Can Wales win Euro 2016?

Can Wales win Euro 2016?

Wales defied the odds to get to the semi-finals of the European Championships in France. Their stunning 3-1 victory over Belgium, who were much fancied by many, has set them up with a semi-final tie against Portugal.

You’d have to say that Belgium probably were a better side than Portugal, meaning that anything can happen at this stage in the tournament, even with Wales still as massive underdogs to win the tie. Those considering Coral sports free bet code might want a flutter on the Welsh though, given the obvious heart they’ve shown.

The thing with tournament football is you simply don’t need to hae the best 11 to win. Greece demonstrated this in 2004, you need good heart and good organization and once you get beyond the group stages anything is possible in knock out football. Wales have a good team spirit, a loyal following and a world class player in Gareth Bale, who will encounter his club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in the next round.

Aaron Ramsey was incredible versus Belgium but is missing which is a huge problem for the side, whilst at the back they’ll also have to rely on James Collins, whose not really a top player anymore. But that being said this is a team built around that ethos, not about indivduals. Portugal on the other hand have a few stars but aren’t a good unit. Anything can happen at this stage! All Wales have to do is take each game at a time and look to push past Portugal and get to Sunday’s final. If they don’t they’ll still be remembered as heroes for getting to this stage, far surpassing the embarassing England team that dropped out against Iceland, despite beating Wales in the group stages.

Wales show that a good team ethic, a bit of belief and a solid organizational set up go along way in this format of competition. Anything else is just over thinking it. Portugal should be concerned, Wales had a bit of luck against Belgium but on the balance of things were the better team. They possess a great threat in Bale and generally speaking have been solid at the back when they’ve needed to be. This is a huge test for Portugal and for Ronaldo, following their 2004 final disappointment. His nemesis Messi retired from international football just last week, will Ronaldo follow in his footsteps if he is disappointed against the Welsh on Wednesday night?

Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football