Tag:Euro Cup
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 1:38 am

Teams now decided for the Euro Cup

BREAKING: I'm trying to sort out the Spanish Newspaper http://www.marca.com/ but they are already sketching out some groups for the Euro Cup. I don't know if these are accurate.

Oh, and by the way, Spain drew Costa Rica at Costa Rica. Spain had to score twice in the last 10 minutes, 2-2 draw in Central America. "Villa evita ridiculo de total", Villa (the player) avoids ridicule for all, perhaps he scored the two goals.

MARCA has: Repesca (okay, I'll get the dictionary out later, must be PREVIEW) of the Euro Copa:

These are the pots drawn from and then the groups will be made.

Pot 1: Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Netherlands.
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Sweden, Portugal, Greece
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Ireland, Czech Republic


So, these must be the pots from which the draws are made.

One wonders why Marca opines on how Spain could get into a "group of death", also, it appears "Pot 2" is much more stronger than the other groups.

Okay, my original post was too long.

So, the process will go, group A. Spain, then a pick from pot 2, maybe England or Germany (Alemania) for example and using the Marca's example of how Group A could be a group of death, a pick from pot 3, Portugal as an example again from Marca and lastly, from pot 4, France.

It is possible that Germany might not find Poland to be the most hospitable country but Germany was hospitable largely to all the countries that went there in 2006 so this might not be a problem.

It seems Germany is clearly the best team around but you never know, a Portugal, Spain or other team might be able to defeat them, even a Denmark or Ireland.

And for example, Ireland in Pot 4 would be paired with 1 country from pots 1, 2 and 3 so they could be in a group that looks like this for exampe:

Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ireland. That looks about as easy as a group can be. So, all of these groups should be difficult especially since every country in pot 2 is fairly good. I'm not sure how they determine it.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: November 15, 2011 12:08 pm


Ah, in 2006, I watched with some Portuguese fans, Portugal crash out from the World Cup against France, a game France deserved to win but I'm not so sure about France's prior game vs. Spain but France played well enough to win the final vs. Italy which ended in a penalty shootout.

Interestingly, I believe both times in recent memory, Denmark has been able to defeat Portugal, win their group and Portugal has been forced to play in the playoffs.

Bosnia and Herzegovina played Portugal in the unlucky play-off contest having hit woodwork three times (Ibričić, Džeko, Muslimović) in the first game, and eventually bowed out losing both games by single goal. Portugal was the only team from UEFA play-offs to reach knock-out stage of FIFA World Cup 2010, losing to the eventual World Cup Champions Spain, which shows how difficult opponent it was for Bosnia and Herzegovina to take on in the play-offs.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnia

Fastforward to 2010, Portuguese fans will tell you somehow that Spain dived to win that game, though both countries share the Iberian peninsula, I did not expect much bitterness.

Now, here we have Bosnia whom Portugal once before recently already denied advancement to a major tournament, at home, Portugal has to be favored BUT.... it's important that we have that "away goal" rule in place, so it would seem if Bosnia can score at least one goal, Portugal likewise has to score and in this case of BiH scoring one goal, Portugal would have to score at least 2 to advance.

So, I think the stage is set, Portugal famously has fans around the world in support of their team and the number of stars it has had in recent years, Figo, Deco and of course, Ronaldo among others..

http://www.portugoal.net/ Dedicated website to the Portugal team.

I'm mixed here, I honestly think this can go either way. In fact, I have a funny feeling Bosnia can nick it.

Obviously, in the other games, Ireland should finish off Estonia, playing at home and Croatia is not going to lose at home with their 3 goals to zero advantage. The Czechs play in Montenegro and Czech Rep. lead with two goals to none and will have Peter Cech in goal. Though the Czechs seem to lack the offensive flash Nedved gave them, the Czechs seem to usually be able to put up a good defense. Let's not forget I believe with Rooney's red card in the Montenegro England game, that Montenegro in fact, did come back to draw that game. So, this one seems even as well, Montenegro could possibly take it given the lackluster performances the Czechs have often had.

I don't mind the Czech team but it has been a few years since they've really had a fine performance in a major tourney, we the USA played them in '06 and memorably lost our first group stage game to them, 3-1 I think and were immediately behind the eight ball but likewise, the Czech team could do nothing in their final two games and were left behind in the group as well.

Surely, it is a formality and following custom that the LA Galaxy has requested Robbie Keane to come back from the Euro qualifiers to the Galaxy.http://www.soccerway.com/news/2011/
That won't happen but as I said, I think if Keane is healthy coming back to play in the MLS Championship this weekend, the Galaxy will win. Otherwise, Houston Dynamo may well be able to take it.

Category: Soccer
Posted on: November 11, 2011 9:05 pm


Good, at least London is hosting the Athletics Championships: http://www.newsrt.co.uk/news/london
 in 2017.

I have to feel sorry for Bosnia to the football matches today, they really don't deserve to go down to Portugal and though the two countries drew 0-0 in Bosnia, you have got to think that certainly gives the Portuguese the advantage. I did not know too that Portugal let go of their former manager and hired their current one during this Euro Cup qualifying campaign.

Czechs won home 2-0 over Montenegro. Turkey got blasted in Turkey by the Croats 0-3, so Croatia certainly has a foot in the door to the Euro 2012 tournament. Ireland 4-0 over Estonia there. I think that covers it all.

Fox soccer is running a lot of FA Cup stuff currently. More power to them, they are good games from the lesser known clubs. Tomorrow I know they will have some FA Cup game on.
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Tags: Euro Cup
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