And at Euro 2012, Group B is as deathly as it could possibly be… put it this way, the top seeds are the 2010 World Cup runners up the Netherlands, and there are absolutely no guarantees they’ll get through this lot…
That’s pretty hard to believe when you consider that the Dutch scored almost four goals a game in qualifying, with 12 coming from Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Then there’s Denmark, for whom Nicklas Bendtner, Dennis Rommedahl and young Christian Eriksen are all looking to make an impression.
There’s also the small matter of Germany, with 10 wins out of 10 in qualifying, and no team does big tournaments better. Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil has emerged as a key man after some brilliant displays in the World Cup, and Jogi Loew can also count on Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose to pull out all the stop.
Portugal may have needed a play-off to get but they’ve also got Europe’s best footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo. Pick the bones out of this little lot!