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OT: The Soccer Thread: June

Euro 2012 Kicks Off!

Notable Early Round Matches:

Basically anything in Group B, which features teams currently ranked second, fourth, fifth and tenth in the FIFA rankings. That’s insane. Matchdays are June 9 (Saturday), 13 (Wednesday) and 17 (Sunday—Father’s Day). Don’t miss ‘em.

 

 

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   401. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4152384)
Well, except for the boot that made that pass ... that was a thing of beauty.
   402. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4152385)
Denmark is playing far too low now.
   403. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4152387)
The Dutch look so ragged at the back, lots of sloppiness with the ball
   404. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4152388)
In hindsight I should have named my Twatball team Clownshoes FC. Calling dibs on that for next time.
   405. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4152390)
Robben is a wanker.
   406. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4152395)
I tipped Holland to fail to make it out of the group stages, but even I wasn't expecting a loss to Denmark.
   407. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4152396)
Ah, lovely, lovey outcome ...
   408. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4152397)
Det er et yndigt land.
   409. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4152399)
Denmark is a solid team but the Dutch just didn't take their chances.
   410. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4152400)
In hindsight I should have named my Twatball team Clownshoes FC. Calling dibs on that for next time.

In hindsight, I should have entered a team, just so I could name it "Fancy Pants' Handle is Hard as Hell". Beat it!

I sense a handle change coming on...
   411. Baldrick Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4152402)
What a great outcome. I really like this Denmark team. I pretty much counted them out, but would love to see them finish ahead of two of the big guns.
   412. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4152403)
This outcome could be great for Portugal as a dark horse, they just have to capitalize against the Dutch.
   413. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4152405)
In hindsight, I should have entered a team, just so I could name it "Fancy Pants' Handle is Hard as Hell". Beat it!

It is impossible to top FC Nickleback as a twatball team name. You guys should stop trying.
   414. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4152407)
AC Alec Baldwin, the AC standing for "ass clown."
   415. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4152414)
AC Alec Baldwin, the AC standing for "ass clown."


That's good.

But, not as good as a couple of the others.

So, maybe 3rd prize good?

And you know what 3rd prize is worth ...
   416. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM (#4152419)
Perfect.

Whatever the hell that table Lalas just used... it's awesome.
   417. Padgett Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4152435)
Was that Jorge Mendes next to Mourinho?
   418. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4152436)
Whatever the hell that table Lalas just used... it's awesome.


Were the 3d players a superimposed graphic? They appeared to extend above the table. Seems like they could have been generated as sprites on the table video that would appear 3D to the camera, like the ads on the endlines.

But it was a really cool table. Kind of a cross between that thing Microsoft trotted out a few years ago and the thing they use on Hawaii 5-0.

Looking at Portugal's lineup, sure seems like they should do better in international play. Though I guess running into Germany and Spain in the first round of the last 2 major knockouts doesn't help.
   419. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4152437)
I think the sight of Mesut Ozil just terrified my roommate's cat ... yeesh, "Frodo Feldman" is one weird looking dude ...
   420. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4152439)
I think they were, but I don't know. That thing would be great in many sports.
   421. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4152440)
I think the sight of Mesut Ozil just terrified my roommate's cat ... yeesh, "Frodo Feldman" is one weird looking dude ...


My girlfriend's cat pawed at Roberto Martinez.
   422. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:47 PM (#4152441)
So ... for the "A" game, ESPN sends its "C" announcing team???
   423. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:48 PM (#4152442)
#### the German fans.
   424. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4152443)
My girlfriend's cat pawed at Roberto Martinez.


I think it was the pan flute playing in the background ... that #### has unknown powers ....
   425. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4152445)
Fox would have had Piers Morgan, so count your blessings.
   426. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4152448)
I think the sight of Mesut Ozil just terrified my roommate's cat ... yeesh, "Frodo Feldman" is one weird looking dude ...


Looks like the actor Michael Berryman.
   427. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4152449)
We're not selling tight fitting jeans here.
   428. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:53 PM (#4152450)
Ahh, whatever ... who doesn't have a "nocturnal episode with an aspiring glamour model" in the run-up to a major cup competition ...
   429. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4152452)
Looks like the actor Michael Berryman.


Nah, with those weird-ass, inhuman-bug-eyes, he could only be the unholy spawn of the loins of
Marty Feldman.
   430. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4152455)
I think the sight of Mesut Ozil just terrified my roommate's cat ... yeesh, "Frodo Feldman" is one weird looking dude ...

He's more Gollum than Frodo.
   431. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM (#4152456)
Özil is called "Nemo" by his teammates at Real.
   432. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4152457)
#### the German fans.

Seriously though. If English fans behaved that badly, UEFA would be all up in the FA's ass about it.
   433. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM (#4152458)
How'd Postiga not get a foot on that cross?
   434. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4152460)
Are the the ESPN game announcers actually at the stadium, or are they doing the commentary from a studio in the US?
   435. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4152461)
Wow, no advantage played on that one?
   436. zack Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM (#4152462)
I find ozil's bug face endearing. Unlike Crispin Glomez.
   437. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM (#4152466)
Podolski trying to outmiss van Persie...
   438. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:23 PM (#4152469)
Are the the ESPN game announcers actually at the stadium, or are they doing the commentary from a studio in the US?


For the group stage some are there, some aren't, for the knockout stage they'll be there.
   439. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM (#4152474)
Podolski trying to outmiss van Persie...

Arshavin looking better and better!
   440. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4152475)
It took Nani 20 yards to fall down there.
   441. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4152476)
Nani needs to go back to diving school.
   442. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4152480)
Oh dear.
   443. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM (#4152481)
I hope that somehow counts in Twatball.
   444. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4152482)
That was so, so close but no goal.
   445. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:31 PM (#4152483)
Pepe almost a hero!
   446. Lassus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM (#4152487)
I just got here, I have to root for Portugal.
   447. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4152488)
Portugal is doing well defensively. Germany is Germany.

Biggest twats: The German fans.
   448. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4152489)
Nani was clearly caught on the foot on that play. I don't think it's unreasonable that he tried to stay up and finally lost his balance, at the pace he was going at.
   449. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4152490)
I missed the beginning...what did the German fans do?
   450. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4152492)
That was so, so close but no goal.

Pepe almost a hero!

Not really. The ball could have cleared the line by 3 feet, and it wouldn't have been given.
   451. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4152494)
I missed the beginning...what did the German fans do?

They were throwing #### at the Portuguese players at corners and throws.

Maybe you heard the PA announcements...
   452. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM (#4152495)
I missed the beginning...what did the German fans do?


They threw trash on the field while Portugal was lining up for a corner.
   453. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM (#4152497)
Cokes, or beer in plastic cups if you prefer...
   454. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4152499)
As a Philadelphia native I don't see the problem.
   455. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4152500)
Throwing cups of beer at the Portuguese players whenever they get within throwing distance.

Maybe they're just tired of Budweiser?
   456. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4152502)
Maybe you heard the PA announcements...

All I hear is Kasey Keller trying to make a point about something or other.
   457. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM (#4152503)
Throwing cups of beer at the Portuguese players whenever they get within throwing distance.

Maybe they're just tired of Budweiser?

I do believe I used the word 'beer'.
   458. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4152505)
All I hear is Kasey Keller trying to make a point about something or other.

"No true Millwall fan would throw a full cup of beer onto the field. Throwing coins, their seat, or their grandmother, maybe. But their beer? Never."
   459. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:46 PM (#4152506)
It really seems like Low should bring someone like Reus on for Muller pretty soon. Ze Germans aren't getting much from the wings right now.
   460. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:49 PM (#4152508)
Yeah, but Müller is policed by a rather dogged Portuguese back, Don't know if his replacement would do better.
   461. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4152512)
How was that a foul?
   462. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM (#4152515)
Damn, Jogi likes to pick his nose.
   463. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4152518)
Yeah, but Müller is policed by a rather dogged Portuguese back, Don't know if his replacement would do better.


Possibly. But Ozil looks like the only German capable of beating anyone off the dribble at the moment. Gomez is a lot less threatening of a forward when you're playing through the middle. They have been a little more dangerous in the last 5 mins.
   464. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM (#4152525)
Boateng recovered excellently there
   465. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4152530)
This is getting boring, something better happen soon.
   466. Lassus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM (#4152531)
That seemed like a good call. The Portugal guy seemed to be the aggressor.
   467. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM (#4152533)
This is getting boring, something better happen soon.

It's becoming a slog. Bring on Klose!
   468. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4152534)
I've been distracted, was Oliveira for Postiga the 1st sub? I must have missed one.
   469. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM (#4152540)
I'm mesmerized by ESPN's version of the Euro 2012 logo.
   470. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4152541)
Some vindication for Gomez.
   471. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4152542)
Hey, why couldn't you have done that against Chelsea?
   472. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM (#4152543)
My wallet is happy about that, but my heart is sad.
   473. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4152544)
boom goes the dynamite
   474. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:17 PM (#4152545)
What a great header.
   475. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM (#4152548)
Ha. Not being a regular reader of German tabloids, I had no idea what the Boateng story was. Just looked it up, and this quote from the 'glamour model' is fabulous: “Jerome wanted to get to know me. We met in the bar at my hotel around 2am. We went up to my room but we just chatted.” There should be a new term for this, the denial-confirmation or something.
   476. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4152552)
There should be a new term for this, the denial-confirmation or something.

I'd go with unplausible deniability.
   477. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:29 PM (#4152555)
Germany is pushing their luck.
   478. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:31 PM (#4152556)
Are the Bayern players really the best Germans, or are they trying to take advantage of their familiarity with each other?
   479. puck Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM (#4152558)
Oy, Varela wishes he had that one back.
   480. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4152559)
How is that a foul on Coentrao?
   481. DA Baracus Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4152560)
There have been some really weak fouls on Portugal in this game.
   482. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4152561)
don't know how you call that on Coentrao.
   483. I am going to be Frank Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4152562)
Neuer stopped that with his balls.
   484. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM (#4152563)
Kasey Keller has terrible pronunciation for a guy who spent so long in Europe.
   485. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4152566)
Portugal probably deserved the draw, but those are the breaks. So far the Russians have looked tops to me.
   486. Swedish Chef Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM (#4152567)
Kasey Keller has terrible pronunciation for a guy who spent so long in Europe.

He has spent a lot of time among cockneys though.
   487. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4152568)
Are the Bayern players really the best Germans, or are they trying to take advantage of their familiarity with each other?

I don't see any obvious snubs. You can nitpick with one or two of them, but overall, I would say they are there on merit.
   488. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4152570)
Portugal probably deserved the draw, but those are the breaks. So far the Russians have looked tops to me.

There's a "In Soviet Russia..." joke in there somewhere...
   489. Swedish Chef Posted: June 10, 2012 at 06:26 AM (#4152837)
So, Spain vs Italy. I wonder if this is one of the years where Italy self-destructs or one where they bravely fight through adversity and scandals* and win it all. Win or lose, one thing is certain, the Spanish papers tomorrow will not be complimentary about the Italian playing style. I'll root for the ugly underdog here.

Ireland skated in on nothing but luck. They are the worst team in the euros by far. My money is on Croatia.

*) So, are Italy's successes positively correlated with scandals? A cursory glance would say so. But it is probably just because there's almost always a major scandal brewing in Italian football.
   490. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 10, 2012 at 08:39 AM (#4152849)
re: Hodgson's explanation that Rio Ferdinand is too storied a player to ask to play a bit part for England...how about letting Rio Ferdinand make that decision if you respect him so much?

   491. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 10, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4152862)
Having just checked the Twatball standings, I hope Shooty does a better job picking talent for Shooty FC then he does picking jerks for this tournament, because otherwise there's going to be a lot of relegation going on.
   492. Jeffo has an El Camino full of Rampage Posted: June 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM (#4152866)
I have to say, I love the concept of this league, and not just because I got lucky so far and am in the lead after 2 days. My friend I was watching with yesterday couldn't understand why I got so excited over yellow cards. As for today, I'm just excited to see what Balotelli has in store for us all in the upcoming game.
   493. Swedish Chef Posted: June 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM (#4152868)
Having just checked the Twatball standings, I hope Shooty does a better job picking talent for Shooty FC then he does picking jerks for this tournament, because otherwise there's going to be a lot of relegation going on.

I take it more as an encouraging sign that Shooty FC will be sporting and fair like true gentlemen, like a modern Corinthian FC.
   494. Juan V Posted: June 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4152872)
Looking at the squads, Balotelli will be the proverbial tide lifting all boats.
   495. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4152877)
I have to say, I love the concept of this league, and not just because I got lucky so far and am in the lead after 2 days.
I was at the gym and someone mentioned Szczesny being sent off and I tried to explain my absolute delight at this, but--being unwilling to use the phrase "twatball" at the time--I think I just confused them.
   496. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4152904)
Good Lord, Ballack is horrible. Look up from you notes Michael!
   497. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM (#4152905)
Having just checked the Twatball standings, I hope Shooty does a better job picking talent for Shooty FC then he does picking jerks for this tournament, because otherwise there's going to be a lot of relegation going on.

It's early, biatches!

These two lineups are interesting. No striker for Spain and 2 nutballs for Italy. Awesome!
   498. DA Baracus Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM (#4152907)
Ballack and Rossi are analysts. WTF.
   499. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4152908)
Seriously, 3 at the back for Italy, De Rossi as the midfield stopper? I can't wait for Michael Cox' autopsy of this game. Jonathan Wilson's head must be spinning, too.
   500. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: June 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM (#4152909)
It's early, biatches!
So you're going to get worse?
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