Well… blah

A championship that ends in a bland 1-0 game does tend to affirm certain prejudices about this sport. And after the wild craziness of Germany-Croatia, Germany-Turkey, or Russia-Netherlands…

Oh, well, it was a fun two weeks anyhow. Congratulations to our Spanish friends!

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About Douglas Muir

American with an Irish passport. Does development work for a big international donor. Has been living in Eastern Europe for the last six years -- first Serbia, then Romania, and now Armenia. Calls himself a Burkean conservative, which would be a liberal in Germany but an unhappy ex-Republican turned Democrat in the US. Husband of Claudia. Parent of Alan, David, Jacob and Leah. Likes birds. Writes Halfway Down The Danube. Writes Halfway Down The Danube.

9 thoughts on “Well… blah

  1. 1-0. Yes. Bland? No.

    This was a great tournament which definitively had more exciting matches, with Russia-Netherlands as one of the most entertaining international matches (except if you happened to be Dutch) but as soccer finals go, this one was pretty entertaining. It didn’t even go to a penalty shoot-out.

  2. “didn’t go to a penalty shootout” is setting the bar kinda low, don’t you think?

    Bland: the expected team won by the expected margin in the expected way. Nothing about this game /surprised/.

    Doug M.

  3. Bland? Not really. There were a good few shots on goal, mostly from Spain, and I was on the edge of my seat for the last 20 minutes, when Germany started getting their act together in midfield.

    Anyway, it has been a marvellous tournament overall, one of the best in recent memory.

    Sidenote: I saw some people in the FanZone (via BBC TV) waving the European flag, which is one way to ensure you have something to wave at the end of the evening.

  4. Senna won’t live it down for a while. Leastways, I don’t think he will.

    Doug, here I do in fact have the spirit of a convert. So you may wish to discount what I have to say. Which is simply that I agree with Anthony, with the caveat that the Spanish team did get crazy defensive and low-risk during that period.

    But not a bland game. A bland game doesn’t keep you biting your fingernails; this one did.

    Are you sure you like soccer? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.

  5. I would say I’m trying to like it.

    Sometimes — Germany’s recent games against Croatia and Turkey come to mind — it’s easy. Other times, less so.

    Doug M.

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