Euro Championship

Olé, Olé Olé Olé: EURO 2008: What A Tournament!!

Olé, Olé Olé Olé!! EURO '08 - What an amazing three weeks of soccer! And, in the end, the best team definitely won. The Spaniards - who have been on fire all tournament long, and who finished undefeated, with six straight wins - clearly deserved to hoist the cup today after their 1-0 victory over Germany.

Agony Revisited: Please Take Pity On The Poor Dutch Fan

After watching the Dutch crash out of the EURO 2008 Soccer Championships a little earlier today, I decided that I had no choice but to, once again, write about the agony of being a Dutch soccer fan. Not wanting to repeat myself, however, I went back and re-read my "Pity The Poor Dutch Fan Rant" from the World Cup two years ago in Germany. But after having read what I had written back then I realized that there was no need to try and re-write what had already been put so perfectly. So, here, once again, are the opening and closing paragraphs from that sorrowful rant of the summer of 2006. Absolutely nothing, it seems, has changed.

The Tenacious Turks and Delectable Dutch: An Early EURO 2008 Rave

I hope you've all been following the EURO 2008 Soccer Championships since they started back on June 7th. There's been some pretty exciting soccer so far, with a few fantastic games and only one really dull one (France and Romania's 0-0 draw). Portugal, Spain and Croatia are all looking pretty good. However, as far as entertainment value goes, two teams clearly stand out 9 days into the tournament, one for their flair, flash and fabulous goal-scoring ability, not to mention all-round domination, and the other for their incredible heart and perseverance. I'm talking about the spectacularly talented Dutch and the never-say-die Turks, of course.

Comedian Steve Patterson On Soccer: Finally, The Game Fully Explained

With the Euro '08 Soccer Championship about to start in just a couple of weeks from now I think it's important that everyone should try to really understand the game. I'm not going to attempt to explain the intricacies of the world's most popular sport myself; no, I'm going to leave that to Canadian comedian Steve Patterson. All soccer fans and non-fans alike should most definitely check this out.

Istanbul, Turkey: Bill, Brando and The 5 Pack A Day Guys

So there we were, two nights ago, celebrating Canada Day here in Istanbul by watching the Euro 2004 semi-final between Greece and the Czech Republic when Greece suddenly, somehow, inexplicably, won the game in extra time to advance to the final against Portugal (who they've already beaten once by a score of 2-1 in the opening game of the tournament). It was just us and about a dozen of The 5 Pack A Day Guys sitting in our hazy smoke-filled hotel lobby, with me and Son being the only ones a) not smoking and b) cheering for Greece. The reason we were alone in supporting Greece, in a room full of people, was due to the fact that everyone else was Turkish and, considering that Greece is Turkey's age-old enemy, few Turks feel any desire to cheer for their Greek neighbors. But, in all honesty, the only thing The 5 Pack A Day Guys really felt any desire to do was have another smoke, but that's beside the point

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