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Anyway, Iceland is a country i like and admire very much in general. And their team is doing wonders, they're so good.. and with this little population, what an achievement..

But the win over England is not a surprise. Sorry but why,lord, why the english consider themselves a potential winner of tournaments, why everyone thinks they're a big team? Based on the-indeed-most entertaining league in the world? This does not matter in international football, it is irrelevant. England like it or not, is laughable internationally, you wonder how they're gonna mess up each time. And something i didn't even know until today..they have NEVER E V E R won a single knock-out match in the Euro. It's true. They have progressed just ONE time in 1996, and that was on penalties. They have never won a knock-out game. I mean come on.. If they knew their true potential, like progressing from the group phase each time, well that should be considered a great success for them. And they won't be heartbroken every time over unrealistic expectations they can never achieve. But they can celebrate. Just be realistic at some point, like every other country who understand their potentials, and match their expectations accordingly.

 

 

 

It's a fair comment.  However, a lot of the hype over England is generated by the press.  Most English fans know that winning a tournament is a tall order for our nation but what most of us do expect though is for the team to at least fulfill it's potential.  Given the players that we have, the FIFA ranking, the manner in which we qualified, etc., I think we can be forgiven for at least anticipating something better than we got.

 

The main problem has been with the Manager though (thankfully now resolved).  Hodgson's ability as an international manager is severely limited and he has proven to be quite unsuited for managing a team in a quick-fire tournament like the WC or the Euros.  I know it's always easy to criticise the manager from the comfort of one's keyboard but the number of basic errors he made are quite astonishing for a man of his experience.  Taking Wilshere having only played 100 minutes last season is just one.  It would seem that he wasn't even sure of his best line-up even half way through the group stages.  He finally got it right in the second half against Wales but then, for reasons that can only be known by him, he never used that line-up again!

 

Against Iceland we had already conceded the initiative after 18 minutes but Roy just seemed to freeze,.  Granted at half time he made a change but, to be honest, replacing a DM with a CM was a pretty half-assed effort at going attacking.  He finally brought on Vardy for Sterling but the only time he actually seemed spurred into make a decisive change to go all-out was on 86 minutes when he substituted Rooney for Rashford.  But this was almost 70 minutes after we had lost the initiative so why did it take him so long?  Because he is one dimensional that's why.  Besides 4 minutes was hardly enough time for Rashford to make a difference and instead of removing Rooney (who was possibly the only player that was holding the team together) he should have taken Wilshere back off for all the difference he was making. Just another clueless move from a clueless manager.

 

Anyway, would love to see a Wales vs Iceland final but I'm thinking probably a Germany/Belgium affair with the Vorsprung durch technik winning the day.

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England Manager needs to take the form players to the tournament and not their favourites. Need to be rule introduced that if you want a place in the squad, you must be involved in half of the Club season matches or play at least 1,500 minutes - no beach sitting like Sterling, Delph or play 114 minutes like Wilshere

England expectations so high, they ain't the best side, they need to stop having an egos

 

Still predicting France vs Portugal final

.... or you can just employ a manager that knows what he is doing.

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Poland-Portugal to go to penalties.

Belgium to win by a couple of goals in a hard fought game.

Germany to edge Italy out 1-0.

France to comfortably beat Iceland.

 

Portugal 1-0 Poland

Belgium 2-1 Wales - Wales take 1-0 lead

Germany 1-1 Italy - Going to Pens

France 2-0 Iceland

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If Portugal loses it's because they don't bring on a striker 

If Poland loses it's because they were pinned in their own half 

 

Portugal doesn't have a decent striker in their 23, only crappy Eder, might aswell sit on the bench really. 

 

Don't see the day that most of those player retire from NT, time to really renew the fleet, in 2018 WC we will see Ruben Neves, Renato Sanches, Rafa Silva, Gonçalo Guedes, André Silva and maybe even José Gomes. 

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By the way, just read in the news that Roy Hodgson has been offered the job of leading the Brexit. Apparently the Government decided he is the only man that has proved himself capable of leading the country out of Europe... :)

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To all the hates who thinks Ronaldo would never take the first penalty for his team coz he's too selfish and would only take the last one........ Ronaldo scored and Messi retired from international at the age of 29....... Like Totti did.

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To all the hates who thinks Ronaldo would never take the first penalty for his team coz he's too selfish and would only take the last one........ Ronaldo scored and Messi retired from international at the age of 29....... Like Totti did.

 

 

But unlike Totti he doesn't have a WC winners medal.

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Amazing stats of Portugal

- They haven't won a game in 90 minutes yet

- Portugal has led a game by 12 minutes - lowest in the tournament

- Ronaldo has had more shots than Germany, France or Italy

- Pepe hasn't lost his head yet

 

Portugal in the Semi's - Wonder what the odds would be for Portugal not to win a game in 90 minutes and win the Euro's

 

England has another manager Referendum - Cantona in or out

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Noticed I like many others overrate Belgium

 

They have all these names that make us think we know football better than the layperson but their performance on the pitch  when facing an opponent is equivalent to that of England or Spain in the elimination match 

 

Looks better than it is

An easy trap to fall into 

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Amazing stats of Portugal

- They haven't won a game in 90 minutes yet

- Portugal has led a game by 12 minutes - lowest in the tournament

- Ronaldo has had more shots than Germany, France or Italy

- Pepe hasn't lost his head yet

 

Portugal in the Semi's - Wonder what the odds would be for Portugal not to win a game in 90 minutes and win the Euro's

 

England has another manager Referendum - Cantona in or out

 

I'm ok with it, how many times we were the team practicing the best football and giving most of the best games in the tournaments and we went home without the trophy? Maybe that is a long time to many to Remember, but i do, Euro 2000, Euro 2004, WC 2006.

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Euro Leaderboard.

1. Talent searcher - 5 points (correct scoreline + outcome)

2. Ashtini - 4 point (wrong result but right winner)

3. Nico - 2 points (Right with Draw and outcome)

Final leaderboard -

Ashtini - 7 points (guessed correct outcome)

Talent - 6 points (correct outcome but wrong score line)

Nico - 3 points (correct outcome but wrong score line)

Well done lads. Ashtini tops the group, Talent comes a close second. Meanwhile I pick up the Roy Hodgson award for general cluelessness and inability to guess the obvious ;)

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