Official 2016 European Cup Thread (FORZA AZZURRI)!!!

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by Italy-Azzurri-Fan, Nov 14, 2015.

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How far will we go in 2016 European Cup?

  1. We will be celebrating in Saint Denis at the end!!!

    10 vote(s)
    16.9%
  2. We will be disappointed in Saint Denis for the second European Cup in a row.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. We will get out in the Semifinals.

    5 vote(s)
    8.5%
  4. We will get out in the Quarterfinals.

    14 vote(s)
    23.7%
  5. We will get out in the Round of 16.

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  6. We will have an embarrassing Group Stage Exit.

    24 vote(s)
    40.7%
  1. TheGrimSweeper

    Jul 16, 2006
    Toronto,Canada
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
    I actually think Italy will play better vs Spain then Croatia...

    If we manage too sneak by Spain we are going to be in the finals, calling it here.
     
  2. Rob_420

    Rob_420 Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Montreal
    Club:
    SS Lazio Roma
    Nice!

    We get Spain, with teams like Albania, Hungary, Turkey, Wales, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, probably going to be in the Round of 16.

    You have to beat the best to be the best.
     
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  3. Pietro Calcio

    Pietro Calcio Member+

    Jul 28, 2007
    Roma,Italia / NY,NY
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    Italy
    the format never made sense

    winning your group respective to the other group winners should not have you play runner up

    if you are a top group team higher than other top group teams you should have first crack at the weaker squads in the round of 16

    this format made no sense from the start
     
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  4. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    Croatia is out bogey team, so I can't say that I'm that upset to not face them. They seem to get so damn fired up to play us.

    Spain will have a lot of possession against us, but can they break us down without being hit hard on the counter? I don't think this matchup is as bad as people make it out to be. I find it ridiculous that we have to go through Spain and probably Germany, but so be it. Gotta face them at some point anyway.
     
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  5. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    We can beat Spain. We tied them in a friendly in March and the goal they scored was offside. Bring those chokers on.
     
  6. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    Road to final...Spain, Germany, France :)

    We play better when we are underdogs.
     
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  7. afar

    afar Member+

    Apr 26, 2007
    Spain in the R16, Germany in the QF, France in the Semis, Belgium in the Final.

    Ok then....let's go.
     
  8. soccerr9

    soccerr9 Member+

    Jun 6, 2005
    Whether it was Croatia or now Spain, Italy was always going to have the toughest road given this very stupid format.

    Belgium will get rewarded by finishing 2nd. Poland earlier was rewarded for finishing 2nd as well. Teams with 3 points will have a better shot at winning than Italy/Spain. Teams that lose 2 of 3 matches shouldn't be allowed to play in the next round period.

    Wales gets to play a crap 3rd place team, Switzerland didn't win their group and get to play a worse 2nd place side, and Italy face Spain.

    One team will be in the finals mainly based on their very easy route.
     
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  9. Pietro Calcio

    Pietro Calcio Member+

    Jul 28, 2007
    Roma,Italia / NY,NY
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    Italy
    one thing is for certain

    is that if gli azzurri make the final they will have certainly earned it

    if they win...even greater!...and there can be no doubt... but let's not get ahead

    if they manage to win this tournament I would say it would be up there with the 1982 WC win in terms of the difficulty of opponents

    let's first see how we fair against Spain though ;)
     
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  10. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    Remember this...none of those teams are going to bunker on us....and that is where we would struggle the most. Tomorrow's game against Ireland is BIG. Why? Because if Insigne, Bernardeschi, or SES can shine, then we have some valid counterattacking tools we can use against the big boys. Spain's D is not fleet footed...neither is Germany's. If our speed can get behind them on the counter, we can do some real damage.

    All is not lost. This team isn't going anywhere without a fight. It will make the Battle of the Bastards look like a picnic. :)
     
  11. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Lets beat Spain. I know we can do it. Lets look at the positive sides. Spain will have the possession and dictate the game, but we will likely be comfortable with that. Please Conte I demand you, Insigne has to start this game against Spain.
     
  12. TheGrimSweeper

    Jul 16, 2006
    Toronto,Canada
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
    Spain is bollocks on defending crosses into the box too. Pelle should do well there.
     
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  13. PhuckHead

    PhuckHead Member

    Aug 31, 2015
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Don't forget the retarded yellow card rules. BBC or De Rossi cannot get a 2nd yellow vs Spain or Germany. I believe Germany hasn't received a single yellow so far. They are going to get a 3rd place team next.
     
  14. Daei_10

    Daei_10 Member+

    Aug 22, 2007
    LA, California
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    United States
    i thought yellows wiped out after group stages (?)
     
  15. forza_azzurri

    forza_azzurri Member

    May 31, 2005
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    I think they get wiped after Spain.


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  16. canzano55

    canzano55 Member+

    Jun 23, 2003
    Toronto
    Club:
    AC Milan
    The one player we have to match Iniesta for talent and impact isn't on the roster because he had surgery - we all know who that player is and its a crying shame he can't play in this tournament because he's easily Italy's most valuable player.

    I'm not expecting anything honestly. If Italy go down a goal against Spain and have to chase then it could get ugly - on the flipside if Italy score first I could see Spain really straining to protect their flanks from counters.

    Ultimately I think it will go down to penalties whereupon Italy will have the experience going for them but its a crap shoot.
     
  17. PhuckHead

    PhuckHead Member

    Aug 31, 2015
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals -- meaning after the Germany game.
     
  18. JoseEmidio

    JoseEmidio Member+

    Dec 6, 2009
    London
    Club:
    SL Benfica
    Country:
    Portugal
    Don't think Spain will recover from this and I fancy Italy to beat them.

    But basically playing 4 finals in a row is a Herculean task.

    Cant say I am not absolutely thrilled with the Peričić goal but as a number of you have mentioned it does severely punish most of the best performing teams.

    Good Luck.
     
  19. johnny6

    johnny6 Member

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Jun 29, 2011
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
    What a mess

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  20. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Its not a 2 game ban. That was some mistake. Just 2 yellow cards = miss the next game.
     
  21. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    if your boy had played the last 180 mins there's a good chance we wouldn't be making out of the group stages
     
  22. canzano55

    canzano55 Member+

    Jun 23, 2003
    Toronto
    Club:
    AC Milan
    :laugh:
     
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  23. joe83

    joe83 Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Club:
    AC Milan
    If we go down a goal at all from here on out, count us out of this tourney.
     
  24. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    its good to see you smiling again
     
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  25. Pietro Calcio

    Pietro Calcio Member+

    Jul 28, 2007
    Roma,Italia / NY,NY
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    Italy
    yes they can a 2nd yellow...getting a second yellow in the quarters means nothing as they all expire right after the quarters should we progress...getting a second yellow against Spain would matter more if we move on to the quarters

    correct... if a player receives their 2nd yellow in the quarterfinal they will not miss the semi...all are cleared including yellows or 2nd yellows received in the quarter final itself

    if a player received their 2nd yellow in the round of 16 they will miss the following match ( quarter final ) should they win

    anyone receives a 2nd yellow against ireland they are also out of the spain match
     

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