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Maybe it's time to start already speculating about what may happen on Wednesday when we face what it seems to be our main opponent to win the group.

Here's the current standings of our group A:

1 PORTUGAL ..1G 1W 0D 0L 2-0 3P
2 Czech Rep. ..1G 1W 0D 0L 1-0 3P
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3 Switzerland ..1G 0W 0D 1L 0-1 0P
4 Turkey .........1G 0W 0D 1L 0-2 0P

and here's UEFA.com's match preview:

EURO reunion for Group A rivals
Memories of EURO '96 will be stirred by the Group A meeting between Czech Republic and Portugal at the Stade de Genève on 11 June.

• The only previous meeting between the countries came 12 years ago at the finals in England where a famous goal by Karel Poborský proved the difference between the teams.

• Poborský's cheeky lob over Vítor Baía after 53 minutes secured a 1-0 victory for the Czechs in the quarter-final at Villa Park in Birmingham. Dusan Ûhrin's team subsequently reached the final where they lost 2-1 to Germany.

• The teams for that quarter-final were:
Czech Republic: Petr Kouba, Radoslav Látal, Jan Suchopárek, Miroslav Kadlec, Václav Nemecek (Patrik Berger), Jirí Nemec, Karel Poborský, Pavek Kuka, Radek Bejbl, Michal Hornák, Vladimír Šmicer (Luboš Kubík).

Portugal: Vítor Baía, Secretário, Hélder, Fernando Couto, Dimas, Oceano (Folha), Paulo Sousa, Rui Costa, Luís Figo (Jorge Cadete), João Pinto, Sá Pinto (Domingos).

• Poborský had a spell with Portuguese side SL Benfica later in his career and eventually became his country's most capped player with 118 appearances.

• Looking further back, the former Czechoslovakia also claimed Portugal's scalp en route to winning the European crown in 1976. The Czechoslovakians defeated Portugal 5-0 in Prague then earned a 1-1 away draw in the tournament's preliminary group stage.

• The overall record between Czechoslovakia and Portugal was three wins apiece from nine matches.

• Ricardo Quaresma scored both Portugal goals when they defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in the final of the UEFA European Under-16 Championship in May 2000. Hugo Viana and Raúl Meireles were also in the Portugal team while Tomáš Sivok featured for the Czechs.

• Portugal pair Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira are defensive colleagues of Czech goalkeeper Petr Čech at Chelsea FC and also played alongside Czech midfielder Jiří Jarošík during the latter's short spell at Stamford Bridge.

• Czech internationals Tomáš Galásek and Jan Polák were members of the 1. FC Nürnberg side that ran out surprise 3-2 winners against a VfB Stuttgart team including Fernando Meira in the 2007 German Cup final.

• Čech kept clean sheets for AC Sparta Praha in home (2-0) and away (1-0) wins against FC Porto in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage. Libor Sionko scored in both games against a Porto team that included Jorge Andrade, Ricardo Carvalho and Deco.

• Meireles and Quaresma both scored past Čech in FC Porto's 2006/07 UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie against Chelsea. Meireles struck the opening goal in the 1-1 first-leg draw, Quaresma the opener in Porto's subsequent 2-1 loss in the return.

• Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat-trick for Manchester United FC in January this year in a 6-0 win against a Newcastle United FC side featuring Czech defender David Rozehnal, now with S.S. Lazio.

• The Czech Republic's best performance in their three previous UEFA European Championship finals appearances was in 1996, when they reached the final. As part of the former Czechoslovakia, they were European champions in 1976.

• Portugal's own best performance in four previous appearances came at UEFA EURO 2004, where they finished runners-up on home soil.

• This is the 13th edition of the UEFA European Championship and the eighth edition that features a final tournament with a group phase.
 

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3-1.
 

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Ricardo
Bosingwa - Pepe - Carvalho - Ferreira
Petit
Deco - Moutinho
Ronaldo ------ Simao
Nuno Gomes(C)​

Prediction: 2-1 for the good guys. Ronaldo and Deco with the goals.
 

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I've got 3 scores right out of 4 so far so I am starting to be worried as I have predicted Portugal to win the tourno :D

Anyway, I hope Scolari doesn't start inventing at the second game, meaning that I hope he keeps the starting XI.

I also predicted 2-1, with Ronaldo and Nuno Gomes (yes, him!) scoring.
 

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I also predicted 2-1, with Ronaldo and Nuno Gomes (yes, him!) scoring.
that u read in my post , at the previous game thread...

oh, and i dont like to see the time of the match in CET
 

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i have predicted ronaldo and nuno scoring, u are just being a copycat
 

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i have predicted ronaldo and nuno scoring, u are just being a copycat
:howler:

Quite funny. The problem is that I have made all my predictions before the Euro started. :D
 

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sure u have ...

next u're gonna say u have always rated nuno :lala:
 

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sure u have ...

next u're gonna say u have always rated nuno :lala:
Actually, I have always said that I like him as a player while he is at the service of our NT but I still think he would be much more useful if he would play with another striker.
 

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Ensaio sobre o cinismo
in O Jogo
by Carlos Machado


Portugal tem jogadores e estrutura montada para poder jogar o melhor futebol do Campeonato da Europa. A passagem da teorização apoiada nas capacidades individuais à prática colectiva teve no jogo com a Turquia uma demonstração cabal de capacidade. Pelo menos até o marcador funcionar, os portugueses foram capazes de correr todos para ao mesmo lado e na medida certa, formando uma equipa unida e solidária, que via o seu futebol fluir sem se inebriar. Mesmo assim, Scolari insiste em privilegiar o resultado e, como o tinha anunciado após as derrotas com a Grécia e com a Itália, nos primeiros particulares após a consumação do apuramento, está a trabalhar uma componente nova para estes jogadores: o cinismo.

O modelo posto em prática nos 20 minutos finais frente à Turquia tem como objectivo primeiro segurar a vantagem e tentar jogar no contrapé, para as costas do adversário, aproveitando a velocidade de Cristiano Ronaldo e de Nani, o envolvimento atacante de João Moutinho, que aparece de trás para a frente a ocupar os espaços, como aconteceu no lance do golo, e a espantosa capacidade de passe de Deco, que põe a equipa a funcionar em qualquer dos esquemas.

O apelo de Scolari ao realismo foi a ponto de, nos minutos finais, estando a jogar com quatro médios, trocar Deco por Fernando Meira. E, se pudesse fazer uma quarta substituição, provavelmente meteria Bruno Alves e tirava Cristiano Ronaldo. É certo que para a história ficam as vitórias e não as exibições, mas recuar demasiado não deixa de ser uma opção de risco. E Portugal nunca correu riscos enquanto jogou em 4x3x3, pois esteve quase sempre no campo do adversário.

A Itália foi campeã do Mundo utilizando este esquema cínico, apoiado numa defesa forte, um meio-campo trabalhador e dois avançados rápidos e fortes no um contra um. O Portugal do 4x3x3 encantou e com uma pontinha de sorte poderia ter goleado a Turquia. O esquema italiano pode guardar-se para defrontar os tubarões. Se possível depois de estar em vantagem.

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I think Scolari is right in trying to apply the cynicism of a team like Italy (or even Greece to a certain extent), as they have proved that in order to win tournaments you need extra-large doses of it. Still, I do not think that we looked particularly comfortable in the last 15' of the game against Turkey and that doesn't leave me very reassured.

What does really leave me reassured is that after watching yesterday our possible opponents in the QFs and SFs I think that even with the few flaws that we have showed in our first game at this tournament I am confident that we can go all the way to the final. This of course if we keep the determination and the composure of the first match.
 

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Man this is huge. These type of teams we struggle against, Czech will defend for the majority of the game.

If they score the first, we are in massive trouble as they will defend with 10 men.

If we lose this we're in trouble, we can't let it get to the last game against the home nation.

Any chance Ferreira will be dropped?
 

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Man this is huge. These type of teams we struggle against, Czech will defend for the majority of the game.

If they score the first, we are in massive trouble as they will defend with 10 men.

If we lose this we're in trouble, we can't let it get to the last game against the home nation.

Any chance Ferreira will be dropped?
I would have understood your knee jerking if we would have played against Turkey like we played most of the games in the last World Cup. I see no reason for this.

Of course the Czechs can score first, this is a game, but looking at what they've produced against the Swiss I believe that possibility is really not very high.

Paulo Ferreira was not brilliant against Turkey but he was also not as bad as some people claim. I very much doubt that Miguel would have done better as he never proved to be a good LB.

I hope Scolari keeps the same XI for this game as we need consistency and coherence above all.
 

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I think we'll see a very different Czech Republic this wednesday. I'm not convinced by that poor display againt the swiss and expect them to be a tough nut to crack.
 

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If the Czechs go 4-5-1 again, we'll win. Koller will be suffocated by himself in the box between Pepe and Carvalho, the best CB pairing in the whole tournament. If they give him some support, his ability to hold the ball up and head onto his teammates' runs will prove dangerous.
 

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The czechs showed that they don't need to play well to win. They just need to connect a cross on the head of that big-ass motherfarker. We'll need to be extra vigilant and exercise the patience we showed against the Turks - they'll eventually wear down, and we'll catch them back-pedaling in the last half hour. And when we do, we need to pounce the way a lion pounces on the sickly gazelle.
 
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