Euro 2012: The Quarter-Finals – Spain 2-0 France


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Tim Vickerman says:

    Spot on. Despite the level of raw ability on display, the match was an absolute non-event, the footballing equivalent of a Gallic shrug. Passion maybe overrated and is frequently used to cover a lack of sophistication but there seemed to be little heart out there.

    I seem to remember a couple of tense, thrilling knock-out matches between these countries at Euro 2000 and WC 2006 when the teams were perhaps more evenly matched.

    The Spanish style of play the reputation they carry seem to put teams off and leave them paralysed, unable to offer anything in an attacking sense. Despite that, France offered nothing and got what they deserved.

  2. Roger Payne says:

    I’m glad that 200% are beginning to unravel this myth that the Spanish way of playing is on some sort of higher plane than everything else. Don’t get me wrong – they’re an exceptional group of players and the last two international tournaments show that it’s very effective, but I can’t help but think that opposition teams and players believe it too much.

    Roberto Martinez alluded to the mental impact of chasing shadows all night, which shed some light on it, but the last two teams to beat them (Switzerland and England) did so without having to play a particularly ambitious style of football. Thus unfortunately we’re stuck in a downward spiral of anyone playing against Spain being relentlessly boring and Spain themselves acknowledging that they don’t need trivial things like strikers. All in all makes for some potentially very dull ties involving them, unfortunately considering the wealth of talent that could be on display in the semis and final.

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