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"The Winners and Losers of Euro 2004"

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Sun 20/06/04 at 22:24
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So Far:

TEAMS:

Winners:

Portugal- They're through and how. A dashing win against their national neighbours has sent them flying through on a high and best of all the home nation are still in.

Greece- Played well for their qualifications and were "outsiders" for going through to the quarters.

Czech Republic- A thrilling game against Holland turned up a win for the Eastern European side who are through to the quarters with a game in hand.

Croatia- Still got a chance with the final group game fast approaching. A bunch of no hopers have jumped on the big boy beating band wagon (well almost) with a draw merited (perhaps only by a second half performance) against a disorientated french side.

Latvia- Haven't been crushed in the group of death. An accomplishment on its own, but they could go through aswell, if the profits back them against a less than smooth dutch team.


Sweden- Perrenial tournament steadies, and haven't dissapointed this year.

Losers:

Russia- Out after 2 games and a poor disciplinary record to boot. Ambiguity over their entry to the finals and that didn't stop a few months ago. A reasonable win against a qualified Greece team, doesn't really mask a poor tournament on and off the pitch.

Bulgaria- Out and seemed like a sunday league team at times. "Anyone for a pint" must have rung in the players ears too many times.

Switzerland- Biggest defeat of the tournament so far and little to be seen from some much built up players. Better book ya plain tickets lads.

Holland- Well it's not really a failure for them (that came in the form of failure to qualify for a recent world cup) as they never seem to "click". It would take some hard work and some good football to see them getting a second place.

Players:

Winners:

Wayne Rooney- The chaotic english media are actually half right about the amount of praise given out this time. He may only be able to do it at international level so far, but the best in the england shirt without doubt. Surely performances only rise a summer buying price?

Zinedine Zidane- The flair has paid off so far. A shining beacon of a meandering France. Captaincy, penalties and free-kicks are all taken in his stride. "No, he doesn't have a bald spot" is surely the angle of the hair cut, but it's the man who plays underneath it that's grabbing praise. [Galactico indeed.

Nuno Gomes- A second half sub who will be heavily praised for years to come, or at least till portugal play a definite quarter final.

Luis Figo- Playing well enough to force someone to comment on him as "hard-working), a rarity.

Jorge Andrade- A primary example as to why 24 is not too young for a centre back.

Milan Baros- Continuing a sparkling international track record. Superlatives only, please, for his play in the current tournament.

Losers:

Francesco Totti- Spitting is for those who live a rugged life on the streets, not a suposed world class talent. Seems not to be able to transfer serie A performances to the world stage. Disgraceful. The team will do better without him.

Sebastien Frei- The talent hasn't flourished as yet and a dubious saliva offence put him in the spotlight.

David James- Hasn't covered himself in glory having made a poor decision for a certain french mans set piece.

Philip Cocu- A purely rank player at this tourne and there isn't enough space for numerous team mates.




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Tue 22/06/04 at 18:37
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Solskjśr wrote:
> Is it just me, or does David James seem to freeze suddenly, grasping
> the ball - like his heart's stopped - each time the ball ends up
> IN his hands??
>
> ;)

Makes me laugh that when we play and win well, people still have to find something to moan about.

Just give it a rest yeah? Its bloody tiresome.
Tue 22/06/04 at 18:28
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"The Red Shift"
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I thought apart from being a bit jittery, James was amazing. he dived and di pretty much all that you would want from a goalie. The goals certainly weren't his fault, but Cole and Terry's instead.
Tue 22/06/04 at 18:25
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Ashley wrote:
> Nedved probably should be on there, but i admire him greatly and so
> set him high standards.
>
> well your standards are then unacheivable. he has been awesome.
> Unparallelable by anyone so far. HE was man of the match (official,
> and by the czech coach, and singled out for praise by advocaat)

Although he has been a relatively dominant force in midfield, he hasn't been flourishing on the goal scoring or assisting aspect. Goals win matches, not good performances.

> tomas rosicky does not however, when you look at how he has been
> overshadowed by Cech, Nedved, Baros and Smicer.
>
> Rosicky was easily the czech republics second best player. he
> marshalled the midfield immensely he was also good in the latvia
> game.

just no. Baros has done more to a better effect and koller has been in his own half defending well in periods of this tournament.
Tue 22/06/04 at 17:01
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"Not a Jew"
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He should just shave off his damn goatee that he thinks makes him look like a man.
Tue 22/06/04 at 15:16
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"Previously Vampyr"
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its not just u. calamity james is actually really poor. much like the swiss goalie - u can tell he is poor coz he doesnt have the money to not look like a traamp
Tue 22/06/04 at 12:51
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"Long time no see!"
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Is it just me, or does David James seem to freeze suddenly, grasping the ball - like his heart's stopped - each time the ball ends up IN his hands??

;)
Tue 22/06/04 at 10:34
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"RIP: Brian Clough"
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He had a 'mixed night', better than the Croat 'keeper anyway.
Tue 22/06/04 at 10:30
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"bei-jing-jing-jing"
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He wasn't bad, but every time the ball comes near the bloke I'm just waiting for him to make a mistake.

Heh.
Tue 22/06/04 at 09:43
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"Not a Jew"
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James did well last night, in all fairness.
Tue 22/06/04 at 00:20
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Clazon wrote:


> Holland bad? the only team not to have played latvia in their group.
> Had the joint best performance of the tournament last night!
>
> Dear lord, if you have a team of such good european players, who are
> payed and worth buckets of anyones money in club money, you'd hope
> they could do a little better atleast than they have so far.
>

Cos of course drawing with the world cup finalists is such a disgrace, Germany always excel in tournaments. However crap they play they always get results.

Then narrowly and arguably undeservedly losing one of the greatest internationals ever with nearly 20 shots on goal and god knows how many narrow misses makes a bad performance. Bolllocks.

only one point is no reflection of their performance.


>
> Nedved probably should be on there, but i admire him greatly and so
> set him high standards.

well your standards are then unacheivable. he has been awesome. Unparallelable by anyone so far. HE was man of the match (official, and by the czech coach, and singled out for praise by advocaat)

>
> tomas rosicky does not however, when you look at how he has been
> overshadowed by Cech, Nedved, Baros and Smicer.

Rosicky was easily the czech republics second best player. he marshalled the midfield immensely he was also good in the latvia game.

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