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Post by Mr_Puyol on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:22 pm

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Post by rwo power on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:24 pm

I thought you always want to see strong match-ups from early on...

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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:24 pm

Historically, sure. But the way England, Germany and France have been playing lately?

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Post by rwo power on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:56 pm

You have to think one match at a time. And Germany only starts properly when it comes to the knock-outs anyway. ^^

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Post by Don't call me James on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:58 pm

UEFA handing El Kommander a free path to the final if he can top his group consisting of Hungary, Austria, and Iceland Laughing

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Post by Jay29 on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:59 pm

How did we not win our group :facepalm:

Could have gotten to a final ffs.
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Post by S on Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:03 pm

@Don't call me James wrote:UEFA handing El Kommander a free path to the final if he can top his group consisting of Hungary, Austria, and Iceland Laughing

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Eh ? He's gotta beat Belgium first who are a similar level team.

Infact, he's got to beat Hungary first before making such statements.
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Post by windkick on Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:04 pm

@Don't call me James wrote:UEFA handing El Kommander a free path to the final if he can top his group consisting of Hungary, Austria, and Iceland Laughing

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This is actually pretty true. If Portugal avoid the bottom half of the bracket, Ronaldo will walk to the finals. Portugal isn't playing all that bad, they are creating a bunch of chances and what not, just aren't finishing. Once they start scoring they will be a good enough side out there

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Post by futbol_bill on Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:06 pm

I knew this 24 country tournament would be a mistake!! Now it is all the (pre tournament) favorites in one half of the bracket. Only team not on this side that was rated by some is Portugal. I think we'll see Croatia in the final.
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Post by The Demon of Carthage on Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:12 pm

Let's see if they beat Hungary first. They haven't been able to grind out a single win in the tournament so far.


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Post by breva on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:21 am

One bracket has teams that have won 11 World Cups, the other side has no World Cup winning team. Quite amazing as a result.
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Post by farfan on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:44 am

UEFA isn't handing anyone anything hmm all these  big teams  had to do was win their fairly winnable groups to prevent this bracket from happening .
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Post by CBarca on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:52 am

Could honestly see Hungary winning against this weak Portugal team

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Post by breva on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:54 am

@farfan wrote:UEFA isn't handing anyone anything hmm all these  big teams  had to do was win their fairly winnable groups to prevent this bracket from happening .


Italy was one of the first teams to win its group. It did not help them at all. Belgium which will come second is rewarded. See the problem?
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Post by CBarca on Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:55 am

@CBarca wrote:If that's your viewpoint then alright.

Personally I would put in my best lineup tonight to try and win because a third place finish means you're facing Spain or Croatia. A runner up finish isn't all that bad, but going for the win on the other hand has you up against some shite third placed teams

Had no idea that a runner up finish puts England on this side of the bracket rofl

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Post by farfan on Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:00 am

@breva wrote:
@farfan wrote:UEFA isn't handing anyone anything hmm all these  big teams  had to do was win their fairly winnable groups to prevent this bracket from happening  .


Italy was one of the first teams to win its group.  It did not help them at all.  Belgium which will come second is rewarded.  See the problem?


Their problem is that Spain couldn't win their group . hmm

Had Spain and England won their groups as expected , we would've had 2   strong brackets (  France , Germany  , Italy , Croatia   vs  Spain , England , Portugal  ..... )
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Post by sportsczy on Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:39 am

At least for France, it's fine.  Having tough games from the QF stage until the end is typical in such tournaments.  Getting a difficult opponent at the 1/8 stage is unlucky and not having one until the semis is fortunate.

For us, it's a normal path.

Portugal would face Belgium if the finish first.  Poland and Croatia will likely face each other in the QFs.... so i don't consider them having an easy road.

Having storied histories means very little to me. It's about how good you are in the present and Croatia, Belgium and Poland are all good teams in the present... especially Croatia.

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