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UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 4:35 am
by Per
Only 15 days left to the kickoff! 8-)

This is a tough tournament, no weak groups:

Group A: Poland,Greece, Russia, Czech Republic

Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal

Group C: Spain, Italy, Ireland, Croatia

Group D: Ukraine, France, Sweden, England


Apart from the two host nations Poland and the Ukraine, that are ranked 65th and 50th in the world by FIFA, the lowest ranking teams in this tournament is the Czech Republic (#26) and Ireland (#18). For comparisson, Canada is ranked 75th in the world. :look:

It's not like the World Cup, where you always have at least one weak team per group.
Here you have to stay on your toes every single game.

Official website: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=201 ... index.html

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:45 am
by Per
Tonight's the night! 8-)

The tournament kicks off with the Polish hosts taking on Greece and Russia facing the Czech Republic.

Prepare yourselves for a three week football fest! 8-)

08 June
Poland vs Greece
Russia vs Czech Republic

09 June
Netherlands vs Denmark
Germany vs Portugal

10 June
Spain vs Italy
Ireland vs Croatia

11 June
France vs England
Ukraine vs Sweden

12 June
Greece vs Czech Republic
Poland vs Russia

13 June
Denmark vs Portugal
Netherlands vs Germany

14 June
Italy vs Croatia
Spain vs Ireland

15 June
Ukraine vs France
Sweden vs England

16 June
Greece vs Russia
Czech Republic vs Poland

17 June
Portugal vs Netherlands
Denmark vs Germany

18 June
Croatia vs Spain
Italy vs Ireland

19 June
Sweden vs France
England vs Ukraine

21 June
QF1: Winner Group A vs Runner Up Group B

22 June
QF2: Winner Group B vs Runner Up Group A

23 June
QF3: Winner Group C vs Runner Up Group D

24 June
QF4: Winner Group D vs Runner Up Group C

27 June
SF1: Winner QF1 vs Winner QF3

28 June
SF2: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF4

01 July
Final: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2

No bronze game, which I think is a pity.
They should have had a bronze game on June 30th, so we had 32 glorius games to look forward to instead of a measly 31! :evil:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:25 pm
by Tanti09
I think the question should be which team leaves the field first due to the racial slurs being thrown around by the hooligans in Poland/Ukraine? The Dutch were apparently taunted yesterday and Balotelli has said he will walk off the pitch if he hears something similar...

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:23 pm
by Per
First real upset of the tournament! Denmark beats Holland 1-0! :o

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:39 am
by Per
The scores so far:

08 June
Poland vs Greece 1-1
Russia vs Czech Republic 4-1 :o Russians looking mighty good!

09 June
Netherlands vs Denmark 0-1 :shock:
Germany vs Portugal 1-0

10 June
Spain vs Italy 1-1
Ireland vs Croatia 1-3

And now the real fun begins! 8-)

11 June
France vs England 18.00 CET
Ukraine vs Sweden 20.45 CET



:cheers: :wave: :cheers: :wave: :drunk:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:47 am
by Arachnid
Per wrote:The scores so far:

08 June
Poland vs Greece 1-1
Russia vs Czech Republic 4-1 :o Russians looking mighty good!

09 June
Netherlands vs Denmark 0-1 :shock:
Germany vs Portugal 1-0

10 June
Spain vs Italy 1-1
Ireland vs Croatia 1-3

And now the real fun begins! 8-)

11 June
France vs England 18.00 CET
Ukraine vs Sweden 20.45 CET


:cheers: :wave: :cheers: :wave: :drunk:
Go Blue & Yellow! :P

So far, so good for Germany 8-)

Boo England! Ire Ireland! :cry:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:21 am
by donlever
Not a fan of the sport particularily but between household chores I sat down and flipped the tube on whist eating my lunch on the weekend.

Poland and Greece were playing I believe.

It appeared Dustin Brown, Ryan Kelser and Corey Perry had taken up the grand game.

More diving and whining than I could take.

Series of events:

-handle ball
-get tackled
-fall down
-writhe in pain
-teamates throw arms in air and glare at ref
-free kick
-next sequence...repeat same

Meh.

Turned it off.

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:12 am
by Aaronp18
donlever wrote: Poland and Greece were playing I believe.
:lol:

I caught a bit of the Ireland - Croatia game waiting to take my daughter to baseball.

Pretty much the same.

It would be interesting if they ever enforced some form of a diving rule.

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:06 am
by Arachnid
Aye, young Airhead andd Auld Donnabie may be correct in their assessment of whiny divers...boot, I reckon their is no such beast ass Shut Down Soccer on account of the hand ball rule...all offensive, most of the time 8-)

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:13 am
by donlever
Arachnid wrote:all offensive...

..this part you got right, although we may be using different definitions of the word...

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:58 am
by Arachnid
donlever wrote:
Arachnid wrote:all offensive...

..this part you got right, although we may be using different definitions of the word...
I wonder if 'Dude is a closet Azzurri fan :mrgreen:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:48 pm
by Per
Aaronp18 wrote:
donlever wrote: Poland and Greece were playing I believe.
:lol:

I caught a bit of the Ireland - Croatia game waiting to take my daughter to baseball.

Pretty much the same.

It would be interesting if they ever enforced some form of a diving rule.
There is a diving rule, and they do enforce it when it's way too obvious, but keep in mind that they are running at full speed, and if they do lose their balance, it will look spectacular, so the refs can't hand out a yellow card every time a guy falls without a foul. More often than not it may be involuntary. I agree though that there s a tendency to award too many free kicks when a guy falls dramatically. The refs should be a bit less keen to blow their whistle.

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:55 pm
by Per
Bah! Two goals by old-timer Shevchenko and only one by Ibrahimovic. :evil:

Sweden had a bunch of great scoring chances, but our defense just wasn't up to snuff. The second goal by Shevchenko, a header on a corner kick, there was no one, absolutely no one keeping track of him. He could walk calmly into the slot, then make a short rush toward the ball and heading it in. No single Swede was spotting him! WTF?! Not sure if it's the coach or the players, but he's their best player, it's a corner, and no one makes sure he's kept away from the ball. That's criminal neglect! :mad:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:59 pm
by Arachnid
Per wrote:Bah! Two goals by old-timer Shevchenko and only one by Ibrahimovic. :evil:

Sweden had a bunch of great scoring chances, but our defense just wasn't up to snuff. The second goal by Shevchenko, a header on a corner kick, there was no one, absolutely no one keeping track of him. He could walk calmly into the slot, then make a short rush toward the ball and heading it in. No single Swede was spotting him! WTF?! Not sure if it's the coach or the players, but he's their best player, it's a corner, and no one makes sure he's kept away from the ball. That's criminal neglect! :mad:
Sweden: The Ireland of Scandinavian Soccer :cry:

Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:51 pm
by Per
Arachnid wrote:
Sweden: The Ireland of Scandinavian Soccer :cry:
Assuming, of course, that Ireland had reached the World Cup semi finals four times and medalled three times... :roll: