Euro 2024 and Copa America 2024 (Association Football)

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  1. Talon

    Talon Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Spain vs. England is the final I've been expecting. I'll be rooting for y'all tomorrow. :beer:
     
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    Lamine Yamal turns 17 next Saturday

    for a kid that young to be on the pitch with 21 seasoned players and not only hold his own but score is nothing short of spectacular

    let hope he stays sound both mentally and physically ....
     
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    CenterField Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    I was absent for a while, still in shock after Brazil's elimination to Uruguay in PK series. I was pretty mad at Uruguay for the thuggish tactics. It was the Open Hunting Season on Endrick, trying to intimidate the 17-year-old, with success because Endrick was then pretty quiet. One of the fouls on Endrick, without the ball, a violent hit to his spine, would have earned a straight red at the Euros. In Copa America, with the biased refereeing against Brazil (the ref was Argentine, mind you!) that incredibly disloyal and dangerous foul didn't even warrant a yellow! Which, then, encouraged the Uruguayans who continued to beat on Endrick.

    Uruguay is elite; they beat both Colombia and Argentina in the WCQ, the latter lost 2-0 to Uruguay at home! So I was at least encouraged by Brazil pretty much matching everything that Uruguay threw at them, except for the violence, as the Brazilians did produce some harsh fouls, but much less than Uruguay. It was a travesty that after Uruguay fouled violently at will and employed cynical tactical fouls at will with no cards, Brazil actually collected the first yellow card of the game. CONMEBOL hates Brazil and refereeing is always biased against Brazil, and even more, of course, when the ref is Argentine. CONMEBOL scheduling an Argentine ref for Brazil v Uruguay tells you all you need to know about how they always try to damage Brazil.

    Anyway, Brazil did struggle throughout the tournament to shoot on target so it's not totally unfair that they got eliminated, but the WAY they got eliminated is what irks me.

    I like France. I studied in France for five years and I speak fluent French. I'm a Francophile. So I was disappointed that France lost to Spain yesterday, but Spain did merit the victory.

    Now the only thing that is left for me is to root for the Netherlands, given the presence of AC Milan's midfielder Reijnders.
     
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  4. Montegriffo

    Montegriffo Well-Known Member

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    Not long now.
    Can England get to the final of a major competition for the first time away from home?
     
  5. Montegriffo

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    Any excuse not to root for England. :steamed:
     
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    CenterField Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    He is a formidable young player; that's for sure!

    Italy is producing one just as good. His name is Francesco Camarda. He is still only 16. In a few more years you'll all hear about him; very prolific and skillful striker. He plays for the Primavera squad at AC Milan. Now he will be playing for the U23 squad, which is called Milan Futuro, and has just been established; they will play in Italy's Serie C championship starting this coming season. Camarda won the Euro championship for U17 playing for Italy and scoring the winning goal in the final.

    Italy hasn't had a superb striker for a while; so we're all excited about Camarda.
     
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    CenterField Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    About Francesco Camarda: he scored 485 goals in 89 matches for AC Milan's academy, an average of 5.45 goals per game! That's unheard of! He will be a major, major star in 3-4 years.
     
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    1-1 game on.
     
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    Montegriffo Well-Known Member

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    England bossing it at the moment.
     
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    England are dominating and playing their best game of the tournament. The Dutch are lucky that it's still 1-1 (although they have just produced a crossbar hit and they did score a golazo early on; it's been all England ever since except for this crossbar hit by Dumfries who is trying to compensate for his blunder of a very stupid penalty foul; he saved a certain goal by England too, so he's redeeming himself).
     
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    CenterField Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Yep, the way things are going, it will be a big surprise if England don't win this game.
     
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    I know your game, trying to jinx England.
    Low blow dude.
     
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    England: 68% possession, 4 times more shots on target than the Netherlands, a woodwork hit too to compensate for the Netherlands' crossbar hit, 92% pass completion, just playing superb football. Congrats, Monte.
     
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    England will jinx itself ...
     
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    The Netherlands are now visibly trying to run down the clock and escape the first half with the score still tied; very unbalanced draw as England deserve to be leading 3-1.
     
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    Well played by England. Not sure about the pen, but I'll take it! Foden excellent, very close twice.
    We may well win at this rate.
     
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    Monte, I will tell you what: if you do beat the Dutch as you should given what we saw in the first half, I will actually root for you in the final.

    Spain has managed to turn me off lately, for two reasons: racism and sexism. The Spanish Federation mocked and derided Vinicius Junior for complaining of the numerous instances of being the target of racist monkey chants, instead of actually acknowledging the problem and implementing measures to curb it. They also tried to minimize the despicable attitude of that Federation president who forcibly kissed a female player against her will, and only sacked him when the king got involved and said the Federation absolutely had to address it, and FIFA suspended the guy. Until the Spaniards radically change their football culture to weed out these behaviors, I can't root for them.
     
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    I thought that it absolutely was a penalty foul. Anytime you go out with your studs and you hit the opponent's leg instead of hitting the ball, it's a foul. Given that it clearly happened inside the box, that's a PK.
     
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    The TV showed a club rivalry moment: Dumfries who plays for Inter Milano gave the evil eye to Reijnders who plays for AC Milan, for supposedly a failed pass. However the pass went to Simons, not to Dumfries, and Simons was the one who didn't receive the pass as he should. Not Reijnders' fault! Notice to Dumfries: Reijnders is your co-national and is playing now for your national team; he's your companion today; don't antagonize him!!! If anything, Reijnders should give Dumfries the evil eye for causing the PK that resulted in a score for England! Damn!
     
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    Well they did put up withy fascist rule for 40 years. Even then it didn't end because they overthrew it, only because Franco died.
     
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    The Dutch seem to have adjusted their defense and they aren't being as dominated now, but they've been wasteful in offense.
     
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    Netherlands growing, now. Almost scored.
     
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    Most of the commentators thought otherwise.
     
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    England had the ball in the net but offside.
     
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    Dutch having the best of it.
     

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