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I'm a bit rushed doing this but haven't been able to be online that much the last few days.

Today is the first semi-final between Portugal and Spain. While I think Spain will probably win, I would not mind at all seeing this revitalized Portugal team go through to the final. Last night I listened to four different football experts give their opinions on the upcoming match. One of them upset me because he talked about how great Spain is even when they have not used their forwards that much, because of their width, blah, blah, blah, and how Spain should be able to exploit the Portuguese defense because the Portuguese central defenders are (a) old, and (b) slow, or don't like to move around that much. And that while the three midfielders, Meireles, Moutinho and Veloso link up well and have had a great tournament so far, they play too centrally, and again, the Spanish wide players will decimate them.

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Here are pictures from Portugal's 1-0 defeat of the Czech Republic on June 21st, and Germany's 4-2 win over Greece on June 22nd.

Marco Reus and Jerome Boateng celebrate Reus' goal for Germany.


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Here are pictures from Group B's third and final matches:

Germany vs Denmark:


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The Group of Death claimed two victims: Denmark and The Netherlands. Germany and Portugal move on to the quarter-finals.
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Over the weekend there were a few friendly games being played, as a warm up to the eventual tournament, which begins on June 8th.

Here are some photos, plus more training pics:

For me, the nicest-looking kit this year is Portugal's:


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EURO 2012

May. 27th, 2012 08:41 am
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More arrival and training pics. :)

The French boys show off their style.

This is Olivier Giroud


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EURO 2012

May. 24th, 2012 06:53 am
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Here we go again!

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The teams are training in their various facilities in Poland and the Ukraine. Soon the tournament will begin, scheduled to run between June 8 - July 1st. Here is a link to the Wiki site:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_Euro_2012

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Portugal is another team I like, mainly because I have visited the country twice now, have seen two Benfica games, fell in love with everything there, including the football. This Portugal NT is very different from the 2006 one. But despite the fact it has some of the world's best players, Portugal did not do well in qualifying and unless something drastic happens overnight, I don't expect it to advance beyond the quarter-finals. Which is sad, because look at all the great players! Portugal is in Group G along with Brazil (a VERY interesting draw for this group), Korea and Ivory Coast. It's a tough group. Didier Drogba is with Ivory Coast and I expect them to be good. (I'm going to do a post on Brazil too, because although they are rivals for my favourites from South America, it's such a damn good team, with lots of players I like.)

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