Who will win EURO 2008???

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  1. Hyuuga Neji

    Hyuuga Neji Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    The Bay Area
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Contenders:
    Spain
    Italy
    France

    Pretenders:
    Holland
    Germany
    Portugal

    Possible Surprises:
    Russia
    Croatia
    Romania
     
  2. 4evermedi

    4evermedi New Member

    May 31, 2008
    My answer is Turkey...as they are a true team and highly motivated. Their style of play will add a lot of color to this fantastic tournament. May the best one stand at the end!:)
     
  3. Quaresma

    Quaresma New Member

    Aug 1, 2003
    Steeltown
    Because Scolari is making the same mistakes as he did before, and at the start of euro 2004..playing the "experienced" players instead of those better more quality players who should start.

    Also, our midfield is fairly weak imho..with no maniche and manuel fernandes..moutinho cant dictate tempo like those two, and isnt as skilled or physical adequate..he gets bullied in semi physical games, like proven vs serbia, poland, even rangers in Europe...the turks, czechs, germans, polish, swiss would eat him alive.

    and meireles is simply horrible, it must be said, nowhere near good enough for international level for a team that has serious ambitions to win a tournement.

    If this team had euro 2004's portugal midfield, I would be inclined to agree with you though..but petit cant touch costinha, veloso is to inconsistent and young...and moutinho/meireles have nothing on deco and maniche..plus theres no supersub playmaker in the form of Rui Costa anymore..although i guess if push comes to shove Ronaldo/nani can be forced to play in a central free role if we need to bring another attacking option on.
     
  4. magalhaes1976

    magalhaes1976 New Member

    May 16, 2006
    Lisboa
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    Like I said... if you look at names on the paper... sure, they all look good, known players mix with some younger ones. Problem is, names alone don't win games & we are talking about a team that after 2 years & lots of qualifying games failed at providing a good game/team, (we didnt even won any of the games against the top 4 of our grp.). You know a team? where the sum is bigger than the individual parts.

    We don't have a leader like Figo anymore, nobody respects Nuno Gomes after his last poor seasons, everyone is worried about new contracts (just look at recent Real Madrid news on Ronaldo) & one more time, we are going to depend on the creativity of individual players, which IMHO is not good enough to win a competition like this.

    Worth mentioning is the fact that our midfielders are very short (they have good technique) but against teams that press us there, we have lot's of problems. Maniche was our top golascorer in the last competitions & he's not around anymore.

    I'm not saying that we are "crap" & I know, almost everyone would like to have Ronaldo or Quaresma, but the fact is, we don't have a "team" like I was used to see in our "golden generation", those guys could play with blindfolds as they were playing together since youth championships.

    PS: I don't need glasses, this is not about individual quality... name of the game is overall team & we suck at that (at least for now)... just look at Greece in 2004. :D
     
  5. magalhaes1976

    magalhaes1976 New Member

    May 16, 2006
    Lisboa
    Nat'l Team:
    Portugal
    I would bet more on Simao for that role. Ronaldo as forward, then a line with Quaresma left, Simao middle & Nani right, all switching sides.

    I remember when we played with Sá Pinto & João Pinto as forwards (neither one of them was a striker) & we scored loads of goals. IMHO We don't require lone strikers camping opponents area the whole game without receiving balls.
     
  6. crazycarl16

    crazycarl16 New Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I'll pick an underdog...Turkey.
     
  7. Tommy10

    Tommy10 New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Austria/Vienna
    MY PREDICTION, WHO WILL REACH THE QUARTAL FINALS?!?

    GROUP A:
    portugal&turkey
    WHY, CAUSE:
    portugal is portugal, i saw some turkey games in the turkish locally,
    turkey didn´t play well at the qualifying round and i know turkey can do better,
    i believe in turkey, cause turkey can play really fantastic football if turkey want!

    GROUP B:
    croatia, germany or austria
    WHY, CAUSE:
    croatia is croatia, germany didn´t reach the quartal finals since 2000,
    but if germany comes in the game, than germany wins the tournament,
    and austria, what can i say, at home, the fans, everyone is for austria,
    this is a verry verry dangerous group!

    GROUP C:
    france, romania or italy
    WHY, CAUSE:
    france is france, romania played a great qualify round
    and finished 1st in the group g, adrian mutu is in great form this season,
    one thing i can´t anderstand, this are the stupid betting office´s ,
    cause they give on holland 1,50 and romania 4,40 to reach the quartal finals,
    but romania finished first with holland in the same group,
    and italy, the world cup winner with much moral, i will miss francesco totti,
    this is a verry dangerous group!

    GROUP D:
    espana, russia or sweden
    WHY, CAUSE:
    espana is espana, russia have really a verry strong team,
    with some really special players, i will miss marat izmailov,
    and sweden, what can i say, zlatan ibrahimovic the master of the ball control,
    i think that´s enough!
     
  8. Tommy10

    Tommy10 New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Austria/Vienna
    we have the same problems here in espana...
    we have the best players, but we never win the title..
    what can i say, please tell me what can i say, come on tell me.
    (euro2004, greece was so lucky, portugal should be the deserved winner)

    ONE THING I CAN SAY, AND THIS IS:

    we always play attractive offensive football, we play for the fans,
    we make the moves, the dribblings & and this is what the people want see,
    ok ok, i must stay true, portugal&espana aint won many titles, but the way we play,
    i meen damn, noone can play it more attractivelly,
    please tell me who can play more attractivelly than espana&portugal,
    i have now only one idea and this could be brazil!
     
  9. Marbur66

    Marbur66 New Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Canada
    HA! What does that mean anyway? "Deserved winner?" Please..... Greece won, they are the champions, end of discussion.
     
  10. glennaldo_sf

    glennaldo_sf Member+

    Houston Dynamo
    United States
    Nov 25, 2004
    Doha, Qatar
    Club:
    FL Fart Vang Hedmark
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While I don't think the Greeks are amonst the favorites this time and they certainly didn't win any awards for entertainment 4 years ago... this is bollocks!

    If I'm not mistaken, Greece beat Portugal in their own back yard not once... but TWICE!!! The opening game + final game. Plus they knocked out the holders France + Czech Republic - the tournaments most dynamic team. So really can't say that Greece didn't deserve it I'm afraid.
     
  11. Marbur66

    Marbur66 New Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Canada
    Meh.....everyone has their own opinion. I don't know how you can consider Germany to be a "pretender".....:confused:
     
  12. Pateau

    Pateau New Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Toronto
    Why was there suddenly about 150 more votes for Holland all of a sudden?
     
  13. Borussia

    Borussia Member+

    Jun 5, 2006
    Fürth near Nuremberg
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Wow! :eek::D
     
  14. Marbur66

    Marbur66 New Member

    Nov 27, 2007
    Canada
    Yeah, I noticed that too. :confused:
     
  15. Pateau

    Pateau New Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    Toronto
    Make that about 300

    The Dutch are taking over!
     
  16. bananenlik

    bananenlik New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    the dutch have now over 700 votes:cool:
    because we have nostyle, that is why we ( the dutch) will win this poll
     
  17. Borussia

    Borussia Member+

    Jun 5, 2006
    Fürth near Nuremberg
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    Germany
    Now the Dutch are the clear favs of the competition! :)
     
  18. bananenlik

    bananenlik New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
  19. tino11

    tino11 New Member

    Dec 15, 2004
    Karlsruhe - Germany
    It's going up every time i refresh the page :eek:

    Someone has no life :p
     
  20. KarelKopKaas

    KarelKopKaas New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    Ei tink det Holland wil win de eurokup dis year. biekos wii ar de best. end wii hef got geenstijl ...
     

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