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  1. Apparently Kuipers isn't around for the final few matches? Awful decision if true. Second semi-final will be handled by Cüneyt Çakır. I like Rizzoli for the final, maybe Irmatov if they want to go non-UEFA. Ricci if Brazil isn't there. Guaranteed FIFA goes with Velasco Carballo though.
  2. Marco Rodriguez of Mexico gets the Brazil-Germany match. Mark Geiger is fourth official. They both missed Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini.
  3. Huh. That was easily his worst match of the three he's done.
  4. What a run from Alba.
  5. Ugh, sub already. We've been fairly dreadful so far.
  6. Sigh, Spain have been brilliant.
  7. Wow, Italy have no ideas on how to get the ball forward.
  8. Spain Lineup (4-3-3): Iker Casillas; Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa; Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez; Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva Italy Lineup (4-3-1-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Ignazio Abate; Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio; Riccardo Montolivo; Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli
  9. Just getting around to watching a replay of this now. The way Balotelli ripped of his jersey after that goal is pure Mario. Strike a pose!!
  10. I had trouble seeing Italy get out of their group. Think I'll take this. Sunday sets up nicely. Final in the afternoon, Canada Day celebrations at night.
  11. Already a Ronaldo thread. Bento made the order.
  12. Here. We. Go. For the right to play Spain in the final on Sunday. Venue: National Stadium, Warsaw Date: Thursday, 28 June Kick-off: 19:45 BST BBC Preview Two themes have dominated the build-up to the second Euro 2012 semi-final - fear and revenge. Disadvantaged by two days fewer rest, not to mention playing extra-time, Italy have drawn strength from their remarkable record against the Germans, who have failed to beat the Azzurri in all seven previous encounters at major tournaments. Man-of-the-moment Andrea Pirlo says: "They are afraid of us - we are at the level of Spain". Pirlo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are the only survivors from the Italian side that started the last competitive clash, which the Azzurri won 2-0 to reach the 2006 World Cup final. Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose concedes the defeat in Dortmund was a "trauma" while captain Philipp Lahm admits "of course we still have that [match] in our minds". But coach Joachim Loew, who was assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann at the time, refuses to dwell on the past: "In football there is no such thing as revenge. The past plays absolutely no role for us or for our young players who may know things only from history." If any squad should not feel burdened by previous failures it is this one - the youngest Germany have ever selected for a European Championship. Those young legs should ensure Loew's side do not run out of gas quite as dramatically as Italy's quarter-final victims England. But to avoid getting the run-around from the Azzurri, Germany will have to succeed where the Three Lions failed - and devise a plan to stop Pirlo. The 33-year-old playmaker completed 117 passes on Sunday, more than the combined tally of England's four starting midfielders. Italy may be unbeaten in competitive games under Cesare Prandelli, but the Germans have won their last 15 meaningful matches. The Azzurri have not fallen behind at Euro 2012, but the last time Germany trailed in a European Championship match (including qualifying) was the final four years ago. Germany have the form, yet Italy the history - something has to give.
  13. Best kicker should always go first, always. But by all accounts, this was Bento's decision of order of kickers. Which is why Nani chased down Alves.
  14. Your best penalty taker should always be first ffs.
  15. Leaving Ronaldo until the end is awful.