Wednesday, February 29, 2012

International Friendly (and World Cup Qualifying) Previews

With 100 days to go until Euro 2012, the leading candidates for the title will approach Wednesday's friendly games knowing that this will be their last opportunity to experiment until the end of the season. Some, like Italy, Germany and England, have had changes imposed upon them by injuries, but others, like defending champions Spain, have been obliged to re-evaluate their resources after setbacks in recent matches. Spain are bidding to become the first team to win back-to-back European Championship titles, but their results since lifting the World Cup in 2010 have quietly begun to erode their aura of invincibility.

Top nations refine their squads and strategies before the championship in Poland and Ukraine starts in June

England vs. Holland: Dutch rediscover old sparkle
Jon Brewin: Preview
Jeremy Wilson: Style debate dividing Dutch supporters

Germany vs. France: Preview

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