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    My money is on either Germany or Italy.

    England have no chance whatsoever, the pan-African ... excuse me, "French" team slightly more so.

    EDIT: didn't realise that the Pommie team were out already, along with those professional losers, the Finnish team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood Axis View Post
    That's easy: Greece (again) :p
    Thanks to the German Otto Rehagel...Rehakles...*g*

    "Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    Thanks to the German Otto Rehagel...Rehakles...*g*
    Yeah, hellenic-germanic alliances are the best

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    the germans will win...our team play sometime good and sometimes bad...
    usually, we have luck and win the titel!

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    Last tournament played without in England was in 1972. West Germany won.

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    I don't think Italy. The same for Spain.


    I imagine a FRANCE - NETHERLANDS or FRANCE - GERMANY final

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    I haven't seen the qualifiers(except of my country) but going by what European teams did in the 2006 WC and knowing their current players i would say that the team with greater chances to win this Euro are Italy(basically the same), France(weaker than in the WC because of the losses), Portugal(stronger than in WC because it has now a decent striker, wich was our main weakness), Netherlands( the under 21 team won in 2006 the Euro, it's time for the kids to show their value in the senior squad).
    For your information i said before the 2006 WC that the teams most likely to win would be France, Italy, Portugal and England, and i was only mistaken about Englands, the others made it to the top

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    Poland Rally Troops for Germany...

    Well - unusal for me to find myself in the Sports section ( though I do like walking :o ) - but an article linking troops and Poland I thought might be interesting .....


    ((after all - isn't that the subliminal message ??:rolleyes

    Euro 2008:

    Poland rally troops for Germany

    Telegraph 07/06/2008


    For all the efforts made by Dad's Army and Fawlty Towers, England come well down the field in the European-wide sport of disliking Germans.

    In contrast to the Dutch, whose victory over Germany in the 1988 European Championship semi-finals sparked impromptu street parties across the country, our antipathy owes more to the comic-strips of the Commando war stories for boys. Their penalty shoot-out victories in two semi-finals in 1990 and 1996 were largely met with a shrug and a smile about 'Teutonic efficiency' from a nation that has never knowingly missed a spot-kick.....

    There is nothing remotely humorous about Poland's view of Germany; inflamed by the recently-ended rule of Kaczynski twins, Lech and Jaroslaw , who became prime minister and president respectively and argued that Poland's EC grant be calculated on the basis of what the country's population would have been had it not been destroyed by the 1939 invasion.eyes:

    The theme was taken up by Poland's tabloid press in a manner that made the 'Achtung Surrender' headline used by the Daily Mirror before England's fateful semi-final with Germany in 1996 look exceedingly tame. (!!)

    Poland's manager, Leo Beenhakker was forced to divert his press conference to apologise for the front page of Super Express. It showed Beenhakker holding the bloodied, severed heads of his opposite number, Joachim Low, and the Germany captain, Michael Ballack.

    Other papers depicted the Chelsea midfielder in a spiked Prussian helmet and referred back to the 14th century Battle of Tannenberg, when the Kingdom of Poland routed the German Order of the Teutonic Knights. One reason why the Polish media focuses on military history is that when it comes to football, they have never beaten the great enemy. Their last opportunity came and went in Dortmund in the group stages of the 2006 World Cup, where a sensational display by the Celtic goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, should have forced a goalless draw. The dismissal of Radoslaw Sobelewski and Oliver Neuville's stoppage-time winner put paid to that.

    With the possible exception of Stuttgart's young striker, Mario Gomez, who is likely to replace the underperforming Lukas Podolski, the Germany they encounter in Klagenfurt tomorrow will be the same one they met in the Westfalen Stadium two years ago. Low's assistant, Hansi Flick, joked that they would even be using the same team talk.

    Nevertheless, there are uncertainties in the German camp, not least the kind of defensive frailties highlighted by Belarus who came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw in the German's final warm-up game. Jens Lehmann's response was typically blunt. If Germany were defending badly now, you should have seen them before the World Cup, the Arsenal goalkeeper said - and look how far they travelled then.

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    ------------------------- hmm . not too sure what I can add. Is this really humorous - or does it indicate some kind of ongoing anxiety about the future --- after all, Poland is still where it is , in between two economic giants .... eyes:

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    The Polish team has less chances against Germany tomorrow than Poland's 18th Century army had against the Wehrmacht.

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    09.06.2008 Deutsche Welle

    Police Arrest 100 German Soccer Hooligans in Austria

    Police in Austria are on the lookout for so-called "risk" fans
    Police on Sunday arrested 100 German hooligans in Klagenfurt, Austria for provoking Polish fans with Nazi-like slogans during Germany's European Championship match against Poland.....

    The two sets of fans had arrived in Klagenfurt to watch the Euro 2008 Group B game between Germany and Poland in the city's fan zone.

    A police spokesperson told German news agency DPA that a group of 60 Germans started chanting right-wing slogans at a group of Polish fans, saying things such as "all Poles should wear a yellow star" -- an allusion to the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany.

    The Germans were then surrounded and arrested....

    Shortly after the match started, another group of 40 German hooligans attempted to provoke the Polish fans again. They too were arrested.
    Police said the hooligans would be charge with causing a nuisance and deported.

    The Austrian Press Agency reported that several German and Polish fans had also engaged in physical clashes in the fan zone after Germany took a 1-0 lead. Germany won the game 2-0.

    On Saturday, police arrested 17 people, but nine of these had been released on Sunday.

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    **My view is very much that international diplomats really do need to think long and hard before declaring football!

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