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Ozil: Spain are Euro 2012 favourites
Posted Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Goal.com

The Mannschaft playmaker has stated that most people are expecting La Roja to win the tournament, but Joachim Low's side are only focusing on their semi-final against Italy

Ozil: Spain are Euro 2012 favourites

Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has stated that Spain are the favourites to win Euro 2012, but for now his side are focusing on the semi-final against Italy.

Die Mannschaft stormed into the last four, negotiating the 'group of death', which also included the likes of Netherlands and Portugal.

And the Real Madrid midfielder feels that his side have no reason to fear anyone, and have earned the respect of every team remaining in the competition.

"I saw Spain's match against France," he told reporters. "They are the biggest favourites. They dominated the entire match. But now we are focused on facing Italy.

"I do not care if we play against Spain or Portugal.

"Against Greece, the team supported me so that I could show my true potential. Now we are waiting for Italy. They are very strong and they deserve to be in the semi-finals. I did not have any problem to perform in the group games. Even the experts were satisfied.

"We showed how strong we are in all areas of the team. I think that every other side respect us.

"The past does not matter. The other teams have great respect for us. Our goal is to bring the European title back to Germany. We are here for this. We can beat Italy and we want the title.

"Andrea Pirlo is a world-class player, Mario Balotelli is a great striker. But we do not think of the individual adversaries. Italy are a very compact team, but we can beat them."

Germany will face Italy at 20:45CET on June 28 in Warsaw.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia