Well, now that the draw has been made, time to start analyzing the groups. In each team's analysis I will note results in OFFICIAL matches (i.e. qualifiers and WC 2010) since Euro 2008 but not give any weight to results in friendlies. Group B: Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark GERMANY: What needs to be said? A squad filled with young talent, and one of the favorites to win the whole tournament. In fact, one suspects that had Tomas Muller not been suspended for the WC 2010 semifinal, we might be talking about Germany as WC 2010 winners instead of Spain. Earned 30 points out of 30 in qualifying, demolishing a group including Turkey, Belgium, and Austria. NETHERLANDS: A team that suprised everbody with an unexpected run to the finals of WC 2010, but which everyone suspects is not quite as good as that run made them appear. Tore through a difficult group at Euro 2008 before being suprisingly knocked out by Russia 3-1 in extra time in the quarterfinals. Cruised through a weak qualifying group to ease into WC 2010, where they won all three of their group stage matches (Cameroon 2-1, Japan 1-0, Denmark 2-0), before beating Slovakia in the round of 16 (2-1), Brazil in the quaterfinals (2-1) and Uruguay in the semis (3-2) before losing to Spain 1-0 in the final. Cruised through qualifying for Euro 2012, winning their first nine matches before losing away to Sweden in the final round after they had already clinched qualification. Nobody doubt their ability to score goals, but the bigger concern is their ability to keep them out of their own net. Their defensive back four is decidedly ordinary, although the development of Tim Krul at Newcastle into a top-notch keeper certainly won't hurt. PORTUGAL: A team that always seem to be less that the sum of its parts. Built around a player, Cristiano Ronaldo, who while excellent in his own right, fails to bring out the best in his teammates, and underperforms for his national team. Made a mess of qualifying for Euro 2012, drawing at home to Cyprus 4-4 and conceding three goals at home to Iceland in a 5-3 win, before getting lucky in the playoff draw and cruising past Bosnia 6-2. Underperformed at WC 2010, going out meekly to Spain in the round of sixteen. Hard to see how they will get out of this group, and could easily finish bottom of the table if Denmark outperforms. DENMARK: Always fan favorites due to their good spirits, but recepients of a very tough draw. Usually get out of the group stages at the tournaments they do qualify for, but somewhat suprisingly failed to do so at WC 2010, losing 2-0 to the Netherlands and 3-1 to Japan in the process, suggesting that these Danes may not be quite as good as those of the past. Won a tight qualifying group, beating Portugal at home 2-1, but losing away 3-1, thus suggesting that beating the Portugese on a neutral field will certainly be within the realm of possibility. CONCLUSION: Will be a major upset if Germany and Holland don't advance.