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Euro Cup 2020

ASHOOR

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I am very excited for Euro 2020 (better late than never) although don’t like the idea of the new 24-team format.

it is funny that the first game tom is between Italy and Turkey, two nations with big ethnic communities where I live (Turks recently started moving here) so it should be a busy Friday!

my predictions? I still think France is good enough to win, followed by Belgium and Germany.

i also have a feeling Italy will go deep, but won’t win it.
 

ASHOOR

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Scary what happened to Erikssen from Denmark yesterday. But I said on Twitter: if you gonna have to experience an unfortunate cardiac arrest, you may as well be in literally the happiest country and city in the world, in front of people that are full of positive vibes and thoughts.
 

ASHOOR

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CR7 has an amazing streak going back 17 years ago to Euro Cup 2004: he has scored in every major international tournament he has played in:

-Euro Cup 2004
-World Cup 2006
-Euro Cup 2008
-World Cup 2010
-Euro Cup 2012
-World Cup 2014
-Euro Cup 2016
-World Cup 2018
-Euro Cup 2020 (update : just happened now against Hungary through PK)

that is 4 WCs and 4 Euro Cups!

love him or hate him, that is one amazing stat.
 
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ASHOOR

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How fitting (or lucky for us) that both Copa America and Euro Cup are happening simultaneously: as they have gotten us used to when playing in La Liga, whatever Messi did, CR7 would respond with the same if not better, and vice versa....

Messi scored a beautiful free kick and had an amazing game on Saturday with Barcelona? No worries, CR7 will come back with a hat trick for Madrid on Sunday. The two fired each other up like no one. It was very predictable.
Well funny enough, after Messi scored a beautiful goal for Argentina yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t to be outdone, scoring two goals today against Hungary , and actually helping his team win. Messi only managed a tie...

And then we heard that Messi is approaching Pele (73 to 77) for most international goals scored by a South American player. Of course, CR7 wasn’t to be outdone: today, with his two goals, he overtook French legend Platini (11 to 9) as the player with the most Euro Cup goals....

Round 1: advantage Ronaldo!

Two different continents. Two different tournaments. One whole ocean separating them. But it is still like they are playing for rival teams in La Liga still..
 

J-ROK

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How fitting (or lucky for us) that both Copa America and Euro Cup are happening simultaneously: as they have gotten us used to when playing in La Liga, whatever Messi did, CR7 would respond with the same if not better, and vice versa....

Messi scored a beautiful free kick and had an amazing game on Saturday with Barcelona? No worries, CR7 will come back with a hat trick for Madrid on Sunday. The two fired each other up like no one. It was very predictable.
Well funny enough, after Messi scored a beautiful goal for Argentina yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t to be outdone, scoring two goals today against Hungary , and actually helping his team win. Messi only managed a tie...

And then we heard that Messi is approaching Pele (73 to 77) for most international goals scored by a South American player. Of course, CR7 wasn’t to be outdone: today, with his two goals, he overtook French legend Platini (11 to 9) as the player with the most Euro Cup goals....

Round 1: advantage Ronaldo!

Two different continents. Two different tournaments. One whole ocean separating them. But it is still like they are playing for rival teams in La Liga still..
The day before Portugal played hungry Ronaldo sat down at a press conference saw two Coca Cola bottles and took them off the table in disgust and said “drink water!” Coca Cola’s market value dropped by 4 billion!! The next day Ronaldo goes on to score two goals the second one being such a beautiful goal !! This guy is truly extraterrestrial 👽
 

ASHOOR

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The day before Portugal played hungry Ronaldo sat down at a press conference saw two Coca Cola bottles and took them off the table in disgust and said “drink water!” Coca Cola’s market value dropped by 4 billion!! The next day Ronaldo goes on to score two goals the second one being such a beautiful goal !! This guy is truly extraterrestrial 👽

what a coincidence man, I literally just finished reading that story about Cole’s market value dropping lol.

the man is a marketing genius and that is one thing that distinguishes hi from Messi.
 

ASHOOR

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What did you guys think of France’s win over Germany yesterday? I feel like they have the best front 3 in the tournament!

Also, Italy with another impressive 3-0 win today over the Swiss this time..
 

ASHOOR

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Having seen more than enough games from both Euro and Copa America and other than the traditional difference between the two soccer sides, what are some major differences you have noticed?


One thing I noticed , although with a larger Euro sample , is that in Copa you see more reliance on attacking from the wings , while the Euro is making more use of going from the middle.
 

ASHOOR

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So I was just looking at this current Dutch side and beyond a few names, it is an underwhelming roster, at least on paper. Which brings me back to the mid 90s, specifically the 1994 and 1998 Dutch sides. I was in my teen years but had fallen in love with their 1988 side that won the Euro Cup with such amazing names like Breukelen , Koeman, Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard . The team was so good, they easily won the semi-final and final against some legendary teams at the time.



So when he 1994 and 1998 cane around, specifically the 1998 WC, I was comparing them to the 1988 side and thought it was underwhelming, at least in hindsight. But if you look at those Dutch sides of the mid 90s, it took a legendary Brazilian teams made up of the likes of Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, Bebeto to get over them, otherwise Holland could have won it all, especially in 1998:





Edwin van der Sar

Frank De Boer

Marc Overmars

Dennis Bergkamp

Patrick Kluivert

Clarence Seedorf

Edgar Davids





In fact , had my father not bought me those Pele comic books at age 7 in 1987 (a year before I saw that legendary Dutch side and fell in love with it) , I could have turned out a Dutch fan (of course, like Argentina, France and Germany , can’t stand them now) . In fact , I still have a memory of literally crying in 1988 when the Soviet player chipped the ball over a Brazilian keeper to score the second goal in the Seoul gold medal match.



Anyway, moral of the story is, sometime we can’t tell how good a team is watching them in the present time. With hindsight , we can appreciate them more. In other words, as good as the 1988 Dutch team was , the 1988 could have beaten them.
 

Crocodile Bani

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The first soccer jersey I ever owned was the Dutch jersey from Euro88. I used to have a penpal back from from Holland and she sent me the autographs of the Dutch Euro88 squad. I am not sure if I still have it in my bedroom in Sydney. I was also a huge fan of that Dutch team yet they were toothless at Italia90 due to the players not liking the coach.

If not for you and J-Rok, I wouldn't even know what was happening in Euro or Copa. The TV coverage here is terrible. I seriously fear for the World Cup next year as Optus sports (who have the rights to Euros and Copa), has the rights to the World Cup. They had the worst coverage in history 4 years ago and I doubt they have fixed themselves up.
 
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