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In case Figo forgot which club he betrayed... [Jul. 5th, 2004|12:03 am]
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Isn't it nice to know a lunatic fan can confront a star player so easily? Geez.

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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2004|07:34 pm]
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[mood |soaked]

As soon as the game was over I grabbed my camera and made tracks for Danforth, the Greek community in Toronto. I hope other people had an opportunity to join a big ol' party today too. It started to pour after a couple hours and one guy jumped up on his car -- I hope it was his car -- and started shouting that Zeus was joining the party.
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Parity inflates value of coaching. [Jul. 4th, 2004|04:56 pm]
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Not really much more to say than the subject line: When so many teams come to the finals with almost all the squads at nearly the same skill level, so much more comes down to how well the teams are coached.

France are an excellent example. Santini looked like he sent his superstars out there and said, "Go show them you're better," and nothing else. So they danced around, created few chances, had 3 of their first 4 goals handed to them and got outperformed in 3 of 4 games. They had no evident gameplan. The French attitude was that talent would prevail, and the tournament did not follow that path. Intelligence and teamwork prevailed.

In a way, it's difficult to digest something so formulaic and simple as having beaten all the odds. Three 1-0 games. Three headed goals taken in front of lapsed defending. Three times, Greece simply beat teams that were better on paper. Never lucky, never outrun, and seemingly never stretched. You simply have to tip your cap to them and hope that your team, whoever they might be, have recognized the messages from the Greek championship:

1.) You cannot be an assembly of superstars. You have to be a team.

2.) You cannot fail to adapt when your strategy looks suspect, no matter if you've gotten away with it.

3.) You cannot assume anything anymore at a major finals.

Rehhagel came in with the knowledge of what his team could accomplish defensively, and his team showed a level of consistency and concentration that was unmatched in those final three games.
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Greece??? [Jul. 4th, 2004|09:39 pm]
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Very impressed by Greece winning - laughing so hard at the Portugese PM guy crying at the moment! Don't think we'd ever get anything like that from Tony Blair...

I picked Greece following their first game to be a very tough and unpredictable team - that I didn't want England to play - and whaddayouknow? They came good.

Before Euro2004 (in tournaments) - P6, W0, D1, L5, F1 A14

Now? First team to ever win a WC or EC by keeping a cleansheet in their final three games.

The challenge now is to finish 1st in Group2 for the WC2006.
Turkey, Denmark, Greece, Ukraine, Georgia, Albania & Kazakhstan.
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C'MON PORTUGAL!!! [Jul. 4th, 2004|04:31 pm]
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did any of u see that crazy fan throw that thing at figo
that awkward
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2004|10:24 am]
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Greece or Portugal? [Jul. 3rd, 2004|09:13 pm]
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[mood |Jeff Buckley - Lover, you should of come over tonight]
[music |Happy]

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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2004|05:09 pm]
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OPENING MATCH = CLOSING MATCH. Who would've thought? Hopefully it'll be a different outcome. Very good game.
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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2004|12:24 am]
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portuguese celebrations... [Jul. 1st, 2004|12:00 pm]
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so immediately after the match yesterday, ferry st.(portuguese section in newark, nj) exploded into an impromptu street party the rest of the night. the streets were packed, people in and on top of cars honking horns and red jerseys and flags and just a sea of red and green everywhere. the street was packed for hours afterwards, and all the restaurants and bars too.

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