[size=12pt]EURO 2016 FRANCE[/size]
Euro 2016 taking a kick-start this weekend with lots, lots of games, some of them looking quite interesting. But, with 24 teams having a place in the final tournament, the qualifications look like one long run-up to the real thing in 2016. It’ll be quite hard NOT to qualify under these circumstances, at least for teams like Germany, Holland, England, Italy, Spain and the likes. Even El Topo & the Portuguese team should be able to qualify this time without using the fire escape of a play-off against, let’s say, Cyprus.
Anyway, we’ll see. Some of the games:
Germany - Scotland
Portugal - Albania
Spain - Macedonia (what’s the new Spain capable of?)
Switserland - England
Czech Rep. - Holland
Norway - Italy
Some results of friendly games played last week were remarkable:
Italy - Holland 2-0
Holland playing with ten men for about 80 minutes, but most of all playing without Arjen Robben. Like some have said, Oranje is Robbeb these days, without him, we have nothing to look for on the highest level. He won’t play against Czech republic …
And even more remarkable:
Germany - Argentina 2-4
The Germans playing with a new line-up, so it wasn’t a real revenge match for the World Cup final, but I noticed in some comments that the result hurt some feelings. Argentina played without Messi, but with Angel Di Maria this time, and he made a hell of a difference, ripping the German defence apart time after time.
Coach Löw said his team would have beaten Argentina with Di Maria as well, at least on that hot July night in Maracana. Quite possible of course, it would have been a different game with Di Maria playing, for both teams that is. And as far as the result is concerned: We’ll never know.
Brazil - Colombia 1-0
Neymar scoring the decisive goal. Again a very physical, often brutal match, so it seems
Most important thing is that Brazil basically used the same players as during the World Cup (only a few minor changes made), so I guess it’ll take quite some time before they’re back on the level we expect from them. Neymar can’t do it all on his own.