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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1629 times:
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Thoughts, analysis and predictions please.

England "only" need a draw, but don't be fooled, Spain only needed a draw against Portugal also, but they ended up being eliminated. England have to improve their game or it could end in tears, we need to pass the ball better and keep posession when things heat up. We were in the same position in Euro 2000 and ended up going out against Romania.

The Croatians are mentality strong and have a lot of technical ability, as they showed against France, they are definitely no pushovers and i can see England getting knocked out if they're not careful. However tricky this game is, England should get through, if they don't, well that's too bad and we'll have no one to blame but ourselves. If England are to win it (and i'm not convinced yet) we have to beat the likes of Croatia and maybe even France again.

It should be a good game of football, Croatia have to win and they'll push England all the way, i just hope the England players fulfill their potential.

Kick off 7:45 GMT. 8:45 CET.




In Arsene we trust!!
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User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Well I just hope that one team is winning. Otherwise the Swiss win against France will not be enough to qualify for the next round  Sad  Big grin  Big thumbs up

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1611 times:

As I pointed out earlier, it would be a cruel and unusual punishment for you guys to get kicked out by anybody else but Germany, you are used to that historically and you wouldn't have a problem there  Big grin. Therefore I wish you the best to move on to the quarterfinals!


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

My prediction is England 0 Croatia 8

Signed, Gkirk



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User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

I think England & France will go through and the matches won't be that close at all. Tomorrow & Wednesday will be interesting.

User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

The problem with Spain last night was that they approached the game in the wrong way. Going out a playing for a draw is not in the English mentality, it's win or bust with us unlike sides from the continent (I know it's mostly lose before you German's start  Laugh out loud), and the good news it that we can't go out on penalties yet . England win 1-0 in a nervous affair with Owen getting on the score sheet finally.


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User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Oh yeah? There are sides from the continent, that are able to play for a draw and do succeed? Well, humour me then...name a few...or at least one! (Don't even try to come up with Germany...everybody knows that's hogwash!)


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User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

England to qualify I think

But Croatia wont be easy


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Ryanb741....only 8-0?  Big grin
I'll say a 1-1 draw.



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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Spain as shown last night, and probably the most negative despite having high skill players that can win games, Italy.


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User currently offlineAviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

RJ100:

If the England-Croatia match ends in a draw, then Switzerland would have to win by more than 3 goals  Big thumbs up.


User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Go Croatia! It's a damn shame I can't watch the friggen' game, instead we have college world series baseball.  Insane

User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

Oh yeah AviationMaster I completely forgot about that possibility  Big thumbs up

We have scored 0 times so far in this tournament, Streller is injured, Chappi too old and "Lama" Frei is out too Big grin

Maybe Stiel is scoring...

 Big grin

Regards and "bon match",

RJ100



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User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Continental
same here, I am going to a local croatian bar to watch the game, not sure what the cover charge is.


CB777


User currently offline777heavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

1:0 for Croatia - Good bye England! I'm so sorry Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

1-1, not so fast 777heavy.


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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

Woohoo!!!! 2-1, Come on England!!!!!!


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User currently offline777heavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

You are right Gman94 - as we all know to well a game lasts 90 minutes!
1:2 for England not bad.




User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1488 times:

I couldn't handle another one of them night's. Why can't England ever make things simple for a change.


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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

Bah, that Rooney player is overrated!

I think England played well in the first half, the only problem was the lack of conviction in attack (Only Rooney had a shot from outside the box besides Gerrards deflected shot, and he scored), too many silly balls that didn't come off. England had most of the possession and Croatia were poor, didn't deserve their goal either.

Congratulations to Switzerland for equalizing against France, lets hope they can get a winner (or four Big grin) in the second half.

Game on, the jobs only half done.


User currently offlineAviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

RJ100:

WE SCORED!!! WE SCORED!!!  Big thumbs up Big thumbs up

At the moment I don't care if we win or lose, at least we shot our first "real" EM goal, and man was it a nice one Big grin


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Rooney is a bastard, but a talented bastard. Duel of the worst goalkeepers in the tournament tonight, I guess. Croatia don't look dangerous enough to score even one more goal, even though the English basically refused to defend they failed to become dangerous in front of the goal. Why the hell is Terry playing (or rather messing around) again instead of King?

I feel a bit insulted by the French. They play as if this was not the Euro 2004 but the sunshine-beach tournament in Lloret de Mar. Still, they will go through as well (and might even win the whole thing...)


User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Congratulations on England winning 4-2, ha'way the lads, bring on Portugal on Thursday, wooo whoooo!!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineAviationMaster From Switzerland, joined Oct 1999, 2481 posts, RR: 34
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

So England  Smile and France  Sad move on to the second round... What is wrong with the French? 3 games, 3 lousy performances...

Eventhough we lost 1-3, I am proud that we managed to score a goal  Big thumbs up

See you in 4 years Big grin


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

Wow, England, great game! And England-Portugal will be quite beautiful, as well!  Big thumbs up


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25 Ryanb741 : To all the impartial observers from other countries - what did you think of England? Do they look like a team that can go all the way? Or are the defe
26 Post contains images AviationMaster : England can and probably will go all the way. I think this might well be your tournament With a player like Rooney, chances of reaching minimum the se
27 Post contains images Horus : It's only fair we give a quick mention to Shrek a.k.a Rooney!
28 Saintsman : Not a bad game at all. Perhaps the referee had something to do with it? We still don't look too good at the back though. We've got to get much tighter
29 Racko : Well, if you defend like this against Portugal, you're doomed. But your players have the ability to play better, and I'm sure that we'll see a better
30 Post contains images Ryanb741 : Well in that case I am hoping the Germans beat the Czechs As an aside - there was an interesting article in today's Evening Standard regarding the fai
31 Ryanb741 : One thing I was thinking is that Owen is a great striker who has played pretty average this tournament. If he starts scoring and Rooney continues, we
32 Post contains images Pelican : It was a very attractive game. If it wasn't England who won the game I would say the winning team has an extraordinary assault (especially shrek) and
33 GKirk : I hate to admit this but England looked pretty good tonight. However, I believe Portugal will be a much bigger obstacle for them to overcome. Interest
34 MartinairYYZ : Portugal will "Whoop 'em good" just like they deserve....... bunch of arrogant hooligans. Although now as bad as Brazil, I still have a great dismay f
35 Ryanb741 : WTF are you talking about Martinair? Where the hell are England arrogant? In fact, after the game Rooney played down his performance. Sounds like you
36 Post contains images Andreas : Well congrats...and good morning! (Did I say this???...Good Lord ) Ok, nice game, also thanx to the Croatians, who tried to play along instead of tryi
37 Post contains links BCal DC10 : Great result for England - we looked on top of it throughout, and as Ericsson said, if we play like we did in the first 45 mins, we'll be pretty hard
38 Zweed : Whoever claimed Rooney being overrated doesnt have a clue about football.
39 Post contains images GKirk : "Where the hell are England arrogant?" Starting at the commentators, going right the way through the team. I think the only one of them that isnt arro
40 Arsenal@LHR : Ronney overated? LMFAO!! You need to watch some football my friend. Shrek is the hottest property in European football. H'e just trebled his wages and
41 Gman94 : Well Rooney is overrated when he his compared to Pele. He's good but not that good.
42 Arsenal@LHR : That's where you are wrong, no one is and no one should compare him to Pele now (maybe later on in his career)
43 Post contains links Gman94 : Sven has compared him to Pele. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/euro_2004/3828041.stm
44 Arsenal@LHR : That's where the danger lies, when we start comparing him to other great players we put too much pressure on him. Just let the boy play his game.
45 Post contains images Andreas : Actually it's more dangerous to compare him to Gascoigne..he might try to follow in Gazza's footsteps
46 GKirk : Gazza was much better than Rooney ever will be though.
47 DC-10 Levo : Croatian players describe him as "The new Maradona". Great result! DC-10
48 Ryanb741 : You can't gompare Gazza with Rooney as Rooney is a striker and Gazza a midfielder. Gazza was more technically gifted but Rooney has raw agression and
49 Post contains images Andreas : *Yawn*...must be the whisky you guys had last night...I'm talking about how Gazza ruined his whole life...alcohol, violence etc....
50 Ryanb741 : So England has the new maradona in attack, and the new David Seaman in goal. Should make an interesting game against Portugal - 4-3 to England anybody
51 Post contains images GKirk : Andreas, true, but Gazza was an extremly gifted talent, albeit, he may have perhaps wasted it by moving to Italy at the time he did, perhaps he should
52 Andreas : Ryan: True, Seaman was what we call in Germany a Fliegenfänger, a catcher of flies, which is not a very nice thing to say to a keeper, but tocompare
53 Pilot kaz : Croatia: WASH YOUR HAIR!! its ikkie
54 Post contains images AviationMaster : "And while we're at it..dear Schwyzer: That goes for Joerg Stiel as well! Unbelievable...." The Stiel era has finally come to an end The Switzerland-F
55 Scotty : Well done England. A great performance. Rooney was class. I watched with the sound turned down cos these feckin comentators are just the biggets bunch
56 Post contains images Banco : Well now, I actually went to this game. What a weekend it was. Starting with celebrating with the Portuguese on Sunday night after their win over Spai
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