Euro 2020 Official Thread

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by calabrese8, May 28, 2021.

  1. Nabolidaboli

    Nabolidaboli Member

    Sep 7, 2018
    Also, Mancini seems to be the only one who thought Zaniolo was a midfielder. With the knees I’m not sure what he’ll eventually be, but I think center forward is more likely than midfielder
     
  2. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    I’d love to see a Zaniolo false 9
     
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  3. 'Uaglio

    'Uaglio Member+

    Jun 8, 2004
    NYC
    I didn't think Romagnoli was that bad this year, but it certainly was far from his best. He's played at high levels before so not sure why he struggled. He just didn't seem to react as quickly as he normally does. I do wonder if he carried an injury. He's only 26 let's not forget.

    Zaniolo is not a center forward. He could be a seconda punta someday, but I think he is best as a winger in a 4-3-3. He could also play a trequartista role but he doesn't have the feet of say...a Totti. But then again, who does?

    Zaniolo is best when he is running at people with his skill and speed. Will the ACLs take their toll? I'm not so sure. Today's modern medicine is very advanced. I don't think ACL injuries slow you down the way they did for say a Roberto Baggio. I think we have many good years of Zaniolo left. I'm more worried about the people he surrounds himself with (to be honest) than his injuries.
     
  4. GIGI RIVA

    GIGI RIVA Member

    Fiorentina
    Canada
    Aug 24, 2009
    Guelph Ontario
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    First thing I just want to say That Belguim v Denmark match . what a game the match of the tournament so far,
    Italy has quietly been doing a great job of developing talent , they have had decent results in the most recent FIFA U19s and U17s tournaments and I think it is showing with the current National team . The way these guys have played is the most fluid I have ever seen a Italian team play in many years, Hopefully this trend continues for years to come .
     
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  5. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    What about Rugani or Caldara? They were tipped as being huge defenders as well. What ever happened to them?
     
  6. GIGI RIVA

    GIGI RIVA Member

    Fiorentina
    Canada
    Aug 24, 2009
    Guelph Ontario
    Club:
    ACF Fiorentina
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    This Euro has been a good tournament for The Serie A brand so far, I think of goals scored the most have been from Serie A players , and also the Most Man of the Match awards too.
     
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  7. canzano55

    canzano55 Member+

    Jun 23, 2003
    Toronto
    Club:
    AC Milan
    My question is: does the Azzurri have an extra gear in them?

    The results so far have been fantastic but we haven't really been tested in any meaningful way. The opening two matches we ran a train through our opponents. There's been virtually no resistance thus far.
     
  8. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    In the past we had much better teams in terms of individual talent. We still never beat teams 3-0. I think if this Azzurri gets pushed by a better team, they will fight back and make the game difficult.
     
  9. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Iniesta and Xavi retired
     
  10. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Have you watched any soccer in 5 years?
     
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  11. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    In his last game where he was injured, Zaniolo was playing right sided winger in the front three. But I also agree with the pundits in Italy that suggest he is the ideal mezzala. Big strong and can recuperate balls and drive the ball forward.

    Who knows what players he will be when he gets back, but I don't see him as a pure striker or even a false 9
     
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  12. Mean Machine

    Mean Machine Member

    Juventus
    Italy
    May 23, 2018
    Honestly I have not been following super closely since the 2018 World Cup. Before the WC, I was watching almost all club soccer like crazy but since then I’ve drifted off. However, I’m starting to get back at it now and should watch a lot more games this coming season as well.
     
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  13. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    Well to answer your question Caldara never recovered from a serious knee injury he received a couple of years ago. Milan sent him to Atalanta. He got some action in the CL last year but he's a complete shell of any promise he showed as a youth. They are sending him back to Milan. Maybe he can do well on a team that plays with a back 4 and requires defenders to do less running.

    Rugani was never good enough to break into Juve's first team and ruined his career in the process. He spent the year at Cagliari on loan and did ok but not worthy of a call-up to the national team. There is word that Allegri wants him back at Juve to no doubt reprise his bench warmer role.
     
  14. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    dr Fuentes drugs ran out for them
     
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  15. falvo

    falvo Member+

    Mar 27, 2005
    San Jose & Florence
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    They just announced Eriksen was discharged from the hospital!

    Thank God!
     
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  16. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    he's next going to get someone to break down what happened to Andrea Dossena after the 2009 confederations cup.
     
  17. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    So what did we think of tournament super power and odds on favourites England in the game vs the Scots?
     
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  18. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
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  19. Stamos

    Stamos Member

    Apr 6, 2013
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    They went easy on the Scots. Harry didn't have a good night's sleep. That was England at its absolute very worst and Scotland at their absolute best. All hail The Queen!!11!
     
  20. Hulk_Hogan_Italia

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    I wonder if England tanked it on purpose to avoid a game vs Germany, Portugal or France. I highly doubt the favorites aka best team in Europe could play that badly for real.....
     
  21. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    meanwhile in bizzaro world :

     
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  22. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    bawahhhaaa

    france won germany by an Own goal.
    lucky to get a draw vs. Hungary

    lollllllll


    find this in twitter. funny lolll

    [[[[ MISSING!! MISSING!!
    Name-PENBAPPE
    Missing: 19/6/2021 vs hungary
    Characteristics: Disappearing in big games+Diving+always ranting "give me penalty"
    Possible Locations : Penalty Spot, montpellier, bordeaux, nantes
    Last seen-Willi orbans Pocket. ]]]]
     
  23. indestructible

    indestructible Member+

    SSC Napoli
    Jan 14, 2007
    Mercato Professor
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    The atmosphere in the Hungary - France game was electric. All credit to Marco Rossi who has them playing really organized. France for all their fire power could only score one goal in two matches. (I don’t count the Hummels gaff)

    Portugal completely torn apart by ze Germans. I don’t know how well the strategy of “counter attack and wait for CR to score a tap in” is going to work for them
     
  24. Buffonfan

    Buffonfan Member

    Jun 26, 2018
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    How does the 'possible next round' finish 3rd place work? Don't they have to do like playoffs to earn their spots for round 16?

    I'm a CR7 fan, it heartbreaking to him if his teams crash out of EURO given how much he wants to win.
    They got to make it pass the group stage.
     
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  25. verde-rubro

    verde-rubro Member+

    C.S.Maritimo + Liverpool FC
    Portugal
    Jan 15, 2005
    LONDON
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    But what a tap in, started by him winning a header in his box from a corner
     

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