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    I can't believe it's not an actual thread yet! Who are you cheering for? Who do you think is going to win?

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    Start date: June 10 (France vs. Romania)

    I'm cheering for Poland. They have a solid defence with Krychowiak as a holding mid, Glik as a centre-back, and Piszczek as a wing-back. They also have a strike partnership made in heaven (Lewy and Milik) with Jakub on the wing.
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    I'm cheering for good old England (because, well, I'm English).

    Seeing as this tournament is eight teams larger than last time around, I'd be please with getting to the quarter finals, but we're limited to that, I feel, due to Roy Hodgson's involvement. He's in place to bring through the youth and evolve the squad, but not to win anything. And I'll be gutted too if we don't too our group.

    All that being said, the last four will be four from Belgium, Germany, France and Spain, I feel - their teams are just on a different level, though, at such a late stage in the tournament, it'll be a free-for-all for the prize. I wanted France to come out and win it, but semi finals with such a young squad would be decent too.

    As for Poland, let's see if Lewa's up for the challenge!
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    This starts in three days? I'm Dutch, so what do I care.. xD

    No, seriously.. Normally the country would be every inch an orange nation.. But.. It's just not happening here, because it simply is not happening with us there.

    I've never been this not-hyped for a big end-tournament. And I get hyped over the Copa America as a European..

    That being said, we just weren't good enough. Yes, could-be winners of the WC2010 and 3rd in Brazil.. But all but three (Sneijder, Robben, Huntelaar) or perhaps four players (RvP) that carried the team from 2010 are gone. In fact, if you look at the most recent squad (Robben wasn't in shape, Sneijder had schedualing conflicts, Huntelaar thanked for the friendlies, RvP wasn't called upon), there's none that played in South Africa. Van Gaal got great results in Brazil with a relatively young group, but that hack Hiddink threw everything into the gutter and logically, Blind (just too inexperienced) just couldn't salvage it in that short amount of time.

    In the Netherlands, people are calling van Gaal arrogant, because he didn't manage ManU to a championship, but at least he brought in some great players like Rashford, or basically.. youth. Blind gets criticized because he was the manager when we "didn't qualify", but Hiddink for some reason manages to slip under the radar when it was him that threw our nations squad under the bus.

    As for which team I'll support? I'm a sucker for the underdogs and my last vacation was to Wales (and technically two nights in England). So that's probably my pick I'll follow during their groupstages. Probably several others during the groups as well (NorthIreland!!! xD). But during the final rounds, I'm hoping Belgium keeps up the good form.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polipuff View Post
    I can't believe it's not an actual thread yet! Who are you cheering for? Who do you think is going to win?

    Host: France
    Start date: June 10 (France vs. Romania)

    I'm cheering for Poland. They have a solid defence with Krychowiak as a holding mid, Glik as a centre-back, and Piszczek as a wing-back. They also have a strike partnership made in heaven (Lewy and Milik) with Jakub on the wing.
    Who do I think is going to win.. A toss-up between Germany, Spain and Belgium I'd reckon. I think England, France are outsiders. I could see Portugal, Iceland and Croatia being surprises as their groups aren't that hard in comparison. Dat Croatian midfield.. Modric, Raketic, Kovacic.. supplying the ball onto Mandzukic.. If they get the ball rolling, then they should be able to score a lot.

    Sweden gets rear-ended yet again though.. They missed the World Cup in Brazil (it was either Ronaldo or Zlatan), and now they get stuck with Belgium and Italy. Ouch..

    Didn't Poland just lose to the Netherlands recenly in a friendly? Milik plays in the Dutch League, and is painfully one-legged. Sure, Lewandowski is legend (5x9), but I'm not a fan of Milik.

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    I'm cheering for good old England (because, well, I'm English).

    Seeing as this tournament is eight teams larger than last time around, I'd be please with getting to the quarter finals, but we're limited to that, I feel, due to Roy Hodgson's involvement. He's in place to bring through the youth and evolve the squad, but not to win anything. And I'll be gutted too if we don't too our group.

    All that being said, the last four will be four from Belgium, Germany, France and Spain, I feel - their teams are just on a different level, though, at such a late stage in the tournament, it'll be a free-for-all for the prize. I wanted France to come out and win it, but semi finals with such a young squad would be decent too.

    As for Poland, let's see if Lewa's up for the challenge!
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    If the young French players (I'm looking at you, Martial and Coman) really step it up, France should be guaranteed for quarters, maybe semis.
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    Can't wait for this! My predictions:

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    Can't wait for this! My predictions:
    I would put Russia 2nd in Group B, and Austria 2nd in group F, but solid choice.

    Also: France 2-1 Romania

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    So England dominating their first match was weird. Shame about the draw but these things happen in footbal.

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    Yeah, what the heck was Hart doing? Also, why not vardy and barkley for subs?
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    Don't know who put some strange herbs in de Bruyne's beer, but what a weak game.. :S

    Not that I'm a fan of Italian football, because just kicking the ball high over the midfield is just not a tactic I enjoy seeing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locormus View Post
    Don't know who put some strange herbs in de Bruyne's beer, but what a weak game.. :S

    Not that I'm a fan of Italian football, because just kicking the ball high over the midfield is just not a tactic I enjoy seeing.
    Belgium really didn't play well overall against Italy. Lukaku was virtually anonymous, De Bruyne was awful and playing two central defenders as you fullbacks is not usually a good idea. People were expecting big things from Belgium but based on that performance I don't see them going too far (hope I'm wrong though).
    This group could actually get interesting if Belgium don't up their game. I'm starting to think my beloved Ireland could win against them and make it out of the group!
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    FFS. These overtime goals are killing me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Polipuff View Post
    Yeah, what the heck was Hart doing? Also, why not vardy and barkley for subs?
    Hart yet again not flawless vs. Wales..

    And Vardy, I still contest his goal. That was offside, even if the ball got to him by Williams header. Here's why:

    FIFA: "A player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent, who deliberately plays the ball (except from a deliberate save), is not considered to have gained an advantage."

    Considering that Williams was trying to clear the ball away from the goal (but failed in execution), means it was a deliberate save, which in turn means that Vardy had gained an advantage by positioning himself offside.

    If Williams' header wasn't a deliberately try to save, then it makes Vardy onside, but considering he's trying to head Sturridge's cross away or over the goal, it definitely was an attempt at a deliberate save. Hence offside. Hence a bad call. Hence the goal should've been scrapped.

    Freaking BBC commentators calling it "great, brilliant officiating", of course it is when you get an offside goal out of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by *PKMN Trainer Paddy* View Post
    Belgium really didn't play well overall against Italy. Lukaku was virtually anonymous, De Bruyne was awful and playing two central defenders as you fullbacks is not usually a good idea. People were expecting big things from Belgium but based on that performance I don't see them going too far (hope I'm wrong though).
    This group could actually get interesting if Belgium don't up their game. I'm starting to think my beloved Ireland could win against them and make it out of the group!
    It already was an interesting group with Belgium, Italy and Zlatan F.C.
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    Sweden vs Italy was so painful. Worst best but somehow effective team in the world.
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    Conte is a tactical genius, and bringing the best out of the worst Italian side I've seen for a while.
    He's gonna be tough to face off when he's at Chelsea.

    I want Spain to win, 3rd Euro in a row. People will be salty af about it and that's gonna be fun. Especially at the cost of beating France at the finals.
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    Here's a statistic: 14 out of 42 goals were made in the last 10 minutes of the game and extra time, lots of them being deciding goals.

    That's 33%...

    I made a joke in my football-team app, that it was refreshing to see goals not made in that timeframe.. This was the first half.. I should've known that the equalizer was coming in the extra time.. -.-

    Quote Originally Posted by Maldread View Post
    Sweden vs Italy was so painful. Worst best but somehow effective team in the world.
    Agreed.. I honestly think that a 1vs1 tie would've been more appropriate looking at both the first half and second half.

    What was really painful to watch was Croatia's "fans" screwing over their own team, they had been disrupted so much that they give away a win.

    Quote Originally Posted by CyberBlaziken View Post
    Conte is a tactical genius, and bringing the best out of the worst Italian side I've seen for a while.
    He's gonna be tough to face off when he's at Chelsea.

    I want Spain to win, 3rd Euro in a row. People will be salty af about it and that's gonna be fun. Especially at the cost of beating France at the finals.
    Their first half disaster disagrees with you. And bypassing the Belgian midfield by playing long passes isn't really showing him as a tactical genius, just average tactics.
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    He's doing whatever he can do with an average Italian squad. But anyways they're out the next round.

    Turkey were crap during the match. The way they folded. Iniesta is a delight to watch on his best days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberBlaziken View Post
    He's doing whatever he can do with an average Italian squad. But anyways they're out the next round.

    Turkey were crap during the match. The way they folded. Iniesta is a delight to watch on his best days.
    I don't think the current Italian squad is average, by a mile it isn't. Buffon, Chiellini, Motta, Pellč, Maybe when comparing Italy to their greats, but when looking at the current competition, it's definitely above average.

    I have no clue what the Turkish were doing, but that offside goal by Morata killed any attempt they had left. And then it got gloomy again when they started booing Arda Turan.. In other news, a former Turkish national team player has been charged with four years of prison because he offended Turkish president Erdogan.. Makes you wonder if the current squad are going to get sentenced as well, because they were an embarresment. No offense to any Turkish here, I'm Dutch and the Turkish took the 3rd place in our qualifying group.. So it's disappointing to see them do this badly, when we could've been there if not for them.

    I'm looking forward to Belgium in 50 minutes. Should be better then their last match.
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    De Bruyne looked way better today. Showed why he's a world class player.
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    Belgium looked loads better. Fellaini is such a nuisance. God I hope United sells him soon.
    But realistically, Wilmots is holding them back


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    Little late but Hart hasn't really had anything to do except for Bale's freekick, which he should have handled better. Pretty sure against tougher opponents he'll come through.


    Anyways caught the 'Ronaldo' vs Austria game. Just not his tournament for the time being. Props to Austria though, well deserved it.

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    Belgium looked loads better. Fellaini is such a nuisance. God I hope United sells him soon.
    Me too, never reaĺly been a fan of his.
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    A bit late with this but... WALES COME ON! xD
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    So Wales, Italy, England, France and Switzerland are ywh first one to made it out of group stages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Remix2 View Post
    So Wales, Italy, England, France and Switzerland are ywh first one to made it out of group stages.
    You're forgetting Spain.

    Also, I don't understand why Ukraine is already being served as out of the tournament. Just because have zero points going into the last game, doesn't mean they can't end up taking over the 3rd spot from Northern Ireland. Ukraine currently has a goal average of -4, and Northern Ireland has +1, but still needs to face Germany, whereas Ukraine has to face Poland.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but if the matches end up in:

    Ukraine vs. Poland: 2-0
    Germany vs. N-Ire: 3-0

    Then Northern Ireland and Ukraine's goal averages would tie. Ukraine has lost to Northern Ireland, so that would probably be the deciding factor, but what if Germany wins 4-0 and Ukraine wins 2-0? Then Ukraine would have the better goal average and would be a contender for the four best 3rd places.

    Highly theoretical, I get it.. But they still have a shot.

    Edit: Also, Zlatan resigning from Sweden after EC2016..
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    Welp, Poland is leading Ukraine in the 87th minute, so looks like Ukraine's out.
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    Why haven't I seen this thread before ? I'm French, from Paris, and I can tell you that my daily commute to work and back home are just amazing! All the supporters, from so many countries, are really cheering us up and it's a very nice change of scenery, really!

    As for who I'm cheering up for, of course France! Even though I feel they have been very underwhelming since the start of the competition. Griezmann was supposed to be a real MVP here (at least that's what all the media were saying) but he just faded into the background in every match. Payet was a really enjoyable surprise, though, so far! Another thing I noticed is that, even though there seems to be a good chemistry between the FR players, each and everyone of them is trying to have all the spotlight focused on them. It's a team effort, guys, just put your egos aside for 90 minutes and be the soccer team we'd love to respect more!

    I think Spain and Germany have a very good chance to end up in the finals. If they do, that'd be a match to remember! Before the start of the competition, I thought Portugal would be a major threat as well but seeing them play, they don't look as threatening - it's a bit disappointing really, I always loved the PT team. Here's hoping for some intense games to come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterM View Post
    Before the start of the competition, I thought Portugal would be a major threat as well but seeing them play, they don't look as threatening - it's a bit disappointing really, I always loved the PT team. Here's hoping for some intense games to come!
    Thing is, we're not even playing badly, but we just can't finish. We completely dominated Iceland and Austria, but we lack a striker. Our coach continuously plays Ronaldo as ST rather than LW, and he does not play well there, because he has to play with his back facing the goal, so he can't do any of his runs/skills/shots that he always does at Real. He's pretty much useless in the centre. He should play Ronaldo LW, Quaresma RW and then since we don't have a good ST (unless you count Eder... but as I said, a good striker), should play with Moutinho as CAM/False 9. Put Joao Mario, Wiliam Carvalho and Andre Gomes/Adrien Silva in the midfield, and I genuinely think we would be (on paper) one of the better teams. Either that or put Nani as our ST instead of Ronaldo.

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