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Hi all,

I wonder why this thread is so empty ?

I usually do not bet on sports, but I'm a big fan of football! Which is your favorite football team ? I love Manchester United !

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That is horrible! As someone who does kung fu I can say that luckily for the recipient that was a poorly executed kick. If he knew what he was doing and wasn't so unbalanced (in the physical coordination sense!) he could have snapped the poor guy's neck.

Balotelli is an excellent player but a complete nutter. This is the definitive Balotelli video. The man is incapable of putting a training bib on by himself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpL9eQ6mm-k

And another of my favourites - the Japanese Messi kid. Highlights - around 2:50 he scores by doing a running backheel flick over the keeper. And then around 3:45 he walks around the backyard over these stones while juggling the whole time. Amazing skills.
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29 July 2011 - 6:00pm
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Re: The Kung Fu kick - did you notice the goalie fly over the shoulder of his own player when he was delivering the blow? Crazy stuff.

As for Balotelli, I half cringed - half laughed my you know what off while watching that clip. I think you're right, though, when you say that the video pretty much does say it all!

That Japanese kid is pretty good, but you have to admit that those are some poor defenses! 😂

So....Klinsmann is the new coach of the US. Does that take them to the next level? I think it very well might. Yes, Juergen only had one role as the head of the German national team, but he seems to be a Guus Hiddink type, i.e. the kind of coach you put on any team and it almost automatically takes it up a couple of notches.

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31 July 2011 - 3:19am
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I saw Klinsmann is the new U.S. coach. He did well with the German national team but failed at Bayern Munich. I remember his name being thrown about when the Australian coaching job was available and a lot of people weren't impressed. Time will tell... I like the U.S. team though, they have the total opposite of the NBA "Dream Team" attitude, and seem like a good team and nice bunch of players.

Japanese kid - the defence may be poor but that just shows how far ahead he is of his peers at the same age. Its like he has a 30 year old head on his shoulders.

Check this out - just about the best highlights packages from a game ever. Its from Brazil last week - Flamengo beat Santos 5-4 after being down 3-0. Ronaldinho scored a hat trick, Neymar got two and his first goal was exceptional. There are shocking misses, free kick goal, spectacular goals and there is even a penalty where the player does the slow chip straight down the middle ... but fails ... and the keeper rubs it in after saving it. Craziness.
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31 July 2011 - 10:11am
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I lost track of the score in that highlights package - good thing you wrote it in your post 😂 Brazilian football still has a good dose of that 'wild west' aspect to it that makes it endlessly entertaining. That and they don't play defense - they never have and they likely never will 😉

The World Cup Qualifying draw took place in Brazil yesterday and the groups for all the continental zones are now set. Can't wait for the games to get underway.

I've gone ahead and copied the results of the European draw which is, in my humble opinion, always the most up in the air and the one with the most potentially interesting variations of groups. I say this not only because it's the overall strongest continent when it comes to the Beautiful Game, but also because the results from the other continents (with perhaps the exception of Africa) are far more predictable.

Anyway, I'm not sure how the new FIFA ranking system managed to affect this, but the groups appear to offer more promise of entertainment than they did previously! Spain and France are in the same group and Germany, Sweden and Ireland are together. Even the groups with the less glamorous national teams appear as though they'll be more open than they usually are.

As for my team - Serbia - I think we drew a very hard group even though we drew one of the easier pot 1 teams in Croatia. However, I think it's going to be massively entertaining and that there won't be any boring games on the calendar at all. This is probably more entertaining than any World Cup group could be. Also, how does Wales end up in the lowest seeding pot? I miss having the Faore Islandses and San Marinos of the world already! Finally, the games against Croatia will be, in a word, intense....

Group A
Croatia
Serbia
Belgium
Scotland
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Wales

Group B
Italy
Denmark
Czech Republic
Bulgaria
Armenia
Malta

Group C
Germany
Sweden
Republic of Ireland
Austria
Kazakhstan
Faroe Islands

Group D
Netherlands
Turkey
Hungary
Romania
Estonia
Andorra

Group E
Norway
Slovenia
Switzerland
Albania
Iceland
Cyprus

Group F
Portugal
Russia
Israel
Northern Ireland
Azerbaijan
Luxembourg

Group G
Greece
Slovakia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lithuania
Latvia
Liechtenstein

Group H
England
Montenegro
Ukraine
Poland
Moldova
San Marino

Group I
Spain
France
Belarus
Georgia
Finland

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Real Madrid have signed a 7 year old into their development system: http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/6843531/real-madrid-signs-7-y...

What does everyone think about this? Is this going too far to try to develop top talent?

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I caught a replay of the U-20 World Cup final yesterday. It was an excellent match highlighted by a spectacular third goal for Brazil by its hat-trick hero Oscar. Here are the highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCJDC6ewkvE

I don't know what's more spectacular - the third goal or the fact that Spain is not the champion of something! It seems like they win just about anything at any level when it comes to football!

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28 August 2011 - 3:45pm
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The Champions League group phase will quickly be upon us 🙂 Here is the draw for the first phase:

Group A
FC Bayern München (GER)
Villarreal CF (ESP)
Manchester City FC (ENG)
SSC Napoli (ITA)

Group B
FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
LOSC Lille Métropole (FRA)
Trabzonspor AŞ (TUR)

Group C
Manchester United FC (ENG)
SL Benfica (POR)
FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
FC Oţelul Galaţi (ROU)

Group D
Real Madrid CF (ESP)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
AFC Ajax (NED)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group E
Chelsea FC (ENG)
Valencia CF (ESP)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
KRC Genk (BEL)

Group F
Arsenal FC (ENG)
Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
Olympiacos FC (GRE)
Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G
FC Porto (POR)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)
APOEL FC (CYP)

Group H
FC Barcelona (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR)
FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)

I agree with the widely-held notion that Group A is the toughest group, so to speak. I also think Group F will be hotly-contested as there's no team that's head and shoulders better than the others there. As for the weakest overall group, I would have to say that's definitely G.

What does everyone else think? Who are you guys rooting for? Will anyone be able to dethrone dominant Barcelona?

If there are any CL fans out there (or footie/soccer fans in general for that matter), then make your voices be heard! We'd love to hear from you 🙂

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You're right that group F is wide open. Especially after Arsenal sold two of their best players this last fortnight, lost to Liverpool and were caned by Manchester United 8-2 last night! They really are in all sorts of trouble. Here are my crystal ball picks of the teams to qualify (with only about 7 seconds of thought behind them):

Group A: Bayern Munich, Man City
Group B: Inter, Lille
Group C: Man Utd, Benfica
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon
Group E: Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen (Valencia in massive debt, selling all their stars)
Group F: Marseille, Borussia Dortmund (anyone could win this one)
Group G: Porto, Shaktar Donetsk
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

Manchester United seem to be perpetually charmed in this competition. They invariably get the easiest draw out of every team time after time.

As for the European Championships ... I bet you can't wait for Serbia vs Croatia (and Macedonia in there too). Those matches could go off like a firecracker.

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29 August 2011 - 12:42pm
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Those matches could be a) fantastic and full of passion b ) riddled with crowd violence and suspensions after the fact or, in all likelihood, c) both. I'm going to go ahead and steer clear of the stadium on those days! The qualifiers pick back up on Friday and qualifying will wrap up in about a month and a half, by the way.

As for your CL predictions, I put about 10 seconds of thought in each one and here's how I would break them down:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Man City
Group B: Inter, CSKA
Group C: Man Utd, Benfica
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon
Group E: Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen
Group F: Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund (I think the 8-2 drubbing in an aberration)
Group G: Porto, Shaktar Donetsk
Group H: Barcelona, Milan

We only disagree on groups B and F it seems. That's the thing about the first group stage, though - it's always entirely too predictable.

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You're right about the group stages. I much prefer the old cup format but as we know its all about milking as much money as they can out of it.

Re Serbia and Croatia, I was at the world cup game between Australia and Croatia in 2006 in Stuttgart when we drew 2-2 and Australia qualified from the group stage. Before the game the Croatians were going bananas in Stuttgart (in a good way) but afterwards there was only much sadness. One of my friends looks a bit like Mark Viduka so we were walking around telling Croatians he was Viduka's cousin and we got a few free drinks out of that... good times 😂

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That's good that in only ended in sadness and not with, well, anger and destructive behavior. That happens all too often here with teams from the Balkans. It's sad, but true, unfortunately. Security will be at it's very strictest for those matches in Belgrade and Zagreb.

I remember watching that game in Stuttgart from a bar in Munich. If memory serves me correctly, that's the match where a Croatian player received not one, not two, but three yellow cards, correct?

Australia ended Croatia's run in 2006 and Serbia's run in 2010. I actually had tickets to the latter match in Nelspruit but opted not to go because it did not fit in with mine and my friend's travel plans. That's probably a good thing as I would have just been surrounded by other sad Serbians.

In the future, I'll make sure to steer clear of the guy claiming to be the expatriate cousin of someone of Croatian or Serbian descent. Nice work though, very clever! 🙂 Conversely, you, on the other hand, should avoid the Serbian claiming to be the cousin of an Australian of Balkan descent (like Bernard Tomic, for example) 😉

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UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying picks back up tomorrow and wraps up in a bit over a month's time. For my money, this is a better tournament on the whole when it comes to the quality of matches than the World Cup. I'm not saying it's as good a tourney or that it anoits the best team on the planet, but, team by team and match by match, it offers a better quality of footie.

Here is a handy link to a list of the September matches: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/fixtures/_/league/uefa.euroq/uefa-euorpean-...

My team needs a win agains the Northern Irish! Who is everyone else rooting for? What do you all think about the organizers deciding to take the tourney east to Poland and Ukraine?

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Yes Simunic got three yellow cards. Simunic was actually born in Australia to Croatian parents who had immigrated here, then when he was in his 20s and playing in Europe, declared his allegiance to Croatia, probably figuring he would never go to any big tournaments with Australia. And then they lost to Australia in the world cup! Supposedly the referee got confused and wrote one of his cards down under Australia because Simunic speaks with an Aussie accent.

And then we had Kalac in goal, another Croatian descendant, who let in one of the cheapest goals in World Cup history right in front of where a lot of the Aussie supporters were sitting. Guus Hiddink stuffed up big time picking him for that game. We watched the team train a few days prior to the match and Kalac was awful, and we couldn't believe it when he was picked instead of Schwarzer.

There was a lot of weird stuff going on in that match.

I agree the Euro Championships has more competitive matches. I'm not sure they are better - I like the variety of the World Cup more. But you always get some great matches in the Euros. Surely your guys will beat Northern Ireland?

It is strange they are doing a country sharing thing with Poland and Ukraine. FIFA vowed never to do it again after Japan and Korea a while ago, but I guess UEFA controls this one.

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I did not know that about Simunic. It actually goes a long way in helping to explain the madness that was the ref's decision. The part about the Aussie accent throwing him off is high comedy 😂

Zeljko Kalac was a bit of a mystery, too. I had never heard of the guy prior to the World Cup in 2006, but then I also discovered that at the time he played for all, of all teams, AC Milan. He was a backup to Dida (and should have been to Schwarzer in that match as well!), but nevertheless it's impressive making a club squad like that one. All is well that ends well, though. Australia progressed and that's all that mattered 😉

I think you hit the nail on the head with the Euro games: they're more competitive. Rarely will one see a true thrashing in a Euro Cup game but it's not so uncommon in the World Cup (Portugal - North Korea, anyone?), but the variety is much more interesting in the World Cup.

We did beat Northern Ireland 🙂 :) 🙂 we are now favorites for the second spot in the group and to advance into the two-legged playoffs. All we have to do is take care of business against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday and not lose to Slovenia next month and we should be good to go. Our group C has been quite entertaining. We also have the Faroes to thank for beating Estonia!

As for the dual-hosting of the European Championship....well, when you think about it, it's not so uncommon. After all:

2000: Belgium-Netherlands
2004: Portugal
2008: Switzerland-Austria
2012: Poland-Ukraine
2016: France

I do not mind it if the countries are relatively small and well-connected transportation wise, which was the case in 2000 and 2008. This will probably be a bit iffier in 2012. It does not make as much sense to do that with countries that are as big and far apart as are Japan and Korea.

Most of all, I'm really happy when these tournaments get awarded to places that are new or a bit 'off the beaten track.' I applauded awarding it to South Africa last year and think that the Poland-Ukraine tournament is a good move as well. Russia 2018 will also be a resounding success, in my opinion.

Qatar I think is a failure waiting to happen. So let me qualify my remark by saying that a place should also have something to keep fans entertained for long periods of time and have average high temperatures during the tourney which do not exceed, say, 35 degrees....

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should say that nowordays barcelona has the best team . but I hate tham beacause I am fan of real madrid. and the best is HOLLAND! thay should win this world cup.

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Aaah Qatar. Mohamed Bin Hammam has been kicked out of FIFA for corruption in the presidency vote. That says it all. Not to say that Blatter and all the rest aren't corrupt either though...

That Euro 2012 group looks a bit tight for Serbia. If they don't get anything from the game against Italy it will be a nervous last day.

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the best team in nowardays is barcelona but u can see now they play tie with real sociedead and lost 2 points. this is just start of championate of spain . but I THink every point is very usefull. now real madrid is playing 1 : 1 maybe they will win and won't lose points as barcelona did

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I find it hard to believe that anyone will be able to dethrone Barcelona as the champion of La Liga. While Real Madrid may be close talent-wise to the Catalonians, I think that Barcelona plays a style that's more conducive to shredding through mid-table and bottom-table teams. I think it's entirely possible that the two teams play evenly against each other (see what happened during the Supercup? That was basically a draw), but I think at the end of the day RM drops too many points that Barca will not.

Re Serbia: our destiny is in our own hands and it's hard to be dissatisfied with that given where we were after we forefieited against Italy and then lost at home to Estonia. We need three points to go through or a point and to not have Estonia beat Northern Ireland (given that they just beat them 4-1 that may be a bit much to ask). We have one big thing in our favor with the Italy game - the fact that the Azzurri have already qualified.

The other groups will go down to the wire also. It's been a fun qualifying round!

As for the Oranje, well I'd agree they're probably the second favorite to take Euro 2012 behind only the Spanish. They may play the most complete football in the world and they'll roll through the group phase, but it looks like they have problems putting together a string of solid performances against top sides in knockout phases....

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Lots of promising, critical Euro 2012 games coming up on Friday and the following Tuesday. There's a full list here: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro2012/matches/bymonth/index.html

There are lots of places still up for grabs. The media seems to be touting the Montenegro-England game as the most enticing out there, but I think Montenegro has been wildly overachieving this time around and that England's class will shine through. They have been known to choke, however...

On a side note related to Euro 2012, I was actually in Kiev last weekend (great city if anyone can make the trip!) and saw some of the work being done for the tournament. A spectacular new airport terminal and cool central stadium for the final are just of the highlights of the infrastructure investment.

About two thirds of the way down this page you'll see some photos of what the stadium will look like: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=505872.

Only problem with the stadium? Well, it's a construction project in this region of the world which of course means........corruption! 🚬 Apparently they've gone through three different project chiefs - each went down because of corruption 🤑 - but I think they'll get it done on time, much like Greece pulling a proverbial all-nighter to finish all their infrastructure for the Olympics (which they clearly should not have been able to afford).

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The Euro2012 games look interesting. My best bets on these fixtures is to bet against the minnows to get soundly beaten. Teams like Andorra, San Marino and Leichtenstein are so far behind some of the bigger nations that it's embarrassing. They seldom score and so betting on them to get beat 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 is the way to go for me. Perming the correct scores into a bunch of trebles means the odds start to stack up quite nicely for small stakes.

WC2014 qualifiers are on in South America over the weekend too. Ecuador to beat Venezuela at altitude is a decent bet.

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What happened to Serbia BB84? Draw with Italy and then lose to Slovenia who had nothing to play for? You must be gutted...

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It took me a few days to deal with us being ousted from Euro 2012, which is why I am only posting about it now 😢

The loss at Slovenia did not surprise anyone in Serbia, least of all me. Our national team is precisely the kind of team that is at its worst when it MUST go out and get a win, which was the case on Tuesday. It is strongest at the back and quite strong in midfield, but it is absolutely atrocious when it comes to the attack. Couple that with an opponent that's strong at the back, playing at home, and strongly-motivated (intra former Yugoslavia games are always easy to get up for) and I knew exactly what was coming. I predicted a 'tragic draw' and that prognosis turned out to be half correct.

Taking a more macro view of things, it was not surprising given that they have generally been playing poorly throughout this round of qualification. Their only wins came against the Faroe Islands and Northern Ireland and they gave up four points to each Estonia, Slovenia and Italy. Not good enough.

All in all, the result is just another symptom of a horribly-run administrative body. Trying to explain why Serbian football federation is poorly-run and why the national team pulls out results which are well below the talent level of the individual players is difficult to explain in a forum post, but in short it comes down to corruption, mafia influence and a whole host of other bad things that grew to influence the sport in the 1990s and have not gone away since.

During my three years back in Serbia I have progressively lost interest in the national team as I have learned and seen what goes on here. It will be just as well to take a two-year break from following the team and pick things back up for Brazil 2014 qualifying.

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Oh and my quick picks for the playoff round:

Turkey v Croatia

Oh man why can't they both go??? Remember the game from 2008 where Turkey equalized in the 123rd minute. Real shame they drew one another. I predict a tragic exit for Croatia. Call it 3:3 on aggregate with Turkey going through on away goals.

Estonia v Republic of Ireland

Why can't Turkey or Croatia go in lieu of one of these teams? If there's one country constantly followed by tragedy, it's Ireland. Estonia goes through by one goal.

Czech Republic v Montenegro

This one is very interesting and a very tricky matchup to call. I'll give it to Montenegro by a margin of 0 goals (so away goals or penalties) only because I have to pick one former Yugoslav side to go through 🙂

Bosnia and Herzegovina v Portugal

Yet another former Yugoslav entrant in these playoffs? We really did not hold up our end of the bargain. Tough draw for the Bosnians who deserve to go through but will fall at the same hurdle as two years ago against the Portuguese. Portugal goes through by two goals.

What does everyone else think???

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I can feel you about the national team. Australia had to put up with disasters like that every four years when I was growing up.

Man those are some tough ties to pick, apart from Bosnia v Portugal which I expect Portugal to handle.

I'll go for Turkey, Estonia, Czech and Portugal.

I can't wait to see the hilarity that ensues if Ireland gets dudded again. The referee punching the winner in this time perhaps? All jokes aside, they are a very ordinary team and not one I would look forward to seeing play at the finals.

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I agree with you on the Irish. Plus, if Estonia can continue on its roll into next summer they will definitely raise some eyebrows with their play. I thought they would be 6 easy points for my Serbia, but they sure proved me (and a whole lot of other people) very wrong.

In other news....the Manchester derby went 6-1.....to city! Do people think this marks a changing of the guard, or is it just an aberration? I think it is more than the former than the latter. Winning by one or two goals is one thing; taking it by 5 and putting 6 past United is something else altogether.

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Yeah its a big result but not that surprising in hindsight. United were very lucky not to get beaten by 2 or 3 by Liverpool the other week and the week before that they barely scraped a win at home against Norwich and could have lost that one too. In the meantime City have been flogging everyone.

As a Liverpool supporter I sure hope United don't win the league again. But it saddens me to see the trophy effectively sold to the highest bidder. While United have certainly splashed the cash in recent years, the spending power of City and Chelsea is on another level. It has enabled them to not only buy some of the best players, but also build squads with lots of depth. I mean someone as good as Tevez can't even get a game and is throwing tantrums and wants to leave City.

As long as the sheiks or oil barons don't pull out and leave their clubs in the lurch, I can see City and Chelsea winning a lot of trophies in the coming years.

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7 November 2011 - 7:46am
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I went to one of the best games I have ever been to on the weekend. It was an A-League match, Sydney FC vs Gold Coast United. Sydney was down 2-0 early in the 2nd half and looked gone for all money. But they pulled it back to 2-2 and then won the match in the 92nd minute with a penalty. The crowd was going bananas. My poor little 5 year old was crying her eyes out when the winner was scored because the noise scared her silly (and maybe the way I lifted her into the air and danced around might have contributed just a teensy little bit ...)

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11 November 2011 - 1:23pm
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Very cool - sounds like a great experience! How is the atmosphere at A-Leage matches relative to what you have seen in other parts of the world? It sounds like you have seen quite a few games all over the place!

Euro 2012 qualifying playoff ties begin tonight! I'm really psyched. If I had to choose one match to direct my attetion to, I think it will be indeed be Turkey-Croatia.

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12 November 2011 - 9:19am
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Some real strange results across the qualifiers last night.

My first two picks for the Euro 2012 playoffs are gone. Turkey went down 3-0 and Estonia were smashed 4-0, both at home! Very surprising as the first legs of playoffs are usually very tight.

And Suarez scored 4 times in Uruguay's 4-0 win over Chile.

And Australia, needing only a point to advance to the next stage, playing away to Oman, lost 1-0. Thats the first time we've ever lost to Oman. So, another two games to get a point...

The atmosphere at A-League game has a way to go. Each team has the "hardcore" fans at one end who sing and chant etc and basically try to mimic what they have seen overseas. But its rare for a stadium to be sold out.

I've seen games in lots of places .. Berlin olympic stadium, Camp Nou, Bernebaeu, the world cup in Germany, Wembley, plus Australia of course. You might be surprised but the best atmosphere ever was actually in Australia for the world cup playoff between Australia and Uruguay in 2006. We had lost the same playoff 4 years earlier, and another that we had in the bag 4 years before that against Iran, and had not qualified for most people's lifetime at the stadium (32 years I think). The noise that night was incredible all game long, it was relentless. It went to penalties and we won and I've never seen anything like it - even at the world cup when we went through to the second round. People jumping around like mad, kissing and hugging strangers, people crying, the guy in front of me snapped his seat he was jumping on it so much. A lifetime of frustration all gone in one moment of sheer magic. I will never forget it until the day I die. Incredible, I have goose bumps writing about it now.

I had to go watch it again. Schwarzer pulls out one of the best penalty saves I've ever seen. Then Aloisi scores and even the commentators lose it. heheheh!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZdbW7PSPGk

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18 November 2011 - 6:55am
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Well, I went 1 for 4 in my picks in the Euro 2012 playoffs. I swear that I'm just on a losing streak when it comes to making picks on the CL site. For the 2006 World Cup, I correctly called the outcome of every quarterfinal, semifinal, third place match and final; for the 2010 World Cup, I was in the top .5% in ESPN's pick-'em game that has contestants try to pick the the teams that advance from each group all the way through to the final. Naturally, I put no money down on any of those picks. Murphy's Law also dictates that once I do I will be wildly unsuccessfully with picks.

I must the playoffs lacked any excitement whatsoever. Aside from a couple of moments in the Bosnia - Portugal match there was very little to get excited about. I hope that this does not portent anything at the actual tournament. Here are the seedings/pots:

Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine
Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia
Pot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, Sweden
Pot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Weakest possible: Poland, Russia, Greece, Ireland
Strongest: Spain, Germany, Portugal, France <--- What a group of death this would be, huh?

I'm slowly getting over Serbia not advancing over the team that was drubbed the hardest in these playoffs, Estonia, but this potential lineup certainly piques my interest and makes me look forward to the tourney!

Oman? Did Australia march out its third stringers or something?