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08th Jun 2016

Here’s who the JOE team think will win Euro 2016

We didn't all vote for France...

Carl Anka

The squads are finalised, the fantasy football teams sorted and the holiday time has been booked: We are ready for Euro 2016.

We’ve over a month of wall-to-wall football to enjoy once the tournament kicks off on Friday (June 10) at 8pm, but before that, its time for members of the JOE team to rightly embarrass themselves by predicting what’s going to happen.

Winner of the tournament, top scorer, where the Home Nations will end up – we’re taking a whack at it all, using our year of football knowledge and expertise (we read Inverting The Pyramid halfway once, and have a mate that had trials for West Ham) to predict everything that’s going to happen at Euro 2016.

First up, here are our predictions for who will win Euro 2016.

Spain v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Final

Spain have won back-to-back Euros in 2008 and 2012. Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images

Carl Anka – @Ankaman616

Spain – It *should* be a shootout between France and Germany for the trophy, but I reckon people are forgetting just how good Spain can be, and how well their style translates to international tournament football. You may find tiki taka dull (I think it’s football by strangulation), but all those 1-0 wins add to something. Forget the 1-0 loss to Georgia in a friendly, any team with that midfield is worth something. The 2014 World Cup has made many forget Spain have won the last two Euros. Anyone fancy a three-peat?

USA v Portugal: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Portugal line up for the World Cup in 2014 – Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Richard Beech – @BeechardRich

Portugal – I can’t believe I’m saying this. but I just think they have a nice balance of youth and experience. A really sharp midfield could be the key for them; if CR7 provides the goals, they will be tough to beat.

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Germany celebrate their World Cup win in 2014.  Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Kevin Beirne – @KevBeirne

I know it’s boring, but it’s a bit of a case of Occam’s Razor for me. Germany have the best team and an easy group. They’ll only really have to show up in the knockout stages. Sure, there could be a big surprise along the way, but it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if I predicted it.

Matt Tate – @Mattt8_91

Every time I back Belgium’s Golden Generation they disappoint, and the injured captain Kompany is obviously a big miss. I’ll opt for Germany, as they should stroll their group and have a rock solid mix of experience and depth for the knockouts. Sure, they’ve lost key players to retirement since 2014’s World Cup glory, but the replacements aren’t half bad.

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Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Tom Victor – @tomvictor

France – Many will cite their defensive injuries but the other favourites are missing big players, be it through injury (Reus/Gundogan) or schadenfreude (Diego Costa). Even without Karim Benzema, a forward line including Griezmann, Martial, Coman and Payet will be tough for anyone to play against, and that’s before you get to the home advantage.