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June 04, 2008

Euro without England

Another inrelevant blog entry to celebrate exam stress. Euro football tournament this weekend and I am not really a football fan.

Everyone knows England is not in the Euro tournament final this year. Despite the fact that I am in England, I personelly think it is not too bad. It is a good change and I always found people feeling too attached to the national team. Maybe that's because I don't have one. Another point worth noting is we all know England is not as good as everyone considers. It is sort of declining as well.

I like Euro more than World Cup in some sense since the very strong South Americans are absent (obviously) and the unknown teams occupy a smaller percentage. Also, you got a good mix as well. But my exam starts around the time when group stage ends. Still in time for knock-out.

Without England, the final outcome is still quite unpredictable as all international football fans aware. Analysing the groups, it is not too difficult to see that with France, Netherland and Italy in group C, there is a group of death. The fierce competition would ensure high quality of football thus teams in group D would have some difficulties with them in first knock-out stage, but group C may get tired, so again unpredictable. Thus group A and B is safer and easier to guess. I am not going to name a team. Better not get too involved.


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