Sunday, June 8, 2008

Euro 2008 Open Thread: Croatia v. Austria

The other co-host for Euro 2008 Austria opens its tournament today against Croatia. Austria is the lowest ranked nation in Euro 2008 and will be lucky to get any points in group play. But, being in your homeland always has some positive effect. So, maybe they can shock the world. Their fans don't seem to think so, since some started a petition to keep the team out of the tournament.

Croatia, on the other hand, is veteran of international tournaments having qualified for the last 3 world cups and taking 3rd in 1998. Croatia has young midfielder Luca Modric who will play for Tottenham next spring that is picked to have a breakout tournament. Hopefully, the racist neo-Nazi Croatian fans don't ruin this tournament.

Lineups after the jump...


21 Jurgen Macho (G)
3 Martin Stranzl (D)
4 Emanuel Pogatetz (D)
12 Ronald Gercaliu (D)
15 Sebastien Prodl (D)
10 Andreas Ivanschitz (M)
6 Rene Aufhauser (M)
2 Joachim Standfest (M)
19 Jurgen Saumel (M)
9 Roland Linz (F)
20 Martin Harnik (F)


1 Stipe Pletikosa (G)
3 Josip Simunic (D)
4 Robert Kovac (D)
5 Vedran Corluka (D)
11 Darijo Srna (M)
19 Niko Kranjcar (M)
10 Nico Kovac (M)
22 Danijel Pranjic (M)
14 Luka Modric (M)
21 Mladen Petric (F)
18 Ivica Olic (F)


Ian said...

He who cannot be named getting things started off with a PK

The Fan's Attic said...

Sorry about the late start, but it was a late night last night.

Ian said...

Couldn't the Germans just have loaned a few of their bench guys to the Austrian team for this tourney? A la France and Senegal/half of West Africa? Because the players on the pitch for Austria suck.

Jordan said...

They don't suck, they're just football challenged.

Ian said...

That is not a yellow in the Premiership

Mike Georger said...

your diver of the tournament, ivica olic!

Ian said...

Austria are like a Colaship team that lives by the headed goal

The Fan's Attic said...

The studio host forgot Andy Gray's name. Ha.

Anonymous said...

"Andy Gray and I are going to beat you up later tonight."

"Foudy is the one that scares me"

Now, THAT'S restaurant quality commentating.

Ian said...

That...was a deserved yellow card

The Fan's Attic said...

Come on Austria!!!

Ian said...

Austria....are this close to getting the equalizer

The Fan's Attic said...

really, just put one in the net austria. that's all we are asking.

Nick said...

these austrian jerseys are incredibly flimsy. thats at least the second one ive seen badly torn.

Precious Roy said...

Austria deserved better.

I have a firm grasp on the obvious.