The tastiest group of the four. The three favourites have all received last minute injury worries, Italy with Cannavaro, France with Vieira and Holland missing Babel. Don’t underestimate Romania either, results against the Romanians may just be the deciding factor in this group.
Forecast Group C Winner
They may have some ageing stars, but they also have some young blood that might just edge France to the top of this very tight group.
Thuram, Makelele, Gallas, Sagnol, are all the wrong side of 30 years old, but combined with the youth of Evra, Boumsong, Ribery, Nasri, Diarra and Benzema (Flamini too, as he is likely to replace the injured Vieira), France ‘don’t look too shabby’.
If some of the younger crowd can start to shine through, France have the strength in depth to overcome their competitors in this tight group.
Nasri and Ribery could become the big guns within Les Blues, a good tournament from them could take them all the way to the finals.
Forecast Group C Runner Up
Legend Marco van Basten has been there and done it. He commands the respect of the Dutch players, something which has all too often held Holland back in tournaments.
The Dutch are riddled with ability and have some all important experience to back it up. Talent such as van der Vaart, Sneijder, van Persie and Robben could unhinge any defence and calmed with the experience of van der Sar and van Nistelrooy, Holland could be on their way to the last eight.
Forecast Round 1
The Italians are capable of beating any team in the world on their day, which is probably why they are world champions!
However, with the loss of their leader and defensive rock, the Italians may not have the leadership they will need to get past the group stages.
Luca Toni upfront gives the Italians hope, whilst young Aquilani adds some much needed creativity to the side.
Forecast Round 1
When you look at this group, France, Holland and Italy stand out, but Romania are certainly not going to be whipping boys in this group.
The star of the team is Adrian Mutu, a potential match winner, if his head is straight, but its who will support him that suggests problems.
Chivu defensively holds the Romanians together, but beyond those two the Romanians must rely on solidarity.
Romania v France – Zurich – June 9 1700 BST – BBC1
Holland v Italy – Berne, June 9 1945 BST – ITV1
Italy v Romania – Zurich, June 13 1700 BST – ITV1
Holland v France – Berne, June 13 1945 BST – BBC1
France v Italy – Zurich, June 17 1945 BST – BBC1
Holland v Romania – Berne, June 17 1945 BST – BBC3