Tag: Sweden

Euro 2012: Group D – The Final Day

The phrase “you make your own luck” is an overused one and it is perfectly possible to argue that luck, by its very nature, is random. There can be little doubt, however, that England rode theirs in Donetsk last night, scrambling their way to a single goal win which confirmed a slightly unlikely looking top place in their group with a little room to spare. Yet to glance at the final group table only partially tells the story of last nights match against Ukraine. This was a match from which England were highly fortunate to emerge with all three points. Overrun in midfield, the heart leapt to the mouth every time the co-hosts broke away, and this they frequently did with pace and no little verve. Yet all too often they ran dry on ideas when they came within sight of the England goal but despite this still created chances, including one which saw the ball cross the goal-line by several inches. Counter-attacking was the key to coach Oleg Blokhins plans to pick a way through an English defence that was set up with the minimum requirement of protecting the point that they needed to scrape through to the quarter-finals of the competition in mind. Every time they did so, they showed Englands lack of pace and control of the game in the middle third of the pitch up...

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Valour! Honour! Scott Parker! The Wing Commander Writes On England vs Sweden

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book of his reports published (and details of how  to purchase this are below), we are delighted to welcome him back to Twohundredpercent for his views on Englands match on Friday night against Sweden. ABLE ENGLAND CONFRONT DISMAL SWEDES WITH FUTILITY AS A FOOTBALLING FORCE,...

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Euro 2012: Ukraine 2-1 Sweden

So when did Kiev host the Olympics? I always thought that an Olympic Stadium had to have at least held one. Not that it matters, of course, as the stadium in question will be Shevchenko Stadium from now on, after two Andriy Shevchenko headers in seven second-half minutes clinched Ukraine’s storybook come-from-behind win over Sweden. The BBC studio pundits, with a bit of outside broadcast support from the increasingly polished Jake Humphrey, took about nine opportunities to crack the Shevchenko stadium joke, or variants thereof (Shevchenko fan park, Shevchenko beer etc…). Indeed, Gary Lineker had been tweeting it from the moment Shevchenko equalised. This was all rather unfair on Andriy Voronin; the “former Liverpool misfit” – as commentator Jonathan Pearce kindly styled him – was more often the driving force than the ex-Chelsea flop. I was half-right and half-very-wrong to write “time for Shevchenko to come off and Ukraine’s tempo to rise” after Sweden scored. However, until then, Shevchenko more resembled a veteran playing in, or on the peripheries of, his own testimonial than an international captain looking to inspire his people. “A sentimental pick,” I had noted before kick-off. For 35 minutes, this game threatened to be the first out-and-out stinker of the tournament. Shevchenko gave no hint whatsoever of the personal glories to come with a horrible finish to a pinpoint pass from Liverpool’s former misfit. And...

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Euro Moments: Sweden

This afternoon’s Euro Moment comes from Scandinavia, where a bug-eyed goalkeeper spent the whole of his career being pursued by a giant bear. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here.   Don’t forget that with Euro 2012 approaching you can download the Twohundredpercent Euro 2012 spreadsheet here (for Excel 2007), whilst a version that will be compatible with older versions of Excel is available here. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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Is the award of a 3-0 win a suitable punishment?

On Friday, UEFA announced the punishments for the abandonment of the Italy-Serbia European Championship Qualifier. As expected, Serbia did not get off lightly. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) were fined €120,000, ordered to play a home qualifier behind closed doors, with a second game behind closed doors suspended for two years, as well as having their supporters banned from travelling to the rest of their qualifiers. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) were also fined the smaller amount of €100,000, and also ordered to play a game behind closed doors, suspended for two years. While the FSS were punished because their supporters were the cause of the trouble in Genoa on the night of the game, the FIGC were punished for failing to stop the Serbian fans entering the Luigi Ferraris stadium with flares and fireworks, and for the security operation failing to stop the pitch invasion that gave Scottish referee Craig Thomson no option but to initially delay the kick-off, and ultimately abandon the match. On the face of it, both punishments seem appropriate. While it is difficult for a Football Association to prevent tickets ending up in the wrong hands, they are responsible for their fans behaviour, and the fine, and the loss of revenue from a game being played behind closed doors will certainly provide the FSS with the motivation to do all they can to...

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