FFT Predictions: Our football fanatics make their picks for Euro 2016!

Euro 2016 is upon us. So who do FourFourTwo's football aficionados believe will walk away with the grand prize and who will flatter to deceive? Read on to discover our predictions...

Kenneth Ho, FFT Online Editor

1. What are your memories of past European Championships?

After the World Cup, the Euros was the next biggest football competition for me. I remember watching a young Wayne Rooney making his tournament debut in 2004 and giving France’s defence a torrid time.

Till date, Greece’s remarkable triumph also stands out for me. The beauty of such tournaments is that anything can happen, even if your opponents happen to have Cristiano Ronaldo.

2. Who do you think will win Euro 2016?

France. With the most complete-looking squad, as well as home ground advantage, they should nick it.

3. Who will they beat in the final?

England. Nobody expects them to do well and that could work in their favour.

Rooney switched to Old Trafford right after Euro 2004

4. Which country will be the biggest surprise packet?

Wales. Gareth Bale was immense for Real Madrid in the recently-completed campaign and Wales could very well surprise many in their tournament debut.

5. Which country will be the biggest disappointment?

Belgium. The highly-vaunted ‘Golden Generation’ blows hot and cold and they still have much work to do if they ever intend to fulfill their potential.

6. Who will win the Golden Boot and how many goals will they score?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Give the man a ball and he will put it in the back of the net. Five.

7. Who will win the ‘player of the tournament’ award?

Ibrahimovic! His ability to do the unexpected is what sets him apart and this being his last tournament, will surely result in him departing with a bang.

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Scott McIntyre, FFT Japan-based correspondent

1. What are your memories of past European Championships?

I had the good fortune to cover the 2008 tournament co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland and it was a memorable one for so many reasons. The warm hospitality and breath-taking scenery of the two nations was a great start, the early eliminations of some ‘big guns’ in Italy and the Netherlands established the drama and then there was the fairytale run of Spain.

The nation’s first major title in more than 40 years, which they accomplished as only the second to win the championships undefeated. Most of all though I remember waiting to interview the Spanish players after the match when they suddenly descended on the assembled media wearing giant sombreros and spraying the fourth estate with enough champagne to make tongues dry.

2. Who will win Euro 2016?

It’s impossible to go past the host nation, France. Even with injuries and self-imposed bans, any squad that boasts the likes of Griezmann, Lloris, Pogba, not to mention some electric young talents led by Kingsley Coman, is going to be hard to beat.

3. Who will they beat in the final? 

Germany. No Marco Reus is a blow but this is a squad stacked with talent right across the pitch. They have a coach that knows how to get the best from his squad and the vital experience of major tournament success.

4. Which country will be the biggest surprise packet?

An ageing squad, some shaky qualification performances and no recent success at major tournaments mean most have written the 2018 World Cup hosts off. The flip side to that is they arrive in France with a vastly experienced squad, a coach that knows the local scene like no other and the desire to show ahead of their hosting duties they are not to be taken lightly.

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5. Which country will be the biggest disappointment?

For a nation that is always considered contenders, England have only twice reached the semis and never the final of the European Championships. In a squad without any genuine world-class players and indeed only six who played Champions League football this season, that’s unlikely to change here.

6. Who will win the Golden Boot and how many will they score?

In a group containing the likes of Iceland and Hungary, Cristiano Ronaldo will have a chance to wrap up the Golden Boot in the first three matches. Eight

7. Who will win the ‘player of the tournament’ award?

If France are to triumph at home then this could be the coming of age of Paul Pogba at a major international tournament.