Archive for Euro 2008
France hosted the tournament twice before in 1960 and 1984 and this time managed to beat the challengers Turkey and Italy. Turkey lost by a single vote.
The last major football tournament to be hosted by France was the 1998 FIFA World Cup which France won.
Euro 2016 will for the first time see 24 teams compete in the tournament and this will mean 51 matches altogether. The Euros don't have the third place playoff match.
Ukraine and Poland are hosting Euro 2012.
This is the exact number of goals scored as at Euro 2004 and the second highest. Euro 2000 still holds the record for the highest number of goals scored with 85. Far less were scored in England in 1996 with just 64.
Only two matched were decided by a penalty and one of them involved the eventual winners Spain who beat Italy on penalties and the other one was the Turkey/Croatia match.
Of the 77 goals scored, 25 were scored in the first half with 52 scored in the second half.
The table below shows how much each team contributed to the 77 goals tally and it also shows how many goals were scored in each half.
|Team||Matches||First Half||Second Half||Total Goals|
So nearly two thirds of the goals were scored in the second half were 52 goals were goals were scored compared to first half's 25.
Turkey in particular scored 8 goals and only one of those goals was in the first half and that was in the semi-final match against Germany.
Germany on the other hand has enjoyed narrow 3-2 victories in the knockout phases conceding four goals but more importantly scoring six.
Spain's three goals against Russia are its only goals in the knockout stages and in the whole tournament Spain has scored 11 goals and conceded just 3.
Basically every team that has scored against Spain has only managed to score just once. I think that points to a strong Spanish defence.
Germany has so far scored 10 goals but worryingly conceded six compared to Spain's three.
Interestingly both teams have two clean sheets but in different phases of the tournament with Germany's coming in the group stages and the Spanish ones coming in the knockout stages.
At the end of the tournament there will be a post with a full goal analysis for all the teams and also looking at first and second half goals.
But it is Group C that is now guaranteed of a finalist after Spain knocked out Group D runner-up Italy in a penalty shoot-out.
Spain is the only group leader to reach the semis and they will meet a team they beat 4-1 in the group opening match.
That feat doesn't look like it will be repeated this time around and if anything it could be Russia in the final to meet the winner between Germany and Turkey.
These are the Netherlands, Croatia and Portugal knocked out by Russia, Turkey and Germany respectively.
If that trend continues then in the final quarter final match Spain will be knocked out by Italy.
The Netherlands looked like they were on the right path when they easily dispatched Italy and France and their second string team easily beat Romania but in the quarter-finals they were knocked out by a team that conceded four goals in its first group match.
Equally impressive in the group matches were Croatia but a loss in a penalty shoot out meant it was Turkey who proceeded to the semis to face Germany.
Interestingly the teams that are now in the semis needed to win their final group matches to progress to reach the quarters whereas they teams they knocked out were already confirmed group winners by the third and final group match.
Lets see if Spain can stop the trend.
All three group leaders were confirmed after the second round of matches and only Portugal failed to finish with nine points with the Netherlands, Spain and Croatia finishing with clean record.
Spain were the second highest scorers with 8 thanks to their 4-1 demolition of Spain but they also conceded three goals.
The first quarter-final match will see Group A leaders Portugal face Germany whilst in the second match Croatia will face Turkey.
Turkey has been one of only two sides so far to come from behind and win and they did that against the Czech Republic and also co-hosts Switzerland. The other one is Spain who came from behind to win against Greece.
The Netherlands will face Russia in the quarters whilst in the last quarter-final match Spain will face Italy who finished with four points in Group C.
Only one team, defending champions Greece, failed to register a single point in the tournament and they also join four other teams who scored just one goal.
The other teams to score just one goal are Romania, Poland, France and Austria.
So if this was a league of 16 teams, here is how the league ladder would like after three matches:
Portugal is also the first team to win a group because no other team in that group can now overtake them.
But there have been a few other firsts already so far. Russia was the first losing team to score a goal. Before that all losing teams had failed to score a goal.
In beating the co-hosts Switzerland 2-1, Turkey became the first team to come from behind and win a match. Sad for the co-hosts they became the first side to exit the tournament.
Spain's David Villa was the first player to get a hat-trick but it wont be surprising if he is the last as well.
To beat Austria, Croatia got the first penalty of the tournament.
There must be a few other firsts like yellow cards and so on but these are just a few of them.
The Euro 2008 tournament kicks off on 7th of June when co-hosts Switzerland take on the Czech Republic in a Group A match at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
TipsChallenge will run the tipping competition from the opening match all the way to the final to be played at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna on the 29th of June.