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cobl04 05-28-2008 05:54 AM

Euro 2008 --> The Thread.
 
Well howdy everyone, it has been decided we need a Euro 2008 thread.

Hosted by Austria and Switzerland, it begins in about 10 days (June 7) and I, frankly, am a bit excited cos I'm getting more into soccer.

Here in Oz, we're getting I think it's eight games free-to-air, which is terrific. My tip would have to be Italy, but as Greece proved last time you just never know.

Here are the pools, for more info go to UEFA Euro 2008 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pool One
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Portugal
Turkey

Pool Two
Austria
Croatia
Germany
Poland

Pool Three
Holland
Italy
Romania
France

Pool Four
Greece
Sweden
Spain
Russia


My two questions are: are Cesc Fabregas or Adebayor playing, and has Zidane retired.

intedomine 05-28-2008 07:12 AM

Zidane is long gone, actually he's in Australia this week. Best player of all time? I think so.

Adebayor will never play Euro because he's Togolese, watch him at the African Cup Of Nations in 2010.

I assume Fabregas will be playing, Spanish gun he is.

This thread will be alimghty active in a week's time.

My tip for the title. Germany, always a safe bet and will be stoked with their group. Austria, according to some, the weakest qualifier for a Euro in a long time, and the unremarkable Poland. Croatia are guns though.

Switzerland will be a dark horse. Deserved to go further at the most recent World Cup. Tough group though.

France v Italy will be massive, these teams cannot stop drawing each other. If qualifying for Euro wasn't intense enough, now they're about to face each other at the tournament proper. This is a tremendous rivalry, particularly following on from that night in Berlin '06.

1stepcloser 05-28-2008 07:33 AM

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COME ON HOLLAND!!! I'VE GOT £10 RIDING ON YOU!!! :rockon:

Zoots 05-28-2008 08:19 AM

:hyper: :hyper: :hyper: Futbol :hyper: :hyper: :hyper:

As always I'll probably be rooting for Germany! :rockon:

Anyway I gotta read up about the current teams first. I'm totally out of the loop since the World Cup! :reject:

vaz02 05-28-2008 08:29 AM

Pool One
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Portugal

Turkey

Pool Two
Austria
Croatia
Germany
Poland

Pool Three
Holland
Italy
Romania
France

Pool Four
Greece
Sweden
Spain
Russia

My predictions for group winners and runners up. Im going for maybe Croatia or Russia for outsiders, This could be Spain's year with Villa and Torres leading the charge. Anyone but Portugal and i be happy, even Germany !

DaveC 05-28-2008 09:53 PM

Pool One
Portugal
Czech Rep
Turkey
Switzerland

Pool Two
Germany
Poland
Croatia
Austria

Pool Three
Holland
Italy
France
Romania

Pool Four
Spain
Sweden
Greece
Russia

Portugal 2 - Poland 1
Germany 3 - Czech Rep 0

Netherlands 1 (5-4 PK) - Sweden 1
Spain 3 - Italy 2

Germany 2 - Portugal 1 (A.E.T.)
Netherlands 2 - Spain 0

Netherlands 3 - Germany 1

None of this is actually going to come true, but it's worth a shot.

Slipstream 05-28-2008 10:01 PM

With England out(still feel ill we're not there) and the rest of the Home Countries I have no one to go for, so it's probably going to be Holland or Sweden.

Over here in Canada all the matches like usual will be televised by the two main public sport channels, so at least that's good.

Quote:

Originally Posted by vaz02 (Post 5186085)
Anyone but Portugal and i be happy, even Germany !

Oh I'm completely with you on that one!

cobl04 05-29-2008 02:27 AM

I'd happily support Italy, cos that's what I;m studying at school, but after what they did in the world cup that won't be possible.

Might go for Spain, otherwise underdogs. So hard to pick a country to support in these things.

intedomine 05-29-2008 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slipstream (Post 5187708)
With England out(still feel ill we're not there) and the rest of the Home Countries I have no one to go for,


!

You're kidding, you're English and you'd support Scotland, Wales or Nth Ireland if they were in the tournament? I thought they'd be the few nations you'd hate more than anyone?!

Aardvark747 05-29-2008 12:15 PM

Come on Ronaldo!:rockon:

Slipstream 05-29-2008 01:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by intedomine (Post 5188336)
You're kidding, you're English and you'd support Scotland, Wales or Nth Ireland if they were in the tournament? I thought they'd be the few nations you'd hate more than anyone?!

Half my family is from Scotland so it's a bit of a paradox. If England and/or Scotland are out then I would support the others, which doesn't happen very often. Not fun at times, but I'd rather support a Home Country than a team that's completely unconnected to myself. Makes sense. I'd really don't find this unconventional.

With that said, I'm a bigger supporter of England, which I have been since I was really young. My tattoo expresses this:)

vaz02 06-02-2008 06:40 PM

Mario Gomez and Germany to win 25/1 , £2 on that
David Villa and Spain to win 28/1, £2 on that

Not a lot but just enough to make the competition watchable without getting fustrated when they get knocked out.

blueeyedgirl 06-03-2008 01:52 AM

After the World Cup, no way I can support Italy (and my background is Italian :grumpy: ) so I might go for Poland. Or France. Or Greece. All their Eurovision entries were good....

toscano 06-03-2008 11:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by intedomine (Post 5186033)
Zidane is long gone, actually he's in Australia this week. Best player of all time? I think so.

Did you ever see a Cruyff or Pele in their prime ? He's not even the best French player of all time.

toscano 06-03-2008 11:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by COBL_04 (Post 5188036)
I'd happily support Italy, cos that's what I;m studying at school, but after what they did in the world cup that won't be possible

What did they do that was so wrong ? They scored the most goals. They allowed the fewest. They won the best game of the cup (semi vs. Germany) and didn't head butt anyone.

they won't this though. 2nd round maybe, that's about it. It helps that Cannavarro is gone though, he has been horrible since the world cup.


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