Friday, November 16, 2007

Euro 2008 11-17-07 preview

I'm sorry that the blog has been down for so long, I've been very busy, but i have been watching my football and catching up in all of the footballing news!!

I am very excited about all the football this week.
I will be getting up early to watch the US/South Africa, Israel/Russia (a big one for England) and the biggest one Scotland/Italy.
US vs South Africa in South Africa.
I am actually excited to watch this game, who would have thought?Me wanting to watch a US friendly?

I'm excited about this game because its overseas! The US barley plays its friendlies overseas, I know that South Africa is not quality opposition, but its in Africa, different weather, thousands of miles away from home, and probably little fan support, and its the country where the next World Cup might be played.
I am very excited about the squad that was chosen (i hear that Dandy Landy might not even start!) to go to South Africa, Jozy Altidore gets his first and well deserved call up to the squad, i expect this US to win this. I really do see US football to be going in the right direction and Bob Bradley is the man for the job.

US Squad:
GOALKEEPERS (2) Brad Guzan (Chivas USA), Tim Howard (Everton FC)
DEFENDERS (7) Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham FC), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (6) – Freddy Adu (SL Benfica), DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA)
FORWARDS (2) – Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC).
Israel vs Russia in Israel.
When the qualifying schedule came out who would have thought that this game was interesting? I doubt that unless you were from Russia or Israel you were really going to watch this game, but now this game is going to be watched by millions because England's fate is in their hands.

I think that both are pretty goo teams and have talent on their squads but i think that Russia will in and England will be out.

And to be honest it will be the best thing that could happen to the England NT maybe the FA will be smart and let McClaren go.
Scotland vs Italy in Scotland

I put both crests up because its a huge game for both countries.
In my opinion the biggest game of the Euro 2008 qualifiers and the most exciting.
-Scotland the Cinderella story, and Italy the World Champions, who will win? Its in Glasgow, there will be thousands of drunk Scotsmen and they have heart, they really do, they play like a team and they have had some amazing performances, they deserve to go through but will they?
-Italy have Italy's pride on their shoulders, match fixing scandal, cop killed, and a cop killing a fan, they are known as corrupt and they are losing credibility, they are the World Champions how can they not make it to Euro 2008?
Sadly i think Scotland will not qualify and it breaks my heart, they deserve it more than any other team in that group. I think Italy will win 2-1.
I will post tomorrow after all the games with a review.
SCOTLAND FOR THE CUP! (i can hope)

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