Fussball EM 2016: Nur wenige Tage sind es noch bis zum Startschuss der Fussball EM 2016 in Frankreich. BBC World News hat sich bei einigen der BBC-Experten und Moderatoren umgehört, die die internationalen Zuschauer auf dem Laufenden halten werden.
07.06.2016 – PM BBC World News / SPORT4FINAL / Frank Zepp:
Im Folgenden finden Sie einige Vorhersagen und Einschätzungen der BBC-Experten Dan Walker, Thierry Henry, Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas, John Hartson, John Motson und Kevin Kilbane zu den aussichtsreichsten Teams der Fussball EM und den Chancen des deutschen Teams (Quelle: BBC World News).
Who do you think the favourites are to win the tournament?
Dan Walker: „The favourites for me are, I think, France. I’ve interviewed about four members of the current squad and I think there’s a combination of the fact that they’ve got an advantage, the fact that they’ve got an unbelievable side – there’s some really good, young talent in there – and on top of that you’ve got – and probably Yohan Cabaye and Varane are the two that I’ve heard speak most openly about this – what happened in Paris in November and the idea that that will inspire them. I think that external factor, the fact that they know they’re a great side, plus the home advantage, I think, nothing’s nailed on at all – there are some really good sides there – but I think out of all of them I would pick France to have a decent tournament.”
Thierry Henry: „It’s one of the first times where you don’t have a strong favourite, where it’s obvious. Apart from you might say Spain because obviously they are the holders, but I don’t see a team that has been that dominant in Europe recently. Germany obviously, but they have struggled. I saw their game against Scotland; I saw their game against a lot of teams where I was like, ‘hmm’. I think, for me, they’re missing a striker. They used to have an amazing number 9 for a very long time and they don’t have one – that’s why they called back Mario Gomez who was playing in Turkey. I don’t think that there is a favourite right now because I don’t think that there is a strong team and I think it’s really open. You might give a little edge to the French team, but I’m going to say that because I’m French, but I think they do have a good team. They’re going to be at home and amongst the players that they have, they have players that can win you games at any moment. But I think for me it is, as a team, one of the best groups there so France will edge it but I don’t think there is a strong, strong, strong favourite there.“
Do you think an underdog nation could win the Euros?
Thierry Henry: „Greece have done it, Denmark have done it. I can name all the teams – AZ Alkmaar, I can name Wolfsburg in Germany. So there were some stories before to inspire people, not only in football but in every sport, but it seems like it doesn’t work that way. You need to have that togetherness to win it.“
John Hartson: „I think the European Championships has a history of upset. Denmark have done it, Greece have done it, and the fact that there’s 24 teams, it enhances that smaller nation, it enhances the chances of a Hungary or an Iceland. But the usual suspects will be there or thereabouts. Germany are a great football tournament team – they always get to semi-finals, Italy seem to get it right, France – the host nation. They are my favourites to go and win it – France. I think they’ve got great players, a great team. I know they’ve got a few issues around the camp with Benzema and everything else, so for me Spain and England will be strong, but I do think with 24 teams, that maybe means that it will give the smaller nations an opportunity to go and win it and shock everyone.”
What can our international audiences look forward to on Football Focus?
Dan Walker: „We’ll try and bring you a flavour of France plus we’ll bring you some of the biggest name pundits that we have at the BBC – Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker – all former captains. We’ve got Thierry Henry who’s won the whole shebang before, plus all of our other pundits as well. And we have a full range of footballing experts and we’ll try and bring you some of the biggest names that are actually playing in it as well. We’ve got expert analysis, top level punditry and we’ll start right at the beginning and take you through all the way to the final game. There’s a lot to cover – I mean there’s more teams than ever before, over 500 footballers. There’s going to be a lot to talk about it for the full five weeks but we’ll try and get as much in as we possibly can.”
Will you be taking part in the Match Predictor and Team Selector features?
Dan Walker: „Do you know what, my predictions this season were so bad I think I’m considering pulling out of all predicting games. But I think that’s part of the addiction of it. That and your sticker album. You can’t go to an international tournament without being involved in it. I will definitely do it, yeah.”
Will you be doing a lot for social media during the tournament?
Dan Walker: „Yes. The good thing about social media is that, particularly at a tournament like this and as a fan myself, what I would like to see is the stuff that’s not on telly and the sort of things you’re getting up to around the games, before the games. Periscope wasn’t even around two years ago and I think Facebook Live has the potential to change the way we cover these sorts of tournaments because it’s about access isn’t it? And as long as you’ve got a Wi-Fi signal you can do a little one minute video while you’re waiting in the tunnel to interview players after a big game. I think back to the tournaments I’ve watched and it was what you saw on telly and that was it. You might read something in the papers but now there’s such a wealth of information out there and so many outlets that can show you a much broader idea of what’s going on at the tournament. And that’s what we’ll try to do at the BBC. We’ll have our BBC World News show and I think we’ve got such a good line up of pundits and presenters that we’ll try and bring you a whole flavour of what’s happening at the tournament for all five weeks.”
Jermaine, what made you think to introduce Snapchat to this year’s Euro coverage?
Jermaine Jenas: „I just thought, with Snapchat, it’s a good opportunity to be able to take the fans into the behind-the-scenes stuff in terms of what we do. I always get asked every two minutes, ‘what’s it like on Match of the Day?’, ‘what do you do, how do you put it together?’ So I spoke to Mark Cole and a few of the lads and they just mentioned that we should take it to Paris and get a few behind the scenes shots of Alan Shearer – which he won’t be expecting – on the day.”
John, how many tournaments has this been for you and which have been the most memorable?
John Motson: „I think it’s certainly 10, it might be 11. If you work out how many there have been since my first one in 1976. Oh yes, and the ten World Cups. The Euros, ’76 I was in Yugoslavia and there were only four teams then in the finals. They played all the other matches, including the quarters on a home and away basis. Johan Cruyff was playing then, Holland got knocked out in the semis actually. That was the one when Czech Republic, or Czechoslovakia as they were then, beat Germany on penalties, and I’ve done every one since. The most memorable ones – France ’84 with Platini, Euro 2000 I thought that was a great tournament in Holland and Belgium, and of course when we had it in the UK in ’96. I’ve actually always thought the quality of football and the excitement was better at the European Championships than it was at the World Cup because it was a more condensed competition and the World Cup got spread so far and wide that there were a lot of games. I think Alex Ferguson said that some of the first round games were like pulling teeth, and he was right. I’m a bit disappointed that it has gone to 24 – I thought 16 was about right and it kept it separate from the World Cup in every way. I think it’s got a very wide appeal, Euro 2016, and I just hope that the football measures up to the anticipation. And the referees are going to be put on trial because I think UEFA, rather like FIFA do before the World Cup, will be giving them fairly strict instructions about what to clamp down on. And I think a few players will have to be a bit careful because they may not get the liberal view of the Premier League referee at times, with a European referee. I think they’ll set the trend, as they always do, with how they referee the first round of matches, and that might throw out a few warnings to a few players.”
Kevin Kilbane: „It’s up to the players to recognise that, recognise the trend, recognise what the referees are doing, don’t make mistakes continuously. It might take a couple of games, it might take three or four games but if I was a player I’d watch one of the first games to see, because that theme will be throughout the football. The first game is France v Romania. If I were a player I’d watch that first game and see what the referees are doing and try to have that in my mind. You don’t want to try and focus on it fully, but that’s the one thing you’ve got to be aware of.”