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Old 06-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #196
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Italy -Germany should be a good match. Sadly I'm gonna miss the next three matches because I'm at Werchter.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:29 PM   #197
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Germany has two extra days of rest - poor scheduling.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #198
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Germany has two extra days of rest - poor scheduling.
For the life of me I can't understand why they didn't play two quarterfinals per day.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #199
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For the life of me I can't understand why they didn't play two quarterfinals per day.
Television. There can only be one game at prime time as two won't fit.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #200
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Spain force their opponents to play that way which does make it their fault. More power to them I guess. It's just not enjoyable for a neutral supporter.
I think what we are seeing is that probably for the first time we have an international team that are just a million miles better than any other team at the moment.

The other teams do have a choice in how they play Spain, the most common approach is the park the bus, but if I were them I would just go for it, what does it matter if you lose 1-0 or 5-0?

I would actually argue it's how the other teams now play Spain that has forced Spain to be more methodical and controlling, hence not playing with a striker as there is no space for a striker to run into when you have 10 players in front of the goal. In the France game, what do you expect when you play full backs as wide midfielders?
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Absolutely nothing makes me happier than England being eliminated on penalties, though by the sounds of it they should have lost comfortably in regular time.

It's bad enough their cricket team is doing well.

Thankfully, we can always bank on their soccer team being awful.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #202
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Can't argue with England being booted, although I did have them pegged to advance.

Lord, they could barely string together 2 passes in the final offensive third. England was lively enough to earn a few set pieces, but they totally failed to dictate anything to the defense. For all the fun of a Chelsea-type run, sometimes the better team really should win.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #203
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The other teams do have a choice in how they play Spain, the most common approach is the park the bus, but if I were them I would just go for it, what does it matter if you lose 1-0 or 5-0?
I agree that most teams have too much respect/are too scared of Spain. Italy played fairly offensive against them and actually got a draw. They could have even won. I think Portugal need to try to play their own game against them, with a bit more focus on the defence maybe.

So far, the Germans have impressed me more than the Spaniards so my money is still on them.
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Italy was pretty much dominating the whole time, shame they couldn't score goals in regular time. But it was okay in the end.
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My hopes are on Germany,untill now they have proven themselves the better team,
and they are less ugly as Spain.

Go mannschaft.
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Certainly the most prettyboys in the German team. Neuer, Klose, Lahm, Schweintje, Podolski, Schurrle, Muller, Kroos, and my new favourite, Reus!
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who else wants italy to win euro 2012
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who else wants italy to win euro 2012
not really
but I think they have a fair chance at beating Germany

to be honest, what I've seen from Germany (unfortunately I haven't been able to see too much) I find them less impressing than I thought they would be beforehand
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Italy -Germany should be a good match. Sadly I'm gonna miss the next three matches because I'm at Werchter.
Werchter had live link up with the WC in 2010, and announced scores after every set whilst a game was played.
If they do that this year, I don't think your going to miss anything!

Have fun in Werchter, one of my fav. festivals ever. Great site, great sound, great crowd.

Exited for Germany - Italy.
Less exited for Spain - Portugal
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