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Analysis of Group Stage

Fance were automatically placed into Group A for the Euro 2016 draw, and it was kind to them. Switzerland and Romania are no pushovers, but neither can be considered the best in their pot. And Albania, while they did well to qualify for the tournament, were gifted some points due to crowd trouble. They're largely considered to be one of the weakest teams in the tournament.

Predicted ranking: France(82%) - Switzerland(9%) - Romania(6%) - Albania(3%)

Must-see game: France vs. Romania

Opening matches to tournaments can set the tone, and the French have a chance to set a marker when they welcome the Romanians to the Stade De France on June 10. Les Bleus might, however, have bad memories of facing those opponents in such a fixture. A dull 0-0 draw in Zurich opened a disastrous Euro 2008 tournament for the French, and it proved the only point they gained in the entire group stage. Iord?nescu is bound to fancy pulling off a similar result. That might be Deschamp's toughest test of what looks to be a fairly easy draw.

Best individual battle: Pogba vs. Inler

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is the player who can carry the host nation to the further reaches of a tournament that the French think they can win. However, a player whose athleticism and cruising speed can pull anyone apart can also drop into listless consistency. Leicester City's Gokhan Inler, a veteran of Serie A with Napoli, is the type of player who can put Pogba off his loping stride, though the Swiss captain has not yet found a place in Claudio Ranieri's Leicester team, due to injury and the great form of his club colleagues.


They reached the quarter-finals in 2000 by beating England with a last-minute penalty, conceded by Phil Neville. It is their only victory in 13 European Championship matches.

Romania possess the disciplined team eth...

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Underwhelming. They've finished bottom of their group in all three previous appearances, but did at least earn their first victory at the ninth attempt when co-hosts in 2008

The Swiss credit rating is fairly high de...

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Winners in 1984, as hosts, and 2000. This is their seventh successive Euros finals.

France were the last host nation to win the title, in 1984, and are among the favourites this time. With a dynamic and athletic mid...

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The most unfashionable side to qualify, and rank outsiders with Northern Ireland. The influence of their Italian coach is clear - they are organised, sit deep and frustrate the opposition, hoping to snatc...

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