So This Is the European Championship Now?

Where did the rest of the world go?

I wrote that Brazil looked eminently beatable, and so they were. (And Emmanuel wrote that Brazil was overrated.) France has just gotten better and better after scraping through the group round.

Anyone think we’ll find out how far Franco-German reconciliation has come on July 9?

17 thoughts on “So This Is the European Championship Now?

  1. I was hoping we could get a second chance against Brazil, but France is fine with me.
    Well, we lost against Italy in the world cup preparations, thus it will be a tough game on the Fourth of July.

    Got a question: Is it unusual that only West European countries play in the semifinals?

  2. France looked really good today, a true pleasure to watch and a well-deserved victory. Predictions are always doomed, but I believe they’ll make it to the finals after all the confidence they must have gained today.

    “Got a question: Is it unusual that only West European countries play in the semifinals?”

    Yes, certainly in modern football. Last time was 1982. Before that four more times: 1974, 1966, 1954 and 1934.

  3. “Correction: TWO times before that: 1966 and 1934. So, pretty unusual indeed.

    See here: “>http://www.soccerhall.org/history/World_Cup_History.htm”

    Further correction, if I may: there has never been a World Cup where only Western European countries made it to the final, this is the first. In 1966, the Soviet Union placed fourth, and in 1934, Czechoslovakia was second. Unless the Czechs are now Western European?

    Source:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_World_Cup
    (Despite its failings, Wikipedia is very nice for sports topics.)

    France was a joy to watch. Zidane and Henry… perfect.

  4. “Correction: TWO times before that: 1966 and 1934. So, pretty unusual indeed.

    See here: http://www.soccerhall.org/history/World_Cup_History.htm

    Further correction, if I may: there has never been a World Cup where only Western European countries made it to the final, this is the first. In 1966, the Soviet Union placed fourth, and in 1934, Czechoslovakia was second. Unless the Czechs are now Western European?

    Source:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_World_Cup
    (Despite its failings, Wikipedia is very nice for sports topics.)

    France was a joy to watch. Zidane and Henry… perfect.

  5. Typing error, that’s “semi-final”, not “final”, first time only W Euro countries made it to the semi-final, as per the original question.

  6. “there has never been a World Cup where only Western European countries made it to the final”

    No further correction, I assume?
    Thank you for looking that up!

    Wow! A Eurozone championship.

    Will this increase Euro-patriotism? And help to agree on a European constitution?

  7. “Further correction, if I may”

    Zurn, you are absolutely right. Serves me right for reading and typing half-asleep.

    “Will this increase Euro-patriotism? And help to agree on a European constitution?”

    I do not think so. But I have been wrong twice in this thread, so do not pay any attention to me 🙂

  8. @Joerg: LOL!!

    I loved this: “die Belüftung sorgt für frische Luft im Inneren, auch bei den heißesten Spielen”

    Anyway, good luck against Italy.

  9. Brazil’s lost……….it was really shocking. The Francis attitude seemed as if they wanted to pay off the old scores i.e revenge………and they surely succeeded. The match was damn interesting but atlast one’s gonna win. Nways this time France………..

  10. “Brazil’s lost……….it was really shocking. The Francis attitude seemed as if they wanted to pay off the old scores i.e revenge………and they surely succeeded. The match was damn interesting but atlast one’s gonna win. Nways this time France…….”

    Gotta admire this kind of labour-intensive spam. Who is Francis, by the way? If you are talking about France, it was not them that needed paying off old scores. But hey, no need to follow football as long as people click on your home-health-test homepage.

  11. The world cup has lost its spice. Brazil coach Carlos Alberto said his plan was perfect and he would go with it even if he was given another chance. But anybody with some sense of football will vote against it. Brazil packed the midfield-a clear indication of defensive play. It was simply not their style and everybody knew it. France knew it better and it took just one push from Thierry Henry to do the rest. Brazil never recovered from that goal.

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