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(UEFA Champions League)   This is it, the brawl for it all. Spain vs. Italy for the European championship. Your Euro2012 Final thread. Coverage begins at 2pm ET on ESPN   (uefa.com ) divider line
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2012-07-01 04:56:33 PM  
For anyone interested, Picqué's Shakira is in the stands next to Placido Domingo. Ahem.
 
2012-07-01 04:58:37 PM  

Dinobot: balotelli going back to the field? what for? everyone already knows you're a jerkass


You know, he might have been going over to talk to his family. We'll never know since no cameras followed him.
 
2012-07-01 05:05:25 PM  

ADubs86: Dinobot: balotelli going back to the field? what for? everyone already knows you're a jerkass

You know, he might have been going over to talk to his family. We'll never know since no cameras followed him.


you talk to your family after the the normal t-shirt exchange is done -- that is what the other italian players did

The guy is just an arrogant jerkass. when he was introduced, he stayed last and allowed a big chunk of time to pass so he could walk on the field alone, rather than go with the rest of his team. so, his team loses, throws a fit and storms off the field.
 
2012-07-01 05:06:59 PM  

ADubs86: Dinobot: balotelli going back to the field? what for? everyone already knows you're a jerkass

You know, he might have been going over to talk to his family. We'll never know since no cameras followed him.


The commenter here, who is in the stands, said he went in immediately. Probably a Top Gun mentality (Cristiano Ronaldo style), but it's not appreciated.
 
2012-07-01 05:13:32 PM  
My power just came back on. I swear to god, my power went out around the 60th. I am so pissed. I was sure I was going to turn the tv back in to "holy shiat, you all just witnessed history. That was the greatest end to a match ever. Who would have thought that was possible."
 
2012-07-01 05:17:24 PM  
Soooo all of you will enjoy this, the manager at a local chain bar/restaurant decided to turn off the audio of the baseball game for the soccer game today. I may have understood if it was full of fans bit there were 10 tops watching the game with everyone else watching the braves. It didn't take much prodding for her to change it since she was from Argentina, now she was not remotely attractive.

It was funny to see the place empty out once she did that, we soon followed.
 
2012-07-01 05:25:39 PM  

steamingpile: Soooo all of you will enjoy this, the manager at a local chain bar/restaurant decided to turn off the audio of the baseball game for the soccer game today. I may have understood if it was full of fans bit there were 10 tops watching the game with everyone else watching the braves. It didn't take much prodding for her to change it since she was from Argentina, now she was not remotely attractive.

It was funny to see the place empty out once she did that, we soon followed.


but watching the braves would have kept you?
sounds like someone who drinks at a franchise-style bar
 
2012-07-01 05:28:17 PM  
Was at a packed bar to watch this one. Left after Torres (that pathetic piece of shiat) scored. All my friends and about 2/3 of the people there were rooting for Italy too. But the Spanish team over the past 5-6 years might be the best of all time. Congrats to them.
 
2012-07-01 05:32:30 PM  
GODDAMMITSOMUCH I wanted Italy to win, but farking spaniards played a perfect game. Add to that a couple of key injuries and there wasn't even a prayer of winning this match :(

forza azzurri!
 
2012-07-01 05:35:32 PM  

Mr_H: Heh, my Italian buddy who is working in Germany wondered if he should lay low for a few days after that game.


The last time the Germans lost big in Europe, they weren't too happy either. Boy did we beat them to oblivion.
 
2012-07-01 05:57:11 PM  
You watched history today...no team has won three major international tournaments in a row. They lay valid claim to the best of all time. Viva!

rlv.zcache.com
 
2012-07-01 05:58:31 PM  

TeamEd: Also, to everyone who was calling Spain boring. This is what happens when a team tries to attack against Spain.


You misspelled "when you have to play 10 vs 11 for 30 or so minutes".
 
2012-07-01 06:02:33 PM  

sotua: TeamEd: Also, to everyone who was calling Spain boring. This is what happens when a team tries to attack against Spain.

You misspelled "when you have to play 10 vs 11 for 30 or so minutes".


OK, maybe if they had 11 vs. 11, it would have only been 3-0.
 
2012-07-01 06:03:17 PM  

sotua: TeamEd: Also, to everyone who was calling Spain boring. This is what happens when a team tries to attack against Spain.

You misspelled "when you have to play 10 vs 11 for 30 or so minutes".


That's on the border of revisionist; the first 2 goals came in the first part of the match, the rest was playfulness.
 
2012-07-01 06:07:53 PM  
Well done spain. Sadly Italy never arrived or it would have been a classic. Prandelli is sure to get a good offer from a top club and I suspect he will take it. I think we'll see Mancini's Italy in Brazil.
 
2012-07-01 06:10:56 PM  
I'll just repeat what I said before: Spain are a credit to the sport I love. A magnificent, exhilarating performance.
 
2012-07-01 06:13:38 PM  

689908: I'll just repeat what I said before: Spain are a credit to the sport I love. A magnificent, exhilarating performance.


This.
 
2012-07-01 06:42:44 PM  
I am currently in my house in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Dead I. The middle of City Central. And it's sounded like a city-wide orgasm with fireworks, airhorns, and vuvuzelas for the last three hours.

It's 12:40 am, you crazy Spaniards. Don't any of you have to work in the morning?

/being American living overseas can be cool, until their parties keep you up until 4am
 
2012-07-01 06:45:17 PM  
Dead in the middle of city central, rather. Damn auto correct hates me.
 
2012-07-01 07:20:35 PM  

JerseyTim: I can't believe I have to root for Italy because of their style of play.

I hope Mario gets a hat trick.


Worst. Reason. Ever. Italy has long held reign as having the worst style of play. The whole of italian football is to stop the play of the game. Spain's possession ball is beautiful, and is very offensive minded as we all can attest. Perhaps not as fun as samba ball but it is as wickedly effective.
 
2012-07-01 08:16:35 PM  

steamingpile: Soooo all of you will enjoy this, the manager at a local chain bar/restaurant decided to turn off the audio of the baseball game for the soccer game today. I may have understood if it was full of fans bit there were 10 tops watching the game with everyone else watching the braves. It didn't take much prodding for her to change it since she was from Argentina, now she was not remotely attractive.

It was funny to see the place empty out once she did that, we soon followed.


Christ on a crutch! The soccer threads just draw you bullshiat bar story people in dont they?
 
2012-07-01 08:38:34 PM  

mcoctopus: Well done spain. Sadly Italy never arrived or it would have been a classic. Prandelli is sure to get a good offer from a top club and I suspect he will take it. I think we'll see Mancini's Italy in Brazil.


I hope not - he's done some remarkable things with this team and it's actually fun to watch Italy play now. Prandelli, Löw and Del Bosque have done some remarkable things and if they keep this up those 3 teams will own the fark out of the 2014 World Cup.

It's sad to see Pirlo and Xavi go though...
 
2012-07-01 09:10:18 PM  

Shadowknight: I am currently in my house in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Dead I. The middle of City Central. And it's sounded like a city-wide orgasm with fireworks, airhorns, and vuvuzelas for the last three hours.

It's 12:40 am, you crazy Spaniards. Don't any of you have to work in the morning?

/being American living overseas can be cool, until their parties keep you up until 4am


No, they do not work in the morning, which is one of the reasons Spain is broke.
 
2012-07-01 09:13:58 PM  

flexflint: sotua: TeamEd: Also, to everyone who was calling Spain boring. This is what happens when a team tries to attack against Spain.

You misspelled "when you have to play 10 vs 11 for 30 or so minutes".

That's on the border of revisionist; the first 2 goals came in the first part of the match, the rest was playfulness.


I'm not saying that Italy would have won. Spain played a perfect match. But I think it would have been closer if Italy hadn't lost Chiellini and then man down with almost half an hour left against the worst team to be man down. Vs England or.Germany it would be difficult, but doable. Against tiki taka passing? The game effectively ended when motta was stretchered off.
 
2012-07-01 09:40:01 PM  
It was over when they took the field. If they played 10 times against each other, I think Italy would be lucky to win 2.
 
2012-07-01 10:34:49 PM  

sn0wblind: steamingpile: Soooo all of you will enjoy this, the manager at a local chain bar/restaurant decided to turn off the audio of the baseball game for the soccer game today. I may have understood if it was full of fans bit there were 10 tops watching the game with everyone else watching the braves. It didn't take much prodding for her to change it since she was from Argentina, now she was not remotely attractive.

It was funny to see the place empty out once she did that, we soon followed.

but watching the braves would have kept you?
sounds like someone who drinks at a franchise-style bar


Well since it was 105 degrees here today being inside was better than the stadium and most people had the same idea.

My only biatch was this is 45 mins outside the city where most of the soccer fans are located, at most there were 10 people watching with 50 watching the baseball game. But since she's a soccer fan she placated those few over the majority.

Know your clientele.
 
2012-07-01 11:41:53 PM  

esteban9: You watched history today...no team has won three major international tournaments in a row. They lay valid claim to the best of all time. Viva!

[rlv.zcache.com image 400x400]


And to think I had a lengthy argument with an idiot claiming that Spain's style was ineffective against good teams. Barca, he assured me, won 4-0 because they have Messi, but Spain never does that.

I hope he feels stupid.
 
2012-07-02 02:39:42 AM  

Shadowknight: I am currently in my house in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. Dead I. The middle of City Central. And it's sounded like a city-wide orgasm with fireworks, airhorns, and vuvuzelas for the last three hours.

It's 12:40 am, you crazy Spaniards. Don't any of you have to work in the morning?

/being American living overseas can be cool, until their parties keep you up until 4am


I know the feeling. I live near Seville and went to a the nearby suburban roundabout for the after-game party to take pics/videos. Interestingly, they had blocked off the roundabout to traffic before the game, anticipating a celebration - is that confidence, or just good preparation?

Anyway, only stayed half an hour, too rowdy for this middle-aged guy. Went to the World Cup celebration in 2010 in "La Capital" and it got rough early. Cars being rocked back and forth in the streets etc. Also made an early departure. However, didn't hear of anyone getting injured or shot like in the USA after major championship celebrations.

Anyway, it was fun for an expat to experience it, as you described.
 
2012-07-02 02:43:03 AM  

sonofASDF: mcoctopus: Well done spain. Sadly Italy never arrived or it would have been a classic. Prandelli is sure to get a good offer from a top club and I suspect he will take it. I think we'll see Mancini's Italy in Brazil.

I hope not - he's done some remarkable things with this team and it's actually fun to watch Italy play now. Prandelli, Löw and Del Bosque have done some remarkable things and if they keep this up those 3 teams will own the fark out of the 2014 World Cup.

It's sad to see Pirlo and Xavi go though...


If Del Bosque can hold this team together and get Villa and Pujols back in '14, I don't see anyone beating them. However, a lot can happen in two years. Just ask the Dutch.
 
2012-07-02 02:47:46 AM  

missiv: Autistic_Monkey: missiv: No more subs... Italy's cruise ship just slammed against some rocks.

Italy look tired. I think the Germany game was one too many.

I agree. The Germany match was hard fought.


Yeah, the extra 30 minutes for Spain and then PKs was a walk in the park by comparison.
 
2012-07-02 03:37:48 AM  

esteban9: sonofASDF: mcoctopus: Well done spain. Sadly Italy never arrived or it would have been a classic. Prandelli is sure to get a good offer from a top club and I suspect he will take it. I think we'll see Mancini's Italy in Brazil.

I hope not - he's done some remarkable things with this team and it's actually fun to watch Italy play now. Prandelli, Löw and Del Bosque have done some remarkable things and if they keep this up those 3 teams will own the fark out of the 2014 World Cup.

It's sad to see Pirlo and Xavi go though...

If Del Bosque can hold this team together and get Villa and Pujols back in '14, I don't see anyone beating them. However, a lot can happen in two years. Just ask the Dutch.


If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.
 
2012-07-02 06:18:48 AM  

RepoManTSM: Anyone know what the Spanish t-shirts were about?


Antonio Puerta
Daniel Jarque
Manuel Preciado
Miki Roqué
 
2012-07-02 08:12:23 AM  

sotua: The game effectively ended when motta was stretchered off.


karma for the italian history of flopping and faking.
 
2012-07-02 08:21:34 AM  

esteban9: and get Villa and Pujols back in '14


www.gfdb.comor a.espncdn.com
 
2012-07-02 09:00:36 AM  

esteban9:
If Del Bosque can hold this team together and get Villa and Pujols back in '14, I don't see anyone beating them. However, a lot can happen in two years. Just ask the Dutch.


Villa will be back but Puyol won't be a key player in '14 - and Ramos turned out to be a really good substitute on that position. Germany have a young and very aggressive team so it will be fun to see them mature over the next couple of years.But yeah - a lot can happen in two years, that downward spiral for the Dutch started two years ago...
 
2012-07-02 10:10:19 AM  

KaisertheCoyote: If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.


I'm actually surprised Ozil was the one that scored in the match against Italy.

I always gave him flak for his world cup performance. Hopefully he'll do better next time around.
 
2012-07-02 11:17:09 AM  
 
2012-07-02 11:26:22 AM  

desertgeek: Spain's backup keeper has a future occupation, it seems.


Guy has a sense of humor. Good for him

/specially considering Casillas is not going anywhere anytime soon.
 
2012-07-02 11:50:36 AM  

Dinobot: desertgeek: Spain's backup keeper has a future occupation, it seems.

Guy has a sense of humor. Good for him

/specially considering Casillas is not going anywhere anytime soon.


Yep and that's fine with me. He can just focus on getting Liverpool to title contention and the Champions League.
 
2012-07-02 12:48:54 PM  
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Navas is all, Let me hold that, Sergio. We know what happens when you hold trophies.

desertgeek: Dinobot: desertgeek: Spain's backup keeper has a future occupation, it seems.

Guy has a sense of humor. Good for him

/specially considering Casillas is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Yep and that's fine with me. He can just focus on getting Liverpool to title contention and the Champions League.


You have a sense of humor, too. :)
 
2012-07-02 01:53:01 PM  
Winning the Euro is apparently fun for the whole family:

i.imgur.com

some more pics
 
2012-07-02 02:21:10 PM  

Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.

I'm actually surprised Ozil was the one that scored in the match against Italy.

I always gave him flak for his world cup performance. Hopefully he'll do better next time around.


I think Oezil deserves that position, but I would be curious to see Toni Kroos there. (Assuming Schweinstieger is still occupying the defensive midfield, which he should be in 2014. Hopefully fully fit too.)
 
2012-07-02 02:40:24 PM  

KaisertheCoyote: Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.

I'm actually surprised Ozil was the one that scored in the match against Italy.

I always gave him flak for his world cup performance. Hopefully he'll do better next time around.

I think Oezil deserves that position, but I would be curious to see Toni Kroos there. (Assuming Schweinstieger is still occupying the defensive midfield, which he should be in 2014. Hopefully fully fit too.)


Do you think Klose will make it till 2014?
 
2012-07-02 08:49:38 PM  

Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.

I'm actually surprised Ozil was the one that scored in the match against Italy.

I always gave him flak for his world cup performance. Hopefully he'll do better next time around.

I think Oezil deserves that position, but I would be curious to see Toni Kroos there. (Assuming Schweinstieger is still occupying the defensive midfield, which he should be in 2014. Hopefully fully fit too.)

Do you think Klose will make it till 2014?


He'll be 36, and given his natural talent in the Germany kit I think he has a shot. I hope so, because Mario Gomez is too one dimensional.
 
2012-07-03 05:41:10 AM  

KaisertheCoyote: Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: Dinobot: KaisertheCoyote: If Germany can get their mentality strait I think they'll have a chance. The team just needs a Kahn or Effenberg to motivate them or something.

I'm actually surprised Ozil was the one that scored in the match against Italy.

I always gave him flak for his world cup performance. Hopefully he'll do better next time around.

I think Oezil deserves that position, but I would be curious to see Toni Kroos there. (Assuming Schweinstieger is still occupying the defensive midfield, which he should be in 2014. Hopefully fully fit too.)

Do you think Klose will make it till 2014?

He'll be 36, and given his natural talent in the Germany kit I think he has a shot. I hope so, because Mario Gomez is too one dimensional.


Then there's this. Klose says he wants too. I say call him up if he's still like he is.

http://www.goal.com/en/news/2898/euro-2012/2012/06/30/3210850/klose-r e iterates-desire-to-play-at-2014-world-cup
 
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