TTLG|Thief|Bioshock|System Shock|Deus Ex|Mobile
Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 91

Thread: EURO 2012! (8.6. - 1.7.2012)

  1. #1
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen

    EURO 2012! (8.6. - 1.7.2012)

    So, this year's biggest sporting event kicks off today (huh? what Olympics?) in Poland and Ukraine, and we can enjoy some top football for the rest of the month. OH YES, it's time for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, a.k.a. EURO 2012!

    I've pretty much been looking forward to this since the 2010 World Cup, but just like always, the beginning of the tournament comes as a bit of a surprise and I'm not even mentally prepared for it yet... I haven't even figured out who I'm going to support this time around! I'm normally rooting for the underdogs and the teams that I have the most sympathy for, so to solve this terrible dilemma, I'm using my very complex and foolproof (and of course totally unbiased) algorithm to give Sympathy Points for each team - I'm going to support the team that gets the most points!

    GROUP A:

    POLAND:
    +2 Underdog Bonus!!
    +1 Mystery Bonus! (don't really know their players well enough to dislike anyone)
    -1 Racist Fans Penalty!
    -1 Koki Penalty!
    +1 Just Kidding Koki Bonus!
    total: +2 points


    GREECE:
    +2 Underdog Bonus!!
    +2 Heroic Victory 2004 Bonus!
    +1 Mystery Bonus! (don't know much about their players either)
    +1 Poulos Combo x 4 ! (Four players whose name ends with "Poulos")
    -1 Boring Tactics Penalty! (looking forward to those 0-0 and 1-0 games again)
    -1 Drama Penalty!
    -1 Nazi Politics Penalty!
    total: +3 points


    RUSSIA:
    +1 Underdog Bonus!
    +1 Cool Player Bonus (Andrey Arshavin)
    +1 Nice Football Bonus (it's been quite enjoyable to watch their games in the past)
    +1 Great National Anthem Bonus!
    -1 Racist Fans Penalty!
    total: +3 points


    CZECH REPUBLIC:
    +1 Underdog Bonus!
    +1 Unexplainable Sympathy Bonus!
    +2 Cool Players Bonus!! (Tomáš Rosický, Petr Čech)
    +1 Losing EURO 1996 Final On Extra Time Sympathy Bonus!
    total: +5 points



    GROUP B:

    NETHERLANDS:
    +2 Cool Shirts Bonus!!
    +1 Cool Player Bonus! (Robin van Persie)
    +2 Nice Football Bonus!! (the most enjoyable team to watch in 2010 World Cup)
    total: +5 points


    DENMARK:
    +2 Underdog Bonus!!
    +1 Epic Victory 1992 Bonus!
    +1 Scandinavia Bonus!
    +1 A Few Somewhat Cool Players Bonus!
    -1 Annoying Player Penalty! (Nicklas Bendtner)
    total: +4 points


    GERMANY:
    +3 Cool Players Bonus!!!! (Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Lukas Podolski)
    +1 Nice Football Bonus! (they're hardly the same boring Germany that they once were)
    -1 Trophy Hog Penalty! (they've already won the EUROs three times before)
    total: +3 points


    PORTUGAL:
    -2 Diving Bastards Penalty!!
    -1 Stupid Haircuts Penalty!
    -2 Annoying Players Penalty!! (Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo)
    -1 Pepe Penalty! (a dirty cheating bastard who shouldn't be allowed to play football)
    +1 Gotta Find Something Positive To Say About Them Bonus!
    +1 Nice Football Bonus! (I guess they play some nice football when they're not diving)
    +1 Nice Shirts Bonus!
    total: -3 points



    GROUP C:

    SPAIN:
    -2 Hype Penalty!! (they may be very efficient, but they're certainly NOT enjoyable to watch)
    +1 Cool Player Bonus (Xabi Alonso)
    +1 Nice Shirts Bonus!
    -1 Annoying Player Penalty! (Andrés Iniesta)
    -1 Diving Bastards Penalty!
    -1 Reigning Champions Penalty! (they've won enough trophies for a while already )
    +1 I Kinda Used To Like Them Bonus!
    total: -2 points


    ITALY:
    -2 Diving Bastards Penalty!!
    -3 Annoying Players Penalty!!! (Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Antonio Cassano)
    +1 Just Say No To Totti Bonus! (No Francesco Totti in the team!)
    -1 Betting Scandal Penalty!
    +1 Roberto Baggio 1994 Penalty Miss Sympathy Bonus!
    total: -4 points


    REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
    +2 Underdog Bonus!!
    +2 A Lot Of Somewhat Cool Players Bonus!!
    +1 Unexplainable Sympathy Bonus!
    -1 Annoying Manager Penalty! (Giovanni Trapattoni)
    -1 Stop Crying About Thierry Henry's Handball Goal Already Penalty!
    total: +3 points


    CROATIA:
    +2 Cool Shirts Bonus!!
    +1 A Few Somewhat Cool Players Bonus!
    +1 Underdog Bonus!
    total: +4 points



    GROUP D:

    UKRAINE:
    +2 Underdog Bonus!!
    +1 Cool Player Bonus! (Andriy Shevchenko)
    +1 Get Well Soon Bonus! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18342534)
    -1 Racist Fans Penalty!
    -1 Bullshit Politics Penalty!
    total: +2 points


    SWEDEN:
    +1 Scandinavia Bonus!
    +2 Cool Players Bonus!! (Andreas Isaksson, Olof Mellberg)
    -2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Penalty!!
    total: +1 point


    FRANCE:
    -1 Annoying Player Penalty! (Patrice Evra)
    +1 A Few Somewhat Cool Players Bonus!
    +1 Nice Football Bonus!
    total: +1 point


    ENGLAND:
    -4 Annoying Players Penalty!!!! (John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney)
    +2 Roy Hodgson Bonus!!
    +1 "Woy" Hodgson Sympathy Bonus!
    -1 English Sports Media Is A Disgrace Penalty!
    -1 Additional John Terry Penalty!
    +1 English Football Is Cool Bonus!
    +1 Sympathy Point For My English Friends Bonus!
    total: -1 point



    So, looks like I'll be supporting Czech Republic and Netherlands then, with Croatia and Denmark as other potential candidates. I'd like to add Republic of Ireland on that list too, but the algorithm never lies. But as long as none of the teams with minus points win, I'll be happy enough.

    I know that only a small minority of TTLGers care about this stuff, but for those of us who enjoy football it's a pretty big thing. So, who's everyone going to support, and who do you think is going to lift the winner's trophy after the final on the 1st of July?

  2. #2
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    A truly masterful summary!

    I shall underwhelmingly be supporting England though I could probably think of a few more minus points. And I have always supported the Netherlands since the glorious 1970s. As to who might win, I don't really mind as long as it's none of the annoying diving bastards teams.

    I think Republic of Ireland should have -2 points for the Stop Crying About Thierry Henry's Handball Goal Already Penalty!

  3. #3
    Heh, the thread title made me think the currency was officially dead on July 1st.

  4. #4
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    As per usual, I'll be cheering on both England and Germany, algorithm be damned.
    As per usual, this will probably mean being reduced to cheering on just one team after the Quarter Finals.

    I also don't mind France doing reasonably well, so that puts me into even more of a dilemma.

    I'M SO CONFLICTED!

  5. #5
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    Have another beer.

    1 x first half. 1 x goal. 1 x red card. 3, 4 or 5 x dodgy ref decisions. Looking good.

  6. #6
    I have Greece in our sweepstake. I have lost that pound

    But it's still preferable to England. Terry is a particularly vicious turd I have no time of day for.

  7. #7
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    Well he does make my skin crawl just a little. The best thing for England is that the Gutter Press don't seem to expect them to win this time. That must relieve the pressure a bit.

    And so, Poland 1 - Greece 1

    1 red card apiece. 1 saved penalty. Not the beautiful game by any means. Roll on Russia v Czech Republic. Except it's on ITV damn and blast it.

  8. #8
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    This is going to be... interesting. I don't think we have a hope in hell of winning (or getting very far) but I can't not support the team because of one guy. Come on Ulu, man up.

    What I saw of the Greece-Poland game was uninspiring to say the least.

    Roll on the Group of Death games!

  9. #9
    Oh, I'll still support them but I don't rate our chances and I do really despise JT.

    Just seem Germany vs Portugal featuring Portugese player slapping German player in the face when the ref wasn't looking. Classy, I don't think. Dirty game. Old adage of a gentleman's game played by thugs springs to mind...

  10. #10
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    So both of my favourite teams lose their opening games... Typical.

    Quote Originally Posted by Subjective Effect View Post
    What I saw of the Greece-Poland game was uninspiring to say the least.

    Roll on the Group of Death games!
    The Greece-Poland game wasn't really much of a classic, but it wasn't all that bad either - at least there was some drama in it. The Group of Death games, however, were a huge letdown. At least Germany were able to beat Portugal, and the last 15 minutes of that match were somewhat enjoyable.

    Regarding England, they're not the biggest favourites to win this tournament for sure, but they're a team that you should never underestimate. On a good day they can beat anyone, usually they just don't have those good days very regularly. I may have been a bit unfair towards them with all the minus points and stuff, I bet that other countries have annoying players and crap media too, but I just don't know them as well as I know England - I've been following English football since I was a kid, but for some reason I've never cared about their national team that much. I almost like England this year because I really want Roy Hodgson to succeed not fail, but it would make me feel a bit sick to see John Terry lift another trophy.

  11. #11
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    I only saw the first half of the Germany game.

    Good God we Don't stand a chance against either of these teams.
    Telepathy is not mind reading. It is the direct linking... ...of nervous systems... ...separated by space.

  12. #12
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: UK
    It'd be nice to see England do well, but I don't think we'll get out the Group stage. I'm rooting for Netherlands or Russia to do well. Although it will probably be Spain, Portugal or Germany that wins it.

  13. #13
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2000
    Location: Brittyland!
    I dunno - while Ukraine have the home advantage and Sweden are pretty good, so it wouldn't suprise me for England to fail to get out the group, there's still plenty of opportunity to scrape through in second, get hyped up by the media, then get absolutely spanked by someone decent in the quarters.

  14. #14
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    Just waiting to see how many advert breaks ITV can get in between the programme start and kick-off. Don't expect England to win this but perhaps they won't lose.

    Would strangling Adrian Chiles be considered justifiable homicide?

  15. #15
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Lost in transit.
    How about that Shevchenko.

    Ukraine - Sweden was the most entertaining game of the tournament so far in my book, and Ukraine was really positive surprise.

  16. #16
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    And the look on that Ukrainian kid's face when he's celebrating the 2-1 goal is the highlight of the tournament so far.

    Shevchenko alone provided more entertainment for us than both France and England earlier today. Well done Ukraine!

  17. #17
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: cesspool
    Yes.

  18. #18
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    And another yes from me. I was suffering from boredom before last night's game - well worth watching. Sort of keeping an eye on Greece v Czech Republic but hoping that Poland v Russia will be good. Maybe now they've all got their first matches out of the way it will pick up a bit.

  19. #19
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Sympathy Cup group standings after the first games:

    GROUP A:
    +5 Czech Rep.
    +4 Greece
    +4 Russia
    +2 Poland


    GROUP B:
    +5 Denmark
    +5 Netherlands
    +3 Germany
    -3 Portugal


    GROUP C:
    +7 Croatia
    +3 Rep. of Ireland
    -2 Spain
    -3 Italy


    GROUP D:
    +4 Ukraine
    +2 Sweden
    +0 France
    -1 England



    Greece:
    +1 Sympathy Bonus! (victim of some bad refereeing decisions)

    Russia:
    -1 Hooliganism Penalty!
    +1 Lots of Goals Bonus! (4 goals against Czech Rep)


    Denmark:
    +1 Surprise Win Bonus! (impressive display against Holland)

    Italy:
    +1 Cool Player Bonus! (Mario Balotelli - one of those players that you either love or hate)

    Croatia:
    +1 Cool Manager Bonus! (Slaven Bilic)
    +1 Cool Player Bonus! (Darijo Srna)

    +1 Nice Football Bonus!

    England:
    +1 Cool Player Bonus! (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - the only ENG player who looked dangerous)
    -1 Negative Tactics Penalty!


    France:
    -1 Sympathy Point: removing the "a few cool players bonus" (they're not THAT cool after all)

    Ukraine:
    +1 Nice Football Bonus! (UKR-SWE, the most entertaining game of the tournament so far)
    +1 Celebrating Kid Bonus! (http://bit.ly/MAOH7R)


    Sweden:
    +1 Nice Football Bonus!

  20. #20
    Member
    Registered: Oct 1999
    Location: Australia
    more like celebrating kid's haircut penalty

  21. #21
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: not anymore :(
    France should get +1 for bringing supporters who go to such lengths to describe the match happening in front of them.

  22. #22
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Europops
    Good Lord. Netherlands are on the way out! What a shame, I do enjoy them. Germany are shaping up to be real contenders and I predict a crushing of Denmark.

    Anyway, roll on Friday.

  23. #23
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2003
    Location: Darmstadt, Germany
    Wow, now that's a first in Donetsk... Wonder how long they'll delay it, if it keeps raining all day and night.

  24. #24
    Mistaken for a man
    Registered: Jun 2000
    Location: Helsinki, Finland
    O mother nature, you playful thing.

  25. #25
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: UK
    They won't be kicking off again until at least 6.00 pm UK time I guess.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •