by GT Staff | Europe’s largest soccer tournament begins on Saturday when Euro 2008 kicks off with games in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.
Those two Group A games will see co-host country Switzerland play the Czech Republic (-120, 2o -125, LVH) at 9 a.m. PDT in Basel followed by Portugal (-½, -122, 2o -127 The Palms) from Geneva at 11:45 a.m.
Fifteen of the 16 teams in the tournament are ranked in Fifa’s latest top 50 with Italy (No. 3), 6-1 odds to win Euro 2008 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Spain (No. 4), 6-1, and Germany (No. 5), 7-2, all ranked in the top five. Eight cities – four in Switzerland and four in Austria – will serve as sites for the 23-day tournament.
On Sunday, Croatia (-½, +104 Palms) plays co-host Austria in Group B action in Vienna at 9 a.m., followed by Germany (-1, -117, 2½ EVEN) facing Poland in Klagenfurt at 11:45 a.m.
Monday sees France (-½, -126, 2o -122) playing improving Romania in Zurich at 9 a.m., and then Italy (PK, -131, 2o -130) playing Holland (10-1, LVH) and goalkeeper extraordinaire Edwin van der Sar in Group C play in Berne.
Group D games on Tuesday include Spain (-½, -138, 2o -130) facing Russia at 9 a.m. in Innsbruck followed by Sweden (PK, -129, 2o -110) kicking it with defending (2004) Euro Cup champions Greece (35-1) in Salzburg at 11 a.m.
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These first matches air on ESPN Classic.
The championship game will be played on Sunday, June 29th in Vienna.