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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

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    Don't know if I ever seen seen a player more transformed over a summer break than Vinicius. Suddenly he's clinical.
    Just curious, but with Benzema scoring a hat-trick of nice goals, you though Vinicius stood out?


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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    Just curious, but with Benzema scoring a hat-trick of nice goals, you though Vinicius stood out?
    Benz being superlative is nothing new. He's one of the best strikers on the planet. Yet have you seen Vini this season? Suddenly he's got composed finishing. He's gone from the world's most erratic final touch to clinical in two months. That young man had himself a montage.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Benz being superlative is nothing new. He's one of the best strikers on the planet. Yet have you seen Vini this season? Suddenly he's got composed finishing. He's gone from the world's most erratic final touch to clinical in two months. That young man had himself a montage.
    Has there ever been a more under-appreciated elite player than Benzema? I don't think the masses even think of him at all when they think of the best players in the world. Every time I watch him I think "I don't think people realize how great this guy is?"
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Karim Benzema just trapped a ball with his back and set himself up to score a goal.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Karim Benzema just trapped a ball with his back and set himself up to score a goal.
    Here's a GIF of it. Back trap to his feet, off two defenders and into the net.

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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by MWM View Post
    Has there ever been a more under-appreciated elite player than Benzema? I don't think the masses even think of him at all when they think of the best players in the world. Every time I watch him I think "I don't think people realize how great this guy is?"
    He should get more recognition, but so should other forwards like Jamie Vardy, Duvan Zapata, Romelu Lukkau, who are all at the same level.
    Hes just not as good as teammates like Ronaldo or Mbappe on the national team, who are special talents and truly some of the best players in the world.

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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    The Brentford vs. Liverpool game is fantastic. Brentford just clawed back to 3-3 in the 83rd minute.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    RM just lost a champions league match 1-2, to Sherrif Tiraspol, the Moldovan Champions. Wild celebrations in Chisinau tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    RM just lost a champions league match 1-2, to Sherrif Tiraspol, the Moldovan Champions. Wild celebrations in Chisinau tonight.
    Carlo is using good MF as FB in these last 2 games. Valverde and Camavinga are the 2.

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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Betterread View Post
    RM just lost a champions league match 1-2, to Sherrif Tiraspol, the Moldovan Champions. Wild celebrations in Chisinau tonight.
    Tip of the cap. Those guys will never need to pay for a meal in Tiraspol again.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

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    Tip of the cap. Those guys will never need to pay for a meal in Tiraspol again.
    I ran across a Twitter thread from a guy who was born around there and eventually emigrated to America. It was hilarious:

    https://twitter.com/SlavaMalamud/sta...39451069509639

    The TL;DR version: Sheriff Tiraspol is basically the only real team in Moldova playing in the only real stadium in Moldova, and it exists as a money-laundering business for the mob bosses running a little semi-autonomous breakaway state within Moldova. And this breakaway state came to be because the ethnic Russians within Moldova wanted no part of the rest of the country and have carried on since '91 as if the fall of the Soviet Union never happened.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Spain broke Italy's unbeaten streak in the semis of the UEFA Nations League. Real contrast in approach from those two. Roberto Mancini has conducted a master class in managing Italy. His team is put together. Everybody's got a job. They do it. They're more than the sum of their parts. It's like textbook everything you're supposed to do. Italy played most of the game down a man and almost dragged itself back to even after being down 2-0. They even seemed to play better after going down a man. Rarely will you see a better marshaled international side.

    Luis Enrique seemingly picks his roster and lineups with a random name generator. He's largely not selecting players from the top teams in La Liga, except for Barcelona, which has been bursting into flames this season. Players come and go on the roster. There's no cohesion. There's no consistency in tactics, except for general ball control. Today Ferran Torres and Mikel Oyarzabal figured it out well enough for the team to win. Spain's got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to talent, so they can win even with an erratic manager.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Oh Belgium. Guess it was a bronze generation.
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    Re: 2021-22 Euro soccer thread

    Benzema had a skillful turn to get free and put a precise finish in the corner for the first French goal. That turned the match around. lukaku’s offside was pretty close and the penalty on Griezmann was also not obvious. Maybe 2-2 would have been fair.
    Last edited by Betterread; 10-07-2021 at 08:18 PM.


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