posted on May, 24 2004 @ 03:53 PM
Portugal will be the favourtes of the group but the presence of fierce rivals Spain makes it a group with several possibilities. What with Greece and
Russia both experiencing a upside in form, this could be one of the most fiercely fought groups.
Portugal, under the guidance of Brazil's World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, will be expected to deliver with the inspiration of Luis Figo to
call on. But massive expectations may weigh heavily on a host nation that has suffered under pressure before.
Spain are long-overdue a performance of significance at a major tournament, and in Raul they have a true world star.
Greece, however, lie in wait and they beat Spain on their own ground on the way to winning qualifying Group 6.
Russia, unbeaten under coach Georgi Yartsev, possibly lack the individual brilliance to make a real impact.
VERDICT: Portugal and Spain to progress.
[Edited on 24/5/04 by TRD]