Best of Euro 2012

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by the real white worm on Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:14 am

stop talking to yourself lol!

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by Axeslammer on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:21 am

Disco Benny wrote:
Romford Pele wrote:Srna was a lot more impressive than Boateng ok

Sure. But JJ Boateng was Germany's best defender by some distance IMO.

You're on crack !

He was *piss*poor (as was the *entire* German defense), go look at his performance against Greece once more.

Germany's defense this tournament was on par with Hollands defense this tournament = France's defense in 1940 : non-existent !!!

Boateng was so bad, we considered naming him an honorary Dutchie Very Happy

Disco Benny wrote:
I very much liked the cut of his jib during this tournament.

I thought I was pretty decent at understanding English, but I haven't got the foggiest what you're trying to say here Shocked

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by Hlebagone on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:41 am

I did read that and wonder where the saying came from - I understand it in context, but outside of that, nothing.

Edit: There we go. Pretty obvious really.

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by ERIK LAMELA on Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:40 pm

Best neck: Ibrahimovic.

Just LOOK AT THAT NECK. Imagine it stretched, in all its glory, heading in the winning goal:

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by the real white worm on Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:52 pm

id love to rub his neck

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Re: Best of Euro 2012

Post by messiah on Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:59 am

Iker Casillas, Spain

This wasn’t a tournament of particularly fine individual goalkeeping displays, but the best two goalkeepers of the tournament – and of the century – met as captains in the final. Until the, there was nothing to separate Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon, but after Casillas made a fine save from Di Natale and prompted Spain’s second goal with a good ball out to Alba, he must get the nod.

Joao Pereira, Portugal

The position of right-back had plenty of good performers, but for the second tournament running, Portugal’s defence was extremely impressive. Pereira was a key part of that – he tackled tenaciously and attacked purposefully down the flank. Portugal conceded four goals in the competition, and none originated from Pereira’s wing.

Pepe, Portugal

The Brazilian-born centre-back isn’t the most popular defender around, but he’s one of the best. He combines aerial ability and sheer power with great mobility on the ground, and is also a threat in the opposition box. Excellent throughout this tournament.

Sergio Ramos, Spain

The second part of an all-Real Madrid centre-back duo. Ramos might not have started at centre-back if Carles Puyol hadbeen fit, but he actually became Spain’s dominant defender. A mistake against Mario Balotelli in Spain’s opening game made him look vulnerable when drawn out to the flanks, but from then on he was flawless – and converted the second Panenka of the tournament in the shoot-out against Portugal.

Jordi Alba, Spain

Alba’s attacking ability shouldn’t have come as a surprise – he’s been pushing forward superbly for Valencia over the past couple of years, and was widely known to be joining Barcelona for 2012/13. But Alba’s defending was also excellent, with his pace compensating for his high positioning. His run and finish in the final was sublime, and showed the directness he brings to the Spanish side.

Sami Khedira, Germany

Simply a great all-round midfielder – a physical presence, a combative tackler and someone who can cover a huge area of ground in midfield, allowing others to attack without fear. He clearly outperformed Bastian Schweinsteiger, and his thumping volley against Greece underlined his attacking contribution, too.

Andrea Pirlo, Italy

Put simply, Pirlo was responsible for almost everything good that Italy did. In the opening game against Spain, he set up Antonio Di Natale’s strike. Against Croatia, he put Italy ahead with a fine free-kick. In the nervy final group game against Ireland, he provided the corner for Antonio Cassano’s opener. Against England he ran the game and provided some brilliant passes, then against Germany he also orchestrated the game from the centre and spread the play wide for Italy’s first goal. In the final he was overrun, but he was the competition’s most consistent performer and remains the most important player of his generation.

Joao Moutinho, Portugal

Two years ago Moutinho’s career seemed to have stalled. He had an underwhelming period at Sporting as captain, and was omitted from Portugal’s World Cup squad. After highly controversial move to Porto, Andre Villas-Boas made him a consistent, focused, reliable player – and he took that form to the national side here. He spread the play calmly and effectively, provided bursts forward when necessary (notably against the Czech Republic for Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner) and performed impressively against the Spanish midfield.

Petr Jiracek, Czech Republic

With more established names dominating the knockout rounds, Jiracek’s form has been forgotten. Hestarted in central midfield against Russia, but when he moved forward to the right to offer more attacking threat, the Czechs improved immediately. He burst down the right against Greece excellently, then grabbed the winner against Poland after a diagonal run across the pitch. He had minimal impact, along with the rest of his side, against Portugal – but overall he was excellent, and arguably improved his reputation more than any other player at the tournament.

Cesc Fabregas, Spain

In a tournament lacking a superstar number nine, Fabregas is surprisingly the best choice for the centre-forward role. Vicente del Bosque spent much of the tournament wondering what to do upfront, but Fabregas never let his side down. He played well as a false nine against Italy despite the fact Spain hadn’t trained with that system, scoring a fine goal in an otherwise disappointing Spanish performance. He thumped in another against Ireland, returned to the side well against France and then continually made runs in behind the defence against Italy in the final, giving Spain variety in their attacks.

Andres Iniesta, Spain

Up there with Zinedine Zidane as a tournament player Whistle . From the first game against Italy, when he drove through the crowds brilliantly with little support, he seemed in the mood. He continued to turn in excellent displays and combined well with Alba down the left throughout the tournament. Along with Pirlo, he was the star of the tournament.

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