2024 UEFA Men’s European Championship

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Sunny von Bulow
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I posted above how the games have been so good -- so many goals, decisive games, early goals making the game open up. The two games that have arguably been the slowest and least "exciting" in that way are the Italy v. Spain and France v. Netherlands games. I suppose that makes sense. It's kind of like the early rounds in the NCAA tournament. But when the big boys play it gets a lot more tactical and defensive. Reason to think the group stage will be more exciting than the knockouts I guess.
That’s right. If you’re a middling football nation, maybe you’ve got a couple of near-elite guys who play at Inter or Brentford or Lyon and then a bunch of dudes from your domestic league, it’s fuckin grip it and rip it time, these games are the highlight of your career, never going to be on a bigger stage. But if you’re Spain and every guy is gearing up for league + CL in eight weeks, the buzz is probably not the same.
 

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Game 2 of the dutch saw some interesting stuff. Koeman wanted more speed up front so frimpon played, that made Dumfries a bit redundant and it showed. Last couple of times the French left back wreaked havoc but was contained this time.

both sides had chances, the French had the better of it but the Dutch could have scored in the first minute.

Xavi played bad again, although that disallowed goal was pretty. that Taylor didn’t go to check the screen was bad to say the least. They took about 5 minutes.

Defense is great, Ake is a standout but van Dijk en de Vrij are strong to. Midfield and the attack are a work in progress. No de Jong makes Reijnders the man, he played great, Schouten is also playing well. I reckon Wijnaldum gets a shot against Austria, he has great chemistry with Depay. Xavi bad, needs more time. Gakpo great, Depay meh against a great defense. Frimpong good enough but playing him weakens the attack.

letten the French make the game was inspired by Koeman, does that goal stand he would be lauded, now the reviews are mixed.
 

Dummy Hoy

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Like this Belgium lineup much better. Theate allows for a back 3 if needs be, Tielemans is a bit more flexible and dynamic in CM, and Lukebakio has to be better than Trossard was last game.
 

Dollar

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Well that's a great way to start. Great patience by the Belgians to get a good shot off.
 

Dummy Hoy

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Also Youri scores goals.

Says something to me that two black hole guys (Rom and Doku) moved the ball and it led to a goal
 

Ale Xander

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So many own goals in this tourney, but the 2nd goal in the Turkey Port game took the cake
 

rguilmar

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So many own goals in this tourney, but the 2nd goal in the Turkey Port game took the cake
There was a transfer rumor meme making the rounds that Chelsea were offering £100 million for the leading scorer at the Euros.

Own Goal with 6 G so far
 

DennyDoyle'sBoil

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I think simultaneous kickoffs are bullshit. I understand the risk. Though frankly, with four third place teams advancing, you already have some of that risk across groups for match day 3 anyway. By and large, a couple of famous 0-0 games notwithstanding, I think it is not really necessary and results in less footie watching.
 

rguilmar

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I like the simultaneous matches when you know that only two teams advance. The final group matches in the Spain/Germany/Japan/CR were insanely riveting. It seemed like every minute two different teams were in and two others out. Of course, that doesn’t really apply in these Euros. If there is any advantage at all, it’s for the groups that play later as teams are more likely to know what third place teams are in or out.

Whatever the case, we soccer fans are a suspicious lot. We are extremely biased and prone to believing that somehow our team got screwed over. By the ref, by some higher being, by the league, whatever. Simultaneously playing games at least eliminates the accusation of match fixing between teams, like those drab 0-0 games that allow both clubs to advance. UEFA and FIFA have enough actual corruption to deal with. No need to add contrived corruption to it.
 

mauf

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I feel like I should be rooting for Switzerland in its match with Germany because I live here, but also because I live here, I'm neutral...
This isn’t getting enough love.

Which game are folks watching? My son chose Switzerland-Germany, even though Scotland-Hungary is more consequential (the Scots are probably through with a win), and my wife and I probably would’ve watched the Red Sox over either of these games (not because we don’t appreciate soccer, but neither matchup is compelling).
 

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Suffice to say I’m watching the Scotland game. Bitterly disappointed in the conservative play and lack of scoring chances. It’s like someone didn’t get the memo to both teams that a win is essential. Kind of dull game given what’s on the line. If Switzerland hold ( probably not) they play runners up in England group.
 

Silverdude2167

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Germany scores in the first minute of extra time, spends at least a min celebrating, and yet extra time ends right when it is supposed to...ref needed to use the facilities i guess