June 11th, 2008

Football - Underhill

Football Post

Hmm...interesting... Luiz Felipe Scolari has been appointed the new Chelsea Manager. He starts on 1st July after Euro 2008 has wrapped up. He's currently the National Coach of Portugal and previously Coached Brazil when they won the World Cup in 2002. Certainly an interesting choice and I'll be eager to see how he does at Club Level in the Premiership.

In regards to Euro 2008 - I've managed to see some of the matches live and the highlights of most online. Not sure whom I'd say was best placed to win it this year. I'm hoping Holland do well (they had a cracking game against Italy the other night) and suspect Spain and Germany to be up there too - also posisbly Portugal. I think Italy, although they lost to Holland, will still go through as France had a dismal game against Romania and didn't look on form. I think all Italy will need to do is beat Romania and then draw against France for them to go through as I can't see France beating Holland at the moment.

My prediction for Quarters/Semis and the Final:

QUARTER FINALS
Portugal vs Croatia
Germany vs Turkey
Netherlands vs Sweden
Spain vs Italy

SEMI FINALS
Portugal vs Germany
Netherlands vs Spain

FINAL
Portugal vs Netherlands

The Semi between Netherlands and Spain would be a fantastic match. If Portugal make it through to the Final this will be the second consecutive time as they lost in the 2004 to Greece (the real surprise of the tournament back then - I don't think we'll have a 'surprise' team this year).