UEFA Euro 2012

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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Puck » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:53 am

Per,

Too bad Sweden didn't find yesterday's defensive performance a week earlier. Nice win for your guys AND ONE SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE GOAL BY IBRAHIMOVIC :shock: That was a joy to watch.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Per » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:18 pm

Puck wrote:Per,

Too bad Sweden didn't find yesterday's defensive performance a week earlier. Nice win for your guys AND ONE SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE GOAL BY IBRAHIMOVIC :shock: That was a joy to watch.

Possibly the best goal of the tournament thus far.

Truly enjoyed watching the game, and I have no idea why they couldn't play like this against the Ukraine. :(
Nerves? Maybe. And of course there was the home crowd, which seems to have more of an impact in soccer than in eg hockey. Still. Sweden is a better team than the Ukies, and that was the game we really had to win, and in that game we failed utterly. The game against England was OK. Both teams played good offense but poor defense. A lucky bounce here or there and we would have had a draw. And then, when it's already too late, we play an almost perfect game against the French, a team that had been undefeated for a 23 game streak... :?

Anyway, this win made every one feel better. And this fall we start playing qualification games for the 2014 World Cup. 8-)
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Cookie La Rue » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:42 pm

Italia !!!! :shock: :lol: 8-) :devil:
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Per » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:51 am

Per wrote:Sweden eliminated, but at least we left on a high note, beating France 2-0.

Quarter finals are set:

Portugal vs Czechs *CHECK*
Spain vs France *CHECK*
Germany vs Greece *CHECK*
Italy vs England *CHECK*


I predict semi finals as Portugal vs Spain and Germany vs Italy. *CHECK*

Spain and Germany square off in the final.

I'll be rooting for Spain, but think Germany will win.


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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Puck » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:21 am

I really hope to see Germany take on Spain. Spain are just looking so controlled. I want to see if that impressive German midfield with Ozil and Schweinsteiger can break them down. I actually thought France played pretty well against them, but couldn't really get that one last pass to generate a chance. And did you notice that one mistake* - the defender falling down, which allowed the cross - led almost immediately to a goal? Spain have crazy skill.

The elite of this tournament are those teams that can bring the ball forward with control. In the quarter-final round all 8 teams played well (especially defensively) , but the four victors had the consistent ability to attack with control. England, the Czechs, Greece, and even France were unable to break down their opposition with any kind of lasting control. If France had not lost to Sweden in game 3, would they have played Italy? If so, I think Les Bleus would have had a good chance to win that. Italy have very good team balance, though...

The best team advanced in each game. That's a good thing.

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* It wasn't really just one mistake, Florent Malouda stood around watching while Xabi Alonso came into the box un-contested to head home the cross. That was BRUTAL.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby rockalt » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:37 pm

Well Spain has now taken down my two teams in a row. Bastards!

I thought Portugal were the better team in the first 90 minutes but were clearly wearing down in extra time as Spain took full advantage. As much as reports may bemoan the Spaniards' inability to dazzle with their play, they were effectively shut down by an ultra aggressive Portuguese squad. Nevertheless their playing style allowed them to expose the Portuguese near the end when they simply had more left in the tank. Some clutch saves by the Portuguese goalie to push it to shootout only to ultimately lose in the coin toss. That definitely stings but I thought it was a good game between two excellent squads.

I have been saying it all tournament but I think the real strength of Spain is the intimidation factor. The French effectively defeated themselves but the Portuguese on this night truly believed they could win and played accordingly. It should be a very interesting final providing Germany advances as predicted. This Spanish squad is still an absolute beast but I think they can be had.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Arachnid » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:42 am

rockalt wrote:Well Spain has now taken down my two teams in a row. Bastards!

I thought Portugal were the better team in the first 90 minutes but were clearly wearing down in extra time as Spain took full advantage. As much as reports may bemoan the Spaniards' inability to dazzle with their play, they were effectively shut down by an ultra aggressive Portuguese squad. Nevertheless their playing style allowed them to expose the Portuguese near the end when they simply had more left in the tank. Some clutch saves by the Portuguese goalie to push it to shootout only to ultimately lose in the coin toss. That definitely stings but I thought it was a good game between two excellent squads.

I have been saying it all tournament but I think the real strength of Spain is the intimidation factor. The French effectively defeated themselves but the Portuguese on this night truly believed they could win and played accordingly. It should be a very interesting final providing Germany advances as predicted. This Spanish squad is still an absolute beast but I think they can be had.


Ronaldo sucked :evil: They could have easily one if not for his non-scoring.

Germany will crush the Eyetellonions! Watching it at a diehard English pub with my Welsh buddy (we use to go to Whitecap/Blizzard games back in the day....ahhh good drink'n & sing'n times), they hate Italy more than they do Germany :D
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby CrzyCanuck » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:53 am

I've long been an Italy supporter since 1994 when Baggio missed that f'ing shot.


But... finding it difficult to keep following Italy after the World Cup last time. There's not one particular player on the team right now I really like besides Buffon. (But he's been on the decline)


Having said this,


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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Puck » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:09 am

France played much like Portugal... but only for 10 minutes. After that, they resigned themselves to being inferior and that was that. Portugal were actually very successful in disrupting Spain with an aggressive (forgive the hockey terminology) forecheck. Spain even looked slightly flustered at times - it's the first time I've seen that from them in this tournament. It should be very useful information to whoever meets them in the final.

The main reason I'm glad Spain advanced is that Portugal's only tactic, after about the 60-minute mark, was to have Ronaldo go zipping forward, go down in a spectacular heap, and get a penalty from about 22 yds. I'm sorry, the guy is crazy-skilled, but he's too much actor for me. I feel like we've seen less fouls and free kicks in this tournament than any other in the last 10-15 years, and much of that has to do with the fact that most team's are getting on with the play and the ref isn't being called on to intervene. It's really been excellent. Even nations that have historically been the worst offenders (Spain, Italy), have been staying with the play and trying to keep possession rather than flopping over and hoping for the call. It's a good trend. I hope it continues.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Puck » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:13 am

CrzyCanuck wrote:But... finding it difficult to keep following Italy after the World Cup last time. There's not one particular player on the team right now I really like besides Buffon. (But he's been on the decline)

Maybe so, but as an impartial observer, I MUCH prefer the current Italy to any side they fielded in the 90s or 00s. Watching Italy 10 years ago meant the odds of the game going to kicks was about 90%. They defended with incredible poise and precision, but their lack of offense was DEADLY dull. These days, the Azzurri play an entertaining, balanced style.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Per » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:51 pm

CrzyCanuck wrote:I've long been an Italy supporter since 1994 when Baggio missed that f'ing shot.


But... finding it difficult to keep following Italy after the World Cup last time. There's not one particular player on the team right now I really like besides Buffon. (But he's been on the decline)


Having said this,


Forza Italia!


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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Per » Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:02 am

Spambot! :evil:
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby donlever » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:14 am

Per wrote:I predict semi finals as Portugal vs Spain and Germany vs Italy. CHECK

Spain and Germany square off in the final. CHE...errrrr

I'll be rooting for Spain, but think Germany will win. CHE...errr


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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Tanti09 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:17 am

I think a Portugal/Germany may have been a more entertaining game, but having Italy/Spain playing, the game will be like chess. And to some it may seem boring, but it will be a very tactical and calculated play. I'm looking forward to it and see who is the strongest in the midfield as both sides have controlled the games they have played in. My prediction is Italy wins 1-0, but it could just as easily be the other way around. Flip a coin on this one.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012

Postby Arachnid » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:28 am

Per wrote:Spambot! :evil:


Don't be so hard on yourself Pear. I would gladly buy an NBA jersey off you so you can buy expensive German beer for the long weekend :D

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