UEFA Euro 2008 Football/Soccer

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  1. yankee8255 Chosen One

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    Great icons. One is missing though -- the one with the english flag and red circle around and red line through it. Call it the lol@england icon.

    EDIT: and brutal blow for Italy losing Cannevaro.
  2. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    No way! That is a brutal blow indeed. Also lol@ the lol@England icon.
  3. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    I must say that my interest for the different leagues has dropped the last year, so I'm not really in the loop about who the best players are. Here in Sweden most of the talk is about the fact that our national team is too old and that the Swedish manager refuses to give new, young players any chance of playing. Also the fact that good players like Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can't seem to be able to score when playing for Sweden is quite a bit problem. My prediction is that Sweden might make it through the group, thanks to a good defence but that we will be out after the quarter final.

    I'm not sure which team I'll root for, but I have always had a soft spot for Croatia.
  4. Darth_Omega Force Ghost

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    Sweden is not the only country who has trouble scoring. :p
    Yeah, I still think they'll make it out of the group phase though and make it to the final. :p
  5. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Obi Anne you have to root for Sweden! :eek:
  6. Specterace Force Ghost

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    Sup everyone.

    Seeing how England didn't make it, I'll be supporting the OTHER eternal underachievers this time around: Spain. Mainly because of 5 reasons:

    1) I liked them as a "second team" ever since I saw them as a kid.
    2) They have great attacking players who don't play negative football.
    3) Cesc Fabregas
    4) Cesc Fabregas
    5) Cesc Fabregas

    At any rate, Spain really look like they have the horses to win it. 'Course, that's what people have been saying about the Spanish for like 20 years now in every big tournament, and they crash out time after time.

    Specterace
  7. Obi Anne FF admin Celebrations, Europe

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    Isn't that part of the tournament, having Spain as favourites and then they don't even go through the first stage?
  8. Darth_Omega Force Ghost

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    Or they lose in knockout stages versus France or something. :p
  9. Nwalme Jade Ex(patriated) RSA

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    You're assuming France will pass the group stages ;) It won't be like the world cup where they started slowly and peaked at the right time. They'll have to peak almost from day one and there will be little room for experiment and tinkering. Not sure if Domenech can get things right straight away [face_worried]
  10. Spike2002 Former FF-UK RSA and Arena Manager

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    Spain cannot win. If they do then they'll leapfrog England and leave us as the biggest underachievers in European international football :(
  11. halibut Ex-Mod

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    Spain's the only team we've beaten on penalties for about 20 years :(
  12. DarthSolar Jedi Master

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    I'm going for Germany, although i'm not too fond of Jens Lehmann in goal. I'd rather of seen Rene Adler in goal against Belarus and Serbia to see how he did. But hey what can i do?
  13. Grand_Admiral_Grant Ex-Mod

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    Okay, Im now finally getting excited for this.

    Van Nistelrooy fit: check
    Sneijder fit: check
    Robben fit: wow, check
    van der Vaart fit: check

    and now:

    van Persie fit: check

    Yup, bring 'em on, we're ready. :cool:
  14. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    They can't all be Oliver Kahn.
  15. DarthSolar Jedi Master

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  16. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    Spain beat the US 1-0 today in a friendly. I know that it is the US, but it's always good to have a win. Wonder if that'll give them a little bit of momentum.

    I still haven't decided who to support, since Scotland didn't make it (I managed to see their rugby team in person during the World Cup last fall and decided to support them internationally). I'm open to suggestions!
  17. yankee8255 Chosen One

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    Löw really was in a hard spot with Lehmann, he actually played well in the limited time he saw at Arsenal in recent months, and had some very good matches for Germany as well. Hildebrand has never played well in his few appearances for the Nationalelf, and Enke has almost no big game experience. Adler is unquestionably the future, but ti start him in the tournament when he's never been in an international match before would be risky.

    This is all the fault of one person, of course: Lehmann's wife. Lehmann wanted to transfer to a German club over the winter, but she didn't want to take the kids out of school mid-term.
  18. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Are you saying football is more important than the primary education of two children? :p
  19. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    I actually thought Spain played quite poorly. But so did the USA. Also Freedy Adu was the best one out there for either team
  20. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    I didn't watch the US - England game, but apparently (at least according to the announcers), the US played better against Spain than it did against England. So, I'm not sure if that speaks well of the US or poorly of Spain...

    Part of the US's problem is that MLS's season is still going strong.
  21. DarthSolar Jedi Master

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    Spain are going into Euro 2008 as pretty much the European Verison of England, they just fail to live up to expectations, World Cup 1998, Euro 2004. Which is a shame considering the class players they have.
  22. Strilo Manager Emeritus

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    Isnt't England the European version of England? :confused:
  23. DarthSolar Jedi Master

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    Well i couldn't find any other way to put it across. [face_thinking]
  24. halibut Ex-Mod

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    England is the European version of Poland.
  25. darth_gersh Force Ghost

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    Netherlands all the way.
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