Simon Daily

Pain and Euro 2016 chatter – TSD 3

Hello, thank you for visiting and hope you had a great day with whatever legitimate business you got yourself involved in today. For me, I don’t think my “lose 5KG in two weeks” plan is going great. Joined a fitness class and against my “expert” advice they made me do 50 sit ups amongst many other stuff on my first day at the gym yesterday. Now, all I can feel is pain from my ribs to my toes. My stomach feels like I have two vertical iron rods inserted in it forcing the muscles to loosen up or something. Every step I take sends pain to my brain like I am constantly receiving blows to my stomach from Chuck Norris. Heaven knows I am not going back there.

That certainly clears up who had a better day doesn’t it. From a footballing perspective though, there seemed to be a lot of happiness going around in the last 48 hours. Nigeria finally won a proper game under our new coach Sunday Oliseh, England finally won a game against a reputable opposition albeit against a French team whose heads were certainly everywhere else but the pitch and I seem to follow a lot of British people so I caught the whole buzz of Republic of Ireland qualifying for the Euros.

I really like the Euros. From a quality of footballing perspective, I think it is just as good if not better than the World Cup. The quality is there for all to see from when the tournament kicks off to when it ends primarily I believe due to Europe having the best leagues in the world and in turn best players representing various countries. The small number of participants also means only the best show up.

However, we all know Michel Platini has two penchants:

  • Collecting money for work done long after he has done it and also ensuring the person or body paying him keeps no record of it.
  • Changing things that work just fine.

How else do you explain this increasing the participants from 16 to 24? There are 50 countries in Europe excluding the Vatican, what is the point in having half of them at the Euros. Aside from more money being made from fans travelling and rights sold to participating nations and all other money generating machinery they have there at FIFA and UEFA these days, I do not see how from a footballing perspective the competition is going to improve. Maybe I am wrong, but I’m willing to take anyone on who thinks any of the countries that qualified from the playoffs will make it to the Quarter Finals. Anyone willing to bet?

I struggle the approach to the Round of 16 games.

  • Knockout system
    Round of 16(all times CET)
    Match 1: Runner-up Group A v Runner-up C (15.00, 25 June, St-Etienne)
    Match 2: Winner D v Third-place B/E/F (21.00, 25 June, Lens)
    Match 3: Winner B v Third-place A/C/D (18.00, 25 June, Paris)
    Match 4: Winner F v Runner-up E (21.00, 26 June, Toulouse)
    Match 5: Winner C v Third-place A/B/F (18.00, 26 June, Lille)
    Match 6: Winner E v Runner-up D (18.00, 27 June, St-Denis)
    Match 7: Winner A v Third-place C/D/E (15.00, 26 June, Lyon)
    Match 8: Runner-up B v Runner-up F (21.00, 27 June, Nice)

How is it fair, that the Winners of Group D, B and A get to play third place teams while the Winners of F and E get to play the runner up of E and D respectively. Then there is the Runner Up vs Runner Up option also.

Certainly, there is some advantage to winning groups D, B and A judging by the level of opposition you get to face. On paper you would expect the playoff teams to fill those positions which should make it easier for the winners of those groups to qualify. However, football is not played on paper and if any set of people should know that, it certainly would be Arsenal fans. Let’s hope the competition maintains its high qualities and provides some excellent footballing moments.

Not much going on from an Arsenal perspective aside our players returning from the internationals without any injuries. Also, reports indicate Ramsey, Oxlade and Bellerin are going to be ready for West Brom which certainly is even better news. Hopefully the team can kick on from here as our next sets of games are very winnable.

Have a good evening or day dependent on when you read this, for me, I have some pain issues to sort out. Cheers my friends.

Thank you again for visiting. Hopefully, I would find something to write about tomorrow. Have a good. Cheers.

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