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The group of death is ridiculous. Netherlands/Germany/Portugal/Denmark
"Anyone who talks about Jordan Williams leaving knows nothing about basketball. Absolutely nothing" - Hogie 02/27/2011
You haven't received your official apology from the German Soccer Team?
For Denmark and Portugal it will be death.
Very excited about this. I'm going to be in northern Europe on a cruise while the knockout rounds are going on. If Denmark comes in second and then wins their first knockout game, they'll be playing on June 27th and I'll be in Denmark on that day. If Germany wins their group and then wins their first knockout game, they'll be playing on June 28th and I'll be in Germany that day. The first one is not very likely, but the second one is. So that's what I'm rooting for. I'd love to be in a sports bar on those days rooting for those team with the people in their country. Unfortunately we have no stops in Poland (or Ukraine) so I won't be able to go to any games live.
Very, very excited. I'll be at several of the matches in both Poland and Ukraine and I'm really stoked for what should be tremendous crowds and atmospheres for the eastern teams. I'd love to see one win the whole thing, but that would be a monumental upset (Russia is the most talented, but a disaster - Croatia is a mess defensively - Poland and Ukraine just aren't very good, etc).
I'll root for an upset, too, but it'll be near impossible. The top teams, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, are just too good.
Where will you be? I'll be staying with a friend in Krakow and then heading to Liew (sp?) and Warsaw for games, probably June 10th - 20th...
For all those rooting for Germany, I am pretty sure Ozil is going to Pwn VERY hard during these Euros.
Not pulling for anyone in particular, but really excited about the tournament. Outside of the favorites (Spain, Netherlands, Germany) I like Croatia a lot. Think they will get out of the group in 2nd ahead of Italy and have a very winnable game against likely England in the next round.
Germany is going to be nasty for the foreseeable future. Their young talent is staggering.
I'm rooting for Ireland and Germany but really I just want the same thing out of this tournament that I do for every international tournament and that is for England to bomb out in spectacular fashion.
Hating England is second only to hating Mexico.
I'll root against England UNLESS they lure Scholes out of retirement. Would love to see that guy boss the Euros.
I'll probably just day trip it from Vienna to Krakow and Lviv (get ready for confusion on this one, it's Lviv in Ukrainian and Lwow - pronounced Lvov - in Polish, and both have had the city off and on through history) and stay with people overnight, but I'm also going to make a longer multi-day trip to Kyiv around the finals.
Im heading over for the 1st 2 weeks of the tournament. Going to catch all of the Ireland and Poland group stage games. Flying in to Krakow and renting a car, then basically moving around to a different city every 2 days.
6/8 Warsaw Pol/Gre
6/10 Poznan Ire/Cro
6/12 Warsaw Pol/Rus
6/14 Gdansk Ire/Spa
6/16 Wroclaw Pol/Cze
6/18 Poznan Ire/Italy
you better take a lot of pictures and post a lot!
how come all the england hate? i'll admit i don't follow politics too closely, but aren't they pretty much our best friends in the world?
Most of us follow their league very closely, and England's national team has a lot of players that are easy to dislike.
Their media is obnoxious, as are their fans.Politics has nothing to do with it.
Not to mention how arrogant they are about soccer, namely the FA.
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because their meltdowns are hilarious. They think they have a birthright to be great at soccer and when they don't win a tournament there's a national inquisition.
i dont get it either. i hope they win.
Watching Poland in Poland is going to be awesome - but damn, that's not a great list of cities to be in.
Wroclaw, Krakow and Lviv are BY FAR the 3 best cities hosting matches. It's not even close. All 3 are older medieval cities that have very little taint of Soviet occupation. They simply crush every other city where matches are going to be played.
Gdansk, Kharkiv and Warsaw are the 3 worst cities hosting matches.
You're going to see 7 matches, and only 1 of them is going to be in one of the best locations. Yikes.
Here's how I'd rate the host cities:
#1 - Krakow
#2 - Lviv
#3 - Wroclaw
HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE GAP
#4 - Kyiv
#5 - Donetsk (just because the stadium crushes)
#6 - Warsaw
#7 - Gdansk
#8 - Kharkiv
Throw the bottom 4 in a hat and try to avoid all of them, if you can.
Krakow is not a host city, did you mean Poznan? I hope so anyway.
Gdansk looks like it will be the most fun, due to its location right near the beach resorts. Plan on hanging out with some friends in Sopot on the eve of the Ireland/Spain match.
All of the cities Im visiting should have a great atmosphere, if only for the tremendous crowds for the Poland and Ireland matches.
There are upwards of 40k Irish fans heading over, and tickets for all of their group matches are going for crazy money.
Sopot in Gdansk is beautiful. Also one of the richer parts. Wroclaw above Krakow as a party city. The change in Wroclaw is crazy. The group A is going to be fun with Russia Poland and the Czechs. Fun before fights after games.
Yeah, not sure why I had Krakow on the brain - it's one of the reserve venues. Put Poznan just below Wroclaw then.
Gdansk is beautiful in very small parts (the historic center is tremendous), but it's largely a disgusting grimy Soviet era port city. Not a huge fan of the Baltic beaches, but they should be a riot during the Euros.
Wroclaw and Lviv will just be jammed to the teeth and all the basement and underground bars, clubs and nightlife to go with the gorgeous scenery (in more ways than one) make them my top choices for the best entertainment.
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