The European Championship is widely considered to be the best tournament when it comes to international football — only the cream rises to the top and, since 1996 when the finals went to a sixteen team format, the overall quality is far better than even the World Cup.
This edition promises to be the most intriguing one yet.
The questions are endless. Can Greece repeat or can Portugal go one better this year? Is Italy World and European Champion calibre? Will Spain finally deliver? Are the Germans back and how will Austria and Switzerland avoid embarrassing themselves? And can those old timers from France visit the fountain of youth one last time? All will be revealed.
Losing finalists in 2004, World Cup semi-finalists in 2006, Portugal will be determined to shake off the bridesmaid tag. In Scolari, they have a World Cup winner who is making his final bow, while in Cristiano Ronaldo they have the best player on the planet.