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I don't see a clear favourite. Germany is much weaker than 2 years ago. Spain, France and Italy are always contenders. Belgium could make it. Even England if their defence holds together.
 

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Advice please on the Euros.

By the 'best third-placed' teams is it the teams with the most points? Will GD apply if there are ties?
From wikipedia:

The four best third-placed teams are determined according to the following criteria:

Higher number of points obtained;
Superior goal difference;
Higher number of goals scored;
Fair play conduct;
Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.
 

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Difficult to make predictions until the transfer window closes. As things are now, I'd expect City, United and Chelsea on ranks 1-3 (probably with Chelsea prolonging the title), Arsenal and Liverpool on 4-5, and Spurs and Everton on 6-7.
 

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Sad that a club of Ajax's pedigree always seem to sell their better players just when they are on the verge of getting a really good side together. Is it worth having such a great academy just to see the players who come through leave by the time they are in their early 20s? Surely it can't be a case of Ajax needing the money...
These players can earn 10-20 times as much with big clubs in one of the big leagues. Which means that a transfer for them is both financially and from a sporting point of view essential. The club could keep them to their contracts, which only means they would have that player (dispirited) for another 2 years or so, and then they walk out of the door for free. Better sell now, cash 80 million euro, and move on.
 
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