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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Peccato!

To be honest, Germany deserved to win what was a very open, hard-fought 1-1 game, although that was the WORST penalty-taking by both sides that I have ever seen, and I have seen penalty shootouts all the way from the international down to the local scuola calcio. While I've seen penalties reach the #8 shooter before, that's only because both sides were systematically making their penalties, not because both teams had 3 of their first 5 penalty-takers miss.

What on Earth was Antonio Conte doing substituting in Zaza right before the end of the second extra-time period? I would have said it was the worst penalty I'd seen taken in a Euro championship were it not for Bastian Schweinsteiger putting a bizarre lob over the net a few moments later.

The operative theory in the household was that the shooters were intimidated by going up against Neuer and Buffon, the two best keepers in the world. That's as good an explanation as any, I suppose.

This has been a fun Euro, though, what with both Iceland and Wales upsetting everyone. It's probably too much to expect Iceland to upset France, even though most of Europe will be pulling for them.

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Blogger Caladan July 02, 2016 6:18 PM  

Zaza's Law: Any player who dances around before a penalty is guaranteed to miss it.

See Sergio Ramos for further details

Blogger Jabari July 02, 2016 6:23 PM  

Just saw the highlights, not the game, but...

What the shooter did on the regulation penalty for Italy needs to be eradicated. That's a re-take every single time, there were 3 (if not 4) Italy players in the box when the ball was struck.

Should be required to have a smooth runup - that hitch was very nearly a complete stop.

// endrant

Blogger JDC July 02, 2016 6:41 PM  

We are currently watching 4 little ones for a friend who is in Germany, and skyping with us during the pk's. There was a discernible roar in the apartment complex she was staying in. It's been fun to watch Wales and Iceland do so well...except for Iceland taking out my beloved England.

Blogger residentMoron July 02, 2016 7:31 PM  

The constant horn-honking has only stopped in the last 5 minutes ... we're down to sporadic honking now.

The final is going to be nuts.

Blogger Ponce Du Lion July 02, 2016 7:41 PM  

And the negroid who caused the penalty Lolz,they're really just good on basket and riots.
Italians have played dirty all the tournament. And playing a coward strategy to wait in their side. Like Italian league basically. Fuck them good for the Germans

Blogger VD July 02, 2016 7:51 PM  

And playing a coward strategy to wait in their side.

Catenaccio is not cowardice, it is time-hallowed tradition.

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 02, 2016 7:52 PM  

Deutschland, Deutschland, Deutschland, Deutschland! Schland ueber alles! :D

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 8:00 PM  

Nice to see you finally weigh in, VD.

JDC wrote:It's been fun to watch Wales and Iceland do so well...except for Iceland taking out my beloved England.



Iceland turned up and played like a proper team. Their supporters sounded like a well-drilled horde of 'beserkers' who'd been on the mushrooms. Their Swedish manager has still never lost to an England team. Something like won 3, drawn 4, lost 0. It was a strange spectacle of a fully focussed, motivated nationist collective with a plan prevailing over an increasingly disoriented, leaderless set of multi-millionaires with impressive CVs but no plan B for the job in hand.

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 8:06 PM  

And playing a coward strategy to wait in their side. Like Italian league basically.

The Germans sucked on set pieces. What was that about? Could not get a good ball in at all. After regulation time, Germany was hesitant to attack in force. So they were playing Catenaccio also.

Were they being cowardly as well? Or just shrewd?

Blogger Caladan July 02, 2016 8:08 PM  

>>**And playing a coward strategy to wait in their side.**

Leave the tiki taka to the Germans. Catennacio is effective because you can't lose a game where you don't concede.

Defend hard and then strike for the counter, utilising your wingers and wingbacks effectively.

De Sciglio was brilliant. I've always had a certain soft spot for nimble footed wingbacks who can both defend and attack.

Pelle was absolutely terrible, and deserves to be the Rooney of Italy. I can't remember the last time I saw an Italian number 9 deliver such a lacklustre performance.




Blogger Sillon Bono July 02, 2016 8:17 PM  

This:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MusyO7J2inM

Anonymous jm July 02, 2016 8:18 PM  

Zaza had one job...literally.

England are having their usual existential crisis. Are they really not that good, or is it a mental thing?

OpenID eucivicism July 02, 2016 8:46 PM  

Possible that all the strikers who had put in 100+ minutes where overthinking things, trying to place the shot excessively exactly, where a simple shot-on-goal would have been more effective. Tanto di capello though to Conte, who forged a wonderful team that kept up the pressure and never once made a clear tactical mistake. I feel like whoever we are going to encounter next, it's gonna pale when put next to this quarter finale. A somewhat stale after-taste might be due to the referee though, who made some questionable decisions (on the expense of both sides).

Blogger Lucas July 02, 2016 8:52 PM  

We Portuguese are eager to go to the final. We "just" have to stop Bale.

Blogger Ponce Du Lion July 02, 2016 8:57 PM  

I know is a good way to win, I remember the clash between the dynamism of Barcelona and defensiveness of Inter Milan back to 09/10 Champions. True, isn't coward is indeed sophisticated, wait to catch the prey, and then counter attacks,that are awesome. But makes matches boring for me. Is sad to say that the most interesting part of one of the most interesting matches of international football are the penalties, and no by its display of quality. At least those 12yo shoot penalties have been funny.

Blogger Ponce Du Lion July 02, 2016 8:59 PM  

In that moment Germans were tired of running all over the field.

Anonymous andon July 02, 2016 9:04 PM  

why do you guys support this stuff?

aren't most of the teams besides Iceland filled with a bunch of foreigners for hire?

Blogger Caladan July 02, 2016 9:19 PM  

@17

Andon, you do realise that you have to be a citizen of a country in order to play for it's national team?

Signed, Captain Obvious

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 9:37 PM  

jm wrote:

England are having their usual existential crisis. Are they really not that good, or is it a mental thing?



The canadian analysts on the broadcast layed it out perfectly; no game plan, no philosophy, etc etc. They are like the canadians that think canadian hockey players are better cuz they work hard and are passionate. The soviets won in 1972 because everyone in every sport saw that this was the future of international play. English imperialists and their epigones still believe in empire and moral superiority. So they leave Europe twice.

And still gobstruck about the whole thing.

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 9:40 PM  

andon wrote:why do you guys support this stuff?

aren't most of the teams besides Iceland filled with a bunch of foreigners for hire?


You are thinking of Champions League. European club teams. Or Europa League, (samo samo) Think World Cup only continental.

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 9:43 PM  

Lucas wrote:We Portuguese are eager to go to the final. We "just" have to stop Bale.

Belgium stopped Bale. Lost 3-1

Blogger Statweasel July 02, 2016 10:09 PM  

The Soviets won in 72? Wow, somebody forgot to tell Canada.

Anonymous cheddarman July 02, 2016 10:25 PM  

I am cheering for the nationalist soccer hooligans of every European country.

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 10:34 PM  

Statweasel wrote:The Soviets won in 72? Wow, somebody forgot to tell Canada.

Actual relevant passage:
The soviets won in 1972 because everyone in every sport saw that this was the future of international play.

They lost the series, but won the GAME.

because everyone in every sport saw that this was the future of international play.

Doh!

Blogger Lazarus July 02, 2016 10:41 PM  

Lazarus wrote:because everyone in every sport saw that this was the future of international play.

Except, apparently, the English

:) :) :) :) :)

Blogger bob k. mando July 03, 2016 12:46 AM  

6. VD July 02, 2016 7:51 PM
Catenaccio is not cowardice, it is time-hallowed tradition.



cowardice is an Italian time-hallowed tradition.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=131653


giving it a fancy foreign language name doesn't make it not cowardice.

;-p

Blogger residentMoron July 03, 2016 1:33 AM  

Sillon Bono wrote

This:

Link


That indeed. Beautiful. Bought a tear to me eye.

The thing about
football violence is that I can understand why, having paid 100 quid to watch some of the best teams in the world - say, Arsenal vs Man United - you stand in the pissing rain for over 100 minutes and it's a nil all draw ... well, I understand why you might feel like kicking the shit out of something.

Anything.

Blogger weka July 03, 2016 3:06 AM  

@27. I will never, ever, now drink Bovril.

Blogger AdognamedOp July 03, 2016 3:15 AM  

It's a beautiful tourney,even with Italia, Spain, England and Belgium out. Who would've thought Iceland and Wales could bring such excitement to the sport. Watching team Iceland psyching up their fans with that overhead clap ritual at the corner pitch was just badassery.

Blogger szopen July 03, 2016 4:14 AM  

@29 AdognamedOp
The ritual is supposedly taken from Polish handball fans, at least according to the interview the Icelandic player gave (he said they "borrowed, adapted and modified" the ritual a bit). Poles are the largest minority in Iceland, BTW, while they are only third largest minority (after Cornish) in England, which surely explains while Iceland defeated England.

For me the tournament ended when Błaszczykowski executed a weak shot straight into hands of the Portuguese goalkeeper.

Blogger szopen July 03, 2016 4:14 AM  

_SECOND_ largest minority in England, duh.

Blogger Eric Guillaume Dilasser-McDowell July 03, 2016 4:48 AM  

Even if my France lose to Iceland today I won't care, they've played so goddamn well as a single unit and with so much spirit it's impossible not to love them.

Elsewhere I think Portugal is the most underrated team of the tournament, their midfield is undeniably as good as Germany's even if Ronaldo hasn't had the best time turning the chances they give him into goals like he's supposed to. Having been in the stands myself at the Stade Velodrome when they beat Poland, he still played well and ran circles around the defense, it's just his finishing that wasn't there.

My prediction for the Final is Portugal vs. Germany, even if I'd rather see Wales vs. France/Iceland

Blogger The Kurgan July 03, 2016 5:01 AM  

The sport of peasants. I had a big screen hotel lobby to next to me as it all happened. Barely registered something had taken place only due to the loud noises of the masses. One does not mingle with the peasants if one can help it.

Blogger The Kurgan July 03, 2016 5:02 AM  

*TV ... Damned peasant keyboard

Anonymous Philipp July 03, 2016 5:58 AM  

I am still shocked from seeing three Germans miss a penalty. The last time a German missed a penalty in a shootout was in 1982 (in Euros or World Cups).

If Müller, Özil and Schweinsteiger miss another one, they might have their citizenship revoked. :-)

Anonymous Bohm July 03, 2016 6:42 AM  

English imperialists and their epigones still believe in empire and moral superiority.

Possibly, however English imperialists and their epigones weren't playing Iceland on Monday night.

England crashed out because Hodgson was the worst England manager since Keegan, maybe ever. How he remained in charge after the debacle in Brazil is still a mystery to me. Possibly because no-one else wanted the job.

Blogger szopen July 04, 2016 7:29 AM  

three Germans miss a penalty
Three? :D Two, I'd say.

And now Iceland is out, truly I have no one to cheer for.

Blogger Nick Siekierski July 04, 2016 11:56 AM  

Watching Poland play those 5 games gave a me a much greater appreciation for the sport. National pride in supporting your team goes a long way. Penalty kicks are a glaring weakness for me though. Games shouldn't be decided by what are essentially coin flips.

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