What are talking about guys?
Russia just got one victory, and if you watched the match you saw that even Czech had more ball possession against Russia. It was no domination, Czech were low, Russia stronger. But i know russian mentality and beleive me it's too early to make such conclusions.
You can't say they were horrible, both teams played well. And the ones who expected Spain to "rape" Italy are one of those who watching football only to WC/EURO and have no idea of football in general. :)
Guys, let see how Russia will play in all matches in group stage. Maybe they just got lucky, if not and they are really that good as it was in the first match then it's definitely top3.
But for now... I would say:
if you look at the history of euro, this year edition should be a shock (surprise). this keep the fans with their hearts pumping, football is nice, anything can hapen etc. it will bump the money from sponsors.
to be a surprise: germany, spain and holland are out. italy and france out too, even if they are not favorites, their history wouldn't make it a surprise. cut those 5 and find a winner after. grece is out too, they just won. dk was in the final.
croatia, russia, ukraine, sweden or england. most likely england, even if they suck.
also, i`ve placed a 250 euros bet that italy or spain won't make it after the group stage.
football is so wrong. money, fixed matches, media etc. look at england 3rd division or lower if you want to see football. or australian brisbane premier and 1st league, victorian league, NSW or any other lower league. my favorite one is Tasmania South Football Premier League Reserves.