Expectations - Most of Spain really do not know what to expectfrom their team anymore (Like the good olde days). They still have the core of their 3 straight tournament wins, before their group exit in 2014 - Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, who have a huge amount of experience now. But the younger talent has dried up, so the feeling is the team is very stale.
Is the coach popular - Vicente del Bosque remains well respected, but has been increasingly questioned since 2014 in Brazil.
Will there be many fans follwing the team around the country? - Given their group games are not far over the border in Toulouse, Nice and Bordeaux, a large amount are expected to travel for each. Bombo is sure to make the trip, and will be hopful the security staff at the grounds understand that “bombo” is Spanish for “big drum”.
**Expectations - ** Very modest After failing to qualify for the world cup in 2014 and then being grouped with Holland, Iceland and Turkey in the qualifiers, few Czech fans expected to qualify at all. Getting out of another tough group would be seen as a success.
Is the coach popular? - Pavel Vrba is very popular and there is even a tree named after him in Plzen. (“Vrba” is the Czech word for willow.) He may look like a friendly bus driver, but he has a phenomenal record as a club coach and has revitalised a national team most fans had given up on.
Will there be many fans following the team around the country? - There will be plenty of Czech fans in France but the atmosphere at national games is flatter than at big matches involving domestic club sides.
**Expectations - ** While the die-hard fans and journalists feel this generation should be able to reach (at least) the quarter finals, others fear disater, given the lack of harmony in and around the team.
Is the coach popular? - The above lack of harmony is blamed on manager Ante Cacic, who is massively unpopular, as he lacks the ststure to lead a team that includes big names like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic. He is not a very good coach either. Its no secret that he was installed by Mamic, the Dinamo Zagreb executive and the puppet master in Croatian football, as someone who is EASY to control.
**Will there be many fans follwing the team around the country? - ** There will not be as many Croatia shirts on display this summer compared to previous Euro’s. A large section of fans has fallen out of love with the national team because of massive scale corruption going on within the federation. Those who do show up may well be performing a Croatian fascist salute from the second world war, which has become the norm. Some argue that not all who participate are extremist idiots, instead suggesting that some will be doing it purely to shame and sabotage the federation, not even caring if they hurt the team in the process.
**Expectations - ** Recent form has given fans mixed expectations. A year ago it looked very bad, but now with a run of great results, supporters are more hopeful that if they get out the group, they may match the success of 2008 and reach the semi’s.
**Is the coach popular? - ** Fatih Terim is not as popular as he used to be, with some questionable picks in the first half of qualification, his dismissal of all criticism, perceived preferential treatment of players from his old team, Galatasaray, and his insistence on “outdated” formations have irritated some fans.
**Will there be many fans following the team around the country? - ** There will be many travelling fans joining the millions of Turks living in France, Germany and Belgium. unfortunately due to the explosive political situation and re-emergence of nationalist relexes, most of the chants from Turkish fans will probably be very nationalist and, at times, racist.