Wed 30 May 2012, 22:18:
Well the European Championships start in a few days......let's have a sweepstake.
5 ectos to enter, winner takes it all....thats 80e!
Once we have 16 people, teams will be drawn out at random, and whoever's team wins get the ectos!
N.B. for those of you who don't know...this is football (the variety played with the foot, not the hand).
Thu 31 May 2012, 17:31:
Hope I avoid Group B. Netherlands/Germany/Portugal makes for a nasty group.
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 18:15:
as soon as we have all the ectos....the draw will take place!
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 20:35:
Ok...some still to pay, but here is the draw........
Paula - Netherlands
Dave - Ireland
Dunky - England
Kim - Russia
Nym - Italy
Phoxy - Czech republic
Gail - Poland
Rith - Denmark
Rich - Portugal
Luky - Sweden
Swifty - Greece
Brutus - Croatia
Nutty - Ukraine
Rick - Spain
Cookie - Germany
Russ - France
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 20:39:
Ooo and the heat rises!!! :P
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 21:51:
Get in! Czech Republic :$
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 22:43:
the czech republic has a good chance to get past their group stage... it was not that long ago that they were ranked 4th in the world by FIFA.
I think we can right Denmark off (sorry Michelle) they are not going to get past a group with Netherlands, Portugal and Germany in it.
Spain will win the next group and Italy have a good chance to come runners up.
Provided they don't fight amongst themselves then France will win the last group and you can flip a coin on runners up but will probably be England.
The Czechs will get knocked out in the 1/4 finals as will either Russia or Poland.
Most likely England will get knocked out of the 1/4 finals and most likely Italy will too.
The first semi-final will be a cracker to watch... wouldn't be able to call that at all.
The second semi-final will be either Portugal, Netherlands or Germany into the final.
So really the only teams with a shot are Portugal, Netherlands, Germany and Spain.
BUT, no doubt some team will prove me wrong and perform greater than expected.
Fri 1 Jun 2012, 22:48:
on a slightly different note... the high street of the small town where I live is decked out in flags of the world for the Queen's jubilee... the first 6 flags on the street are Greece, Ireland, USA, China, France and Cuba
Way to go Prudhoe... the only thing we are missing is a guillotine and the celebrations will be a hit...
Vive la république!!!
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 09:46:
Hmm, Croatia. Well, I was going to be frustrated, but it seems they rank 8th in the world. I'm not big on having Spain (#1) and Italy in the bracket, but let's see what happens.
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 10:57:
Paula vs Cookie in the finals is what I want to see :P
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 12:48:
Ok, I have no idea on the power rankings on any of these teams since I watch the REAL football and not this toe tapping stuffing... ;) But I'll buy into it for a little while!
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 13:21:
O M G KIM! WTF?! ;( ;( ;(
Anyhoo... I agree with Nym mostly:
Group A will be Russia and Czech Republic
Group B is Germany and (hopefully) Netherlands. This also based on the fact that Portugal has never done well in big tournaments.
Group C Spain and Italy hands down
Group D Is England and France (although I hope Sweden will F one of these up)
Lol... I'll just continue see if I get stuff right ^^
Russia vs NL
Germany vs Czech Republic
Spain vs France
England vs Italy
NL vs Spain
Germany vs England
Spain vs Germany
Bldy Spain will probably win ;(
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 13:46:
Thanks Phoxy! I'm so hopeful now! ;(
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 17:30:
A lot depends on which Italy turns up - they can be amazing or absolutely awful
And France on paper is very strong but if they start fighting with each other like they did in the world cup then they won't get out of the group. If they are coherent then they will easily win the group.
Which will make it Spain vs England and I don't hold much hope for England unless they miraculously pull off a Chelsea.
Still the game to watch will be that first semi-final. Kim, if you only watch one game of the tournament... that will be the one to watch. As for 'football' it is called football because you play it with your feet. American football should be taken to court under the trade discrimination act. At least Aussie rules and Gaelic football still use their feet as an important part of the game.
Sat 2 Jun 2012, 17:47:
Oh no, kicking is very much an important part to American Football - just ask Ray Finkle! "Laces out, Dan!"
Sun 3 Jun 2012, 01:34:
looks like Portugal won't be in it... so looking like netherlands and germany from that group.
Sun 3 Jun 2012, 12:24:
I'm always a heavy supporter for the Italians. And Nym, never underestimate the power of the hosts. 4 years ago in Austria/Switzerland, the Swiss really amazed everyone ! DOn't forget the Ukrain got into the semi's (iirc) 6 years ago at the WorldCup !
Sun 3 Jun 2012, 17:22:
I have no clue who is good or bad but that is what you should fear the most. It is always the person who has no freaking idea about these things that ends up winning.
Sun 3 Jun 2012, 22:56:
True Nutty lol... Denmark (of all) actually won Euro '92 lol. After they been called back from holidays coz UEFA decided to kick Yugoslavia (I think it was). Obv Yugoslavia was at the time breaking up.
Basically I wonder how Sweden, France and England will measure up. One of those will be out... now normally I would say Sweden. But France hasn't been that good as of late. And to keep the peace in here I won't mention Englang :X :X
Mon 4 Jun 2012, 00:06:
England are just boring... they are quite strong defensively just lack flare in midfield and attack. Despite being English, I have not been excited about England since Bobby Robson was manager and Gazza was crying for getting a yellow card. I will still support them but I am more interested in the Netherlands and France. I am more of a club supporter than a national team supporter - and half the Newcastle team are French and my favourite player is Dutch.
I don't really know enough about Sweden this year so can't really comment, but don't they have some sort of wonder kid playing in the Dutch league?
France on paper look strong but the last world cup made them look very foolish with all of their in-camp squabbling.
After following Portugal's result against Turkey, Denmark look a lot better than I anticipated. They are still unlikely to get past Netherlands and Germany... Denmark are just unlucky to be in the group of death.
I tend to agree with Phoxy's predictions except I think it will be Spain v England and Italy v France
Italy and France are the two dark horses both look good on paper but lack consistency in recent years...
Mon 4 Jun 2012, 18:59:
Woah Nym! Don't go slagging off my team before the comp has even started pal! ;)
But yeah, England won't win it. If the Germans don't win it, I will be very surprised.
Mon 4 Jun 2012, 23:40:
lol Dunky... I think the call up of Kelly sums up the England team. Newcastle had the best defence in the English Premier League until S. Taylor got injured and 3/4 of it was English. Even Sunderland (our bitter rivals) had a pretty ok defence. But when England look to replace injuries they go for a player who can't get into the first team of a mid-table club.
France in the meanwhile have gone unbeaten in 20 games since calling up Cabaye... That is the power of Newcastle players ;)
Tue 5 Jun 2012, 15:43:
there is indeed a promising young Swede in the Dutch league. Although he has a temper so could poss get into trouble early on. [url=http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Guidetti]Guidetti[/url] is his name and officially he's under contract by mancity lol. Feyenoord got him on hire this year.
Tue 5 Jun 2012, 18:53:
A Dutchman's prayer
(Yes, I stole it from 9gag, nobody cares)
Tue 5 Jun 2012, 23:44:
LOL Luky - I like it...
Fri 8 Jun 2012, 02:18:
I am just looking at the betting odds for picking the finalists. If you bet via Paddy Power, they will match your bet for 5 bets. So if you bet 5 pounds on Germany v Spain they will match your bet at 7/1 odds. So if the finalists are Germany v Spain you will win 70 pounds.
If you do that for 5 bets...
1) Germany v Spain 7/1 = 70
2) Holland v Germany 9/1 = 90
3) Holland v Spain 12/1 = 120
4) Spain v France 14/1 = 140
5) Germany v France 20/1 = 200
Then just be to safe you choose to pay 10 pounds for Holland v France 30/1 = 300. That covers the 4 most likely teams.
If just betting 5 pounds a time... All the bets would cost you 35 (incl. the last 10 pound bet) and there is a good chance you will make at least 35 back.
Fri 8 Jun 2012, 22:23:
A good day for Kim today with Russia winning 4-1! :D
Sat 9 Jun 2012, 20:50:
Unlucky Paula! Holland lost to Denmark today! If Portugal and Germany draw, there is a good chance the Dutch won't make it through the group, with 2 hard games to come.
Sat 9 Jun 2012, 22:46:
that akward moment when you're Dutch and lost from Denmark...
Sun 10 Jun 2012, 07:21:
I'm waiting for michelle's gloating...
Sun 10 Jun 2012, 12:04:
lol couldn't have predicted that one. Well done Denmark... I guess. What happened?
I was at Islay's first birthday party so didn't see the game.
Sun 10 Jun 2012, 12:37:
[quote=Nymph of Meliai]lol couldn't have predicted that one. Well done Denmark... I guess. What happened?
I was at Islay's first birthday party so didn't see the game.
RVP had a shocker. The dutch were all over them but just couldn't score. Danish lad megged the dutch keeper for the goal. Obviously should have played Krulasaurus! :P
Sun 17 Jun 2012, 00:40:
wow - you just can't predict football can you... Greece knocking out Russia. Netherlands needing to beat Portugal by 2 goals and hoping Germany beat Denmark.
The Netherlands v Germany game... just PROVED that Netherlands' no.1 goal keeper is Krul. Those two goals would never have happened had he been in goal and there was very nearly a third goal caused by a goal keeping error. I think the majority of Dutch don't realise that Krul was the 2nd best goal keeper in the EPL last season, with only Hart at Man City claiming the title with 2 more clean sheets... but considering Man City's defenders and Newcastle were missing their first choice centre back for most of the season... I would say Krul was the best goal keeper in the EPL last season.
Of course RvP and Krul had that spat didn't they... so maybe there is more disharmony in the Dutch camp that we assume.
Tue 19 Jun 2012, 00:12:
Stupid Croatia. Go from leading the bracket to not making the second round in 3 minutes.
Tue 19 Jun 2012, 01:10:
he he he :)
EPL fixtures out and NUFC have a nasty start.... Spurs then Chelsea. Then it is almost one easy, one hard for the start of the season. Around Christmas time I think we have Man U at home followed by Sunderland away which will be nasty.