Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Euro 2008 Open Thread: Sweden v. Greece


Greece opens the defense of its 2004 Euro Championship against Sweden. Unfortunately, Greece will not have the element of surprise in its favor. Teams will not underestimate them. Fortunately, they face Sweden, a team lacking in offensive creativity. For sure, the Swedes are well organized and industrious, but verve fails them. That is not to say they aren't quality, they just aren't Spain, Germany or Holland.

Inter striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic leads the Swedes and is a world-class striker but may suffer without support. I don't know a damn thing about Greece, other than they play a stifling, defensive game. So, this could be a snoozer of a match. I say 1-0 Sweden.

Lineups after the jump.



Greece

Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kyrgiakos, Antzas, Dellas, Torosidis, Basinas, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Charisteas, Gekas.

Sweden

Isaksson; Alexandersson, Mellberg, Hansson, Nilsson, Wilhelmsson, Svensson, Andersson, Ljungberg, Ibrahimovic, H Larsson.

36 comments:

Lingering Bursitis said...

Charisteas can bring the pain on occasion

Goat said...

The only thing I know about Greece is that "malaka" means "asshole". I learned this by playing against a team in high school that had quite a few players of Greek heritage.

TrippinBrammie said...

Ibrahimovic world-class??? hardly. Your boy Andy Gray made the best point- Ibrahimovicis a very good goal-scorer against bad teams....only 2 goals against the top 4 of Serie A this year

TrippinBrammie said...

by the way, can we get more Swiss Soccer babe pics posted stat?

Lingering Bursitis said...

We can definitely do our best, brammie.

Ibrahimovic is undoubtedly a great goal-scorer. Point taken re: world-class-ness. I think playing for Sweden is an automatic hindrance to being world-class, personally.

ü75 said...

So, when does this game start?

*rimshot*

ü75 said...

0-0 at the half. I'd live blog the second half if I didn't think I'd fall asleep trying to watch it.

The Fan's Attic said...

Sure, Ibrahimovic isn't Drogba, but he has scored 103 goals in 236 club matches for a .43 goal/game average. that's pretty good.

also keep in mind, Ronaldo hasn't scored a great deal against the top competition, either.

ü75 said...

Samaras and his hair are on. Let's see what some SPL training can provide.

TrippinBrammie said...

I think Zlatan himself just settled the argument with that half....


Ruin perfect service with too much weight on header over the bar....check

Pass to teammate in the box and just stand there not making a run.....check


Get kicked in the nuts by some shaggy greek dude......CHECK!

Lingering Bursitis said...

Much as you don't win friends with salad [to pinch a phrase from Homer Simpson], Greece aren't winning any friends with this dismal, uninspired football.

Not conceding goals is one thing, but they're not escaping this group with 3 0-0 draws.

ü75 said...

It's been 13 games since Zlatan scored internationally. That was against Iceland.

TrippinBrammie said...

Greece will beat Russia, those commies are terrible....they only scored cause Spain has only one defender (Puyol)

The Fan's Attic said...

i would suggest that Zlatan's scoring troubles internationally have as much to do with his teammates as it does with him. strikers are often only as good as their service and there isn't a lot going for sweden right now.

Lingering Bursitis said...

I'd rather watch Derby vs. Wigan at this point.


This match is still mildly more entertaining that Romania/France

ü75 said...

Greece, improbably, starting to look dangerous.

Did anyone take that 150-1 bet on them winning three 1-0 games?

Oh, and Zlatan just scored.

ü75 said...

What a strike!

The Fan's Attic said...

world class! world class!

i don't really know, i didn't see the goal.

now let's hold on to a 1-0 match and make me look prescient.

ü75 said...

Zlatan took the ball on the right, passed to Larsson (maybe), RAN INTO POSITION for a return, and struck with the outside right to the far side.

Keeper got a finger to it, but could do nothing about it.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Ridiculous goal. Of course, it happened 10 seconds after I left Hirshey's office... had to hurry back for the replay. Remarkable strike.

TrippinBrammie said...

wow, that was freaking ridonkulous....yeah I guess my tendency to jinx things has struck again....that was a great shot, keeper even got 1 lil fingertip on it but wow, no chance......the Swedish fans are now chanting the Seven Nation Army chant....not good, this could hurt my Pick 'Em if Greece doesn't make 1-1 happen now....

ü75 said...

2-0

TrippinBrammie said...

confirmed Larssen on the assist, great 1-2.....wow Swwedes just pushed 1 more thru....Petr Hanssen

Lingering Bursitis said...

there's life in the old, boring dog yet.


Now let's see Samaras level the game with 2 in the last 10 mins

ü75 said...

Looked like an Ice Hockey goal with a scrum at the front of the net.

Defender tried to clear it off the line, Knocked it into the Swede into the net.

Lingering Bursitis said...

2 goals... 1 for each heaving Scandinavian breast in that picture

ü75 said...

Have Sweden used all three subs?

ü75 said...

Never mind. They have now.

Lingering Bursitis said...

Subs for Greece:
HT Gekas off, Samaras on
70" Dellas off, Amanatidis on

Subs for Sweden:
71" Ibrahimovic off, Elmander on
74" Alexandersson off, Stoor on
78" Wilhelmsson off, Rosenberg on

The Fan's Attic said...

so what's the record for clean sheets in a European Championship? we have 8 so far (counting the France-Romania as two). only one losing team has scored and the lone draw was scoreless.

ü75 said...

Gah.

My Euro Pick'em looks horrible. 4/8 for the first go round.

strong like bull smart like tractor said...

Sadly, you've got one more point that I do right now.

Goat said...

I thought folks might like this little coda on ESPN's gamecast:

"That is that, and thank goodness Sweden ensured football was the winner tonight. Having a tactical game plan is one thing, sitting in your own half time wasting after only half an hour is criminal. Greece should be ashamed of themselves. There's no place for such explicit negativity in this celebration of football. Well done Sweden, good riddance Greece. See you next time..."

Mike Georger said...

you should probably take the big lead off your blogroll for this

"ESPN studio team grades: Andy Gray - A, Julie Foudy - A, Rece Davis - A. This is as formidable a studio team as the network has, right up with the Gameday Crew for College Basketball and Football."

wow

The Fan's Attic said...

is there any way to find out who does those gamecasts?

Goat said...

I'm not sure. I always thought they were kind of like the people who do the closed captioning on the TV. Except with a sense of humor. And they're British.