Author Archives: Michael James

Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 2)

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Spain: On paper, this team is stacked. There’s no other, more profound way to put it. Player for player, Spain is loaded and may have the most individual talent in this tournament. The key for coach Luis Aragonés is to … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 1)

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Apologies for the delay in getting this out, but here we go, it’s the final group preview for Euro 2008. Next week, I’ll make my predictions for the knockout rounds, with the quarterfinals on Monday, semifinals on Wednesday, and the … Continue reading

Steven Gerrard's Goal Against The USA

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Steven Gerrard put in a Man of the Match performance last night at Wembley, thrusting himself even more into the permanent captaincy discussion.  The first of the two videos below shows his well-worked goal that made it 2-0, set up by his good … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 2)

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After watching England thoroughly dominate the US in their 2-0 friendly victory at Wembley this afternoon, I’m back for the second half of this Group C preview. Italy: As the current world champion, Italy enters this tournament right at the … Continue reading

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group C

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France: GK (3): Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Sébastien Frey (Fiorentina) DEF (8): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Jean-Alain Boumsong, Francois Clerc, and Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), William Gallas (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona) MID … Continue reading

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group B

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Austria: GK (3): Alex Manninger (Siena), Jürgen Macho (AEK Athens), Ramazan Özcan (Salzburg) DEF (8): Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Ronald Gërçaliu (Salzburg), Markus Katzer, Martin Hiden, and Jürgen Patocka (Rapid Wien), György Garics (Napoli), Sebastian Prödl (Sturm … Continue reading

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group A

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Czech Republic: GK (3): Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaromír Blažek (Nuremberg), Daniel Zítka (Anderlecht) DEF (7): Zdenek Grygera (Juventus), Radoslav Kovác (Spartak Moscow), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Zdenek Pospech (FC Copenhagen), Michal Kadlec (Sparta Prague), Tomáš Ujfaluši* (Fiorentina), David Rozehnal (Lazio) … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 1)

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As I said yesterday, today’s plan goes like this: this preview (France and Holland), the final rosters for the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Turkey (Group A) all in one post, the final rosters for Austria, Germany, and Poland (Group B) … Continue reading

Greece's Euro '08 Squad

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Wow, as soon as I finished posting the Dutch squad, Greece came out with their final roster. Tomorrow’s workload is getting lighter by the minute, as now only nine more nations still need to submit their teams. Greece is the … Continue reading

Holland's Euro '08 Squad

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Dutch coach Marco van Basten just announced his final 23-man roster, leaving ten nations needing to do the same before tomorrow’s deadline. His last cut was former Chelsea and now Sevilla defender Khalid Boulahrouz. As you’ll see, this team is loaded with … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group B

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I’ll get right to it — here’s a look at Group B, comprised of co-hosts Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Poland. If you’re a history buff and know anything about war in Europe over the past few centuries, you’ll understand why … Continue reading

Russia's Euro '08 Squad

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Last week, Guus Hiddink denied reports that he was in talks with Roman Abramovich to become Chelsea’s newest manager. Today, the Russian boss announced his 23-man squad for Euro 2008, with his team set to fight it out with Sweden, … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group A (Part 2)

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After taking a little break to watch some afternoon baseball, I’m back with the second part of my Group A preview.  Switzerland: Coming off their unexpected progression to the Round of 16 in World Cup 2006, where they were the … Continue reading

Euro '08 Preview–Group A (Part 1)

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First of all, I want to wish all of my fellow countrymen here in the States a wonderful Memorial Day. Almost everyone I know has or had a family member in the armed forces, and today is all about remembering … Continue reading

Goodbye, Avram Grant

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This was a long time coming, and definitely the right move by chief executive Peter Kenyon. Grant was sacked today as manager, not even a year into his four-year contract. Kenyon and Bruce Buck, the club’s chairman, said that Chelsea’s … Continue reading

Manchester United–The Champions of Europe

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It was always going to come down to one break or mistake either way, and it was the cruelest of fates for Chelsea captain John Terry and his team as Edwin van der Sar punched Nicolas Anelka’s weak penalty away … Continue reading

Champions League Final–Halftime Thoughts

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 • Interesting choice by Avram Grant to start Florent Malouda on the left wing instead of the more explosive Salomon Kalou, and by Sir Alex Ferguson to start Owen Hargreaves wide right ahead of Park Ji-Sung, who didn’t even make … Continue reading

Euro 2008 Introduction and Final Rosters for Portugal, Croatia, Spain, and Sweden

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Co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland, Euro 2008 is just three weeks away. It’ll be kicked off by a Group A matchup on June 7 between the Swiss and the Czech Republic in Basel, followed up by Portugal-Turkey in Geneva. The … Continue reading