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Spain: Still the Team to Beat for Everyone

It’s Spain and Germany to likely compete for the title, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini. The President said that the Spanish and Germans had that 'bit extra' compared to the other 14 teams.

"I would put Germany and Spain in the first category and in the second one practically all the other teams, because playing against Denmark, Portugal, Italy and France will be tough, one shouldn't forget that Greece won in 2004," Platini said on an interview.

Platini coached France a long time ago, at the 1992 Euros where they lost, and this is when he based his idea that the Germans and the Spanish are way better teams.

"Spain has huge experience, Germany is a little younger, and is hungry for success. Spain would like to retain their title with an outstanding generation of players," Platini said.

At the last World Cup Germany made a good impression, but came across a good Spanish side in the World Cup semi-finals to whom they lost. It is evident that these two sides have something extra," he added.

But Germany coach Joachim Low has an idea. Although he does not have a specific game-plan to beat Spain at Euro 2012.

"We do not have an anti-Spain plan," According to Low.

The Roja defeated The Nationalelf on Euro 2008. The Spaniards were also responsible for Germany's elimination at the World Cup in 2010.

Low has but a solution that sounds simple, all it takes is a really good implementation:

"If you want to cause Spain problems, you will have to do so by playing football. You have to pressure them, and enjoy the majority of possession. If you cannot do that, and Spain do not have a bad day at the office and do not take their chances, beating them is going to be very complicated."

Before meeting with Spain though, Germany will have to battle with Denmark, Netherlands and Portugal in Group B, while Spain will have to settle things first with Croatia, Italy and Republic of Ireland in Group C.

Aside from the likely rival’s opinion, Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit has this to say: The player to watch will be Barcelona’s Xavi, as his game will make the difference between victory and defeat.

"If Xavi plays well, Spain play well. Xavi has that magic touch in the team," Gullit was quoted as saying by Marca.

What do you think?