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Posted: 6/16/2012 1:19:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 1:20:19 PM EDT by Zhukov]
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 1:22:33 PM EDT
I watched the spain Ireland game

the crowd singing the fields of athenry mid game was pretty fucking cool
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 1:27:28 PM EDT
The Euros have been great so far.

I think the biggest story so far has been how the Netherlands have played so poorly.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 6:59:39 PM EDT
Seeing Poland be eliminated in the group stage is surprising. I was really surprised that they came out for the second half today and played with absolutely zero urgency.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:01:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 7:04:21 PM EDT by InjunJoe]
My favorite moment so far...



Actually I take that back, this is.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:04:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:08:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2012 12:35:07 PM EDT by Oiparhon]
Greece keeps shaking out the football tree.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:08:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 7:11:23 PM EDT by maleante]


WTF is wrong with my embedfu? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=––Tsetf30sY
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:10:39 PM EDT
Spain and Germany look very strong. Happy to see Torres scoring. The Netherlands performance is very dissapointing.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:11:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 7:20:07 PM EDT by archer23]
So far, England winning and Rooney getting to play the next match. I don't care who he stomped on or kicked, I like to watch him play.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:14:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2012 12:36:12 PM EDT by Oiparhon]
thought better of it
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:27:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By l1s1k:
Spain and Germany look very strong. Happy to see Torres scoring. The Netherlands performance is very dissapointing.


In my limited human foresight, I predict a Spain Germany final, with Spain the winner.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:30:28 PM EDT
Germany FTMFW
 
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:32:38 PM EDT
I think this gif is quite appropriate:

Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:32:40 PM EDT
The Ukrainians were very excited to co-host this event - first time to do anything of this magnitude.  I got out of Kieve before Monday's game to avoid all the crazy fans.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:38:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Oiparhon:
Originally Posted By l1s1k:
Spain and Germany look very strong. Happy to see Torres scoring. The Netherlands performance is very dissapointing.


In my limited human foresight, I predict a Spain Germany final, with Spain the winner.


I agree with the match up. I think that Spain miss David Villa and Carlos Puyol more than is obvious at this point.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 7:54:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:00:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Zhukov:

Originally Posted By Tboy:
The Ukrainians were very excited to co-host this event - first time to do anything of this magnitude.  I got out of Kieve before Monday's game to avoid all the crazy fans.

Poland out already, Ukraine probably to follow next week - although it would be hilarious if they make all of England cry.
 


Ukraine is just happy to have European visitors coming to spend money on soccer instead of women.  They actually started putting signs up in English and had English language on the subway in anticipation of the games.  I opted going to the beach with a couple of 18 year olds instead of attending the games...
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:01:52 PM EDT
I was....afraid to post about soccer on Arfcom.



That said, this middle-aged Texan follows EPL and European soccer quite closely.




Russia being ousted after such a strong opening game is the surprise of the tournament so far.   As a Chelsea fan, I am hopeful that Torres has found his form again.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:06:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2012 12:37:02 PM EDT by Oiparhon]
Originally Posted By Hater:
I was....afraid to post about soccer on Arfcom.

That said, this middle-aged Texan follows EPL and European soccer quite closely.

Russia being ousted after such a strong opening game is the surprise of the tournament so far.   As a Chelsea fan, I am hopeful that Torres has found his form again.


Man, it's like Russia no want to win.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:09:19 PM EDT
Denmark beating Holland right off the bat made me go wow.

Holland being 0-2 is bad, but then again I was glad that the Germans beat them

So far I don't think anything overly 'magical' has occurred, but we still have the last round of group games coming as well as the quarters. Spain looks good as well, but I think everyone has slowly caught onto their boring possession short pass antics shit.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:10:30 PM EDT
I enjoy watching the games... I just wish there was a way to put an end to the constant flopping.  Everyone who gets even lightly touched goes down like they were shot by a sniper and the rolls around on the ground in "pain."  It completely kills the flow of the game.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:23:39 PM EDT
This is of great interest to me, I'll just sit back and read all of the postings.  My house comes to a stand still during soccer games.  The World Cup was insane, nothing got done around here.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:29:55 PM EDT
The "Beautiful Game"











Link Posted: 6/16/2012 8:51:58 PM EDT



Originally Posted By Tboy:



Originally Posted By Zhukov:




Originally Posted By Tboy:

The Ukrainians were very excited to co-host this event - first time to do anything of this magnitude.  I got out of Kieve before Monday's game to avoid all the crazy fans.


Poland out already, Ukraine probably to follow next week - although it would be hilarious if they make all of England cry.

 




Ukraine is just happy to have European visitors coming to spend money on soccer instead of women.  They actually started putting signs up in English and had English language on the subway in anticipation of the games.  I opted going to the beach with a couple of 18 year olds instead of attending the games...


ummm, pics?  







(if they were women)



 
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 9:43:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2012 5:20:50 AM EDT by Zhukov]

Originally Posted By flyfishnepa:






Originally Posted By Tboy:



Originally Posted By Zhukov:






Originally Posted By Tboy:


The Ukrainians were very excited to co-host this event - first time to do anything of this magnitude.  I got out of Kieve before Monday's game to avoid all the crazy fans.



Poland out already, Ukraine probably to follow next week - although it would be hilarious if they make all of England cry.


 






Ukraine is just happy to have European visitors coming to spend money on soccer instead of women.  They actually started putting signs up in English and had English language on the subway in anticipation of the games.  I opted going to the beach with a couple of 18 year olds instead of attending the games...



ummm, pics?  











(if they were women)


 






<No BOTD pics in GD - Z>










Not to hijack...
 
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 9:47:51 PM EDT
I didn't have Greece going through simply based on their economy, I can't root for them.









I have Germany going all the way and Mario Gomez has had some pretty goals.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 9:58:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2012 12:40:45 PM EDT by Oiparhon]
Originally Posted By EladEflow:
I didn't have Greece going through simply based on their economy, I can't root for them.



I have Germany going all the way and Mario Gomez has had some pretty goals.


Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:27:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 10:47:30 PM EDT by centex_SR-15]
I'm just watching to keep tabs on Chelsea players, and potential transfers.  

I caught the first half of the Greece and Russia match at Cuatros in Austin, and it was pretty neat being a neutral in-between the fans for a change.  Germany looks pretty strong Spain's passing the ball around for the sake of passing it is getting old.   Torres kept making runs, only to have the midfielders pass the ball back or sideways to each other.  If England can keep up the Catenaccio I think they could be the dark horse.

Are any of you Chelsea fans going to one of the preseason matches?  (I'm going to Miami for the CFC/A.C. Milan match)
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:31:38 PM EDT



Originally Posted By centex_SR-15:


I'm just watching to keep tabs on Chelsea players, and potential transfers.  



I caught the first half of the Greece and Russia match at Cuatros in Austin, and it was pretty neat being a neutral in-between the fans for a change.  Germany looks pretty strong Spain's passing the ball around for the sake of passing it is getting old.   Torres kept making runs, only to have the midfielders pass the ball back or sideways to each other.  If England can keep up the Catenassio I think they could be the dark horse.



Are any of you Chelsea fans going to one of the preseason matches?  (I'm going to Miami for the CFC/A.C. Milan match)


Texas Chelsea fan here, also.

 



I think England will open it up a bit with the return of Rooney.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:44:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Zhukov:
What? No thread yet? I know there's some fans here.  What's the biggest story of the tournament so far?

To me, Greece going through to the quarters and the Dutch being 0-2 are the two biggest stories.

[ETA] Please spare me the "soccer sucks" comments. I've seen them a thousand times and they're boring.
 


I started one some time ago but nobody wanted to play

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1330215_EURO_2012___European_Soccer_Championship___06_08_to_07_01.html

GO Germany

Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:50:34 PM EDT
Germany is the only Team thus far to have won the 1st 2 Games with 6 points they have the most of any Team.

I look forward to the Game today Germany vs Denmark.


I predict a good a.. w....... for the Danish Team (sorry DK) but they do not stand a chance.

I also predict that Portugal is going to be beaten by the Dutch.

Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:50:58 PM EDT
I'm rooting for Germany, Ireland and France.  Because those are my people.

Ireland really sucks, though.  
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 10:57:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Huffskies:
I enjoy watching the games... I just wish there was a way to put an end to the constant flopping.  Everyone who gets even lightly touched goes down like they were shot by a sniper and the rolls around on the ground in "pain."  It completely kills the flow of the game.


yeah, it's like basketball and is one of the most annoying fucking things about both games.

That said...I was in downtown Amsterdam last Wed for the Holland-Germany game and was extremely disappointed that they lost in such a poor fashion. Was hoping for a better showing.
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 11:33:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/16/2012 11:33:39 PM EDT by Javak]
I am starting to develop an appreciation for the game.  It's certainly better than football, where it seems every time the ball moves you break for 5 minutes of beer commercials.

 
Link Posted: 6/16/2012 11:37:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SparticleBrane:
I think this gif is quite appropriate:

http://i.imgur.com/URSoJ.gif


That tv series is epic.
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 12:10:12 AM EDT
Go Greece

Those dark and hairy Balkan's subjects are unpredictable .

Also their coach is funny :




 
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 12:21:27 AM EDT


Croatia-Spain today. While I know the odds, there is gonna be a house full of Croat immigrants and children of immigrants getting looped and cheering for Croatia today.

Link Posted: 6/17/2012 1:07:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 1:17:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2012 1:21:06 AM EDT by DedoBOT]
Croatia-Spain is tomorrow,not today .


Group B,Portugal-Holland and Denmark-Germany are tonight's games.



huh,comrade Bradders beat me in seconds...and Yes - Denmark !!!!!


 
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 4:54:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2012 4:56:26 AM EDT by Raclette]
Didn't know we have an Euro2012 thread, good idea Zhukov.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBo2e7cMSPo

Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:13:11 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:20:19 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:23:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:32:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2012 5:32:38 AM EDT by Bradders]
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:44:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:53:06 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Zhukov:
What? No thread yet? I know there's some fans here.  What's the biggest story of the tournament so far?

To me, Greece going through to the quarters and the Dutch being 0-2 are the two biggest stories.

[ETA] Please spare me the "soccer sucks" comments. I've seen them a thousand times and they're boring.
 


Spain a Croatia are gonna screw Italy out of the euro with a 2-2, just like Sweden and Denmark did in 2004... Mark my words..
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:53:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/17/2012 5:53:29 AM EDT by Bradders]
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:53:59 AM EDT
Thought this was interesting:

http://sportinglife.aol.co.uk/football/euro-2012/news/article/25581/7810799/russia-given-suspended-points-deduction

The Football Union of Russia seems to have adopted Putin's swagger and gotten slapped down for it.  Their 5K fans marching through the streets of Warsaw like it was September 1939 pissed off a lot of people.  Wonder if they'll pay their fines?



Nice bolt-ons.
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 5:56:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 6/17/2012 6:03:05 AM EDT
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