posted on May, 24 2004 @ 04:10 PM
Italy look firm favourites in this group and under the guidance of Giovanni Trapattoni they will be hoping to erase the memory of the lost to France
on the golden goal rule in Euro 2000. Trapatonni remains one of the world's shrewdest coaches, and despite struggling in their qualifying group, they
can never be discounted and Christian Vieri remains a force.
The other qualifying place is likely to go to either Sweden or Denmark. Olsen is a shrewd tactician
Bulgaria look the weakest of the four teams, but there is little to choose between the other two.
Denmark showed their promise when they beat England at Old Trafford and AC Milan's Jon Dahl Tomasson is a goalscorer on the highest stage. Morten
Olsen is a clever operator at international level and the Danes know their way around this tournament.
Sweden, once again with the experienced managerial duo of Tommy Soderberg and Lars Lagerback at the helm, will be as stubborn and efficient as ever.
And with Ajax's gifted Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack, they are not without flair.
VERDICT: Italy and Denmark to claim the two places.
[Edited on 24/5/04 by TRD]