Euro 2008: The Final day predictions

Semi-finals review Germany 3 Turkey 2 (predicted: 1-0) What a strange game that was.  Germany played like absolute no-hopers for 45 minutes and while they improved after the break, they still didn’t look like a team that was ninty minutes away from being European Champions.  Meanwhile an understrength Turkey side dominated the first half, went […]

Euro 2008: Day 17 and 18 predictions

Semi Final 1: Germany v Turkey Apparently Turkey are so short of players they will be bringing in Muzzy Izzet and the bloke who played Roland on Grange Hill.  Well, maybe not, but they are rumoured to be considering an outfield position for their third choice goalkeeper since they only have 13 fit players. Volkan […]

Euro 2008: Quarter-finals review

Having seen only one full game (Italy v Spain), highlights of another (Germany v Portugal) and none of the other two, I’m not in a position to accurately disect too much of the action from the last eight.  Add to that the fact that I predicted none of the games correctly and you have probablby […]

Euro 2008: Day 14 and 15 predictions

I’m going to change things about here since I haven’t had time to watch the Germany/Portugal game outside of injury time at the end.  I will review the quarter-finals after the weekend.  So let’s have a look at the next two quarter finals on Friday and Saturday. Day 14 preview Croatia are full of confidence […]

Euro 2008: Day 13 predictions

Day 12 review Sweden 0 Russia 2 (prediction: 1-2) We’ve seen some fantastic performances in the competition so far, not least from Spain and the Netherlands, but Russia put in a stunning shift against Sweden to run out comfortable winners.  Arshavin and Zhirkov were the star performers, Pavluchenko saving his best performance for tonight too. […]

Euro 2008: Day 12 predictions

Day 11 review France 0 Italy 2 (predicted: 0-2) Time restricted my analysis of this game but it panned out largely like I expected: Italy were the stronger team, deservedly won and France looked completely unmotivated.  In the wake of the defeat Lilian Thuram (dropped for the game) and Claude Makelele retired (again), Raymond Domenech […]

Euro 2008: Day 9 predictions

Day 8 review Sweden 1 Spain 2 (prediction: 2-1) I’m a prideful creature and I really don’t like being wrong.  I put my neck on the block by predicting a Sweden win and, honestly, I thought they were the most likely winners until Zlatan Ibrahimovic went off injured (presumably) at half time.  At that point […]

Euro 2008: Day 8 predictions

Day 7 review Italy 1 Romania 1 (predicted: 2-1) The group of death became the group of pigeons with a cat amongst them after a second Romanian stalemate left them ahead of the single-pointed Italy and France in Group C. Amongst my predictions yesterday were that we’d see a lot of Italian changes – and […]

Euro 2008: Day 5 predictions

Day 4 review Spain 4 Russia 1 (prediction: 1-0) It maybe wasn’t a huge stretch to suggest that Spain would overcome Russia but I did not see it being by such a wide margin in the end. David Villa struck a hat-trick and Cesc Fabregas grabbed a fourth in the dying minutes with the impressive […]

Euro 2008: Day 4 predictions

Day 3 review Romania 0 France 0 (predicted: 0-0) Tepid and fairly uninspiring, if this is what the group of death is to be like then I may just switch Group C off.  Romania cannot be faulted for their workrate and organisation – the back four were very impressive and left-back Razvan Rat kept Franck […]