The European Championships – 2000


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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4 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    On the contrary, Italy deserved to beat Holland, because the Dutch missed two penalties in normal time, and couldn’t break down the 10-men. It was a masterclass in defending and a nice counterpoint to the FIFA-style computer game fetish for silky attacking play above all else.

    Also, it was David Trezeguet who won the final; Del Piero missed a couple of cracking chances before the French resorted to lumping it long in the frantic last minutes (an Exeter supporting friend declaring that at long last, the French were playing decent football at this point!) But in the game against Spain, Zidane controlled a Barthez clearance on his chest, turned and let the ball drop to his feet ready to attack. Had I had a pint, I would have dropped it in jaw-dropping amazement. The moment where you realised that Zidane really was the player of his era.

  2. ursus arctos says:

    And you trying to rub it in with Cannavaro picture, 200?

  3. RobW says:

    Wasn’t Nigel Martyn picked for England’s last game due to David Seaman being injured in the pre-match warm up, or have I got that confused with another game?

  4. fredorrarci says:

    In fairness, Dave, not everyone who likes silky, attacking play does so under the influence of all that FIFA/Joga Bonito crap. Some people just like silky, attacking play.

    As for Italy’s defending, I agree it was superb. But I can’t help feeling it would have been more admirable if they had at least shown some attacking intent. It’s easier to defend well when you put 100% of your effort into it.

    That said, Holland scarcely deserved to win – the match was theirs for the taking and they blew it.

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