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Euro-2012. Legends, myths and doubts in the final phase
The final phase is capable of creating heroes and destroy coincidences. Poland and Ukraine there will be a lot at stake but Benedict is safe
The end of the world-2010 had a devastating effect on the national team. The controversy involving has damaged the start of qualifying for UEFA Euro-2012 and the draw with Cyprus in Guimarães and the defeat in Norway left Portugal to see Poland and Ukraine for a straw. In desperation, Paulo Bento was chosen by Gilberto Madaíl to try something that could see only if at the end of the tunnel: the discharge.
The main objective of Paulo Bento was rebuilding a team that had collapsed between polemics. Norway and Denmark were rivals who threatened but the former coach of Sporting took the weight of the shoulders of and company: "I make no secret that the moment is difficult. Everything bad happens it is your responsibility to national team coach. If happen what I believe, do not forget to praise the players, who are the ones who deserve it. " But, little more than a year after the presentation, Paul Benedict finally pulled their Ember sardines. With the settlement reached, the coach lobbied the Federation and ensured that would go with the future Treaty for Euro-2012.
He was right. Paulo Bento has renewed with the selection and already know that, whatever happens in the final stage, will he guide team in qualifying for the world-2014. What is assessed is the extent to which a bad campaign in Poland and Ukraine can make unsustainable work coach. Group B is not inviting – with Germany, Holland and Denmark – and individuals with Macedonia and Turkey have made sound alerts for the possibilities of Portugal to achieve the quarter-finals, the first objective of the team members.
The scenario is not so simple. Portugal may have a good performance, the exibicional level at least, and this won't be enough to overcome the first hurdle. The world-2010 may have been considered a failure but the removal was at the foot of future world champions (Spain). The trend was the same from the past: in 2008 was the finalist in 2006 with Germany, France and in 2004, finalist in the final, with the champion Greece. Incidentally, in ten times that the national team was a finals only in two was not eliminated by teams that did not reach the final in 1986 in a group with England, Morocco and Poland and in 2002 with South Korea, Poland and the United States.
The difference is above all the image left. Germany and the Netherlands are two of the three best teams listed on the title and will be fallacious characterize the campaign of failure similar to what happened in only two times Portugal fell in the group stage. If the quarter-finals can be a difficult scenario, leaving a decent picture in three games is a requirement for the pós-Europeu do not bring adverse consequences for Paulo Bento and selection.
Spanish In Spain Tripleta breathes confidence. Del Bosque has a squad full of players who know what it's like to win a trophy and selections that are waiting to achieve a feat unique in the history of football: win three consecutive, after much evidence in the world in 2008 and 2010.
The Spain won't be the first team to try it. The Federal Republic of Germany debuted knocked of the 70. was King and the selection was feared by all. In 1972 he completed the Soviet Union (3-0) in the final of the Belgium and, two years later, won at home the World Cup against the Netherlands (2-1). So, in 1976, all eyes were placed in the team of Helmut Schön. The Germans until they reached the final, but in the penalty shoot-out succumbed in the face of Czechoslovakia, on the day on which the most famous baptised Panenka penalty spot in history.
The RFA failed the goal but came close; France already was a huge disappointment. After winning the World Cup-1998 at home against Brazil (3-0) and the Euro-2002 in Belgium to Italy (2-1 after extra time), the French left humiliated South Korea's World Cup and Japan after a period and zero goals scored in the group stage with Denmark, Senegal and Uruguay. Ten years after the failure of Gaul, it is now up to Spain to fight for this feat. How are going to deal with the status of the Club, especially knowing that never a selection won the event in consecutive editions?
Fasting Spain and France have won the German twice European, but no selection is so victorious as Germany. With three titles (1972, 1980 and 1996) and three lost finals (1976, 1992 and 2008), the opponent of Portugal has a status to defend Poland and Ukraine: the never be more than three edits without lifting the Cup.