Thu - Czech Republic vs Portugal Fri - Germany vs Greece Sat - Spain vs France Sun - England vs Italy
Winners of 1 and 3 will play each other, as well the winners of 2 and 4. Logically you would expect a Portugal vs Spain and Germany vs Italy line-up, though I doubt that is what will happen - I can see at least one of those being a surprise. I can certainly see England beating Italy and France beating Spain
Italy are better than they were 2 years ago. In 2010 Pirlo and Buffon were both out injured for the majority of the games they played and they were carrying a few ageing players. I think they've benefited from turfing a few of them out
If England do lose, I'm sure Balotelli will be a scorer
Am I alone in thinking that the France v Spain match was a complete and utter bore for 90 % of the match? The "Digital" ultra efficient football from the Spanish, passing the ball around in perpetual circles often without any attacking intent, the object being to mesmerise and hypnotise the opposition, just doesn't do it for me. Individually and as a team they are streets above most in the competition and I suppose if I were Spanish I would be praising and celebrating this world beating team. How the game has moved on since we last won a major competition. I sat and watched the whole of the 1966 World Cup Final last weekend for the first time in probably twenty years. Tactical and player skill levels have have changed enormously, some would say for the better and in many respects that's true. The "Analogue" football of the sixties and seventies had so many other qualities that made it just as entertaining, exciting and enjoyable. to watch. What surprised me was the space players had and end to end attacking intent from both sides for over two hours on a hot summers day. There was nothing else on the players minds other than to get the ball i the oppositions box. If the Spanish way really is the future of the game, (Imagine both teams playing this way) its going to get lost on me.
Sorry but for me its a turntable and black vinyl at a speed of 33 rpm with the odd digital track thrown in if the national game is to retain my interest.
Oh yeh REAL wingers who can get past defenders every time for me.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..