Sven-Goran Eriksson caught up with TheFA.com to give us his opinion on all the teams in Euro 2004.
Sven-Goran Eriksson caught up with TheFA.com to give us his opinion on all the teams in Euro 2004.The draw saw the sixteen successful qualifiers split into four groups of four.
The tournament will follow the same format as the two previous European championships with the top two sides from each group qualifying for the knock-out phase of the competition.
England just missed out on being one of the four top seeds and lined up alongside Italy, Germany and Spain in Pot B.
Sven spoke to TheFA.com about all the other teams in the draw as well as picking out some players he thinks are vital to their side's success.
Manager: Plamen Markov
Sven's Key Players: Svetoslav Todorov, Stilian Petrov
"It is good to see Bulgaria in the championships.
"They had a very good team in the early 1990s and maybe this team can repeat some of that success.
"I must say I do not know too much about them but their group was a difficult one so they have done very well to qualify. If we are drawn against them I will have to do my homework quickly!"
Manager: Köbi Kuhn
Sven's Key Players: Hakan Yakin, Murat Yakin, Stephane Chapuisat
"They are a good side. They won their group and finished above Russia and the Irish, so we should look at them.
"They play a very mixed style of football, maybe because of their geography. In many ways they are quite German in their style but also they are more Italian at times.
"Swiss football is progressing very quickly - at youth level they are very strong. The Yakin brothers have been excellent for FC Basle, and Chapuisat is still a dangerous striker.
"Like other sides, they will limit their ambitions to getting through to the quarter-finals. After that, who knows?"
Manager: Otto Rehhagel
Sven's Key Players: Angelos Charisteas, Pantelis Konstantinidis, Themistoklis Nikolaidis
"I know Greece quite well from when we played them in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup. They played very well at Old Trafford [drawn 2-2] and have continued to improve since then.
"Their manager, Otto Rehhagel, has done absolutely brilliantly with the side because they finished above Spain to qualify automatically. That is very good for a team like Greece.
"I think that Euro 2004 will be difficult for them but they are a good team and could provide a surprise. They may qualify from their group."
Manager: Aleksandrs Starkovs
Sven's Key Players: Marians Pahars, Andrejs Rubins, Vitalis Astafjevs.
"Well now Latvia provided us with the biggest surprise of the whole of the qualifying round when they knocked Turkey out in the play-offs.
"I'm not too sure if anyone knew too much about them but the 2-2 draw in Istanbul would have made some people take notice of them. Marian Pahars is perhaps the best known player to English fans - he is a clever striker who takes up good positions.
"They deserve their place in Portugal and will obviously be hoping to try to qualify from the group stage."