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UEFA Euro 2020
« on: June 12, 2021, 04:03:25 AM »
It was a wait but at last the tournament kicked off with Italy playing Turkey at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, with prior to KO Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma in the middle of the pitch and a young lady sweeping down from the sky supposedly supported by balloons followed by a firework display. It sounds naff but believe me it wasn't, instead a jaw dropping spectacle of the first order.

The UEFA come into a lot of deserved criticism but credit due in making the best of a Covid situation and setting the tournament in the best stadiums from the far corners of Europe. I predict this will be a big success.

By the way France will win it!   
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2021, 04:55:37 AM »
By the way France will win it!

The BBC did a not terribly serious study, based on, among other factors, performance in qualifying, past wins and location of matches and came to the same conclusion.

Half-time at the moment in Wales v Switzerland - we are terrible (although have had the best chance), Switzerland very good but wasteful in front of goal.  Not comfortable watching so far.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2021, 07:38:36 AM »
Having grown up in Northamptonshire I have no interest in football but I hope you both enjoy the competition. :)

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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2021, 11:37:36 PM »
Having grown up in Northamptonshire I have no interest in football but I hope you both enjoy the competition. :)

At the old West Ham stadium (Boleyn) a few seats down our row a father and daughter travelled from Northampton to every home game.

Due to family commitments I missed the Denmark game. Hope and prey Christian Ericksen makes a full recovery although his playing career is surely over. 
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2021, 11:39:23 PM »
Probably, but actually some named elite players experiencing that are still playing. The game itself was not very good.

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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2021, 11:52:41 PM »
Probably, but actually some named elite players experiencing that are still playing. The game itself was not very good.

The same thing occurred nine years ago at a Spurs v Bolton game. A Bolton player "died" on the pitch. He survived, in fact sent a message to Erickson yesterday. He never played again.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2021, 07:13:34 AM »
Enjoyed Scotland v Czech Republic hard fought game. Class told in the end and the Czech second goal scored from the halfway line must be the goal of the tournament no matter what comes further down the line.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2021, 05:22:44 AM »
I seem to have started an alternative thread  - so, please ignore (which everyone has anyway  ;D)
Here is my original post:

I was pleasantly surprised to watch England beat Croatia 1-0 this afternoon, although everything has been rather overshadowed by one of the Danish team (Christian Eriksen) collapsing on the pitch, during their match with Finland, and having to be resuscitated following an apparent heart attack. Thank goodness he has survived. Whilst this terrible event was going on on the pitch it was moving to see the other Danish team members forming a protective ring around Eriksen and both the Danish and Finnish fans chanting his name. Football can often bring out the worst in human nature (sadly often involving England fans), but this demonstrated the best.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2021, 05:56:49 AM »
I seem to have started an alternative thread  - so, please ignore (which everyone has anyway  ;D)
Here is my original post:

I was pleasantly surprised to watch England beat Croatia 1-0 this afternoon, although everything has been rather overshadowed by one of the Danish team (Christian Eriksen) collapsing on the pitch, during their match with Finland, and having to be resuscitated following an apparent heart attack. Thank goodness he has survived. Whilst this terrible event was going on on the pitch it was moving to see the other Danish team members forming a protective ring around Eriksen and both the Danish and Finnish fans chanting his name. Football can often bring out the worst in human nature (sadly often involving England fans), but this demonstrated the best.

I did not watch the match but there has been some controversy of the BBC coverage of Eriksen's collapse. I understand the excellent pundit Ian Wright who was covering the game was angry at images being televised and said "move to studio FFS!". The BBC later claimed they had no control over what was televised as it is shared from source over Europe. I thought it odd but accepted this as true. Listening to a West Ham podcast today an Irish Hammer who lives in Denmark said the coverage was cut on Danish TV immediately it was realised a distressing event was occurring. It should not need the Danish players to make a human shield to protect Eriksen from the prying eyes of the world.   
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2021, 06:39:03 AM »
I did not watch the match but there has been some controversy of the BBC coverage of Eriksen's collapse. I understand the excellent pundit Ian Wright who was covering the game was angry at images being televised and said "move to studio FFS!". The BBC later claimed they had no control over what was televised as it is shared from source over Europe. I thought it odd but accepted this as true. Listening to a West Ham podcast today an Irish Hammer who lives in Denmark said the coverage was cut on Danish TV immediately it was realised a distressing event was occurring. It should not need the Danish players to make a human shield to protect Eriksen from the prying eyes of the world.
V good point Lol.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2021, 09:37:51 AM »
Apparently UEFA is in charge and controlling the international television signal.

Curiously, I watch some of the games on Swedish TV4, at times there are better commentators there than on Danish TV, and the signal is about 20 seconds or so delayed there.
Some games can only be seen at an extra cost in Denmark, or if I had more channels in my TV packet, but luckily, one is usually able to find them on various Swedish and Norwegian channels, already included in that packet.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2021, 10:13:29 PM »
Germany huffed and puffed but once France scored - or rather Germany did ;D - game over. Strange coming together between Rudiger and Pogba, either Rudiger was attempting to take a bite or engage in foreplay. Whichever, Pogba did not like it! They both had a cuddle at the final whistle so all forgiven.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2021, 12:13:12 PM »


Half-time at the moment in Wales v Switzerland - we are terrible (although have had the best chance), Switzerland very good but wasteful in front of goal.  Not comfortable watching so far.

Turkey v Wales the most exciting game thus far. I thought Wales were outstanding with Bales and Ramsey pure class - just don't mention the penalty! ???
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2021, 10:31:37 PM »
just don't mention the penalty! ???

Aaargh, that penalty!  Well, it was a pretty soft one, anyway - not sure it was (a) a foul or (b) inside the box.  But who needs penalties?  Nul points to Turkey, I thought, having watched Bale try that cheeky run along the goal-line from the previous corner and not realising he might try it again.  But yes, great match - not quite up to our demolition of Belgium in 2016, but we're getting there.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2021, 06:43:14 AM »
Andrea Bocelli opening ceremony. Stunning!

https://youtu.be/j0sTVZMFUfY
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2021, 01:09:36 PM »
Well done Switzerland! Great game, as was Croatia v Spain.

I'm sure that England will have no trouble brushing Germany aside tomorrow night HAHAHA  ::)
« Last Edit: June 28, 2021, 01:11:20 PM by vandermolen »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2021, 01:22:47 PM »
Not the result I would have liked but very well played Switzerland and well deserved. An actual team wanted it more and beat a bunch of individual players this evening.

Adieu  :laugh:

PS: Guess I have to support England now  ;D
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2021, 03:01:36 PM »
Not the result I would have liked but very well played Switzerland and well deserved. An actual team wanted it more and beat a bunch of individual players this evening.

Adieu  :laugh:

PS: Guess I have to support England now  ;D

Oh, it's come to that has it Olivier!  ;D

I think that France have great individual players but the Swiss played more as a team tonight.
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2021, 11:25:56 PM »


By the way France will win it!

Shows how much I know!
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Re: UEFA Euro 2020
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2021, 12:10:12 AM »
Oh, it's come to that has it Olivier! ;D

at a push  :laugh:

Shows how much I know!

Oh that beautiful game and its uncertainties  :'(   ;)
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