Euro 2012 Prediction competition

Another chance to predict the future; the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, Euro 2012, is almost upon us. The tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine and the first match kicks off this Friday 8th June 2012. Local interest here will focus on the Republic of Ireland, England, Poland and Portugal but not unfortunately N.Ireland.  All entries to be in before kick off Friday.

 

For ease of reference all of the teams, group matches, FIFA rankings and political systems (this is Slugger after all) are listed below and answers should be in the following format which is my entry incidentally. And of course thanks to WIKI for the info.

 

Group Winners: A Russia, B Netherlands, C Spain, D France

England: Group Stage

Ireland: Group Stage

Most Red Cards: Netherlands

Most Goals: Netherlands

Winners:  Netherlands

Political System : Constitutional Monarchy

FEMEN: Poland v Greece

Top scorer: V. Persie

 

 

Predictions required and possible points.  MAXIMUM 110

Winner of Group A   10 points

Winner of Group B   10 points

Winner of Group C   10 points

Winner of Group D   10 points

 

How far will England Go? Group stage, QF, SF, F, Winner   10 points

How far will the Republic Of Ireland Go? Group stage, QF, SF, F, Winner   10 points

Which Team will receive the  Most Red Cards? 10 points

Which team will score the Most Goals? 10 points

Which team will win the trophy? 10 points

In this Diamond Jubilee year will a team from a Constitutional Monarchy or a Republic win the trophy? 5 points.

(Republic: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech, Germany, Portugal, Italy, ROI, Croatia, France, Ukraine

Constitutional Monarchy: Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, England, Sweden)

At which game will activists from the women’s movement  FEMEN make their first significant appearance? 5  points.

(FEMEN Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev. The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, international marriage agencies, sexism and other social, national and international ills. )

Who will be the top individual  scorer? 10 points

 Form guide and Group Matches showing FIFA ranking of each team.

Group A

(65) Poland v (14)Greece

(11)Russia v (26)Czech Republic

(14)Greece  v (26)Czech Republic

(65) Poland v (11)Russia

(26)Czech Republic v (65) Poland

(14)Greece v (11)Russia

Group B

(4)Netherlands  v (10)Denmark

(2)Germany  v (5)Portugal

(10)Denmark v (5)Portugal

(4)Netherlands v (2)Germany

(5)Portugal  v (4)Netherlands

(10)Denmark v (2)Germany

Group C

(1)Spain v (12)Italy

(18)Republic of Ireland v (8)Croatia

(12)Italy v (8)Croatia

(1)Spain v (18)Republic of Ireland

(8)Croatia v (1)Spain

(12)Italy v (18)Republic of Ireland

 Group D

(16)France v (7)England

(50)Ukraine v (17)Sweden

(50)Ukraine v  (16)France

(17)Sweden  v (7)England

(7)England v (50)Ukraine

(17)Sweden v (16)France

 

GOOD LUCK

  • galloglaigh

    How about a curve ball: The event will be abandoned due to racism and crowd control. Violence might well beat the Dutch?

    It is a possibility! I should get 50 points for trying. But I will answer this tomorrow when I get time. For now the Dutch are a good shout for winning; Ireland will reach the quarters and will be beat by England.

  • galloglaigh

    England also to meet, and be beat by Croatia in the semi’s!

  • lamhdearg2

    Russia,Holland,Spain,England.
    winner
    group stage
    Holland
    Holland
    England
    C,M.
    Ukraine v Sweden*

    *I am not basing this on the hope the Swedish female fans join in the protest, honest.

    Top goal scorer Andy Carroll, with 5.

  • Hi lamhdearg2

    Due to unique demand (yours) I have added top individual goalscorer to the list of predictions for which you get 10 points.

    As to FEMEM, I had originally thought of this as a tie breaker, with a further unique tie breaker as necessary being the number of points ie each protestor x 2.

  • Dewi

    Czecho,Holland,Spain,France.
    Group Stage
    group stage
    Holland
    Spain
    Spain
    C,M.
    Ukraine v Sweden
    Torres

  • john

    Russia, Holland, Ireland, France
    England – group stage
    Ireland – SF
    Most reds – England
    Most goals – Holland
    Winners Holland/monarchy
    FEMEN – Ukraine sweden
    Top scorer Robbie Keane

  • salgado

    Russia, Germany, Spain, England
    England – quarter final
    ROI – group stage
    Most reds – Italy
    Most goals – Germany
    Winners Spain/CM
    FEMEN – Ukraine vs France
    Top scorer Torres

  • salgado

    galloglaigh “England also to meet, and be beat by Croatia in the semi’s!”

    That’s a bold prediction – Ireland and Croatia to go through ahead of Spain and Italy. You’d get good odds on that.

  • Mark

    Group Winners – Poland , Germany , Spain and France .
    England – Group stage .
    Ireland – SF
    Most reds – England .
    Most goals – Spain .
    Winners – Germany .
    Political System – Republic .
    FEMEN – Ukraine vs England .
    Top scorer – Mario Gomez .

  • abucs

    Group Winners – Czech Republic , Germany , Spain and France.

    England – QF.
    Ireland – Group Stage.
    Most reds – Netherlands.
    Most goals – Spain.
    Winners – Germany.
    Political System – Republic.
    FEMEN – Ukraine vs Sweden.
    Top scorer – Klose.

  • keano10

    Group Winners

    Group A – Poland
    Group B – Holland
    Group C – Spain
    Group D – France

    England – Group Stage
    Ireland – QF
    Most reds – Ukraine
    Most goals – Holland
    Winners – Holland
    Political System – Republic.
    FEMEN – Ukraine vs England
    Top scorer – Van Persie

  • lamhdearg2

    keano, holland is a constitutional monarchy.

  • Last call for the footie forecasters among you.It all kicks off tomorrow and already the drama has begun in the England camp and the Irish supporters are having a ball; yes it’s all so predictable just like the dozen or so scenarios above.

  • babyface finlayson

    This is how it will be

    Group Winners: Russia Germany Spain England (sorry).
    England: SF (sorry)
    Ireland : Group Stage
    Most Reds: England
    Most Goals: Nether regions
    Winners : Germany
    Political System: Republic
    FEMEN: England v Ukraine
    Top Scorer: Van Persie

  • Do mine eyes deceive me.

    Is that Sinn Fein saying sorry to England above by proxy.

  • galloglaigh

    Group Winners: A Czech Republic, B Portugal, C Spain, D Sweden

    England: Quarter final

    Ireland: Quarter final (but I’m optimistic about a semi spot)

    Most Red Cards: Portugal

    Most Goals: Spain

    Winners: Spain

    Political System : Constitutional Monarchy

    FEMEN: Ukraine vs England

    Top goal scorer: Mario Gomez

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    Group Winners: A Poland, B Germany, C Spain, D France

    England: Group

    Ireland: Group

    Most Red Cards: Italy

    Most Goals: Spain

    Winners: Spain

    Political System : Constitutional Monarchy

    FEMEN: Ukraine V Sweden

    Top goal scorer: Klose

  • babyface finlayson

    articles
    “Is that Sinn Fein saying sorry to England above by proxy.”
    Ho ho.
    It’s just me apologising for such a grim prediction.
    Let’s hope I’m wrong. For all our sakes.

  • Thank you good people for your entries however I need a favour. I will miss all of the opening games due to being on Good Parent Duty hence I will possibly miss the arrival on stage of FEMEN. Please record their first significant appearance on Slugger and this will be used for points allocation, all of the rest I can look after on my return. A cross reference such as a video report would be helpful for verification.

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Group Winners: A Russia B Netherlands C Spain, D France
    England: Group
    Ireland: Group
    Most Red Cards: Portugal
    Most Goals: Germany
    Winners: Netherlands
    Political System : Constitutional Monarchy
    FEMEN: Ukraine vs England
    Top goal scorer: Van Persie

  • And now we are back in familiar England tabloid territory, expectations are sky high, Rooney’s odds on for at least a brace against the UKrainians, it’s eleven against eleven in the knock out stages and anything can happen…..

    Yet I hear you asking : what are the odds on England not getting out of the group stage? Got to be worth a punt? Sadly not, only 5/2 with Paddy Power.

    Just as an aside, here’s the latest on FEMEN

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/15/ukraine-femen-activists-alleged-kidnapping?newsfeed=true

  • lamhdearg2

    Holy c**p, Russia out.

  • As we approach the final matches it’s time to set out the current league table.

    Salgado has 40 points and can still achieve 100 points.
    Abucs 40, 90
    Babyface Finlayson 40, 80
    The future’s bright, the future’s orange 30, 80
    Dewi 30, 70
    Lamhdearg 30, 70
    Galloglaigh 20, 80
    Mark 20, 70
    Tochais Síoraí 20, 50
    Articles 20, 25
    Keano 10, 20
    John 0, 20

    Seems fairly open to me.

    By the way Paddy Power have Greece at 10/1 to win tonight’s game against Germany.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    cheers for the update!

    C’mon the greeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mark

    Germans looking very strong and not just the first eleven .

  • salgado

    “Russia, Germany, Spain, England
    England – quarter final
    ROI – group stage
    Most reds – Italy
    Most goals – Germany
    Winners Spain/CM”

    My predictions aren’t looking too bad so far! (Ignoring Russia, and hoping Italy get two men sent off in the semi)

  • Euro 2012 is almost over and the prediction table is as follows:

    Salgado 50 points scored and can still achieve 95*
    Abucs 50 (65)
    Babyface Finlayson 40 (45)
    Dewi 30 (65)
    Galloglaigh 30 (65)
    The future’s bright, the future’s orange 30 (65)
    Leamdeargh2 30 (35)
    Mark 20 (45)
    Tochais Síoraí 20 (35)
    Articles 20 (25)
    Keano 10 (15)
    John 0 (5)

    At first glance it seems five Sluggerites can achieve top spot but closer analysis of respective predictions reveals that only Salgado and Abucs can claim the glory, no other prizes being available.

    Quite simply their respective predictions pretty much point to a showdown at the Ukraine Korral, however unless it’s a high scoring game inside of 120 minutes with Italy coming out on top after penalties then Salgado romps home. The key predictions are:

    Salgado Italy MOST RED CARDS Netherlands Abucs
    Salgado Germany(10) MOST GOALS Spain (8) Abucs
    Salgado Spain WINNERS Germany Abucs
    Salgado Const.Mon. POLITICAL SYSTEM Republic Abucs
    Salgado Torres TOP SCORER Klose Abucs

    A special mention for John. All of us on Slugger are hoping that you achieve nul points, as you clearly set out to achieve, but you too will be a casualty if Abucs is still standing tall after penalties.

    Almost finally an afterthought. Apparently this was an entrancing tournament (Richard Williams, Guardian). Was there a truly memorable game? An equally memorable goal? Any controversy whatsoever? Any sly and artful thuggery? I think not.

    Finally I hope the Femen activists eventually manage to breach security and get their points across, it is what this tournament badly needs, somebody getting in someone else’s face, and upsetting the tiki taka rhythms which are prevalent on and off the field.

    *In a previous post I wrongly factored in ten points for a successful prediction as to political system when in fact only five points are available.

  • lamhdearg2

    I bet I would have done better than that leamdeargh character.
    Thanks anyway Articles.

  • Cheers Lamhdearg2 (you are an only twin I suspect)

    Looks like it’s all set up for Abucs to rise from the dead, 3-3 in 120 minutes and Italy on penalties;but then again I’m in no position to say.

  • Congrats Salgard, you win with 75 pts followed by abucs with 60 to whom commiserations. Commiserations also to John who failed in his attempt at nul points when at the death he registered 5 pts.

    As an aside I thought my reputation about to be restored when Spain went 3- 0 up, half way there I thought to a 3-3 draw. Alas it proved to be a false dawn. Oh well.

  • salgado

    Cheers for running it!

    “Almost finally an afterthought. Apparently this was an entrancing tournament (Richard Williams, Guardian). Was there a truly memorable game? An equally memorable goal? Any controversy whatsoever? Any sly and artful thuggery? I think not.”

    I’d say the group stage was certainly above average with quite a few pretty memorable moments (Sweden-Ukraine, Sweden-England, Russia’s failure at the final hurdle in group A, Denmark’s valiant attempts in group B).

    Where it was really let down was the knockout stages, the quarter finals were all pretty dull. Then neither of the semi finals really got flowing; Italy played well enough but Germany failed to turn up, while Spain and Portugal were both disappoining compared to their own high standards. The final died off once Italy went down to ten men.

    It wasn’t a bad tournament but it did fade away after a bright start. It’ll be interesting to see where the move to a larger format next time leads, since the quarter finals this time were already pretty one sided.

  • abucs

    Congrats Salgado, you blitz it!

    Thank Articles for running the competition.