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Group A: Switzerland, England, Portugal, Italy
Group B: France, Belgium, Greece, Czech Republic
- Top 2 make it to the semi-finals.

Websites:
http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under21/index.html (Uefa)
http://www.swiss-soccer.ch (In German - excellent site)

The tournament started yesterday and produced the following results.

France - Czech Republic 2:0 (2:0)
Charmilles, Geneva. - A: 5454

Greece - Belgium 1:2 (0:1)
Pontaise, Lausanne. - A: 1950

Switzerland starts today against England. As of last night 14,000 out of the 15,800 tickets had been sold. I got myself tickets for all three group games :D (I wont have internet access the next couple of days however, so y'all will have to wait for my match report)
 

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No worries mate :). Look forward to hearing of your findings :D :excited:

Switzerland lost their first game 2-1 but dominated the last quarter of the game from match reports i read and a draw would have been a fairer result but it was not to be :sigh: :groan:
 

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Switzerland - Portugal 2-0

The Swiss boys delivered another great game and, with some luck, managed to beat Portugal. Ricardo Cabanas (GC) opened the score after 60' with a penalty kick after Reto Zanni (FCSG) was pushed down within the 16 metres. Alex Frei (Servette FC) doubled the score with his second tournament goal 10 minutes later.

Portugal were suffering bad luck, hitting the post or bar four times.

Best Swiss players (IMO): Cabanas and Nicolas Beney (GK, FC Sion).


A win against Italy on Wednesday would lead the Swiss side into the semi-finals...
 

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Ok, here we go...


England - Switzerland 2:1

A great game except for the result. The stadium was almost sold out and had an attendance of 15,000. The only side with a few empty seats was the English section opposite of me. The Swiss team was put under pressure right from the beginning and that resulted in a goal for England in the second minute. Not exactly an ideal start. Switzerland gained possesion the rest of the half but it stayed at 1-0 until halftime. The Swiss started well in the second half but it was England again that was able to put the next goal away. It was only 5 min. later that the Swiss team pulled back into the game with a beautiful free-kick by Alex Frei. After the goal the spectators gave the home team some of the best support I have ever witnessed in the Hardturm stadium, it was truly amazing. I did my fair share and heckled the English goalkeeper Robinson in his native language. Since Robinson liked to take his time with goal-kicks, the Swiss fans behind him responded with whistles every time he touched the ball. At one point Robinson stuck out his tongue to the fans when the referee didn't see it. Needless to say he heard it from me the rest of the game as I was right behind him at the fence :D. Despite many chances Switzerland did not manage to equalize, but the fans recognized the hard effort. Despite losing, the people celebrated the players with a standing ovation like they had just won the game. Apparently I also made it onto national television as my friends told me after I got home. For those of you watching, I was the one with the white Puma away jersey (I think I was the only one with the new away jersey present.)


Portugal - Switzerland 0:2

Vlado already described the game so I will focus on the atmosphere (were you there Vlado?) I knew that Portugal would have good support, due to my experience with the GC - Porto match last year. But when I entered the stadium I was astonished - It was about 60:40 for Portugal. I had no idea so many Portugese live in Switzerland. That makes the win even more special, considering the support was very split. It was also very hot at this game. I wonder why it was played at 5 p.m. instead of the evening. All in all a great game with an excellent atmosphere. This game was sold out to the last seat.


Today will be my first visit to the St. Jakobs Park and it is already sold out (30,000.) Swiss fans will definitely be the majority this time (at least 20,000)
 

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All the games so far...

Group A

England - Switzerland 2:1 (1:0)
Hardturm, Zürich. - A: 15,000

Italy - Portugal 1:1 (0:0)
St. Jakob, Basel. - A: 10,100

Portugal - Switzerland 0:2 (0:0)
Hardturm, Zürich. - A: 16,066 (sellout)

Italy - England 2:1 (0:0)
St. Jakob, Basel. - A: 12,980

Switzerland - Italy and England - Portugal are tonight.


Group B

Belgium - Czech Republic 0:1 (0:1)
Charmilles, Geneva. - A: 2015

Greece - France 1:3 (0:2)
Pontaise, Lausanne. - A: 8850

Czech Republic - Greece 1:1 (1:0)
Pontaise, Lausanne. - A: 1150

Belgium - France 0:2 (0:0)
Charmilles, Geneva. - A: 7179

Final Standings:

1. France
2. Czech Republic
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3. Belgium
4. Greece


Note: I listed all the attendances because the success of this tournament is crucial for the Euro 2008 bid (so far they have been great)....
 

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Thanks for the report SwissCGZ :happy: :cool:. Nice and concise and to the point :proud:

I too was shocked when i heard about the Portuguese support as well :eekani: although as i said in their forum that the portuguese know talent when they see it :). Apparently they were dubbing the current Portuguese team the "Golden generation II" although they thought Portugal would have to win something first ti justify this claim. Even if the Swiss were a bit lucky against them a victory against such a team is a great achievement. Apparently a lot comes down to the Swiss Fussballbund ;) implementing a development program similar to the French in the mid 90's.

For those of us not as lucky as SwissGCZ who got to see the game live AND hurl insults at England's keeper :D then go to www.uefa.com/multimedia to watch the highlights of the goals

BTW those links u posted don't work SwissGCZ :)

And enjoy the game in Basel. Should be a different experience from the Hardturn with the larger capacity. I don't think you will have as much success insulting the Italian goalie if u get a seat that close to the action due to the bigger crowd and i doubt he'd understand anyway ;)
 

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CH - Italy 0-0
Portugal - England 3-1

This means that Italy and Switzerland are in the semi-finals (Italy-Czech R., CH-France) !!!
 

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Joy for Switzerland
Thursday 23 May 2002

Sometimes the most spectacular joy can come from what looks to be the most uninteresting of results. In this instance a 0-0 draw with Italy in Basel sparked scenes of jubilation in Switzerland, as the hosts earned a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time.

Significant result

The result also meant celebration for Italy as it helped them top Group 1 but the real significance lay with the Swiss. It would not be possible to overstate the impact the hosts have made under coach Bernard Challandes. They finished second in the toughest section, defeating Portugal and more than holding their own last night with the title holders and winners of four of the last five tournaments.

Mutual satisfaction

You could easily forgive the hosts their part in the closing spell of dullness in last night's match at the Saint Jakob stadium as both teams received news of Portugal's 3-1 winning scoreline over England and appeared to agree to settle for a 0-0 draw, a result of mutual satisfaction.

Work ethic

Before that the Swiss, who had never before qualified for the final stages of this event, had again given a demonstration of their organisational qualities and strong work ethic to limit Italy's menace and threaten the most surprising result of the tournament so far. Daniel Gygax whistled a shot narrowly wide early on and his team were aggrieved when Alexander Frei went down with no penalty given.

"Really, really happy"

Afterwards Challandes said: "I'm really, really happy with this match. When the draw was made I said we would qualify for the semi-finals. It's clear that this is already success for Switzerland but I don't want to stop here. I want us to go to the end of the tournament and have the chance to continue this success."

Tough examination

However to make further progress Switzerland will have to lift themselves to another level again with France, boasting three wins out of three, providing the opposition in Basle on Saturday. Challandes knows the French team and is prepared for the tough examination awaiting his young charges. "France and Italy were my favourites to win the tournament before the start so it is no surprise that they are there," he said.

Wonderful opportunity

Holders Italy themselves impressed periodically against the Swiss. Indeed they might have scored inside two minutes, Massimo Maccarone, two-goal star of Monday's victory over England, forcing Stéphane Grichting to clear off the line after Vincenzo Iaquinta had worried Nicolas Beney in the air. Switzerland were reprieved again when Iaquinta, named in place of Emiliano Bonazzoli, spurned a wonderful opportunity when Beney's save from Maccarone offered him a gaping net with which to pick his spot.

Three suspensions
"We had opportunities to score but did not take tham and that was a deficiency in our game," said coach Claudio Gentile who has to wrestle with a problem before Saturday's semi-final with the Czech Republic in Zurich with three defenders missing through suspension.

Gentile seeks solution
To the loss of Daniele Bonera, who incurred a four-match ban after his sending-off against England, must be added Gianpaolo Bellini and Cesare Natali who both picked up a second yellow card of the tournament. "We will fight to find a solution," Gentile said. "If the players who come in really fight we can fill this gap."


www.uefa.com


Congrats to your boys :cool: Hopefully we will meet again in the final :)
 

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Good game. Too bad I missed the first 35 min. due to horrible traffic.(All that EU traffic needs to be put on railroads). The stadium is really nice - I gotta hand it to Basel, they've got the leading organization in the country right now and got their stadium done before everybody else...
 

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@SwissGCZ

:D :D :D That's why i usually take the railroad myself, when i travel to away matches...

To your question above: i only was at the CH-England match. I was standing right behind the goal, which means that i must have been standing only a few metres from you.

The rest of the matches I've seen on tv.
 

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:D :D :D That's why i usually take the railroad myself, when i travel to away matches...
Yes, I should have for this game (didn't have problems yesterday however.) Traffic is truly bad close to Basel. There needs to be some new laws that cut down on the EU truck traffic going through Switzerland.
Vlado said:

To your question above: i only was at the CH-England match. I was standing right behind the goal, which means that i must have been standing only a few metres from you.

The rest of the matches I've seen on tv.
You sure you don't remember an obnoxious fan screaming English obscenities? :rolleyes:
 
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