The Official Euro 2012 Thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by JNRobert, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Motociclista

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    I expect to see a heck of a game.
    Total failure of a team? A fight to penalty kicks? Who knows ...
    :eek1
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  3. Motociclista

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    PRICELESS!!!!:lol3:lol3
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    May well be! Germany may cut off all future travel funds for the Italian team.



    Sorry, I did not mean to go all CSM here! :lol3
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  6. JNRobert

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    Time to start speculating about Sunday. In the group stages Del Bosque was as cunning as a fox and wore the Italians out and then brought on Torres and Navas in a more traditional winger / CF in the last third of the game. If it wasn't for Torres' poor finishing it would have worked a charm too.

    This is an Italian team with more self belief than that game two weeks ago and I'm expecting them to go at the Spanish as they did the Germans. The Portuguese showed how flustered the Spanish can be if you press them and given Pirlo's control and Balotelli's confidence I would expect a storming first half with the Italians laying siege.

    If they go in at half time level pegging then it has to swing in Spain's favor particularly given how they completely out played Portugal in extra time. The big problem for the Spanish as always is finishing - Silva in particular has for me wasted chances that Villa would have been far more ruthless with. I think Busquets and Xavi have been underperforming too (to their standards) so they'll need big games.

    So for me I'd bring on Pedro, Fabregas and Navas in the second half. Maybe start with Torres or Llorente to throw the Italians off and then absorb the first half punishment.

    Of course I remember the Italians doing exactly that to the Germans in the 2006 WC and beating them 2-0 with late goals on the break. :lol3

    I might add a few more comments as I <s>pull them out of my ass</s> think of them.
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    The battle will be at midfield.
    That is where you choke the opponent.
    If the Spaniards let Pirlo play (like the Germans did) they will be in trouble.

    1-0 for Italy.

    :lol3
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    Not a bad prediction imho.
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    Spain play nine midfielders so they've got this sown up :D

    As much as I like Spain, if they do get beat I hope it's by an Italian side that plays open attacking football. If the Italians revert to type and park the bus with a lot of shirt pulling and all the rest of it, I'll be an unhappy camper.
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    Italy

    Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pirlo, Marchisio, Montolivo, De Rossi, Balotelli, Cassano.
    Subs: Sirigu, Maggio, Ogbonna, Thiago Motta, Balzaretti, Di Natale, Giaccherini, Borini, Giovinco, Diamanti, Nocerino, De Sanctis.


    Spain

    Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Fabregas, Iniesta.
    Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Pedro, Torres, Negredo, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Reina.

    So, pretty much the line-up from the first game and Spain have no CF.

    :lurk
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    OK, Italians win the National Anthem playoff - Spain do have a disadvantage as there is no words to theirs though.
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    Spain!!!!!!

    :clap :freaky
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    My ass is somehow a bit sore ...

    :huh
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    OK I get it. You have an internet connection.
    :lol3
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    I've been waiting for Spain to play at this level, they just looked lethargic the last two weeks until today.
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    How odd. I'd always give Spain the win on the basis that it's much more pleasant on the ears than that rather camp Italian effort (sounds like it should be part of a comic-opera - how appropriate :D).
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    Ragazzi ... ma che cazzo??!!!
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    mother
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    we
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    sry...


    and 3 nill.... :norton



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    Are you fucking kidding me??