Euro 2012 Talk: Tournament kicks off, Holland hit out, Russia’s club call

The European Championship trophy.
Which side will take home this trophy on July 1?SNS Group

It’s the calm before possibly the most perfect of storms.

With hours to go before the tournament kicks off, all 16 teams have a chance to qualify and are full of optimism over their chances.

That of course may quickly change.

In a packed summer of sport, three weeks of Europe’s best national teams going head to head truly is a mouth-watering prospect.

Spain are aiming to make history, Germany believe they can beat them to the crown after defeats in 2008 and 2010.

Holland, France, Portugal and of course England would suggest they could come out on top on July 1, while the competitions so-called minnows will draw inspiration from Greece's 2004 triumph.

And while Scotland fans are forced to play the role of frustrated spectators once again, keeping tabs on World Cup 2014 rivals Croatia should prove interesting viewing.

Discussions surrounding hooliganism and racism continue to plague organisers, with Holland ace Mark van Bommel demanding action from UEFA over monkey chants directed at his team-mates in Krakow.

Hopefully when the tournament gets underway in Warsaw tonight, it will be the action on the pitch that everyone wants to talk about.

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