Match Day Thread Group B. Denmark v Finland. Belgium v Russia

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  1. Chazz Rheinhold

    Chazz Rheinhold Well-Known Member

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    Don’t be a fadge

    the blokes Alive

    there’ll be no humour allowed anymore the way it’s going
     
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  2. Howdentiger2

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    Do we expect anything different from uefa?
     
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  3. Gone For A Walk

    Gone For A Walk Well-Known Member

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    Normally I like dark, dry, humour. Just doesn't seem appropriate in this case. I don't know if it's a case of just too soon, or just not appropriate.
     
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  4. originallambrettaman

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    Eriksen has issued a short statement to Gazzetta dello Sport via his agent. He said: "Thank you, I won't give up. I feel better now - but I want to understand what's happened. I want to say thank you all for that you did for me."
     
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  5. John Ex Aberdeen now E.R.

    John Ex Aberdeen now E.R. Well-Known Member

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    I didn't realise Blind had a heart issue and actually has a pacemaker implant fitted, maybe that is something Eriksen might have a chance to do?
     
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  6. Gone For A Walk

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    As If UEFA officials were actually behind the cameras or even in the recording studio or even hands on involved in the broadcasting! Utterly ridiculous accusations. Now, if UEFA officials dont launch an investigation into why filming continued as it did by those responsible, then criticism would be deserved.
     
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  7. Chazz Rheinhold

    Chazz Rheinhold Well-Known Member

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    Good points made by the best journalist out there


    MARTIN SAMUEL: Young men like Eriksen are stretched to the limit by football until something snaps
    By Martin Samuel - Sport for the Daily Mail22:31, 13 Jun 2021 , updated 09:06, 14 Jun 2021

    5hrs ago
    As the images became too raw, the matter of ’s existence too real, the returned to the studio. Gary Lineker, and his guests, sat ashen-faced and stunned; reduced to helpless, shallow analysis.

    This, they said, put football into perspective. This was before pictures had emerged of Eriksen almost sitting up, eyes almost open. This was before he was sending text messages from his bed. This was before, let’s face it, we knew he wasn’t actually dead.

    So where lies perspective, more than 24 hours after the event? Five games have subsequently been completed, including the one that almost cost Eriksen his life. Euro 2021, formerly , marches inexorably on. Overblown, overplayed and over here, there and everywhere, because that’s where the money is.

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    Twenty-four hours have passed Christian Eriksen's shock collapse in Denmark vs Finland
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    The shocking scenes in Copenhagen has put things into perspective at the start of Euro 2020
    'He was gone': Danish team Dr on Eriksen cardiac arrest


    More games, more teams, more venues, more travel, more stress on its participants, young men like Eriksen who are already at the brink of exhaustion. It is less than two months since Pep Guardiola spoke of the authorities ‘killing players’ in words he cannot have imagined would ring true, so soon. He was speaking metaphorically then, now he seems prescient.

    ‘UEFA, FIFA kill the players, it’s too much,’ he said. ‘Manchester City didn’t have one midweek off since we started the season. Not even one. No player can sustain, not just physicality, mentally to be ready every day to compete against opponents to win the game.’

    Jurgen Klopp said as much at the start of the season in what became an argument about the TV schedules all clubs agree to as they seek to maximise revenue streams. Nobody can claim the football authorities were not warned.

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    There is an argument that players such as Eriksen (left) have been overused by football
    Not that Eriksen collapsed simply because he was exhausted. He has actually played fewer club games this season than at any time since the 2009-10 campaign with Ajax, which was his first. Yet the sight of him stumbling forward, falling to the floor, unmistakably stricken, should give football pause for thought.



    Whatever the individual circumstances, the root cause in this instance, this should not happen. That there was not even room for football to then manoeuvre around him is the worry here.

    For the decision to restart the match later on Saturday evening, the decision to push on without proper regard for the emotions of the Danish players, really does put football in perspective. The schedule stuffed to the gills, the absence of breathing space, the rush, rush, rush to complete.

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    The shell-shocked Denmark players chose to play on after Eriksen's collapse - and lost 1-0
    The judgment to play on should never have been left to Denmark and Finland’s players. Of course they would try to continue, in Eriksen’s honour. Yet the result, Kasper Schmeichel’s weakness for Finland’s winning goal, Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg’s missed penalty for Denmark, suggests a team who were under intolerable pressure.

    Imagine what was going through Hojbjerg’s mind as he stepped up; how he must have felt when he failed? UEFA should have removed that burden from him.

    Instead, they fell on the offer to play with expedient gratefulness, while no doubt acknowledging how such trauma has put the game into perspective. Again.

    Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers. The familiar mantra of the American politician that greets every high-school shooting before they return to Washington offices to do nothing to address gun control. Until the next atrocity, when thoughts and prayers will go out to the victims’ families again.

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    Denmark's players looked emotionally exhausted by the time their match with Finland ended
    Denmark manager struggles to hold back tears during press conference


    And so it will continue in football, too. The game played without perspective, beyond those platitudes when disaster strikes. Those who run this show will continue to stretch to the limit those who play it.

    FIFA have expanded the World Cup to 48 competitors from 16. The four countries who would contest UEFA’s European Championship became eight, then 16 and now 24; of that 24, 16 progress to the knockout stages. More matches, longer seasons, less rest.

    Add the UEFA Nations League, add the proposed extra Champions League games, add an expanding Club World Cup. Eriksen’s Inter pushed for the Super League, too. And the load always falls on the same elite group because that’s how FIFA and UEFA want it.

    They don’t want Norwich or Nottingham Forest, hell, they don’t even want Villarreal or Leicester. The same elite clubs, staffed by the same elite players. Inter Milan, Tottenham, Ajax — clubs who have attracted the talent of Eriksen, and his contemporaries.

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    Players such as Eriksen (right) have been overloaded as FIFA and UEFA exploit the big clubs
    When calamity unfolded in Copenhagen, the insular world of the elite professional footballer was ever more apparent.

    Belgium’s goalscorer in the very next game to be played, Romelu Lukaku, was a team-mate; England cancelled their press conference scheduled for Saturday evening because captain Harry Kane and Eriksen were colleagues with Tottenham.

    These associations will spread, tentacle-like, through the tournament because that is the nature of the modern game. A small group of young men, driven harder and harder without respite until something snaps.

    And then that very weakness puts it all into perspective. Thoughts and prayers, everybody. Thoughts and prayers.
     
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  8. AlRawdah

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    The premise of that article is horse ****. As proved by the fact that the vast, vast majority of footballers, even at elite level, don’t suffer cardiac arrests during matches. Saturday’s events were awful and tragic, but that’s surely down to failures in screening for health issues, not the number of games played.

    it also wouldn’t surprise me if this journalist has rounded on players in the past for being pampered prima donnas who should be perfectly capable of playing two matches a week. Plenty of other football journos have said that.
     
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  9. Gone For A Walk

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    Pretty crap article in my opinion.
    But the valid point the article does raise is that, yes, there are far too many games nowadays.
    It's all about the money. Supporters, even players to some degree, are after thoughts, way back behind the money machine.
     
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  10. tigerscanada

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    It should be a simple solution to that problem as you allude to. Increase the squad sizes, reduce individual players salaries and rotate the players more. The elite teams will remain the elite teams and the TV money will still come their way.
     
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  11. Anal Frank Fingers

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    No. It's not acceptable. The one on the other thread was sick. About the same level as Patty taking the piss out of kids with cancer.
     
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  12. Chazz Rheinhold

    Chazz Rheinhold Well-Known Member

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    Oh do **** off you big fanny
    This coming from someone with your user name
    How acceptable is that
     
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  13. Anal Frank Fingers

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    What the **** has my username got to do with you being a patty clone sick ****?
     
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  14. Chazz Rheinhold

    Chazz Rheinhold Well-Known Member

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    I’m offended by it
    Temper old boy you’ll have a
    Oh wait
    Too sensitive
     
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  15. City Man

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    DEN given an ultimatum 'Finish it tonight or tomorrow at noon'

    Be in no doubt tv rights advertising money refunds were behind that ****ty UEFA decision.

    We saw it already with the CL final being played in Portugal rather than London.

    UEFA are threadbare and TV rights/ advertising revenue a fraction of what it was pre covid.

    DER DER DER DER GREEDY BASTARDS as the song goes.
     
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  16. Kalman

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    Why does this journo get posted on here constantly like he's the dog's bollocks and some sort of footballing prophet? Every one of his articles I've read have either been on the nose and filled with truisms or just bollocks.
     
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  17. balkan tiger

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    The obvious answer would be to set up a European Super League with just 12 teams, they should have been kicked out of their national leagues. Problem solved.
     
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  18. tigerscanada

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    W.C. Fields was a bit of a twat too was he not?
     
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  19. originallambrettaman

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  20. TIGERSCAVE

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    Really excellent Finnish goal chalked off against Russia as the scorer had man boobs...
     
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