Euro 2012 Poland and Ukraine Discussion

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  1. Airspeed

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    So the European Football Championship is back once again after the usual 4 year break. Spain started their dominance of International Football in 2008 by winning Euro 2008. What has changed as we move to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine ?
    Spain are still a top side having won the World Cup 2 years ago, but Countries like Germany and Holland are right up there in terms of Quality. This tournament looks set to be a very interesting tournament with many up and coming stars on display.

    The Tournament begins on the 8th June until the 1st July.

    Here are the groups

    Group A

    Poland
    Greece
    Russia
    Czech Republic

    Group B

    Netherlands
    Denmark
    Germany
    Portugal

    Group C

    Spain
    Italy
    Republic Of Ireland
    Croatia

    Group D

    Ukraine
    Sweden
    France
    England

    After the Group Stages the Winners of Group A will play the runners up from B The Winner of This match will play the winner of the match between the Group C winners and the Group D Runners up.
    Change winners to runners up and vice versa and you get the other side of the draw.

    Now for some predictions

    Favourites

    Spain/
    The holders are among the favourites again, being World Cup and European Champions means you have to put them here. Their big club sides: Real Madrid and Barcelona will both be disappointed with the end to their seasons, despite both winning cups, they will have wanted more.
    Injuries to key players like Carlos Puyol (Defence) and David Villa (Striker) will affect them, especially the defence which becomes more and more unreliable. It has never been good, but their ball retention has made up for that.
    Personally I don’t see them winning, but they will get far.
    Xavi and Iniesta will be key again, but the form of Gerard Pique will be even more crucial as he will be the main man in defence.

    Holland/
    World Cup finalists, vilified in that tournament for being extremely tough tacklers, they seem to have lost that tag for the most part. Another team with it’s defence as it’s weakness, on paper they look very even with Spain. The key battle with the two would be that Holland has better out and out wingers while Spain wins the central midfield battle.
    Wesley Sneijder is Holland’s star man, one of the best midfielders in the world and always performs in the big tournaments. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben will also be key, but them getting the ball will depend on Sneijder.

    Germany/
    Many would tip the germans for the win in this tournament, in The 2010 world cup they were amazing, but perhaps their young team was too young then. Players like Ozil, Kroos and Muller have matured and the team is looking better and better.
    A more solid defence than Holland or Spain, but lack some of the attacking flair.

    Dark Horses

    Portugal/
    A team that have been very inconsistent, exemplified by their star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who does not seem to ever perform as well for Portugal as Real Madrid. He also never performs in the big international tournaments, but his form is so good at the moment I expect him to finally show the world he can perform on the biggest of stages.
    The problem with portugal is that they tend to rely so much on their big players. Nani and Ronaldo, both are wingers so rely on the service from the midfield. They look a more solid team overall and should they get out of their group could go far.

    Ireland/
    It could be my Irish bias taking, but I think we can do well in this tournament.
    We are in a very tough group, Spain (winners of the last two international tournaments), Italy (2006 World Cup Winners) and Croatia who have some brilliant players.
    On the outside looking in Ireland do not seem to have many good players, Shay Given is an Amazing Goalkeeper and Robbie Keane’s goal to game ratio cannot be ignored. After these two you would struggle to see many more amazing players. They key thing about Ireland is the sense of belief and the Unity of the team, very difficult to score against is the strength and we do actually play a fairly defensive formation
    4-4-2 in defence but more of a 4-2-2-2 in attack with two wingers. We will cause teams trouble. I actually think we will make it out of our group, Spain struggle to break down the type of defence we have, Italy are not as strong as they once were, so Croatia may actually be the danger team for Ireland.

    And I hope that England have a good tournament, they constantly flatter to deceive and their Squad is good enough to compete with the favourites, they just rarely show this.

    My tournament prediction with added overestimation of Ireland ;) 

    Quarter Finals

    Russia Vs Germany

    Spain Vs France

    Holland Vs Czech Republic

    England Vs Ireland

    Semi Finals

    Germany Vs Spain

    Holland Vs England/Ireland (I cannot call who would win)

    Final and 3rd Place match

    Final – Germany Vs Holland

    I expect Holland to win just about

    3rd Place match – Spain Vs England/Ireland


    1ST/ Holland
    2ND/Germany
    3RD/Spain/Ireland
    4TH/England/Spain

    If Italy get through instead of Ireland, I think England would easily win.

    So Let the discussion begin.

    First 2 matches are tomorrow with Group A

    Co-Hosts Poland start their tournament against 2004 winners Greece and Russia play Czech Republic.

    Not the most star studded group, but Russia VS Czech Republic should be a good game.

    I think Poland will win 2-1 because they have some very creative players and I feel they are underrated by most.

    I think 2-2 for the other match with a lot of end to end action.

    Results

    Group A
    First Round
    Greece 1 - 1 Poland
    Russia 4 - 1 Czech Republic

    Second Round
    Greece 1 - 2 Czech Republic
    Russia 1 - 1 Poland

    Third Round
    Russia 0 - 1 Greece
    Czech Republic 1 - 0 Poland
    Group B
    First Round
    Denmark 1 - 0 Holland
    Portugal 0 - 1 Germany

    Second Round
    Denmark 2 - 3 Portugal
    Germany 2 - 1 Holland

    Third Round
    Germany 2 - 1 Denmark
    Holland 1 - 2 Portugal

    Group C
    First Round
    Spain 1 - 1 Italy
    Ireland 1 - 3 Croatia

    Second Round
    Spain 4 - 0 Ireland
    Croatia 1 - 1 Italy

    Third Round
    Spain 1 - 0 Croatia
    Ireland 0 - 2 Italy

    Group D
    First Round
    England 1 - 1 France
    Ukraine 2 - 1 Sweden

    Second Round
    England 3 - 2 Sweden
    France 2 - 0 Ukraine

    Third Round
    England 1 - 0 Ukraine
    Sweden 2 - 0 France

    Quarter Finals

    Czech Republic 0 Vs 1 Portugal
    Germany 4 Vs 2 Greece
    France 0 Vs 2 Spain
    England 0(2) Vs 0(4) Italy- AET and Penalties

    Semi Finals

    Portugal Vs Spain
    Germany Vs Italy
     
  2. einis

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    I've been waiting for this thread :p 

    I think Netherlands and Germany will be in the final(I of course,hope Holland will win :D )
    Don't really see Spain winning first place this time around.Especially since Villa and Puyol
    aren't playing.

    And I wonder how popular this thread will be,knowing that there aren't a lot of people from Europe here...
     
  3. Snarl_2289

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  4. WTDylio

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    COME ON SCOTL- oh yeah, they didn't qualify......again :redface2: 

    *sighs* Oh well, guess i'll support England then

    *locks self in room away from parents*
     
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    *bro-fist*

    Scotland?pff,you want to know what country really sucks at football?Lithuania.
     
  6. Airspeed

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    If Ireland go out Early, Holland are who I will throw my support behind, Sneijder is one of my favourite players.
     
  7. Easterling Capt

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    It will be nice to see all those not counting on ous...both france and England are going to get it.
     
  8. Airspeed

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    Poland Vs Greece has just kicked off.

    I fancy Poland to win with their 3 star Dortmund players.
     
  9. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Ah, is this why my mother's bitching about there being no Coronation Street on telly tonight? :p 
     
  10. Airspeed

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    Great goal from Poland, the Greek left back is being destroyed.

    Edit/
    Sokratis sent off for Greece, both yellows were extremely harsh, half time Poland up 1-0. Greece are pretty shocking.
     
  11. einis

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    Aaand it's 1-1 . I gotta say both goals were nice(and kinda weird too lol.Especially Greece's )

    This is getting interesting :popcorn 
     
  12. WTDylio

    WTDylio Where is Jessica Hyde?

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    I kind of want Greece to win actually, something to cheer them up hopefully. Didn't they win 8 years ago?
     
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    Don't remember what year it was, but yep. Bunch of people marked the scrap out hella hard too, as its one of the few times we even care about soccer.
     
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    Another red card.wow.And on top of that,a penalty

    EDIT:and it missed!
     
  15. WTDylio

    WTDylio Where is Jessica Hyde?

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    OOOH!! RED CARD!! Finally, this is getting exciting!! OOOH, and it's the goalie!!! Damn, bad luck for Poland there
     
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    Except they didn't score :p 
     
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    WTDylio Where is Jessica Hyde?

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    They didn't? Oh yeah, we missed it because we were having tea
     
  18. Thenames9

    Thenames9 D-d-d-d-duel!

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    Thank you Airspeed! I wanted to make something like this but feared it would be ignored. Of course, I want England to go far but I kind of hate the team, and Holland will be my next choice.
     
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    All I'm waiting for is the inevitable racist crowd to go nuts, have teams leave the field in protest and basically the tournament to descend into a shambolic mess.

    Well a bigger shambolic mess.
     
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    And,it's over.That was a pretty fun match,honestly.
     

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