The Euro 2012 soccer tournament is here! Sixteen of Europe's best national teams square off in a monthlong event to crown the continent's next champion. The European Championship is viewed by many experts and players as the most difficult soccer tournament in the world, due to the high quality of all the contending teams. As the group stage gets under way, we're asking SportsNation to make its predictions!
Is Spain the favorite?
Spain is looking to repeat as European champions, something no national side has accomplished since the tournament began in 1960.
The young gun
Much is expected out of young German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who had a breakout performance at the 2010 World Cup.
England has a history of disappointing its fans on the international stage. Will the trend continue in Poland and Ukraine?
Portugal may not be one of the favorites in the tournament, but it does have one of the best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo.