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Euro 2008 Final

Posted on: June 28, 2008 11:57 pm
 

So we're down to the last game.  Germany.  Spain.  Its going to be a good one.  For those of you that ahte on football (soccer here in the states), and that is the majority of Americans, I hope you've been paying attention to these finals.  Turkey is the team that wouldn't die (until they met Germany).  Spain on the hunt for silverware for the first time in ages.  A rematch of the 2004 World Cup final (Italy and France for those that weren't watching the first time) with progess on the line.  What more could you ask for?

There have been goals.  Oh, yes.  There have been goals.  From the spetacular to the downright lucky.  Ballack's strike from a free kick (spectacular).  Ugor Boral's weak attempt that slipped past Lehmann (lucky).  There have been flashes of brilliance from young stars of the game.  Fabregas of Spain comes to mind (although I know him and cheer him on his club team of Arsenal).  His two assists in the semi-final against Russia were pure footballing excellence.  There have been retirements.  Freddie Ljunberrg called it an international career after these finals.  These have truely been a fanstastic finals.  If I weren't such an idiot, I'd have made sure I wasn't working this Sunday to watch the game, but alas, I forgot.  Still, if you are on the fence about football, give this one a shot.  It should be a cracker.  Oh, and don't tell me what happens.  I'm going to watch the replay . . .

Category: Soccer
Comments

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2008 11:09 am
 

Euro 2008 Final

I was surprised when I heard ESPN was carrying the tournament, too.  They did an excellent job.  I love Andy Grey and Tommy Smythe isn't too bad either.

I agree about Turkey and Russia.  Who'd've thunk it, eh?  I really liked the way turkey played.  I'm also trying to think who the last team in the group of death?  I'd look it upbut I still haven't seen the final and am waiting for the replay tonight at 11:30 pm EST on ESPN2 (I think I should be paid for plugging ESPN programming here on CBS).  Well, obviously I'm not talking about France, Netherlands, or Italy, but the other country really showed me something this tourney.  They didn't win a game but played everyone tight.

 




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2008 7:32 pm
 

Euro 2008 Final

What made this tournament so special was the unlikely heroes from Russia and Turkey. Who would of thought that both of these countries would make it as far as the semi's. That coupled with the amount of goals scored late into these matches gave new meaning to '...it' ain't over till it's over.' My final thought, I can not believe ESPN carried the whole tournament. I think they did an excellent job. Slowly but surely soccer is beginning to make an impact.

Chili


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