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Episode · 5 months ago

2020(2021) UEFA EUROS Knockout Preview/Group Stage Review | Football/Soccer

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

In the first interstate episode, I run through each group in the Euros and preview each of the 8 Round of 16 Matchups. Apologies for the quiet nature of the episode, recorded this early in the morning, will be back to being an idiot next time. 

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Welcome back to the other ball podcast,this is episode of. I forgot I've forgotten how many episodes have done,but anyway, so today we're going to be doing a Euro group stage review and we're alsogoing to have to take a little look at the knockout stages, I'm here inTasmania right now, so first podcast recorded overseas. Iguess you can say it since we've crossed the bat straight, but and sowe're going to just going to go group by group group, a group. I group, SeGroup D group be thin grouper just going to discuss each group and then wewill be looking at the knockout matcho in round of sixteen and maybe doing afew predictions there. So overall predictions went pretty well, I thinkfor the group stage. I did this predicted game and I was roughlyand like I think I came the top hundred K Ithink out of like a million and a half...

...which I was pretty happy with had avery good start came home strong match day to was pretty pool, but that thingI was pretty unpredictable right. Looking in group, a Italy went threefrom three which had then we mind pretty go. I think we might haveprittee to get seven points. Wales and Switzer picked up the for, and Turkeypicked up the L, so I think Wales did pretty well here. I think everyone wasprobably underestimating them coming into it, but if you just looked attheir previous ten games, they actually one. I think twenty four points out ofit, so we probably should have seen it coming, but no one really did justsince they don't have the most are started team as Switzerland. Just thekind of side that will always perform solidly at these sort of tournamentsand non were really expected. So they've made another round as sixteenfor, I think their fifth torment in a row and then Turkey. They aredefinitely the most disappointing to him. The competition they picked up,zero points. People would someone saw someone even predic them for the printto win the championship. I wasn't that...

...confident. I thought that woulddefinitely get out of the group though, but they were just so slow. They lackedx factor they just yeah, just really bad. The defense is really leaky, whichwe thought was going to be their strong point and yeah overall reallydisappointing a considering how many inform high quality players they had back to the drawing board of for Turk,I guess but yeah here, Italy looked very, very strong. Obviously all theirgames were at home, you advantage, but they look like they could be acontender for the whole thing and whales and Switzer Wald on to themjammed out a few dodgy results, but they got the job done and they or will Switzerland, not necessarilybut whales of given them themselves a chance to got a bit of a run here,because they've got a fairly easy fixture in the round of sixteen so yeahwell On to Italy and Wales and sits on disappointing from Turkey group be obviously we're expecting Belden todominate and they dominated heavily winning nine points here and then we so we're expecting thatthey haven't really hit thet. Even then...

...they've been scoring goals, I wouldn'tsay they've completely hit their stripes, like Katy be's, been comingoff the batch and stuff like that, so they're going to be a dangerous team inthe knockout stages, but one that's kind of hard to predict so interestedto see how they go following them. We had demark, Finland and Russia all tiedon three points or picking up wins against one another. I do believe Denmark rightfully wentthrough, though I think, if it wasn't for the Erics and whole incident andtragedy, I think they would have pretty comfortably cruise this group, but Ithink that affected them big time, so I'm glad they got there cause theydeserved it and Finland, pretty unlucky, they were pretty impressive, especiallyearly on maybe fell away a little bit, but acouple of their players had real breakout tournaments in Russia, yeahthat we weren't really expecting much from them. They have fallen a favit since theirWorld Cup round a sixteen appearance. I think it was a so you will done Belgiumand de Michelo make it through their...

...fin and just missed it out as a thirdplace team. The group see we had the Netherlands tear it up. I do think alot of this was due to being at home, but will be interesting to see how theygo on the knockout stages. I think we were concerned about them, given theirlack of form and their values, since the new coach are come in,but fair play to them. There had a very, very good three games scoring a lot ofgoals, creating a lot of chances to pies, been killing it Denzil, dumbfreeze, but a breakout player the torment, although he's like twenty five and then Austria is kind of surprisedwhy street they picked up six points and their loss was. The Lot came to the Netherlands, butthey almost lost the North Macedonia. I so in that first match day and theyalmost lost in north. A CEDONIA was like or they're going to be lucky toget out of. The group and they've ended up getting out comfortably Ukraine.Pretty disappointing. You'd have to say they did stick through the round ofsixteen, but I thought they were going to be a lot stronger and maybechallenge eveline to win the group and...

...the North Acidalia had a real crack.They actually had a pretty good team on paper, but at the end of the day, Ithink they were just happy to be there and didn't really expect to contend inthis group so yeah and then Grub D. obviously, the ever on's, noteveryone's favorite team, but the team that gets the most attention Englandpicked up. Seven points did did the job to get out of it. crosstrees camesecond on four points. Check. Republic, surprisingly, werepretty good, even though we should be surprised by teams like checkRepublican Switzerland because they dussen to be sold all the time. Theypicked up four points and then skull and picked up the one point. Now I amwearing a Scottish Jersey and I do go for Scotland, but I have to say I thinkit's got en were a bit hard done by. I think that game against check republic,the expected goals- was like one point, seven to zero point, eight and thatgame deserves to draw and then yeah like cration, with a better team inthat match day three but yeah. I think I don't think that were my far offcreation check republic, so I think...

...pretty good first appearance forScotland in a major torment in twenty five years or so so I think they shouldbe happy with themselves and yeah. Hopefully I don't think they're goingto qualify for the World Cup, but turn their attentions to the next years,because I think they've got a good crop of players. There Groupe was an unpredictable one forpretty solid teams, but no absolute type of contenders and no absolute dods.So Sweden finished on top with seven points which was a bit of a shock. TheDn't. Really they didn't really impress me in any ofthe Games. I watched, though, to be honest, then span came second infinishing and fifth, they created so many chances. Just couldn't so manygold, except for savage where they put up five Sabaki, picked up three pointsand polin picked up one next to Turkey. I think Poland's probably the secondbiggest disappointment. I feel bad for of an Ol ski. Obviously,this is probably I don't think they qualify for the wall cut, so this mightbes last made tournament, or at least...

...when he's in his prime so yeah. I feelbad from that. They haven't really achieved much as a nation in the lastsix or eight years, but because they had a pretty good, proper players. Butyeah can't do much about that. So, like your pretty good effort to get threepoints, I reckon they did quite well and I don't know that didn't make itthrough to the round of sixteen, but still a pretty good effort and thengroup after group of death, no one dominated, which was probably to beexpected as pretty unpredictable. Every week, France picked up five pointsgoing through on top. Germany came second with four Portucal serves forand hungry, with two huge ran of a pauls going to go to hungry. Their homegains were so exciting. The fans were awesome and they, the players on thepitch, did really really well. I M challenging every game they were in and,to be honest, I think if they were in any other group or five of the othergroups, I reckon they would have gone through so yeah pretty unlucky, but Ithink there were a team for the future and I think, the next years they couldbe a bit of a smoke of course and...

...damage because then, like imagine, ifthey horse next year, is that could be pretty spicy but yeah good, good signsfor hung on football, but the three big dogs got through none of them. I thinkGermany probably were the most impressive in terms of what we expected- Portugal, maybe a little bit underwheelsome games, France, probably exactly what we expected, but yeah. I going tobe interesting to see how these tree, because you don't want to peek tooearly in international tallant, so I'll, be interesting to see how they lead upinto the knockout stages, so that moves us in to our knock our preview justgoing to go through the eight games, maybe give a sport score predictionjustify why so, first of first up, this isn't in order of what days are beingplayed it's in order of the bracket. So at the top we have Belgian be Portugal,which is pretty much games around. For me, absolute blockbuster clash,Portugal haven't looked great. To be honest, I think they really like a...

...strong midfield er who just dominatesthe game. I think in two thousand and sixteen they got away with it, becauseRenaldo Sanches had really really good tournament, but Danilo Perera, Williamcar value they played together in a couple games and for me they justdidn't do enough. So there wasn't really a connection between the defenseand the Ford Line and they were just getting bossed around by Germany.Obviously they have a very good midfield, but it is think, what'sholding Portugal back right now, because their attack is good enough.The defense is good enough, but it just in the middle of the park. They'restruggling Belgium they've got a couple players. Hehaven't fully hit. This strap shit in terms of fitness and stuff, like that. I have a little bit more faith inBelgium than Portugal, even though Pell Portugal do have a track record ofsuccess, so I'm actually going to be tipping Belgium. Here I just I don'tknow. I was talking about it to my mate yesterday and I think out of theremaining teams. I think France and Belgium are the ones I trust the mostjust to be just a rock up on the day,...

...whereas, like Portugal, Spain, Germany,even Italy, I don't necessarily trust that they will be on the R a game,every single, every single match, so yeah I'm going to back in Belgium. Ithink Portugal would be too good to be held school of SOM going to go to one,and hopefully it's a good game, because two very, very good teams, and next upItaly, Austria, no brain er. You got a back in Italy here they one of the mostimpressive teams in the group stage, even in the third match day, when theybasically played their second eleven. They still tore it up so yeah. Theylook like a really harmony squad. Everyone's clicking well they're, oneof the only teams that they actually play like a club team like they havechemistry and stuff so yeah, I'm gonna say it ally win to nil there, maybeeven three. Now I think pretty convincing when over Austria. If I'mhonest that moves us into France B, Switzerland, you got to back Francehere it's in a very solid unit, but I think France at just next level toomany world class players, so I'll, be...

...going France to new in that one. Idon't think I have to justify that too. Heavily creation versus Spain Gracie are goodbut definitely past their prime, as we have seen in this group stage. So, eventhough Spain is seriously lacking at top striker, I think they're going tocreate enough chances to score a goal and I'm going to say Spain one dealover crash and then that gets us into the bottom half of the drawer. I haveto say this drawer is absolutely ridiculous. A lot of luck comes intothese in sation tournaments and, if you've copped a position in the bottleof Edra you're seriously lucky this year, our sweet and new crane. This isa tough one, because Sweden, in terms of points a lot more impressive in thegroup stages. But if you look at the teams on paper, I try back the craneteam a lot more, so it's a tough one, but u cranes! Onlyvictory has come over in North Macedonia, so I think this one could goto penalties or joke side or at least extra time, because I think they'rejust going to be two very, very solid...

...teams and actually go back. A new crane,though I know Sweden, have the form line, but I think you can have moretalented players to break a game open. So I going to say you crane when to one,maybe the winner and extra time, and then the only game in the knockoutstages, unless ing will make the semies with a home team, and that is Englandagainst Germany and the round of sixteen. This is tough because if it's in aneutral venue tipping Germany- because I think they've looked really good sofar, but the fact that it's in England does till the scales a little bittoward ing them and I'm still back in general, I think their forms too good.I think their overlapping wing back system is very, very dangerous and ifyou don't have wingers that are willing to put in a defensive shift, which Ithink England do compared to the likes of Portugal in France, they're going to cause havoc, but Ithink their mid field is will just be too good rise. The Philips have beengood, but I think Chris and Gundan is...

...next level and then Kimi can controlthe game. will say out to the right, so yeah, I'm actually going to back toGermany in think will be low, scoring like all Lingam. So far, so I'll justgo one neal to Germany, and that will be the day the world ends becauseeveryone will lose. The Shit Garriott will probably get sacked, even thoughit's the hardest job in the world, but I think in intense fancies need to staypatient because their time will come and then next game, Netherlands checkrepublic got to go to the Netherlands. Here. I think the Netherlands werebenefit all a lot by the home crowd in the group stage, but similar to theFrance which switzler combat. I think check republic, don't have enoughweapons to challenge. Netherlands, their defense looked a bit leaky attimes, so I might say to one to the Netherlands, but their attack lookslike it's creating too many opportunities right now and then theworst game of the round. Oh Sweden, eucrates be actually but Wales, Denmark,neither teams, looked impressive in my...

...opinion, think I'm actually going to back whales,even though demark have a lot better team. I think Wales and look a lot.I've looked better than Denmark, in my opinion, so I'm going to say Wales, onethey'll win over Denmark, so yeah, that's my predictions. Prettyquickly dusted. Through this episode, but I'll be interested to see how mypredictions go. I will be doing a probably a reactionto the round of sixteen, and then I like do a preview of the rest of thetournament and then, like. I, don't think I'll do one it before the semiesbefore the final etcet yeah, so hopefully they're an O. sixteen is good.Usually the round is sixteen and Quarterin. LS Are the most enjoyableparts of intestinal tournament, because you get a few really good games and alot of them were the savins and final. You know your sort of waiting a weekfor one game, but hopefully it's entertaining stuff and yeah lookingforward to it.

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