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    UEFA 2012 - European Soccer Championships in Poland and Ukraine

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    This thread for the eventual soccer fans.
    The Euro Champs 2012 started today. It´s being played in Poland and in the Ukraine.
    The opening match was a draw between Poland and Greece - a dull game. Players are tired from intense national league games. It´s always like this, and after the preliminary rounds it really picks up and is very exciting.
    Later on today the match is between Ukraine and Russia. And tomorrow starts my nail-biting. Portugal plays Germany and later Denmark vs Holland, This group is the strongest group, and whoever qualifies here are natural favorites to be champions.
    If you´re interested, follow the competition HERE.
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    Russia is playing some exciting football. 4-1 against the Czech Republic.
    Russia did well, took the game to the Czechs and wrapped up the control of the game early in the match. A team to keep an eye on.

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    Tomorrow, at 17H00 GMT, Holland vs Denmark and at 19H45 GMT Portugal vs Germany.
    This group is where the cookie crumbles...

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    Holland, the favorite was belittled by a very cohesive Denmark. Holland 0 - Denmark 1. Good and fast football. Holland lacked penetration and imagination to create space. Denmark counter attacked with venom, and a goal in the first half wrote the final result.
    Later on Germany measures itself against Portugal. Germany is the favorite.

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    Germany 1 - Portugal 0. An intense game, well played by both sides. A draw would have been a good result. The chances to score were divided, and Portugal unlucky. Thats the beauty of soccer. But Germany better be more of a side if they want to go the distance...

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    Another big match tomorrow. World champion Spain against Italy. This is going to be a game of patience..
    Earlier in the day Ireland and Croatia meet. Needless to say the Spanish and Italians are the favorites in this group regardless of their result. Ireland will find it difficult to qualify and Croatia is a dark horse.
    But since the ball is round, surprises are hoped for.
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    Spain vs Italy ended 1-1. A tactical, tight disciplined game, but wonderful to watch. Although Italy played with nine players behind the ball (4 central defenders and 4 in the middle field, leaving two up front with defensive obligations as well) they were dangerous on the break. Italy scored forst much to the frustration of a attacking Spanish side. But this advantage lasted 3 minutes. Spain quickly bounced back with a great combination between the forwards to draw the game. Great soccer played.
    Later on Ireland faces Croatia. Tomorrow is the France vs England game. It's another soccer filled day in Europe. Economic crisis? What economic crisis? That's another problem...

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    2 Goals from Mandžukić sent Ireland reeling and crying to a final 3-1 score, as Croatia opened up with an impressive victory in Poznan. Ireland, where were you?

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    Today we have France vs England at 17H00 GMT. Predictions?
    At the end of the game only...
    Later tonight Austria vs Ukraine.

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    I say France....and I also keep up with none of this so that is a shot from the hip....and later it will be Austria....
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    Geez what am I on? It's Ukraine vs Sweden. Cor blimey... Austria didn't qualify.
    And B, France hasn't lost a single game in qualifying. Maybe they'll carry this winning streak into the game.
    England is no push over though and I hope, will knock the arrogance from the French.

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    Sweden just bit the dust against host nation Ukraine. 2-1.
    Shevchenko proved old age doesn't diminish prowess, getting 2 goals after his side was down 1-0.
    Tomorrow starts the 2nd round.
    Poland vs Russia has my attention.
    The other match Greece vs Czech Republic is make or break for the latter. It will be a tough match as well.

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    Poland and Russia drew. In the streets after the match, also. No one got the upper-hand in the street battles after all that beer that flowed. Mind you, they've never been good neighbors.
    Greece doesn't wake up early enough. When they did Greece was 2-0 down. They managed to pull one back, but at the end they'´´probably go home early.

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    Today, Portugal against Denmark, and the superstar, extra special Ronaldo better catch the nearest train back to Madeira where he comes from. Such a fantastic player, world class, top of the world, but when he has to produce for his Portuguese side, he's a no-no. Until now. Ijust hope he comes out of his slump...nevertheless, Portugal took the game to Denmark (without Ronaldo - heck he was there, but must have been his spirit...) and finished an intense battle with a win of 3-2 over a feisty Danish side.
    Later on, Hollland needed a a desperate win. Or a draw. But Germany didn't oblige, and although they (the Germans) play a not so interesting, physical, not reallyyyyyy an elegant type of game, they beat the Dutch 2-1.
    The Dutch coach did say that some teams in the competition didn't have enough class to be there...obviously, he must have been speaking about his own squad...

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    Today saw Italy meander around the field, (like they usually do), and inadvertently score quite a good goal (they usually do), against Croatia. And then they settled down to a defensive and tedious to watch game (they always do). And Croatia almost got slumbered to sleep as well... or so we thought. They pulled one back, and the game ended drawn (yawn) at 1-1.
    Nothing like the following game, Spain-Ireland. By this time (and it was over an hour ago) the Irish must still be feeling like a punch-bag after loosing 4-0 to the Spaniards...heck, by now they're having a helluva wake in Ireland.
    Plenty beer to drown their sorrows. Next week they play Italy and even if they win (?) they are on their way home.

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