Tag:Euro Cup '12
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:14 am
Seeded Ireland vs Estonia , okay, no one should be overly confident but that's realistically probably better than facing Turkey or Bosnia or in fact, Montenegro. We all know, last time in the World Cup playoffs, Ireland played France.
Seeded Portugal vs. Bosnia Hercogovina
Seeded Czech Republic vs. Montenegro and lastly
Seeded Croatia vs. Turkey.
In the end, anyone can win these. I believe in the group with Italy, Slovenia, Serbia and Estonia, one of the Italy Serbia games was given to Italy since Serbia's fans acted as a bunch of idiots... but Estonia played Serbia 2 games additionally so Estonia comes out ahead.
Montenegro is a good team as we saw them draw England.
There are too many good teams in Europe now, I will be glad when the 24 team format comes out in 2016.
Good luck to all teams.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: October 12, 2011 12:11 pm
This is where it get's interesting, to the meet of the matter and acknowledging that the final places will be determined by the playoffs next month, the dust has not settled yet. This is just ranking the European teams.
Posted on: October 7, 2011 10:44 pm
It's late and I'm tired but I do need to talk about the Euro Cup qualifications for a moment.
Concerning qualifying for the Euro Cup and just to make the playoffs, Scotland has to defeat Spain Tuesday, Belgium has to defeat Germany, that is just to get into the playoffs vs. other 2nd place teams and both matches are away for Scotland and Belgium. Is there a chance even one of them can win???
First off though, Scotland to have that chance must be Liechtenstein away on Saturday, I would think that is probable. That is group I, why does it seem that the last groups always have either Scotland, Netherlands or Spain? Must be a coincidence. And England, France and Italy seem to always be in the middle and Germany in one of the first groups?
Austria stuffed Azerbaijan royally today, about 4-1, Belgium drew Azerbaijan, Turkey plays them on Tuesday...and I would think would whip them.... and Turkey will be playing at home.
Here are the groups at the moment: http://www.soccerway.com/internatio
In group E, Hungary and Sweden are in a dogfight as well. Sweden plays at Netherlands, Netherlands has a perfect record, has qualified and barely defeated a weak Moldova team today. Hungary will play the Fins. Sweden won at Finland 1-2.
Greece won the group F showdown vs. Croatia, 2-0.
Wales, man, if the tournament was starting now, I'd think Wales would have a good shot to advance but they started too late. Wales defeated Switzerland today and defeated Montenegro last month. This was after sacking their coach. Of course, at Wembley, England only defeated them by 1-0 last month too. Speaking of England, I didn't see it but heard Wazza, Wayne Rooney got a red card allowing Montenegro, granted a good team to come back and make that game a draw 2-2. The game may have been in Montenegro though while the Wales/Montenegro game was in Wales.
Group C. isn't quite decided either, Slovenia, eliminated will end up playing Serbia. Both countries part of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, the game is in Slovenia. I will go with the Slovenes to win this. I believe though Serbia drew the Italians today, the first Serbia/Italy match was abandoned and given to Italy because the Serbian fans were being a bunch of idiots. I'm sure the Serb players are nice guys but the hooligans of Serbia are rather atrocious. Let's hope we don't see Hooligan fights in Poland/Ukraine as at least Poland is known to have hooligan problems of their own as well.
And speaking of the former Republic of Yugoslavia, it looks like Bosnia Hercogovina has qualified for the playoff rounds. I will see the matchups at a future date, the teams play two games against each other, home and away.
Well, my order is a bit out of kilter in speaking about the groups but Ireland and Armenia, yes, Armenia battle for second in group B. Ireland hosts Armenia Tuesday, so though I'd kind of like to see Ireland win it, hats off to Armenia for making it this far and if they win, they'd win the 2nd place of that group while if Ireland wins, they are in 2nd in all likelihood since first place Russia hosts minnows Andorra. Again, consult the tables for all possibilities.
Lastly, in group H, Denmark and Portugal square off while Norway plays Cyprus. Denmark currently has 16 points, Portugal and Norway have 13 so Portugal needs to assure advancing by winning it would seem to me. Denmark not too long ago I believe pulled off the upset of Portugal in Lisbon, that may have been a World Cup qualifier for the last World Cup.
So, this is a run down on the action, much to be decided on Tuesday.
Slovakia who did rather well at the World Cup last time, fail to qualify. I watch one of their players for Napoli I believe. But it is competitive out there.