That's an interesting post.Seeing as the best players play in european leagues, it's normal that this is a much more balanced competition, but there's great sides that would be left out, namely the two south american giants.
But didn't Platini suggest that, for Euro 2020, a few non-european teams could be invited? I read that somewhere.
Anyways, as it was probable, we qualified. Sorry, @johan, but we have a more balanced side. I wish both of us could have gotten through, instead of the French, for example, but them's the stakes...
I doubt very much we'll win it, maybe we can get to the semis again, if they play well enough. I don't like Paulo Bento, he's too rigid in his coaching, and, like people have pointed out, we miss a striker, and a playmaker as well. After Rui Costa and Deco, there's none that have come close. But most of all, we need a coach that knows how to properly motivate the players, to get the maximum he can from them. We've qualified through the playoffs for 5 or 6 of the last competitions, and even if we usually end up losing to the winner, or the losing finalist, I don't feel we've had a single tournament where they play at their best, save for Euro 2004, where they played their hearts out.
Do you think the manager is one of the causes why you don't perform at your 100%? And isn't him a good motivator?
I don't know much about Portugal, to be honest, I haven't seen too many games after the Euro... But I found what you say interesting... I thought he did a good job in the Euro's, at least result wise... He hasn't done so good since then, though.