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Like most ex-communist nations, neither of these countries is noted for its astounding contribution to modern music, but it was very much the opposite case in the Romantic era when both were at the forefront of European culture. Curiously, the communist era was boom-time for football in both states, whereas Russia have struggled since independence and the Czechs have often flattered to deceive.

Czech Republic: Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No. 9: From the New World

As its title suggests, Prague-born Dvorak composed his ninth symphony while living in New York in the late 19th Century. Fans of my work will be delighted to know I once performed a part of the New World Symphony at music camp when I was like 8.

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Russia: Modest Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition

Aha! You all thought I was going to go for Tchiakovsky. In fact, it’s one of the Mighty Five Russian nationalist composers and the one-man Modest Mouse cover band and his piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition.





henryChinaski
06.08.12
I'm in. Will be interesting.

Buzzkillr
06.08.12
Pretty pleb taste in classical, dude.

Dave de Sylvia
06.08.12
Buzzkilld.

wabbit
06.08.12
I really love when you guys do stuff like this. It's by far the best contribution (other than theacademy's lists) to the site.

JosephLong
06.08.12
soccer sucks

AliW1993
06.08.12
I had Russia down to win 3-0. Doesn't look that way at the moment.

AliW1993
06.08.12
I take that back

henryChinaski
06.08.12
Russians are strong, really nice to watch. Arshavin's the man

insomniac15
06.08.12
You're getting pretty close haha. I thought the Czech team would play better, but they're disappointing.

fish.
06.08.12
5 points for Shirokov scoring, tyvm. Makes up for not having the right Russian goalie

Russia looking very strong already. Could do some damage in the knockouts

insomniac15
06.08.12
Judging Group A, so far I believe Russia will be on the first place.

HenchmanOfSanta
06.08.12
Should be !T.O.O.H.! vs. Hieronymus Bosch.

fish.
06.08.12
well obviously

fish.
06.08.12
@insomniac

Fortheloveofmusic
06.08.12
Not realizing what time it was earlier today, I made two transfers past the deadline. Crap. There goes 6 points

insomniac15
06.08.12
I thought the Czechs would play better and kept thinking they'd be on the first place, but the Russians are on top of their game.

fish.
06.08.12
Czech Republic are no where near as good as they used to be but Russia are awesome. They beat Italy 3-0 about a week ago.

Fortheloveofmusic
06.08.12
Arshavin's looked really good playing in a free role

AliW1993
06.08.12
I actually don't think that the Czechs have been too bad, but Russia are throwing loads of men forward and and are inevitably creating chances.

Dave de Sylvia
06.08.12
The Czechs are just awful - probably the worst team in the tournament. Although Poland and Greece will give them a run for their money. When Kherzakov's header hit the post I thought their dreadful luck in front of goal was going to cost them, but since then they've loosened up and are destroying the Czechs, like they did Ireland in Dublin.

henryChinaski
06.08.12
Czechs did a good job in the first 15 minutes or so. I think they have some players that are too old though.

Rail
06.08.12
Good goal there. The Czechs are looking a lot more up for it this half.

fish.
06.08.12
Games wide open again. No clean sheet points after all

Voivod
06.08.12
German tech thrashers Mekong Delta devoted an album for Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.

FictionalFlames
06.08.12
Last time I checked Russia was manhandling the Czech Republic.

Rail
06.08.12
Belter from Pav, 4-1. I might have to reassess the lack of Russians in my team.

Iai
06.08.12
Looks familiar. :)

insomniac15
06.08.12
My God the Czechs are worse than I thought.

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
very pleased that i put dzagoev in my team now!

fish.
06.08.12
arggh, I almost put him in but picked Shirokov instead. Still, got one goal out of it.

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
well it evens out, i also had szczesny...

fish.
06.08.12
Don't understand why 35.7% of people picked Cech. They've already lost 2 points out of that

fish.
06.08.12
"well it evens out, i also had szczesny..."
should say this, but, (sub him out :p)

fish.
06.08.12
*shouldn't

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
can you manually sub players mid matchday?

Kiran
06.08.12
kerzhakov's finishing was so awful today but russia have played some very good football otherwise, really impressed by zhirkov and dzagoev

fish.
06.08.12
yeah, at the end of each day after all the matches have been played

DoubtGin
06.08.12
russia was boss

fish.
06.08.12
Glad I realised the potential Russia had to gain points cheaply \m/
everyone else has noticed that too now though

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
wouldn't that only apply to the next set of games so i'd still get -2 for szczesny?

AliW1993
06.08.12
I've got Kerzhakov, and thus spent a large portion of that match shouting at my television.

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
he had enough chances to get the golden boot on tonight alone

Adabelle
06.08.12
Haha, he was awful. Had Dzagoev, not bad..

fish.
06.08.12
"wouldn't that only apply to the next set of games so i'd still get -2 for szczesny?"
No it applies for the rest of the matchday I believe. And the points get wiped clean, positive or negative. Also I'm pretty sure it'd be -4 for a red card + conceding a penalty

"I've got Kerzhakov, and thus spent a large portion of that match shouting at my television."
I feel for ya

fish.
06.08.12
@Adabelle was it you who predicted 5-1?

TheNotrap
06.08.12
Russia have a really good team. Nice surprise.

thumbcrusher
06.08.12
ahh man i went on the site and you can sub players with those who haven't played... but not if they've been sent off :-(

JamieTwort
06.08.12
Great goal from Pavlyuchenko.

Adabelle
06.08.12
Fish | Yeah haha

Knott-
06.08.12
czech republic can't defend time to take cech out of my fantasy team

TheJackal
06.08.12
typical Arshavin plays great for Russia, not interested in an Arsenal shirt

fish.
06.09.12
"ahh man i went on the site and you can sub players with those who haven't played... but not if they've been sent off :-("
ah, unlucky :\

fish.
06.09.12
"czech republic can't defend time to take cech out of my fantasy team"
I don't understand how the massive amount of people with Cech in their team didn't expect this before. He's a brilliant goalkeeper, but without the quality in the rest of the Czech team, of course this was gonna happen.

henryChinaski
06.09.12
Nice to see the Russians are back on track. They were strong in 2008

thumbcrusher
06.09.12
couldn't believe my eyes seeing arshavin playing so well

TheJackal
06.09.12
If Arshavin continues like this, hopefully his price tag will shoot up when Arsenal innevitably sell him... shame he couldnt be consistant in the PL

TenSecondsToThink
06.09.12
Haha, what the fuck, we listened to Pictures at an Exhibition in school and wrote a test about it.

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