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5 June 2016 - 9:38pm

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With one of the major football forums ahead of us I'm exited and can't wait for the tournament to start. The tournament will take place in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016.

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5 June 2016 - 9:44pm
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Here are some results in the friendly games of the teams involved at the European Championship.
Sunday 5 June
Czech Republic 1-2 South Korea
Sweden 3-0 Wales
Belgium 3-2 Norway
Serbia 1-1 Russia
Slovenia 0-1 Turkey

Saturday 4 June
Germany 2-0 Hungary
Croatia 10-0 San Marino
Austria 0-2 Netherlands
Slovakia 0-0 Northern Ireland
France 3-0 Scotland

Friday 3 June
Switzerland 2-1 Moldova
Romania 5-1 Georgia
Albania 1-3 Ukraine

Thursday 2 June
England 1-0 Portugal

Watch Iceland's top five qualifying goals

Wednesday 1 June
Spain 6-1 South Korea
Russia 1-2 Czech Republic
Norway 3-2 Iceland
Belgium 1-1 Finland
Poland 1-2 Netherlands

Tuesday 31 May
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Belarus

Monday 30 May
Sweden 0-0 Slovenia
France 3-2 Cameroon

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By the way Copa America also started in US so we can discuss that either especially before the EURO start Wink One major surprise all ready happened with Brasil drew 0-0 with Ecuador.
Columbia beat the home team USA 2-0 at the start and I don't think Jürgen Klinsmann doing very well as a US nat. team manager even before this tournament.

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Spain 6-1 South Korea

That is an ominous result. South Korea are a very good team who beat the Czechs at home yesterday.

I saw England play Australia and England were poor. Both teams had a few of their better players out, but the Australian midfield looked far more composed but they had no-one to cause trouble up front. England really struggled and apparently they did again against Portugal though I did not watch it. I would not expect them to go far.

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6 June 2016 - 7:15pm
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I certainly expect Spain to do better than the last World Cup, will be tough for them not to do it anyway Joking

And about England, what can I say Thinking they always goes to these big events with a lot of optimism and huge expectations but in the end they fail every time. Their best performances in my life time are couple of semi finals so I just don't understand the optimism and the excitement of the English fans before every big event.
I think the tension over the team is always enormous and I really don't think England had a decent manager since sir Bobby Robson era so hopefully I'm wrong but don't expecting anything extraordinary from them.

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6 June 2016 - 9:11pm
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Here are yesterday results on Copa America;

CA Group C Mexico 3-1 Uruguay
CA Group C Jamaica 0-1 Venezuela

Today's schedule;

CA Group D Panama - Bolivia
CA Group D Argentina - Chile

Argentina and Chille would probably be a good one.

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9 June 2016 - 12:17am
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Brazil are murdering Haiti at the moment. 3-0 up and they almost walked another one in with only the final pass going astray. The $20 I put on Brazil to win at -2.5 goals is looking pretty safe for now. Smile

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9 June 2016 - 9:12pm
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Quite safe bet Ed, well done Thumb Up Brazil doesn't win much lately but Haiti couldn't be a match for them.
2-2 draw between Peru and Ecuador which also could be predicted.

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10 June 2016 - 1:07am
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I know but it was still paying just over 2.0. I was almost going to go for -3.5 and I wish I had of course. It looks like Uruguay are on the way out which is a big surprise. They are down 1-0 to Venezuela with 20 minutes to play and they really need a win.

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10 June 2016 - 1:31am
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Well that was a comedy ending to that game. Suarez punching the substitutes bench and carrying on after being told he couldn't play. Then Cavani has a golden chance running into the box right at the penalty spot with only the keeper to beat and he puts it wide. Then Venezuela counter attack from a corner where the Uruguayan keeper has come all the way up to the box and Otero has an open goal to roll the ball into from a long way out and he misses too. Venezuela hold out for 1-0 and I think that means Uruguay are out already.

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10 June 2016 - 9:01pm
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Yes I think you're right Ed and probably they are all ready out, another proof that not the the names who playing on the field.

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10 June 2016 - 9:14pm
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Tough opener for France against Romania at EURO 2016, not impressed at all by the Frenchman's although I didn't watch the game after first goal for France, there was obvious foul of Giroud against Rumanian keeper, I was placed a draw no bet stake for Romania and cashed out just seconds before they were awarded penalty kick Sick But that's really the story of my bettings in the last month and a half, situations like this happens multiple times a day for me and I'm having by far the worst period in betting history which is more than 20 years back in time

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12 June 2016 - 6:54pm
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England missed the win against Russia in a typical style if I could say it this way.
Well done to Wales, great game for them.
Northern Ireland was too defensive against Poland I think but still was close to take something from the game, first win for Poland at European Championships so i guess they deserved little bit of lick.
Great goal by Modric give the victory to Croatia against Turkey but really Croatian players have to mad about their misses, they easily could won it by 3 or more but this kind of misses could be fatal in another day.

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Yes that was typical England. I can't say that I am surprised at all. I didn't see any of the Northern Ireland v Poland game but I did see Modric's goal and that was an amazing volley. Beautiful technique.

I just caught the end of the Brazil/Peru game in the Copa and I guess like everyone else I am shocked to see Brazil knocked out. It was another "hand of God" goal that is just going to add to the calls for video referees I think because the Peru goal was a blatant piece of cheating.

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14 June 2016 - 9:32pm
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Quite surprising results today at EURO 2016.
Hungary won against Austria, and I don't know why the Austrians were so huge favourites against them, those are two teams without any experience at huge events, something like Italy odds against Belgium - ridiculous really Joking
Iceland grab a point against one more of the overestimated teams on this championship.

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I just caught the end of the Brazil/Peru game in the Copa and I guess like everyone else I am shocked to see Brazil knocked out. It was another "hand of God" goal that is just going to add to the calls for video referees I think because the Peru goal was a blatant piece of cheating.

Didn't see that one Ed, but when we see the bigger picture and Brazil overall performance in the last years I doubt if that hand goal appears to be the main problem for them, wont be so huge of an an issue if they were scored 2 or 3 themselves Wink Obviously they didn't play well enough again.

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Yes I agree with that but when you see the video you have to feel sorry for Brazil as they were completely robbed. Sure you can say they should have scored earlier, but no-one would be saying that if it were a lesser team than Brazil. No-one said that when Thierry Henry handballed against Ireland for example, they just called him a cheat.

I was happy to see Iceland doing so well against Portugal. It even provoked a typical Ronaldo dummy spit after the game where he criticised Iceland for having a "small mentality". He is upset that they defended well and didn't allow Portugal to walk in three or four goals, poor baby.

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Ronaldo acted like a spoilt kid all game long and in general the whole Portugal team had a claim on every referee decision trough the game. Nani was far more dangerous than Ronaldo but bit unlucky I must say. Generally I'm not impressed at all by the Portuguese team who is one of the big favourites according to some "experts".

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15 June 2016 - 6:17pm
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In today's games,

Russia - Slovakia 1-2

Two great goals by the Slovaks who were another "underdog" to win in the last days.

Switzerland - Romania 1-1

Probably a fair result which qualifies Swiss team with almost 100 % certainty for the elimination phase and left a chance for Romanian team if they win in the last game against Albania.

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Brave performance for Albania against France and the underdogs were so close to maybe biggest surprise at the championship so far. France are maybe many people's favourites for the cup but I don't think they are playing well enough and I expect all this good luck they've had so far in the tournament to turn around against them at the later and more important stages. They are too lucky team so far.

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Portugal's big problem is that they don't have a centre forward or striker. Trying to play Ronaldo and Nani up front isn't a recipe for success as they are better used running at defenders out wide while someone else occupies the central defenders. Unless they fix that I can't see them going far, although the orange man-child is bound to have at least one good game where he single handedly destroys the opposition.

I like Slovakia. Hamsik is a great player and can be magic on his day. That was a great goal from him today. With any luck Russia won't go past the group stage and all the trouble makers outside the stadiums can go home.

France may be lucky, but when you're playing badly and still winning that is a very good sign. They should get better as the tournament goes on. Remember as hosts they have not had to play any qualifiers or real games for a long time so they shouldn't be expected to dominate from the start.

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Like Northern Ireland shown today there's not much of a favourites at this tournament, maybe you're right about France ED but honestly I don't see them playing much better till the end of tournament. Maybe I'm wrong but they aren't my favorites although they are the strongest fays of the bookies. What if all this good fortune turned around against them in the elimination round when they would need it most? And It's quite possible to happen that way I think.
England were lucky too and if Wales wasn't too defensive trough whole the game I couldn't see them winning that one. Wales gk should be responsible for the winning goal of Sturridge by the way.
For me players like Sterling and Dele Alli shouldn't start for England although they are obviously Hodgson's favourites, call me crazy but I think Terry, Gerrard and Lampard should be still in the team because they could decide any game like the most of the England's in the past 15-20 years, character and experience is what any teams needs and it's a lot more valued on the biggest events than some fancy players. But really the problem for England starts from FA I think right with the managers appointment.
It's quite ironic when PL players which is the fastest paced league in the world, playing slow and inefficient football, I'm so mad because there is no luck of talent in the English squad but obviously most of the players and team in general underperforming.

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Portugal's big problem is that they don't have a centre forward or striker. Trying to play Ronaldo and Nani up front isn't a recipe for success as they are better used running at defenders out wide while someone else occupies the central defenders. Unless they fix that I can't see them going far, although the orange man-child is bound to have at least one good game where he single handedly destroys the opposition.

Fully agreed Ed, only Nani had 3 or 4 situations in which probably decent central forward would score at least twice.
But I don't like the too defensive approach by the most of the managers at the EURO, most of them playing with just one striker who is isolated most of the times so that's explain the low scoring games so far. Even teams like France, Germany and England playing with just one up front and changing that only if the result is negative. I understand it's the direction modern football goes but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Low for example brought 3 Gks and only 3 Surprized strikers to the champioship, France and England turned around their games after playing 2 up front in the second half of the games.
So I think it's really doubtful how "safe" is it to play with an extra defender or midfielder instead of an attacker.

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I watched England and Wales and it was an exciting match but very low on quality from both teams. A lot of running about and lots of grunt but both struggled to string together passes in good positions. When England finally managed it once, Sturridge scored. It wasn't the best by the Wales keeper although it was a quick toe poke which nobody expected. And remember Hart cost England a goal with his concrete boots on Bale's free kick, which wasn't even going near the corner of the goal. Wales decided to park the bus and try to kill the game in the second half so overall I think it was a fair result. Both teams need to improve a lot to go far at this tournament.

I think that the structure of the tournament encourages the coaches to be defensive unfortunately. There will be 4 teams that finish third out of the 6 groups going through to the round of 16. So there's a good chance that you can get through with 3 draws or even 1 win if you keep things tight and don't concede a lot of goals when you lose.

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17 June 2016 - 9:07pm
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I think Joe Hart not only didn't made the best possible save against Bale free kick shot but also the wall was build from only 3 English players, the fourth one was Welshman who of course runs out in the moment of shot, if there was fourth player that ball would probably been stopped because the ball didn't past the wall from above but sideways where the eventual 4th man should stand. Anyway if you ask me a wall against one of the best free kickers in the world should be of at least 4 players even from that long distance kick but if you build 3 man wall you should do better than Hart the other day Wink

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Today's results:

Italy - Sweden 1-0

Czech Republic - Croatia 2-2

Spain - Turkey 3-0

Not much of a surprises in today's results I think, Croatia missed almost certain victory against Czechs when they leaded 2-0 and were a lot better team on the field trough the whole game.

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Quartefinal stage at the Copa America begins today and US team all ready qualified for the semis after 2-1 victory against Ecuador, still to come the other three matches and I think the most interesting will be Mexico - Chile tomorrow, but let's see, did you watched any games Ed, what are your thoughts?

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I've missed most of the games over the past few days after falling asleep watching the first half of Italy vs Sweden. What a boring match. It was catenaccio vs no-shootio.

I saw highlights of Argentina and Chile's wins though. Chile 7-0 was a huge surprise as I watched them earlier in the tournament and they probably would have been home already if not for one one of the worst handball penalty decisions I have ever seen in the 98th minute of their match against Bolivia. That penalty saved their tournament. The referee held his arm up to show the protesting Bolivian players that the player had jumped and blocked the shot with his arm in the air. Then the replay showed that he had actually held his arm behind his back and had been hit accidentally on the shoulder when he was doing everything possible to keep his arm out of the way.

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Didn't saw that one Ed but not the first time the favourites in South America have been pushed in the back when they needed most.
I remember a game some years ago probably World Cup qualifier and I think it was the same exact game Chile - Bolivia and it was important match for Chile when the same exact thing happened, the referee awarded them a penalty maybe a minute after injury time had to be over and it was ridiculous one, I'm amazed how this happened again with almost identical scenario.
I've lost quite good profit that day, never been Brazil or Argentine fan and I was glad that a team in South America can argue with those two but not after that game, and obviously the things still happening that way there which is annoying.

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I've missed most of the games over the past few days after falling asleep watching the first half of Italy vs Sweden. What a boring match. It was catenaccio vs no-shootio.

lol Perfect game to take a nap Ed Joking
I think the Italians would been pretty happy to a draw in that one that's why the game was so boring, Sweden too poor at the moment so they even couldn't took anything in a game that Italy would love to share the points.
I was impressed by Albania yesterday, first win in their first big event, quite organized team work and I still believe that only inexperience and some luck not allow them to win a point against France too, but they'll have to wait to understand what their fortune will be.
Today's England - Wales group so expecting lot of emotions again.

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