their world cup pedigree. Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won a total of four World cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and three European Championships (1972,1980, 1996). They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and have won a further four third places.
There are a few teams that can win the Euro 2016 but my tip is that Germany will build on their World Cup successes and add more silverware to their impressive collection.
Fran, Year 6
Heighington Mllfield Primary Academy