EURO 2012 **SPOILERS**
not a hater as such, more apathetic really – but I think football seems to be dropping in popularity somewhat.
I think the performance at the world cup – where everyone was questioning our players’ motivation what with country v. cash – opened an interesting seam of cynicism in the previously supportive public.Posted 5 years agoCoyoteSubscriber
Agree with you there pook. Don’t forget the previous Euros where the England team couldn’t even be bothered to qualify. I think I’d have had more interest if we had a young, passionate manager who was given free reign to pick his own squad, ideally all under 25. But no. We have the same tired old faces who have failed time and time again at the highest level.
I’ll probably watch a few matches but certainly won’t be supporting England with the zeal I have previously.Posted 5 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Glass half-full scenario for England is that they do a Greece – defensively they’re good and they have some pace, so nicking a few 1-0s is not beyond the realms of possibility. Getting out of the group would given them a lot of confidence. Football will be dire though – guaranteed to bore the arse off the nation. OTOH it could be lose draw draw and back home before the postcards.
Optimistically, I think they will make the q/fs.Posted 5 years ago
We have the same tired old faces who have failed time and time again at the highest level.
are you looking at a different squad sheet to the one that i’ve seen ? there are only 4 players there that have played in more than one tournament, of those cole has always played well and at least rooney was effective in 2004 but i agree that he’s been crap at the world cups.
i think that hodgson has made some strange choices though, only one left footer in the whole midfield doesn’t spell ball retention to me especially when you can’t see him being a starter. when you need options to keep hold of the ball why limit 2 of your midfielders by always needing to check inside ? still, i do trust hodgson tactically, he’s not on the fifa advisory panel for nothing so it must make sense to him.Posted 5 years ago
Not a whisper of a thread yet, so I’ll start the ball rolling and see if this dies on its arse!!Posted 5 years ago
I know there’s plenty of football haters on here, but there’s also a few who are genuinely interested.
So who’s gonna win, do well, surprise or just royally fail!!
Personally I can see the Germans doing very well, and if messrs van Persie and Robben step up, the Dutch will be in with a big shout!!
England squad is the freshest i can remember*, i dont care if we fall on our arses, as long as they look like they give it their best.
Poland 2 – Greece 0
Russia 1 – Czech R 3
*the squad, the racism, the bitchin has been done to death. Grab a beer and enjoy the game.Posted 5 years agobinnersSubscriber
I think its great we’re going in with zero expectation. Its got to be liberating from the players.
Everyone’s saying Spain or Germany, but I’m thinking of having a punt on Russia as being a surprise package, and possibly doing a Greece and surprising everyone. They’re in an ok group and once you’re out of there, its anyone’s after that.
I’m really looking forward to watching some quality football. ie: Germany and Spain, and a few other likely candidatesPosted 5 years agoMSPSubscriber
There was a lot of negativity and pessimism about the world cup in SA before the event, I half expected every travelling fan to be murdered in a car jacking incident. But it was actually a pretty good tournament (apart from England and those very very annoying plastic trumpets).
I am hoping that this one will turn out the same, and if there is any racism it is dealt with appropriately and doesn’t spoil the football, I think that Poland and Ukraine know the world is watching and will show that they can deal with any incidents.
Although UEFA and FIFA have always turned a blind eye to the racism in Italian stadia.Posted 5 years agobrakesMember
will show that they can deal with any incidents.
or just deny that they happened if the Panorama doc was anything to go by.
I’m predicting a Netherlands vs. Germany epic final with Germany edging it.Posted 5 years ago
Will be keeping a sneaky eye on Russia though.
England to play surprisingly well but fail at the QF stage.BikingcatastropheMember
No idea at all really. I expect the Germans to be strong (sweeping generalisation based on past performances) although the defeat last week may well have surprised them a bit. Spain no doubt will also be strong. France have had very indifferent tournments recently so not sure they will do partiularly well, but should escape the group. The Dutch, on paper, should have done very well in the past few tournaments but have somehow managed to implode and under achieve. I expect that there will also be a surrise package in the tournament who will surprise everyone and do really well. Unfortunately I do not expect that surprise package to be England. Like others have commented I feel rather pessimistic about England. Probably because we seem to have a rather strange collection of individuals and the last two performances while being wins were very frustrating to watch. Hope we escape the group but wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t. And I do hope that somehow Roy manages to start fashioning a good England side. He has done very well with a number of clubs he has been at although seemed to come unstuck a little at Liverpool. Who knows what really went on there but it did come across as a bit of an aberration. Maybe he only really works well with less stellar squads – in which case, his England career may not go very well.Posted 5 years agosimonralli2Member
I’m not so hopeful about England’s chances.
At least tomorrow here in Brazil there is Brazil vs Argentina (a friendly) and everyone is looking forward to the Neymar vs Messi aspect. Neymar is on fire at Santos, and also there will be Santos vs Corinthians in the South American cup too to watch during the Euros.
But hey! Beckham will be at the Olympics for team GB 😀Posted 5 years agoBlackhoundSubscriber
Ireland tough to beat, 14 games undefeated must provide confidence going in. And I think undefeated in 3 against Italy.
Maybe he only really works well with less stellar squads – in which case, his England career may not go very well.
Have to disagree, England are far from ‘stellar’ – Roy could do well with this average lot.Posted 5 years ago
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