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View Poll Results: Who will reach the Quarter Finals?
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Greece 17 31.48%
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post #1 of 110 (permalink) Old December 2nd, 2011, 19:04 Thread Starter
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Euro 2012, Group A (POL, GRE, RUS, CZE)

GROUP A

8 June 2012, 18:00, National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw (POL)
POLAND vs GREECE

8 June 2012, 20:45, Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
RUSSIA vs CZECH REPUBLIC

12 June 2012, 18:00, Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
GREECE vs CZECH REPUBLIC

12 June 2012, 20:45, National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw (POL)
POLAND vs RUSSIA

16 June 2012, 20:45, National Stadium Warsaw, Warsaw (POL)
GREECE vs RUSSIA

16 June 2012, 20:45, Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, Wroclaw (POL)
CZECH REPUBLIC vs POLAND



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post #2 of 110 (permalink) Old December 2nd, 2011, 19:45
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Russia, Poland

Greece might do it with their style, as I said in the EE thread, they can easily get 5 points in this group (2 0:0s and a 1:0 win over Czechs ). Unfortunately, I think the Czechs are too week, despite this draw I still don't see them doing much damage. This draw will just spare them a bit
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It's a favorable draw for all 4 teams. Though the scary thing is all 4 teams can blow it up at the same time and the order of the winners and losers is almost difficult to predict or determine. I also think the Czechs are probably the weakest in this group even though they have chances to pull off wins. I think Russia will have a Euro record of defeating Greece 3x consecutively at the Euros. I think they'll be a bit more worried about Poland than Greece. Poland's home advantage will probably raise their confidence against the Greeks.

As ugly as things will get here with the scorelines I'll go with Russia and Poland.
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The easiest possible draw. First game against Greece also the best what we can have. We beat them in friendlies few times. Last games were 0-0 in Greece and 2-0, 1-0 for us in Poland. Next is Russia last time we play with them friendly in Moscow was 2-2 (we were losing 0-2). The hardest opponent. Last Czech witch is weaker and weaker in every year. In eliminations to WC2010 we beat them 2-1 and lost 2-0 (first game after Beenhakker was fired so we were in mess that time). If not now then we never go to elimination stage.

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Anyone can qualify from this group.

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Well balanced and unpredictable group as the teams are more or less the same level each one with its own style, but I would place Poland a bit ahead of the other contenders for the simple fact they are one of the hosts and certainly the fans could make a difference.

Greece qualifies once again with their tough defense and counterattack style, but I don`t this will be enough to go through. Czech Republic have some good individual players, but they are far from being that strong team we used to see. So my other vote goes for Russia, they look a bit more secure than the other two.
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Russia as group winners. As No2. I voted Greece, they know how to make it despite of the unattractive football they play.

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Polska Polska Polska!
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Get training hard and absorb the fans energy at game day!

Lets make this Tournament a Success!!!
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Wow, 6 games of this shitty group?

Anyways, Greece win the group with Russia behind them.

Greece has a world class back line, and young scarlets.
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Wow, 6 games of this shitty group?
I know, even Romania might have advanced from this group.

Actually, nevermind.

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I know, even Romania might have advanced from this group.

Actually, nevermind.

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All 4 teams are roughly equal and Poland has an advantage because they are at home. This is the most competitive of all divisions.

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I guess Poland is being very underestimated, they have a decent team and play at home. I like Greece´s tactical discipline, but honestly I don`t see them advancing.
Guess no one believes in the Czechs.
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as someone mentioned above, any team can pass this group.

anyway, i vote for Russia and Greece.
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Russia for sure, while for the second place the other 3 have equal chances, but ill vote for the hosts, IMO they have the home field advantage.
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For me, the home advantage won't be enough for Poland and Greece and Russia will both go through to the Quarterfinals. Probably the worst and most boring group of all here.

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For me, the home advantage won't be enough for Poland and Greece and Russia will both go through to the Quarterfinals. Probably the worst and most boring group of all here.
IMO it won`t be boring, it will be very balanced and unpredictable which could make of this group a very interesting to watch. Guess for the ones who like to bet this could be a coup.

I only gave a slight advantage to Poland because of home advantage and they have a relatively good team, but it wouldn`t be a surprise if do not advance. I see Russia the strongest team in the group and it was my other vote. Greece has the same style that led them to an historic title, but they aren`t playing well and I am still really annoyed that Israel couldn`t pass them in the group. The Czech Republic has good players, but are lacking "the something more", the final punch to advance. So IMO Poland and Russia advance, but it is a very tight and unpredictable group.
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At this moment I'd say we have really promising potential in our squad, however they're making together really average team, mostly because of our current coach, who's quite poor in terms of squad selection. But on the other hand he was always well-known from fast affecting on the team, when he only could train with own footballers day by day for some time. So we'll see how this team will look like after the month of trainings before tournament.
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At this moment I'd say we have really promising potential in our squad, however they're making together really average team, mostly because of our current coach, who's quite poor in terms of squad selection. But on the other hand he was always well-known from fast affecting on the team, when he only could train with own footballers day by day for some time. So we'll see how this team will look like after the month of trainings before tournament.
Do you believe it was a positive or a negative point that Poland didn´t need to go through the qualifiers?
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Do you believe it was a positive or a negative point that Poland didn´t need to go through the qualifiers?
Generally it's a rather negative point of being a host country, but surely not in our case. Because after terrible E2008's Quals, Poland's team was totally destroyed and needed a radical reconstruction. So the three years break of playing qualifying matches came for us in the perfect moment.

Now we have totally different team, such footballers like Piszczek, Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski or Arsenal's keeper Szczesny achieved proper level, improved MUCH own football quality and additionally there's also a fresh wind in the team thanks to solid footballers like Polanski, Mierzejewski, Peszko, Perquis, Grosicki, Obraniak, Rybus or Boenisch.

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Difficult to say wheter we've been in better form now. I can agree, that we have some interesting footballers and in terms of squad depth and individual skills of our players, we have FAR better team than we had in the last 20 years, without any doubt of that. However at this moment they're playing quite average football as a team and the potential in them is better than they're showing now. But Smuda always had that quick affecting on his teams, when he only had the footballers day by day on several weeks, so I hope this team will look better before the match against Greece than now.

In 2006 or 2008 there was only Boruc from absolutely great class footballers, at this moment we have Szczesny, Piszczek, Blaszczykowski and Lewandowski, and some really solid, experienced and simply decent class footballers like Wasilewski, Obraniak, Perquis, Tyton, Murawski, Polanski, Mierzejewski, Peszko or Dudka, who're regulary playing in good leagues or decent teams.

There're also two really talented, quick and agile wingers, that's on the right side Grosicki (who's shining in Turkish league) and on the left side Rybus (who was shining in Legia's EL's matches and moved to Russian league). And there's also brilliant Wolski in Legia Warszawa, aged 19, who's surely our most talented footballer in the last ten years - the single young footballer in our league, who was such promising like Wolski and who was able to do such creative things, was Lewandowski. Sumda announced that if Wolski and Kaminski (much talented Lech Poznan's central defender, aged 20) don't loss own form, they'll be in his E2012 team.



It's only a pity that Ireneusz Jelen totally lost own good form from Auxerre's times, because we'd have at least one comparable replacement for Lewandowski. And also I still hope that Boenisch will manage to come back to at least decent shape before E2012, because then the left defence wouldn't be our worst settled position - Komorowski got injured several days ago, so he will be out of play within next four weeks and Wawrzyniak is more useful in offensive play than in defence, when we're talking about top class football. Boenisch in good form, with his great crossing would be weight in gold for us.

Summing up...our strong side should be surely the offensive play:

Lewandowski
Mierzejewski - Obraniak - Blaszczykowski
Polanski - Murawski

...so quick and agile wings and really technical type of footballer in the central part of midfield, also with really good shot from distance and really good set pieces, that's Obraniak. Mierzejewski is surely more useful footballer for our national team, than for Trabzonspor, because unfortunately for him they've been trying to make a playmaker from Mierzej, while he's typical winger with really good technique and creative pass. He can't play on the central part of midfield as good as on the left side, because Mierzejewski is MUCH better with a rival ahead himself and not that good with rival behind his back. I still think that Mierzejewski could be as important for us on the left side as Blaszczykowski on right side.

But if not Adrian, then Smuda can put one from two typical really quick young footballers with average technique, that's Rybus or Grosicki. All of our midfielders has a great support in Lewandowski, who's close to be absolutely world class footballer. What's more, Lewy isn't only typical scorer, he's MUCH useful in playing with rival behind his back, has really creative opening pass, he's also decent in head play. I believe that his co-operation with his friends with Dortmund, with Piszczek and Blaszczykowski, that's our right side will be the key for success for us - at this moment all have been in their top form ever. And there's still hope that we'll have not that much worse left side, but difficult to say whether Boenisch will be ready...

The big and key question is how will look like our central defence - Wasilewski and Perquis played really good match together against Portugal (0:0), additionally both should be great support for us at freekicks and corners thanks to their great head play, but Wasilewski plays in Anderlecht as a right defender and Perquis will be injured to the end of Ligue1 season...If not them, the only hope is that Szczesny will show top of own possibilities during this tournament.

The squad is supplemented by two defensive midfielders, where we have four or even more similar class footballers (I'd say typical average european class runners, perfect for mid table teams of Bundesliga or Ligue1), that's Murawski, Polanski, Dudka, Borysiuk or Jodlowiec. I was saying a year ago that Murawski is among our key footballers, the heart of a team, but because of injuries he doesn't look as good now as in this time. But he'll probably play in the centarl part of midfield with Polanski.
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