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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec, 23, 2007

Loew sees France and Italy as teams to beat

BERLIN, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Germany coach Joachim Loew believes France and Italy are the favourites to win Euro 2008 while Spain and Portugal are also capable of winning the tournament in Austria and Switzerland.

In an interview to appear on Monday in the German newspaper Kicker, Loew said he did not see Germany as favourites despite rising expectations following their strong qualifying campaign. Germany got third place at the 2006 World Cup.

'I don't see us as the absolute top favourite,' Loew said. 'In view of the last 10 years, I see France and Italy at the absolute top. I see Spain and Portugal as very strong as well.'

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