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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1740 on: June 28, 2012, 03:16:26 PM »
I shall follow my routine till Sunday.  :devil:

lol Well ah know yuh doh like Spain at all, so ah not frighten...

...But just to be safe, I think the mods should ban DHW from posting until this tournament has ended.

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« Reply #1741 on: June 28, 2012, 03:17:19 PM »
Where d skin head Nazis ? crying like bitches ?  :devil:
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« Reply #1742 on: June 28, 2012, 03:30:24 PM »
Real glad for Balo.....The man has been playing well all tournament.

Not sure who happier today. mukumsplau cause he side win or Jus Cool cause Balo score two goals.  ;D

Side note....Nadal just get ah cutarse from an unknown at Wimbledon....



happier that italy provin alot of people wrong...now is to drive the point home against spain...

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« Reply #1743 on: June 28, 2012, 03:53:07 PM »
Boi, de whole action of Balo takin off he shirt after dat 2nd goal was damn priceless, ah culd imagine de lele in Italy tonight
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« Reply #1744 on: June 28, 2012, 03:55:16 PM »
Well done Balo... two nice goals... woulda been nice to see a hattrick.  Is he injured for the final?

Pirlo jed!! damn!
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« Reply #1745 on: June 28, 2012, 03:56:00 PM »
Well done Balo... two nice goals... woulda been nice to see a hattrick.  Is he injured for the final?

Pirlo jed!! damn!

Nah, he jus cramp up, nuttin a lil "rub down" cyar cure
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« Reply #1746 on: June 28, 2012, 04:12:22 PM »
"Germany probably thought that they would Kroos to a win but that first half must have been their Loewest point of the tournament. They were Lahms to the slaughter... truly Muellered!
When Balotelli scored his second I thought the German keeper was going to have an aNeuerysm.
To be fair to them, the second half was much Klose but they just couldn’t stop the Reus of the Italians.
Schurlley Italy can’t go on to win it?
If they do I’d say they’ve Gotze score first against the Spanish."


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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1747 on: June 28, 2012, 04:17:15 PM »
Ballo only scoring bess goals.
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« Reply #1748 on: June 28, 2012, 04:34:33 PM »
Know of any replays?  Where can I watch my boy's vindication? 
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« Reply #1749 on: June 28, 2012, 04:35:46 PM »
wonder what dem d Italian press sayin now ;D
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« Reply #1750 on: June 28, 2012, 04:48:16 PM »
Know of any replays?  Where can I watch my boy's vindication? 

Ballotelli thread
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« Reply #1751 on: June 28, 2012, 04:49:17 PM »
Know of any replays?  Where can I watch my boy's vindication? 

Ballotelli thread

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« Reply #1752 on: June 28, 2012, 10:03:02 PM »

I thought Balotelli played really well but he needs to be a bit more clinical with his finishing. He need to watch some Romario tapes, when you get a flighted ball over the top is one touch to control and then another to slap hard or lob the keeper without thinking it. However he was giving them serious problems whole game, physical presence and coming short or going deep to play it simple. It will come!.


And so it came!!

Best game for the tournament for me. Had all the drama and action that was sorely missing from the last few snoozefests.

I guess everything has already been said about Balotelli. I so happy for the youth i real bawl out when he score. Excellent performance all round and this is just the begging.

For that goal he did what he was supposed to do in the Spain game when he was 1 v 1 with Casillas, which is to unleash hell and fury and kick the *&%$ out of the ball.

Balzaretti and Bonnuci deserve special mention for the job they did in defence, especially Balzaretti coming all the way across the central defense to mop up on numerous occassions.

And Pirlo.. Honestly i didnt expect him to be dominant today because I knew Germany were not going to afford him the kinda space that England did.

On to Spain.. Sincerely hope Itally score first, it will make for an interesting final.

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« Reply #1753 on: June 29, 2012, 01:31:43 AM »
they dont make players like these again...this is the mark of a true captain...he said he was furious that italy almost threw it away against germany..he was even more passionate because the night before he spent over an hour watching the fan reactions back home in italy on youtube and it was sending chills through his spine..he wants to do this especially for the country...


Buffon: "I was angry at the end because we shouldn't have had to suffer towards the end after the game we played."

"This is a serious competition and we need to take our chances. If luck wasn't with us it would been a very different story."



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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1754 on: June 29, 2012, 05:13:26 AM »
So ah real late on de draw.  Watch de game in work, when ah reach back by mih desk to comment ah get locked out of the network and IT done wuk for de day.....lime late, now wake up....so ah now getting to put een mih 2 cents.....

Well ah real glad for the Azzuri crew on here.......good game.  Oh lawd for a neutral like me, ah love it!!!

Ah eh know what else Germany have to do to overcome Italy.  Dem eh beat Italy in upteen years in competitive football......

I wasn't totally surprised that Italy beat Germany.  The German team in this tournament never seem to be the ruthless teams of the last major tournaments starting in 2006.  They just seem like they were not yet in top gear.  So I thought they would have stepped it up a notch against Italy but boy......whey sar!!

So on to the finals and its even more interesting that Italy and Spain will meet for the 2nd time in this tournament.....and dis time no draw.

Ah just hope it eh goh be boring....and dey really go at each other.  As a neutral, dais all I want....good football, end to end action, drama and bacchanal.....
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« Reply #1755 on: June 29, 2012, 06:42:36 AM »
they dont make players like these again...this is the mark of a true captain...he said he was furious that italy almost threw it away against germany..he was even more passionate because the night before he spent over an hour watching the fan reactions back home in italy on youtube and it was sending chills through his spine..he wants to do this especially for the country...


Buffon: "I was angry at the end because we shouldn't have had to suffer towards the end after the game we played."

"This is a serious competition and we need to take our chances. If luck wasn't with us it would been a very different story."



gianni agnelli (god rest his soul) used to 'look at the man, not the player'...right now he's smiling looking at buffon out there...

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After watching the game on DVR, I agree with Buffon. As well as Italy played, many of the Italian players missed some very easy chances. DiNatale's miss in the second half is the most glaring. I had a feeling that it come to bite Italy in the backside, since these misses kept Germany in the game.

Italy better work on its finishing.

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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1756 on: June 29, 2012, 06:59:34 AM »



Marchisio ran 62.5 km in 5 games, more than any player in the tournament. Yesterday he stopped at 12.5 km. No.1 in both teams

He said “I apologised to Di Natale, as I could barely see any more I was so tired and so had to try a shot."


il principino....defence, attack on the wings..dis fella does relly put down some serious work in midfield for juve and italy....la bandiera! i watched dis fella grow from the youth ranks come up in the club...my candidate for number 10 next season

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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1757 on: June 29, 2012, 07:04:54 AM »
they dont make players like these again...this is the mark of a true captain...he said he was furious that italy almost threw it away against germany..he was even more passionate because the night before he spent over an hour watching the fan reactions back home in italy on youtube and it was sending chills through his spine..he wants to do this especially for the country...


Buffon: "I was angry at the end because we shouldn't have had to suffer towards the end after the game we played."

"This is a serious competition and we need to take our chances. If luck wasn't with us it would been a very different story."



gianni agnelli (god rest his soul) used to 'look at the man, not the player'...right now he's smiling looking at buffon out there...

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Big, big frigging player... That is what we talking about!!

No hug for the ugly mascot dread.

Those misses could've come back to haunt Italy, can't be doing that against a side like Germany.

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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1758 on: June 29, 2012, 07:58:11 AM »
Leading by example, ah sure de whole team geh a cuss out in de team quarters afterwards w/Pandrelli watching him and sayin WTF. 

Ah eh guh lie, keeper fuh keeper, still not sure who better as of late between him and casillas, but I biased, if I have to chose one, going wid Buffon

edit: boi, soca labourers could identify wid dis one, tell meh de way buffon take off he gloves doh remind yuh ah tenorsaw  :rotfl:
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« Reply #1759 on: June 29, 2012, 09:18:18 AM »
Some post-game analysis:

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From Klinsmann's analysis on the BBC:

"Italy have done what most teams have not done so far and that is have a go at the German defence and they caused lots of problems.

"Putting Toni Kroos on Andrea Pirlo didn't work out at all, while Mario Gomez looked static and as a whole they could not match Italy. They lost the battles in midfield, and they couldn't control Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo and Daniele De Rossi.

"A game like that it needs a special piece, too, and that was Balotelli's finishing but what makes me a bit upset, is we saw Pirlo play like that against England.

"We said you have to step on his toes and take the risk to look bad by getting to him. But no-one from the German team was willing to look bad. The last piece is sacrificing yourself for the team, and our midfield did not want to do that.

"The future lies in this team. They will continue to grow and mature but they were exploited by the Italians. Against Italy you could see they hit the wall."

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Euro 2012: Joachim's Löw's Germany condemned to follow famous footsteps

Cesare Prandelli and Italy provide masterclass that means another near miss at a major tournament for Germany
Germany's coach, Joachim Löw, pictured, was outwitted in Warsaw by his Italy counterpart Cesare Prandelli.

Uwe Seeler and Karl-Heinz Schnellinger could not do it. Nor could Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller. Or Paul Breitner and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Or Matthias Sammer and Jürgen Klinsmann. And last night Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil showed that they, too, could not do it. They could not beat Italy in a competitive fixture.

This result in Warsaw extends the historic sequence to four wins and four draws, going all the way back to the World Cup in Chile exactly 50 years ago, when the two sides drew 0-0 in a group match. Italy's goalkeeper that day was Lorenzo Buffon, a cousin of the grandfather of last night's captain, Gianluigi Buffon, whose hectic saves and punches buttressed a defence that endured typical Italian agonies as they clung to the lead supplied by Mario Balotelli's two goals.

That was quite a side back in 1962: Cesare Maldini, Omar Sívori, Jose Altafini and the 18-year-old Gianni Rivera established a template from which the results such as this are still being stamped out. And Germany, always so full of hope with generation after generation of shiny new-model players assembled in the spotless laboratories of the Bundesliga, are still being stamped on.

Coming into this tournament, Joachim Löw's squad were just about everybody's favourites to put an end to Spain's four-year grip on international football. They are the product of a programme that, in the last three years, had resulted in important victories over Italy at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. Before Thursday night, Löw's seniors had won 15 competitive fixtures in a row, beating a record previously held jointly by Spain, France and Holland. They seemed to be on an upward curve that began in Euro 2008 and continued at the World Cup two years ago. No doubt they and many others were hoping to see if they could reverse the result of the 2010 semi-final in Durban, where they lost to Spain by the only goal.

The style and quality of their football has made them perhaps the most widely admired Germany side since the team of Beckenbauer, Müller and Günther Netzer won the European title on home soil in 1972. With Ozil injecting the level of artistry and spontaneity once embodied by the great Netzer, this is a Germany we can all warm to.

On Thursday night they fought to the end but were not quite good enough to match Cesare Prandelli's remarkable Italy, the product of a man with a vision that involves taking the long-established virtues of Italian football and adding something extra. Just as Löw, right, has added emotion to German's efficiency, so Prandelli has made Italy much more than a brilliant defensive platform from which to mount the occasional counterattack. And, of course, he has Andrea Pirlo.

It took the English an awfully long time to discover Pirlo. And now that they have, everybody wants one. If only Roy Hodgson could unearth an English Pirlo, they are saying, all his problems would disappear. But it takes more than an Andrea Pirlo to make a team world class. The playmaker has to have someone to play with, a group of team-mates attuned to his patient geometry.

It takes a good team to extinguish Pirlo's influence, too, and that was German's priority on Thursday night. "He is the one who directs the game," Löw said, "so we'll have to stop him and get in his radius." Rudi Völler, one of his predecessors as Germany's head coach, added: "They have to isolate Pirlo."

Easier to say than to do, although Pirlo himself seemed to have an idea of how Germany might try to stifle him, comparing what he expected from Ozil to what he had got from Wayne Rooney. "I expect Ozil to be a greater threat in and around the areas where I'm playing," he said, "whereas Rooney stayed further up."

That was not how it worked out. Once again Pirlo sat deep, and once again he was able to find all the space he needed. In the 20th minute he swivelled and surprised the German cover by stroking the ball to the left, to Giorgio Chiellini, who fed Antonio Cassano further up the line, leading to the cross from which Balotelli gave his side the lead.

"We will not let Italy show us how to play football," Löw had said on the eve of the match, but the demonstration was under way.

Now Pirlo sat even further back, letting a younger man, the 27-year-old Riccardo Montolivo, run the show from the classic No10 position behind the two strikers. And in the 36th minute Montolivo collected Buffon's punched clearance, spotted Balotelli's run, and hit a long ball of perfect weight and trajectory for the striker to hammer past the motionless Manuel Neuer.

That wasn't Route One. It was the Via dei Condotti and the Via Veneto: the world of La Dolce Vita and the bella figura. It was the Appian Way, ancient Rome's "queen of the long roads". It was the football lesson Löw had been fearing.

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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1760 on: June 29, 2012, 10:20:21 AM »
in that first spain vs italy group stage match, de rossi was more in a sweeper position. what prandelli go try for de final?

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« Reply #1761 on: June 29, 2012, 11:38:14 AM »
in that first spain vs italy group stage match, de rossi was more in a sweeper position. what prandelli go try for de final?

Wasn't De Rossi filling in for an injured defender? 
Pirlo better be ready to keep the ball with more than 1 man crowding him. It was easy for him to deal with Germany's mids because it was only 1-on-1.  When Spain's midfield swarms to get the ball in the middle they leave space on the wings so maybe Italy could use that.

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« Reply #1762 on: June 29, 2012, 12:14:37 PM »
Italy back 4 was very solid throughout the 90.
Buffon kept Italy in the game in the opening 15min & is now so intimidating that strikers afraid to shoot
Pirlo majestic as ever
Cassano & Balo unique understanding and respect for each other

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« Reply #1764 on: June 29, 2012, 04:17:47 PM »
Ah eh guh lie, keeper fuh keeper, still not sure who better as of late between him and casillas,

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« Reply #1765 on: June 29, 2012, 04:36:16 PM »
Ah eh guh lie, keeper fuh keeper, still not sure who better as of late between him and casillas,

Casillas.

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« Reply #1766 on: June 30, 2012, 04:22:14 AM »
Cyar hear from hater zeppo yet, maybe he waiting for ballo tuh slip, hope he has a lonnnnnngggggg wait
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Spain are the team to beat: Dwight Yorke on Euro 2012.
« Reply #1767 on: June 30, 2012, 06:00:52 AM »
Spain are the team to beat: Dwight Yorke on Euro 2012.
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Having moved to England from Trinidad and Tobago to pursue professional football in the late 1980s — a period when the foreign players were starting to make a mark in the English league – Dwight Yorke remembers the frequent racist remarks directed towards him. At the time, there weren’t any anti-racism rules and even if there were, the issue wasn’t considered to be quite as serious.

“It’s a very touchy subject. I have played and lived in England for the past 24 years and I have played with a lot of black players. I too have been a victim of racist comments,” Yorke said.

There’s little doubt that racism is one of the biggest issues that has marred international football. The ongoing European Championship has witnessed more than once incident of a player being racially abused. In fact, Europe’s governing body UEFA attracted a lot of criticism following its decision to levy a hefty fine on Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner for ambush marketing while not dealing with more serious issues like racism with similar urgency.

He insisted that the FIFA and UEFA are dealing with the subject with a lot of seriousness. He cited the example of England and Chelsea defender John Terry, who will be facing a trial for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. Terry’s case, Yorke suggested, could prove to be a landmark one. “Football has now become a global sport. There’s a minority down there who bring disrespect; we’ve all kinds of people out there. But FIFA is taking it seriously.

The Terry case shows that. What happens there will be very interesting to see,” said Yorke.

Talking about the European championship, Yorke conceded that Spain are the team to beat yet again. “You need a bit of luck some times and they deserved some of it. Spain have been good and whoever meets them in the final will have a huge challenge.

Though I feel Germany can give them a tough time, they have a tough semifinal opponent in Italy. So it’s not easy at all,” he said.

He was also of the opinion that the much-debated goal-line technology will come into place very soon, especially after the fiasco during the Ukraine-England match, where the co-hosts were denied a goal despite the ball crossing the line. “There are additional referees on the lines now. But I think in future this (introduction of goal-line technology) will happen. Too much is at stake,” said the 40-year-old Trinidadian.

Yorke, who was in the city for the Airtel-Manchester United promotional event, said lack of infrastructure and the cricket-crazy attitude is only an excuse and it should not hold India back. “Look at me. I come from a place where we had horrendous grounds.

Even my country is crazy about cricket. Still, I went to England and played for all the top clubs there. It’s not impossible. If you’re good, then you’ll be noticed. And it’s difficult to believe that there aren’t any good players in India,” he said.

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« Reply #1768 on: June 30, 2012, 10:18:31 AM »
Fabregas and Ramos unfazed by Balotelli
Reuters - Yesterday, 15:38

The threat of Italy striker Mario Balotelli and the propsect of an unprecedented treble occupied Spain's Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos before Sunday's Euro 2012 final but neither thought those obstacles too big to overcome.

Spain face the Italians at the Olympic Stadium bidding to become the first national side to win three successive major honours following their triumphs at Euro 2008 and the World Cup in South Africa two years ago.

Balotelli, who scored both goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Germany in Thursday's semi-final in Warsaw, is at last on top form and joint leading scorer in the tournament with three goals. He must be stopped if Spain are to retain their title.

Barcelona's Fabregas, when at Arsenal, played against Manchester City striker Balotelli in the Premier League the season before last, and knows better than most members of the Spanish squad what his qualities are.

"I think he is a great player. He showed that yesterday," said Fabregas.

"He had two fantastic moments and scored two great goals. One a true center-forward's header and the other one from a real cracking shot from outside the area in a European Championship semi-final against a top team like Germany.

"This tells you everything. I really liked they way he played and he will be, of course, a threat as well as [Antonio] Cassano or any other forward who plays with Italy.

"They are always very dangerous, but we have the players to stop them. We have defended well. We have to neutralise their attack and midfield where [Andrea] Pirlo is the player, otherwise he will take control of the match.

Fabregas has already scored against Italy in this tournament, netting the equaliser in a 1-1 draw in their opening group game, while Ramos has played every minute of this campaign.


HIGH LEVEL

Like all their players he is fully aware that Spain can achieve an unprecedented treble on Sunday, but was trying to keep the expectations of his nation in perspective.

"We have to be realistic about Sunday's challenge.

"We need to play at a high level and, basically, we need to be at an unbeatable level because up until today, nobody has been able to achieve three titles in a row and we have the possibility to do it.

"It takes a lot of years of work, humility, sacrifice and now is the time to enjoy these moments.

"As I said the other day, no matter what happens on Sunday, Spain has already made history.

"It is evident that this is not over yet because it is evident that our goal is to win this trophy.

"And even if we do lose, which can happen as we can't win all the time, we will go home very proudly knowing that we made every possible effort to win and if we win, we will enjoy the moment with everyone at home," he added.

Spain go into the final having lost only three of their last 48 World Cup and European Championship fixtures and have not conceded a goal in nine successive knockout stage matches in finals.

Italy are also, suddenly, the form team as they bid for their first European title since 1968. That could be an omen for Balotelli, whose Manchester City team last month won their first English League title since 1968.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2012 Thread.
« Reply #1769 on: June 30, 2012, 12:36:13 PM »
Couldn't get chance to watch the game, but I woulda been rooting for Germany because they are one of my European teams, and because I usually can't stand Italy.  That said, I happy for Balotelli... two sweet goals, and an equally sweet gesture to honor his adoptive mother.  That moment was a thumb in the face of all the racists in Italy who would deny him as their own.  I can't stand catenaccio, and to Prandelli's credit he has changed the tactical mentality of the squad since taking over, making them more enjoyable to watch. 

Sunday will be the first time I will be rooting for Italy since the 94 final against Brazil.  Then I rooted for them because of Baggio... and because everybody else was on the Brazil bandwagon.  This time I'll root for them because I can't stand the whiny ass Spanish players, because their Federation does little to combat racism... and yes, because I want Balotelli to win yet another trophy.