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Why Euro2008 wont be that good
The day of Euro 2008, but i give you bad news...Euro2008 wont be that good, before you organise a hitman on me... hear me out.. this is why
The type of Hosts
Without been overly negative to the austrians and the swiss, they arent the most free and love-junkie of nations. Nothing inspires you that they are going to create an atmosphere that gets you excited about the tournament. Before we had the portuguese who are very passionate about their football and then Belgium and Holland, where the dutch are obviously very colourful and passionate. A good host, that has very confident and passionate fans will always make for a good tournament and this just isnt the case with the hosts this year. During the Fritzl case, it was said that the austrian population kept themselves to themselves and I think this is definitely true for the fans,who just arent as passionate as other nations and I definitely think this makes a difference (maybe because of my next point)
The quality of the hosts
If you look at WC06, half of the fun was the fact you were going ot Germany and you would take the title off a nation that was a very good nation (this was particulary the case with Germany later in teh tournament), if you look at Italy, that match was fantastic, made all the better because it was a top quality host nation. This time, its a given that the hosts arent very good and that they probably wont go very far. This probably makes my point above more valid, because their own fans know that. If you look at Austria, their ranking really indicates they arent the quality to compete (their own fans doing petitions tells all). This means that it just doesnt make for a good tournament when the hosts arent very good, I dont know 1 specific reason, but it just doesnt.
The lack of a set of quality players
I can think of Ronaldo and Torres, who really has the ability to light up the tournament, but noone else really. In 2004, we had Zidane,Ronaldo,Henry,Ballack etc etc. Now this isnt the case, players like Henry havent been in top form in Spain, so this doesnt inspire much confidence. Zidane has gone and Ballack is Ballack.Me personally, thinks that this is because the players now are young and when you had players like Zidane around, you knew that they were quality.. there was no debate. I also think this crap with Ronaldo has overshadowed the tournament abit and 1 player is now bigger than it. This therefore diminshes the value.
Whilst we have 1 absolutely mental group. The rest arent really upto much. Group A looks fairly 1 sided in my view because the Czechs always do well and this just goes through. I think we could well see teams winning their first 2 games and there been no drama in their last game. I think the groups could have been a lot better. I mean look at todays fixtures.. they dont inspire me massively and I doubt they inspire others much.All the attention is around 1 group and I dont think this makes for a good tournament.
The past tournament
Austria and Switzerland has a big act to follow. The German world cup was a big one, one full of passion and pride and performances. Looking back, it was an amazing tournament. This re-ermegance of German Pride, the English been crap again, the lack of trouble (on a mass scale), the matches were absolutely classics. Its just hard to follow and I think people still remember Germany and this means they will striggle to enjoy this and much as they did back in 2006.
And finally for me... The lack of England
England not in is a big thing. As much as you hate them, you ahve to think.. it wouldve been good to laugh at them, all their hope and pride falling at the QFs again. Us English add something, an atmosphere, most of us have a lot of banter with the opposition, were the ones to have a game on the park in the city with some opposition fans.Also the number of rivalries England have around Europe means that whatever group we wouldve been in, it wouldve made another fantastic one. Say we directly rplace Russia.. Spain (2 top nations fighting it out) Greece (That game in 2001), Sweden (The fact weve faced them so many times).. where as Russia have nothing on them.
But there again.... I cant wait !!!
05.04.00 - 05.04.09
9 years of hurt and pain.
An anniversary we never wanted, but one we'll never forget.
"We're gunna stay with you forever"
NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER FORGET.