Sunday 15 June 2008

Who will take Greece's crown?

No side has successfully defended the UEFA European Championship title and 2008 is no exception after holders Greece fell at the first hurdle on Saturday night.

Defence over
Their 1-0 loss against Russia ended their challenge at the group stage and left coach Otto Rehhagel ruminating on the "miracle" of 2004 when the rank outsiders triumphed against the odds in Lisbon. Greece's fairy-tale run to the continental crown four years ago was cited as a source of inspiration for a number of coaches coming into the tournament, with Croatia's Slaven Bilić and Romania's Victor Piţurcă among those taking heart from their win.

But can an underdog bark loudest again, or will one of Europe's traditional powerhouses impose themselves on the tournament in a way they were unable to do four years ago? Click below to tell us who you think will succeed Greece as European champions and why.