Monday, June 30, 2008

Euro 2008 review

So it ended last night when Iker Cassilas lifted the European Cup in Vienna. Spain took home the cup after beating Germany 1-0 by a Fernando Torres goal. It ended 3 weeks of football and now it all goes back to normal life...

Anyway, a quick review of the Euro from me:

Biggest disappointment: Mario Gomez. I had him as the topscorer, he was hailed as Germany's next Gerd Muller, but didn't score a goal at all. Now he's become "Mario Who?"
Best flop: Luca Toni. Topscorer in Germany, all he did was shoot the ball anywhere but on goal.
Best timing: Raymond Domenech proposing to his girlfriend on live TV minutes after the French were kicked out of Euro 2008.
Best planning: The French team booking and paying for exclusive use of their hotel (the Mirador Kempinski) all the way until the 25th of June. They left on the 18th.
Comedy goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann, Rustu Recber, Volkan Demirel, Nikopolidis, Ricardo, Peter Cech.
Biggest surprise: Austria playing decent, better than anybody expected.
No surprise: The French going home so soon.
Is Cristiano Ronaldo a big-game bottler? Yes.
Biggest increase in value: Andrei Arshavin
Should've been in The Killers: Christopher Metzelder
I cry for my country: Alex Frei
Best driver: The French coach driver
Song you hear everywhere: Songs sung to the tune of Seven Nation's Army bassline.
Crazy fans: 10,000 Portuguese fans picking up the team from Geneva airport and then following the bus all the way to Fribourg.
Not missed: Raul, England
Missed: Fabio Cannavaro
Most fashionable person: Jogi Low
Best personal experience: Watching Holland vs Italy in Bern (in the FanZone)
Best goal: Philip Lahm's winner against the Turks.
Never say die: Turkey
Can't win in finals: Michael Ballack
Best Brazilian: Marcos Senna
Best supporters: the Dutch
Should have been in a rock band: Slaven Bilic. Wait, actually he is.
They were champions last time around? Greece. They confirmed it was a fluke.
Best team: the Dutch
Best game: Germany vs Turkey
Euro XI: van der Sar; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Chielini, Zhirkov; Senna; Schweinsteiger, Xavi, Sneijder; Arshavin, Villa

Can't wait for the 2010 World Cup!


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