Thursday EURO Cup open thread

Submitted by swan flu on June 14th, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Italy v Croatia currently


Spain v Republic of Ireland in the 2nd game


swan flu

June 14th, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

There is a team somewhere (i can't remember what team, or where...) that started penalizing its players for diving, and it was working last I heard.


Either way, embellishing or deceiving is a yellow card by the rule book, so all that FIFA has to do is retroactively hand out yellow cards for dives.  You would see an immediate decrease in such incidents because accumulation of yellows result in suspensions.


June 14th, 2012 at 2:43 PM ^

I've never understood why they don't do this.  Watch the tape.  If it's obviously a dive, retroactively give a yellow card.

I know it runs into grey area because you're saying "but, if he had the yellow card in the game, it could have changed everything," but this is something I think you can do without harm.  Referees would embrace it, even love it.  It's the hardest call they have to make and it is normally impossible to determine live during the game.  I don't think a single referee would balk at the notion.


June 14th, 2012 at 4:41 PM ^

The one thing I think people misperceive is how much it hurts when your foot gets stamped on. Good soccer cleats are incredibly light, largely because they've begun making the top layer of the boots really thin. They provide almost no protection and when you get cleated there, it really hurts. You can easily run it off, but it is painful.

Now, all the guys grabbing their faces after a stray hand hits their shoulder? That's another story.


June 14th, 2012 at 6:23 PM ^

The answer lies with the refs.  The players do it because it works.  The refs need to simply ignore the dives and play on.

If a wide receiver took a dive and pretended he was hurt to try to draw a flag on a corner back, everyone would just laugh.  Nobody even tries it because it does not work.  


Wisconsin Wolverine

June 14th, 2012 at 1:32 PM ^

the perfect service = goal.  it's hard to find that open space amidst a defense of moving players, but he dropped it in that one spot where only his man could get it.  so cool.


June 14th, 2012 at 1:44 PM ^

1. The Croatians are fearless tacklers. I wonder if Kovacs would be eligible to play for them.


2. I'm pretty sure Pirlo is Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in disguise.


June 14th, 2012 at 2:06 PM ^

is Hungarian for "smith". In the neighboring Slavic languages (Czech, Slovak, Serbo-Croatian) the name wouldn't have the "s" at the end; there'd be a diacritical mark on the "c" to denote the same sound.

There are, of course, a lot of ethnic Hungarians and semi-Hungarians in the surrounding countries.


June 14th, 2012 at 1:59 PM ^

thanks to UEFA's policy of using results among the tied teams as the primary tiebreaker. If Spain wins this afternoon, a 2-2 draw with Croatia would put those teams through no matter what Italy does against Ireland. And whenever there's a result that will put both teams through, the score has a tendency to magically gravitate to that result.


June 14th, 2012 at 4:31 PM ^

I think the tie breaker is total points earned between the tied teams, then it goes to goal difference in all games. If Italy beat Ireland and Spain and Croatia tie, they would all be level on 2 points, which means that Italy will really need to run it up against Ireland given what Spain are doing. 


I could be wrong about the tiebreaker, though.


June 14th, 2012 at 4:54 PM ^

it's broken by

  1. points in games among the three teams
  2. goal difference in games among the three teams
  3. goals scored in games among the three teams
  4. goal difference in all games
  5. goals scored in all games

I understand why they do this in qualifying--qualification shouldn't depend on who scored more goals on San Marino or Liechtenstein. But in the group stage of the main tournament it creates too many situations where teams have an advantage by knowing in advance what they need--just what they're trying to do away with by playing the last round simultaneously.


Equality of points after the group matches
8.07 If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the
following criteria are applied, in the order given; to determine the rankings:
a) higher number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question;
b) superior goal difference in the matches among the teams in question (if more
than two teams finish equal on points);
c) higher number of goals scored in the matches among the teams in question (if
more than two teams finish equal on points);
d) superior goal difference in all the group matches;
e) higher number of goals scored in all the group matches;
f) position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system (see Annex I,
paragraph 1.2.2);
g) fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament);
h) drawing of lots.
8.08 If two teams which have the same number of points, the same number of goals
scored and conceded play their last group match against each other and are still
equal at the end of that match, the ranking of the two teams in question is
determined by kicks from the penalty mark (Article 16), provided no other teams
within the group have the same number of points on completion of all group
matches. Should more than two teams have the same number of points, the criteria
listed under paragraph 8.07 apply.

Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship


June 14th, 2012 at 5:09 PM ^


So essentially, assuming Italy beats Ireland, Spain are through with a win or any draw.

Croatia are through if they win or draw 2-2 or more.

Italy's through if they win and Spain-Croatia draw 0-0. 

And if it's 1-1, it'll come down to goal difference, then total goals in Italy's and Croatia's wins over Ireland.


Much better than if both Spain and Croatia are through on 0-0 or 1-1, but still a potential issue, you're right. Of course, if Italy go out on a high scoring draw, it will allow Italians their favorite pasttime (apart from match fixing) ... screaming about conspiracy.


June 14th, 2012 at 5:49 PM ^

Italy had drawn Sweden and Denmark and everyone had beaten Bulgaria. Sweden and Denmark would both be through on a 2:2 draw, and so that was the final score.

It doesn't require a conspiracy, of course--the team that's behind has every motivation to score, as does the team that loses the tiebreaker if there's a 0:0 or 1:1 draw. It wasn't an accident that it was the Danes, who were going to lose the tiebreaker to Sweden, who went ahead 1:0 and 2:1. But once the game gets to 2:2 neither side has any reason to take any risks--they'll just kick the ball around and let the clock run out.

I really think UEFA should go to the WC tiebreak rule for the final tournament. If the Italians are on the wrong side of this again, maybe it will be enough to prompt the change.

Blue in Yarmouth

June 14th, 2012 at 3:31 PM ^

This is just painful to watch. Spain is simply disecting them. As for Spain, I like Torres (as bad as he's been this year), Cesc and Ramos but other than that I am not a very big fan of any of their players. They are right there with Portugal and Italy where crying about calls/non-calls are concerned. 

I'd love to see Ireland pull the upset.