Poland, Russia, Greece and Czech Republic

Most Poles believe they will reach the quarter-finals with little trouble. However, even failure may count as a success as the universally disliked Grzegorz Lato, head of the football association, has promised to resign if they do not make it through. They face close rivals Russia, who made hard work of qualifying under Dick Advocaat. It's unlikely Greece will be repeating their performance of eight years ago, with progression beyond the group stage seen as progress. Czech Republic will be looking to qualify for the knockout stages. Their coach Michal Bilek was initially unpopular but has won some grudging respect now they are playing decent football.

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