Group A Tactics Board
Switzerland | Portugal | Turkey | Czech Republic
SwitzerlandHistory tells us host nations always have a huge advantage in major tournaments, but the fact they are playing on familiar turf is also a drawback for Switzerland.
Probable line-up - 4-1-3-2 formation: Benaglio; Degen, Senderos, Eggimann, Magnin; Inlet; Behrami, Barnetta, Fernandes; Frei, Streller
PortugalPortugal's hard-nosed Brazilian boss Luiz Felipe Scolari may have large quantities of natural attacking talent at his fingertips, but he has always been a coach devoted to a strict tactical framework.
Probable line-up - 4-2-3-1 formation: Ricardo; Miguel, Pepe, Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira; Veloso, Fernando Meira; Ronaldo, Deco, Quaresma; Almeida
TurkeyAlthough Turkey coach Fatih Terim has been a 4-4-2 man for almost his entire career, he could be tempted to take advantage of the significant midfield options open to him and employ a fluid 4-5-1 line-up this summer.
Probable line-up - 4-1-4-1 formation: Volkan; Gokhan Gonul, Gokhan, Zan Servet, Hakan Balta; Aurelio; Hamit Altintop, Basturk, Emre, Arda; Nihat
Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic team presided over by veteran coach Karel Bruckner, who is set to step down after these finals, can effortlessly switch from a 4-4-2 - his preferred shape - to a 4-5-1 to a 3-5-2 during a game.
Probable line-up - 4-1-3-2 formation: Cech; Grygera, Kovac, Ujfalusi, Jankulovski; Galasek; Sionko, Matejovsky, Polak; Koller, Baros