The Knockout Stage Discussion

Discussion in 'Euro 2016' started by JamestheDW1, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    I just think when Poland are winning games, defending brilliantly and drawing with Germany and then Portugal are drawing three matches in their group stage and beating a Croatia team that did not show up at all by a goal like that, I can not resist saying Poland are better than Portugal. However I will give you this one, I would not be surprised if Ronaldo shows up vs Poland for I know how brilliant he can be.
     
  2. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Oh and funny you mention the word Brexit because I actually voted leave the EU lol
     
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  3. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Half time and my prediction is correct as it stands! As well as De Gea is playing, Chiellini has been man of the match so far! Brilliant performance so far from him and he has been all the difference for the Italians for me!
     
  4. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Well De Gea is still having a ridiculous game just as I thought, but I can say the same about Chiellini too
     
  5. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Lol Conte though
     
  6. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    And there we go. Spain beaten just like that!
     
  7. HomietheClown

    HomietheClown Member+

    Sep 4, 2010
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    --other--
    Italy is playing like Italy.
    Sets up the delicious match I wanted against Germany. If there is any team on the planet the Germans don't want to face it is a confident Italy who seems to always have their number.

    What a match it will be in Bordeaux.
     
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  8. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Yes because of course the Italians still have their little curse on them lol it will be a thrilling match!
     
  9. Every Four Years

    May 16, 2015
    Johns Creek, Georgia
    Country:
    India
    Congrats Italy on booting out the defending champions. Italy has every chance of winning this.
     
  10. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Well they have definitely proved it today!
     
  11. zahzah

    zahzah Member+

    Jun 27, 2011
    Club:
    FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
    English footballers decided to take example from the countrymen and voted out of Europe.
     
  12. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    Just as I expected! Iceland are well-deservedly through and Hodgson is a complete idiot. Enough said
     
  13. AlexMiguel

    AlexMiguel Member

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    Drew with an Iceland team that just beat England. Not a bad result in hindsight.
     
  14. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    That is what I was saying in my predictions, we are rubbish. You are a better team than us and I always knew it
     
  15. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    And Hodgson has resigned just like that, just as I thought.
     
  16. mfw13

    mfw13 Member

    Jul 19, 2003
    Seattle
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Which is another overreaction. Hodgson may not have done a great job in this tournament, but it's not like another manager would have done any better.

    The problem is a lack of top-level talent (just like it is becoming for Spain & Holland), not the manager.

    England has a lot of moderately good players...but it doesn't have any world class players.
     
  17. verde-rubro

    verde-rubro BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jan 15, 2005
    LONDON
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    going down to Iceland's any one here want any-thing? they got a special 2-1 on red tomatoes
     
  18. RaMaaa

    RaMaaa Member+

    Feb 3, 2013
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    the problem is not the squad. decent squad but tactics.. i mean Hodgson thought i will put 4 strikers and we will score, right... but midfielders were terrible. Rooney CM? i mean. NO. Alli need find better place on the pitch.

    not good enough from game plan perspective.
     
  19. JamestheDW1

    JamestheDW1 Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    England
    I am finding it hard to figure out how that was an overreaction. You see, this all happened in a press conference just over 15 minutes the match finished, and also we put up as bad of a performance as we could to get elimination from another national tournament early on so Hodgson did the honourable by announcing his resignation for he knew his contract was up yet you are telling me that I am overreacting??? And come on there are plenty of managers that could do better than Hodgson did, and at the end of the day we have to look for another manager that can do better than Hodgson did tonight.
    Yeah playing 4 strikers was the icing on the cake. When nobody was performing, Hodgson was just losing it, especially when he took off our only defensive midfielder for Weetabix Wilshere and he put Rashford on too late who actually looked like he had potential in the match to make an assist or score. Everything went wrong tonight, it was just humiliation for a nation like England, but hey, this is why i predicted us to get knocked out. It was just diabolical tonight, comparable to Croatia's performance vs Portugal and we got what we deserved I am sorry to say
     
  20. mfw13

    mfw13 Member

    Jul 19, 2003
    Seattle
    Club:
    Newcastle United FC
    Really? Hodgson did what no other England manager has ever done, which is to take the team through qualifying without dropping a single point.

    England's problem is that its players are not good enough, not that it's manager is not good enough. I'd note that not a single England player has finished in the top 10 of the European Player of the Year voting since Wayne Rooney in 2011-2012, and that last year not a single England player made the 35 player short-list.

    That's the problem....not Hodgson.
     
  21. M

    M Member+

    Feb 18, 2000
    Via Ventisette
    England played four very mediocre teams who, aside from Bale, had no world class players either. So I disagree that the problem is just the level of the players. Additionally, the four teams they played in the finals really were no better than the teams they played in qualifying where, as you point out, they won every game. Consequently, I just don't see how the coach can escape blame here. Really, his team selection and substitutions were all over the shop, and I do wonder if he lost the dressing room after his wholesale changes for the Slovakia game likely tossed away the chance of winning the group and getting into the top half of the draw. The reality is that England totally collapsed mentally after those two Iceland goals, with the second half being the most pitiful I've seen from an England team.
     
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  22. K.W.

    K.W. Member

    Feb 21, 2014
    Club:
    FC Bayern München
    Country:
    Germany
    Interesting that Spain and England, who surprisingly finished 2nd in their group, went out yesterday.
     
  23. shizzle787

    shizzle787 Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    United States
    5/8 in the Round of 16, but all of my semifinalists advanced so I stay with my quarterfinal picks.
     
  24. BocaFan

    BocaFan Member+

    Aug 18, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Also drew with Hungary and Austria who both proved to be pretty poor based on their other matches. Not to mention, England were flat out terrible from beginning to end in this tournament.

    So yeah, group F still looks weak even in hindsight.
     
  25. AlexMiguel

    AlexMiguel Member

    FC Porto, SC Freamunde & Dulwich Hill FC
    Jan 17, 2015
    Sydney
    I understand your point and don't necessarily disagree but only 2 other groups still have 2 teams in the quarter finals. Clearly not the weakest group.
     
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