Filed under: Euro 2012, European Football, International Football, UEFA | Tags: Andrea Pirlo, Czech Republic, Danny Valencia, England, Euro 2012, Euro 2012 odds, Euro 2012 predictions, Euro 2012 quarterfinals, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mario Balotelli, Portugal, Ronaldo, Spain, Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney
The knockout stages are here. Euro 2012 has not let us down with exciting finishes and surprise teams advancing (Greece) and falling apart (Netherlands). Somehow, England managed to win its group, while France put itself in a huge hole by settings itself up with Spain in the quarterfinals. Germany has been the most impressive team so far and look primed to win the tournament. The quarterfinals have some great matchups meaning that the knockout stages will provide fans with plenty of twists and turns along the way to crowning a champion of Europe. Who are the odds on favorites to win and who do we think will win? Read on to find out! (more…)
Filed under: Euro 2012, European Football, UEFA | Tags: England, Euro 2012, France, Group D, Sweden, Ukraine
Group D is a very interesting group in that it has two traiditonal powers in France and England that are always involved in controversy. France was the epitome of underachieving in South Africa and England lost their group to the USA before getting slapped out of the tournament by Germany. As host, Ukraine will have a lot of mojo on its side, for whatever that is worth. Finally Sweden has a tremendous winning player in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could take over a tournament at any moment. This group is wide open in terms of order of finish. Would anyone be shocked if France wins 9 points or bows out without a goal? Here is our take on this group. (more…)
Filed under: Euro 2012, European Football, UEFA | Tags: Czech Republic, Euro 2012, Greece, Group A, Poland, Russia
Each day this week we will be posting our take on each of the matches from each group. Today Group A is in the limelight. (more…)
Filed under: Champion's League, England, European Football, UEFA | Tags: Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Tottenham
By Jonathan Richardson
One of the things I dig most about European soccer is the fact that just about every team has something to play for regardless of their position in the league table. Whether it is fighting for a place in the most elite club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League, or attempting to stave off relegation into the league below, teams give fans and neutrals alike plenty of reasons to stay excited until the end of the campaign. In the English Premier League, the top four teams claim a place in the Champions League. With the top two spots having essentially been decided for last half of the campaign by the red and blue clubs from Manchester, there is a white hot race for those coveted final two spots with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Newcastle United right in the thick of it. With only five games left until the end of the league campaign (six for Arsenal), it is coming down to the nitty gritty. Four teams are knocking on the door, but only two will be invited to play with the big boys. Who will it be?
Filed under: 2014, AFC, American Soccer, CAF, Champion's League, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, England, European Football, International Football, Podcast, Spain, UEFA, USMNT | Tags: Jozy Altidore, Jurgen Klinsmann, Manchester United, Mario Balotelli, Real Madrid, Stuart Holden, Timmy Chandler
NTA is very proud to release our first podcast!
This week we provided a year in review and looked ahead to 2012, discussing the USMNT, EPL, La Liga and Champions League!
Filed under: Champion's League, England, I Know I Think, Spain, UEFA, USMNT | Tags: Barcelona, Jurgen Klinsmann, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid
By way of introduction, here is a list of 5 of my solid beliefs about the game. (more…)