June 29th, 2012

GOD IN GK GLOVES

Cry Not For Portugal: Euro 2012 Another Success For The Little Country That Could


Jun 28, 2012 - "Portugal fails again! Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't take a penalty and the best country without a major tournament trophy crashes out in the semifinals of Euro 2012!"

If we rewrote that with a modicum of perspective it would read: Portugal, incredibly, made another deep run in a major tournament, continuing to overachieve and defy all odds or common sense.

It is easy to pick on Portugal, and many people have. Once again, it failed to win a trophy, this time going out in the Euro semifinals on penalties. Spain edged them from the spot, 4-2, while Ronaldo watched on waiting to take a fifth kick that would never come. The country of Eusébio, Luís Figo, Rui Costa and now Ronaldo fell short once again.
But did Portugal really fall short? Fall short of what expectation? The expectation that a country of 10,000,000 should compete with the likes of Spain, which has a population of 47,000,000? That it should produce as many quality players as 60,000,000 Italians or 81,000,000 Germans?

Portugal has the population of Belgium or Hungary, yet the world expects infinitely more of it. That is a testament not to a team of misfortune and disappointment, as one would think in the aftermath of its loss to Spain, but one of tremendous overachievement and accomplishment.

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Thought this was a wonderful article and may actually cheer up some people here. Because I think sometimes people forget how amazing Portugal truly is. Obviously not pleased that we lost, but what we've done in the last decade really is exceptional.
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re-posting for awesomesauce

Yeah so all the stupid mcdumbface racism and bad behavior of this Euro?

If you missed it, here is Buffon's message about diversity:
"I am proud to lead my country in this important match of UEFA EURO 2012," said Buffon. "My team-mates and I stand against any kind of discrimination. We are one team regardless of our religious or ethnic background. That is why we support UEFA's Respect Diversity message and we call on everyone in football to join us."

Here is Lahm's:
Lahm added: "The past three weeks have shown how football can bring together people who share the same passion. Nationality, religion, gender or sexual orientation have nothing to do with it. My team-mates and I, as captain of the German national team, ask you to join us in rejecting all types of discrimination and in supporting UEFA's Respect Diversity message."

Here is Iker's:
"We owe our success to our team spirit and the diversity of our backgrounds," said Casillas. "We may be from different regions and different backgrounds but on the pitch we stand together - united as a team. That is why we are against all forms of discrimination and are proud to support UEFA's Respect Diversity message."

here is Ronaldo's:
"Our country brings together people from all kinds of different backgrounds all united thanks to UEFA EURO 2012," Ronaldo told the stadium. "Football can bring people together like no other sport no matter their religious, social or ethnic background. That is why we all stand together as one, both on and off the pitch and support UEFA's Respect Diversity message."

source not so big on the awesome though
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No players from Scotland or Northern Ireland in Olympic squad

There will be no Scottish or Northern Irish players in the men's British Olympic football squad when it is announced on Monday.
BBC Scotland has learned that manager Stuart Pearce will list 18 players from England and Wales.
Fifteen of the squad must be under 23, with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards the three permitted overage players.
None of the England players at Euro 2012 were considered.
Four reserve players will also be put on stand-by, should anyone withdraw from the squad.
There were Scots, including Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan, on Pearce's shortlist of 35 players.
The Scottish Football Association, along with their Northern Irish and Welsh counterparts, have taken no direct involvement with Team GB and have made it clear they do not want their players involved for fear of risking their countries' separate identities in world football.
But they cannot block players from participating.
Team GB were drawn in Group A at London 2012 alongside Senegal, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates.
They begin their Olympic campaign against Senegal at Old Trafford on 26 July before facing the United Arab Emirates at Wembley on 29 July, and Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on 1 August.

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so much for Team GB