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Euro 2008- Predictions

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After an exhausting qualifying schedule, the Euro 2008 football tournament now enters the quarterfinals stage. Lalit Modi (The controller-auditor-general-senator something for the recently concluded IPL Twenty20 tournament) must be baffled by the decision to play Round 3 matches of the same group at the same time.

The men have been separated from the boys (and from the French 😛 – ok, that was a bit unnecessary). Given the tension and speculation, the teams expected to qualify for the Quarter Finals did qualify after after all. My predictions for the tournament now are –

Euro Predictions - Version 3

Why …

… not Netherlands? ’cause they’re a big bunch of chokers. ’cause, in Andrei Arshavin, they’ll be up against a superlative player. ’cause their huge goals tally is mainly because of their enthu for counterattacks alone. And because Guus Hiddink is a class apart.

… not Spain? ’cause the lack of wingers will hit them badly. Italy will play through the centre, and Zambrotta-Grosso will come forward and provide ample crosses. ’cause Luca Toni is long overdue a goal. And because Buffon is special.

… not Germany? Schweinsteiger is a big oaf for getting himself sent off. Gomez is just one big giant oaf. Ballack is good, but not a magician. Klose just seems bored and lost. And Podolski has had his fill of goals.

… not Portugal? Finishing will let them down eventually. And they are, like Netherlands, big chokers.

… not Italy? They’re good, but not that good. Pirlo looks jaded, the defense is at times quite frail, and they also seem to be having a fairly luckless tournament.

Croatia??? They have a good coach, excellent midfielders, hardworking forwards and fast full backs. Most of all, they are under no pressure – advantages of being underdogs. Plus they face Turkey in the QF, which might very well turn into a confidence-boosting match.

This is of course contrary to who I am actually cheering for – A dream final (for me) would be Germany vs Italy.

Very nice entertainment so far! 🙂

Ed1: Croatia seem to have taken up the ‘Choker Bali’ tag. Germany look a different team altogether with Schweinsteiger in and Gomez out. Time to change predictions!:( 🙂

Ed2: Italy without Pirlo are pathetic. Worryingly for Spain, they couldn’t score in 120 minutes. Arshavin is the man of the tournament already – and he’s played just 2 matches. Turkey has 4(5?) frontline players injured/ suspended – Germans always seem to get the easier draws in major tournaments!


Written by sujaybedekar

June 19, 2008 at 2:57 pm

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  1. Thats two out of two predictions already gone awry 🙂


    June 21, 2008 at 3:23 am

  2. in my defence, i thought schweinsteiger would not be allowed to play after the straight red card, and i also had heard frings, podolski and lahm were injured! :O

    as for croatia – inexperience got to them eventually! 😛


    June 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

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