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« on: Jun 08, 2008 at 12:45 »

Well its finally underway. Portugal looked OK yesterday, and the Swiss were very unlucky to not at least grab a point against the Czech Republic. Its nice that ESPN is broadcasting most(all?) the games. And in HD. I wish FSC would go HD, and the US could get the Setanta(Sky Sports) HD feed. I'm going to go with my boy Ballack and Germany to take it. Portugal is very talented, and I think the Oranje could possibly be there at the end too. Robben needs to get healthy for them. Italy and France are always competitive as well. Should be some good stuff ahead.



Summer Transfers- Will Ronaldo go to Madrid? That would be a crazy transfer fee. Its a sad day for me, as Chelsea agreed to let Milan talk to Drogba. Don't do it Didier! Milan won't even be in Champion League next year! Milan is also trying to pirate Penso's boy Adebayor as well as Berbatov. Although Chelsea has refused to sell Sheva to Milan. Jose and Inter are trying to plunder the Blues roster as well, with Essien, Carvalho, and Lampard repoprtedly on The Special One's wish list. Ronaldino appears headed for the EPL and Man City. It will be a very interesting summer transfer season.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 09, 2008 at 16:52 »

Holland down the eyeties 3 nil.  Glorious result.  

Rumania spent more time on the floor than my dirty underwear.  Fucking disgraceful.  
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 09, 2008 at 21:54 »

Yeah, Les Bleus got roughed up a bit. Lots of yellows, but not exactly surprise from a squad that racked 30 yellows in qualifying. This just in... Anelka blows! Wish the other Blues he plays for never signed him. And Ribery had no impact.

The Oranje rampaged over the Azzurri! That was awesome for sure. I'm definately rooting for Holland ( and Germany). Such beautiful football, like their second goal. That was goal against every team in the world, national or club. Up 2-0, do they sit back? Hell no. The Dutch just don't know how to sit back and play defense. Its very entertaining. Cannavaro was bumming on the bench. But I wouldn't count out Italy just yet. Very solid squad.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 10, 2008 at 16:14 »

Thought the Russians deserved a little better against Spain.  3-1 would have been fair.  Sweden also looked surprisingly positive, somebody call the French foreign ministry.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 12, 2008 at 00:06 »

Watched Portugal v Czech Republic. Pretty good game. Fancy Pants (my wife's name for Ronaldo), looked pretty good. Deco isn't all that bad as well. How 'bout Scolari coming to Stamford Bridge? Sounds great to me. The Swiss were eliminated today. Portugal, Germany, and Holland look to be in form right now. France and Italy need to rebound soon. I will continue to discount Spain until they win something. Talented roster nonetheless.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 14, 2008 at 12:31 »

Sweden-Spain has been a great, great match so far.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 14, 2008 at 12:57 »

Wow! Villa strikes late in injury time. Spain is pretty much through now. Tough, tough loss for the Swedes.... How 'bout The Oranje? Kicking some ass so far. Germany didn't look so good the other day.  
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 19, 2008 at 10:21 »

Well, on to the quarterfinals. The first matchup today should be a classic. Germany and Portugal were both pre tournament fav's, but Germany hasn't been in top form while Portugal has looked very good when not resting their top players.
Holland has been tearing up people in the so called Group of Death. Even their "B" squad took care of Romania, when Romania could have advanced with a win. The World Cup holders are still in it and looked much better against France, but I don't see them making the Finals. There is no question Spain has talent and depth (Fabregas doesn't even start). They should make some noise. Croatia is a mild surprise, but they did play well in qualifing ( as ENG knows). But in the end,  I think it will be Portugal v Holland in the final, with Portugal lifting the trophy.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 19, 2008 at 16:13 »

Well, there goes that prediction. The Germans are marching again!
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 19, 2008 at 20:26 »

Man, the portugeese really spat the bit today.  Wasted about 50 minutes trying to play the long ball into the box when they should have been running at the German central defenders.  Total wuss-out, lead by Miss Priss Renaldo.  They should have fired Scolari at half-time; that's what the Italians would have done.  Or pushed him out a window.

Anyway my Croats go up against those plucky Turks tomorrow.  Much as it galls the General to root against fellow flightless fowl, I see a 2-0 result, setting Croatia up to do what has to be one of the more enjoyable prospects of the tournament:  beating Germany twice.


 
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 20, 2008 at 13:01 »

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Man, the portugeese really spat the bit today.
Fucking terrible.  Arians~esque, I'd say.  Quite the swan song for Scolari.  Good luck with 'em, Chelsea fans.

I had a bad feeling when they decided to rest 8 against the Swiss.  They were playing so well together.  Way to mess with the chemistry and field a completely different team.  They should've started with the same squad (or close to it) and started pulling guys right after the half.  Instead, Portugal spends the first half hour in the quarters trying to get into a flow.

Germany looked very unimpressive to me.  Maybe I'm just a little biased (and still pissed), but collectively, they've got all the ball skills of a MLS team.

With Portugal out, I going to go out on a limb a little and predict a Croatia/Netherlands final with the Orange taking it all.
 
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 20, 2008 at 16:44 »

Goddamn cocksucking fucking motherfuck ratfucking bastard fucking shitfuck fuck.


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« Reply #12 on: Jun 20, 2008 at 22:54 »

It seems that Turkey is the new Greece. Just squeaking by yet again. Senturk( Fenerbahce) was the leading scorer in the Turkish league, but he got a little lucky. The Germans might be happy about plaing Turkey, but so was Croatia.
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 21, 2008 at 16:45 »

Stupid Dutch...Thoroughly outplayed by the Russians... There goes the second half of my prediction. Although I did originally pick the Germans...Spain and Italy next.
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« Reply #14 on: Jun 21, 2008 at 18:52 »

I'm afraid today's result all but guarantees us a Germany-Italy final.  Spain has major problems at the back, something which Italy will exploit.  And anyone fancy the Turks over Germany?  Anyone?  Hello?

The Russians did to the Dutch what the Turks did to the Croats:  they shut down the center of the midfield and took what was given around the edges of the box.
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« Reply #15 on: Jun 23, 2008 at 07:56 »

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Did I forget to mention that those are my Locks for the Week?
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« Reply #16 on: Jul 01, 2008 at 12:15 »

Well, its over and Spain lifted the trophy. Deservedly so. Torres is a player for sure. Another tough loss for bridesmaid Ballack.

Champions League starts in 2 weeks, but just the qualifying stages. EPL kicks off in 2 months with the FA Community Shield. Transfer market is probably about to go mental, so it will be fun seeing who goes where.
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