Brazil favour Spain among favourites for Euro title
The 4-1 victory over Russia has led Brazil’s national team to conclude that Spain has the potential to claim the European Championship title.12 June 2008
TERESOPOLIS - The 4-1 thrashing of Russia confirmed that Spain is one of the main candidates to claim the title at Euro 2008, several members of Brazil's national team agreed Wednesday.
When asked by Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa about the favourites to win the tournament, Real Madrid striker Robinho pointed to Spain alongside Germany, Portugal, Italy and France.
"Spain has strength and quality. They have everything to do well. But it is difficult to make predictions. Italy and France had bad debuts, but they have teams to make it to the final. Germany always does well. Portugal has a very good team and an excellent coach (Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari)," Robinho noted.
Right-back Daniel Alves, about to leave Sevilla for Barcelona, was also pleased with Spain's triumph on Tuesday, but stressed that the Spaniards cannot make mistakes if they want the trophy.
"Spain started very well, and I trust that they will get far. Germany also had a good debut, and Portugal is strong. But we cannot delude ourselves with the bad start of Italy and France: those are teams that rise to the challenge at decisive moments," Alves said.
Arsenal's Gilberto Silva also praised Spain and Germany for their good start at the Euro.
"I think that the first round made it plain that great teams remain firm in the role of favourites. Spain and Germany started well and they are going to get far. And I think that Italy and France can recover. Besides, there is Portugal, which has 'Felipao' (Scolari) and can therefore not be ruled out," he said.
The South American giant is currently training in the Brazilian town of Teresopolis to prepare upcoming qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Brazil is set to play Paraguay Sunday in Asuncion and Argentina Wednesday in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.
[dpa / Expatica]