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  1. Thread: Rate Euro 2016

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    Poll: The format with the absurdity of "best 3rd...

    The format with the absurdity of "best 3rd placed" teams didn't help promote attacking football, but Portugal's lucky win should at least promote a debate about how to avoid that the eventual...
  2. Thread: Rate Euro 2016

    by RBKalle
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    Poll: 8 for the many underdog stories that also...

    8 for the many underdog stories that also provided respectable football.

    4 for the level of football provided by some alleged Top Sides

    All in all, I rate it 4 anyway, as all those feel-good...
  3. Sanches is born in Lisbon, so I doubt he was...

    Sanches is born in Lisbon, so I doubt he was registered 6 years later or with a different year of birth...

    There's no denying it has happened in the past with many African-born players, but it's...
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    Football has no reason to be part of the...

    Football has no reason to be part of the Olympics...

    Normally I wouldn't side with clubs that don't allow their players to accept a callup for the NT, but in this case it's sort of justified......
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    I have to partly retract my pre-tournament...

    I have to partly retract my pre-tournament statement about Conte.

    He did have a plan for a very mediocre side: of course it couldn't be a plan based on attractive attacking football, but it was...
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    I have never seen such a poor series of...

    I have never seen such a poor series of penalties...

    Still, the slightly less undeserving side went through, albeit it was really a poor game, probably courtesy of Italy's uber-defensive style......
  7. Poll: Not at all! As a semi-neutral, plenty of...

    Not at all!

    As a semi-neutral, plenty of matches have provided, if not great football, at least decent excitement of "stories". Sure, a certain amount of dross had to be expected in a 24-teams...
  8. Well, instead of the traditional 8x Winner v...

    Well, instead of the traditional 8x Winner v Runner-up, we got:

    4x Winner v 3rd placed
    2x Winner v runner-up
    2x Runner-up v Runner-up

    That's, by definition, a rather unbalanced tree... and in...
  9. No matter how you spin it, the 24-teams format...

    No matter how you spin it, the 24-teams format will always produce unbalanced playoff trees due to the presence of the best 3rd placed teams.

    Top Dogs underperforming and not winning their group...
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    Poll: I couldn't disagree more... U21 football is...

    I couldn't disagree more...

    U21 football is almost pointless because it currently features:

    a) overage players who are more than ready to play with the senior team (and who likely already have...
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    Poll: Does it really matter who takes over? England...

    Does it really matter who takes over?

    England have changed many managers and none was able to shake off the perennial underachiever vibe the NT has developed. It's not just a tactical problem,...
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    I just don't understand what's SO wrong with...

    I just don't understand what's SO wrong with England...

    Every major tournament, they show up with solid ambitions and with decent players (forget the insane media hype), then they collapse against...
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    I have to admit I probably have underestimated...

    I have to admit I probably have underestimated Conte's management skills...

    Italy have a rather mediocre side in midfield and attack, but they've been instructed to play in the only logical and...
  14. Poll: The most annoying thing is people will now keep...

    The most annoying thing is people will now keep on telling the story (myth) of Maradona single-handedly winning the 86WC for Argentina, while Messi has failed to do so time and again..
  15. With some exceptions, group stage has provided...

    With some exceptions, group stage has provided decent games, while the Round of 16 has been disappointing so far...

    Third-placed teams advancing though has created an unbalanced playoff tree and...
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    Going for the Panenka in open play is really a...

    Going for the Panenka in open play is really a stupid choice... It already has a huge "epic fail" factor in shootouts, but there a miss is a miss... during the game it's a waste of a potentially easy...
  17. When you find out Ducksch's brother was arrested...

    When you find out Ducksch's brother was arrested for having impersonated his successful sibling to get money (and sex?) from a girl, you wonder if the masked manager wasn't a subtle jab at the...
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    Well played, Iceland! Sure, they didn't play...

    Well played, Iceland!

    Sure, they didn't play attractive football, but it was serviceable enough to bring a positive result home, and it isn't their job to put on a show anyway.

    Portugal,...
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    Apparently the "italian" was Artemio Franchi, who...

    Apparently the "italian" was Artemio Franchi, who has been dead for 33 years and was UEFA President in the early 80s...

    Sounds a bit too convenient for Blatter to accuse a dead man when his own...
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    More like the new Spain ;) England were rarely...

    More like the new Spain ;)

    England were rarely praised as widely (outside the UK, of course) as Belgium has been recently... Basically every media outlet has picked them as the potential dark...
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    Italy were surprisingly better than expected,...

    Italy were surprisingly better than expected, while Belgium were exactly as underwhelming as I thought they were.

    All the hype surrounding them reminds me of Spain during the 90s... On paper, a...
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    Gaziantepspor too

    Gaziantepspor too
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    Off the top of my head: Lucchese HB Tórshavn...

    Off the top of my head:

    Lucchese
    HB Tórshavn
    OGC Nice
    Brommapojkarna
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    I missed the opening game, but the others were...

    I missed the opening game, but the others were quite awful...

    Negative football by Costarica and Paraguay, subpar stuff by Brazil, even by their recent not-so-stellar standards.
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    Producing millions of shirts with 2 templates is...

    Producing millions of shirts with 2 templates is surely cheaper than doing it with 6, but is the difference in costs really "worth" the drop in quality and in (perceived) desirability of the product?...
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