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Sputnik has a long and proud history of supporting the world’s best and most popular sport. Two years ago, Nick Butler used the football World Cup as an opportunity for a fascinating study into the musical history of the 32 participating nations. This year, not so much.

We will, however, be using the 32 games taking place over the next 4 weeks to showcase some of the better music that’s come out of each of the 16 European nations taking part, and we begin with the opening game, featuring co-hosts Poland and those lovably spendthrift Greeks.

Use this thread to talk about the match, Lewandowski and, of course, who makes the better music. (Hint: Poland)

Poland: Riverside – ‘In Two Minds’

Warsaw’s most passionate Middlesbrough fans skanked heavily off Porcupine Tree on their mesmeric 2004 debut album, Out of Myself, but originality is overrated when you’ve got tracks as beautiful as ‘In Two Minds’ massaging yer earholes.

-v-

Greece: Rotting Christ – ‘Keravnos Kyvernitos’

With a name like Rotting Christ, Greece’s premier black metal act were never likely to curry much favour with The Big Misogynist In The Sky, but it’s worth noting that coming from the Greek Orthodox church they were going to hell in any case.





robin
06.08.12
i was hoping this would reoccur. also a good way to avoid the opening ceremony right now.

MO
06.08.12
Sweet this is a great idea, Poland represent!

AliW1993
06.08.12
Greece will stifle Poland to the death, but home advantage should just about see them through.

Poland 1-0 Greece

DoubtGin
06.08.12
2:0 Poland

DoubtGin
06.08.12
lewa you beast

Kiran
06.08.12
poland have cruised through this first half hour. the crowd's been fantastic too.

fish.
06.08.12
My Greek defender has come on as a substitute in the 36th minute. If Greece don't concede again, I'll probably just miss out on getting the 60 minutes needed to get points for a clean sheet.

AliW1993
06.08.12
There's been a few chances but most of the game has been pretty poor quality. Greece have been awful but the sending off was a joke.

fish.
06.08.12
Wow this game's just flared up. Pretty harsh sending off and then a pretty strong penalty appeal in the last 5 minutes of the half.

Kiran
06.08.12
So, so harsh but he made himself look incredibly guilty by putting both his arms and his weight down on the falling player, as the last man. Clear handball though.

AliW1993
06.08.12
The referee's been so inconsistent. In the first 20 minutes he gave nothing that wasn't blatent, but after that he was all over the place. The first booking was a perfect defensive header and Lewandowski was already going over for the second.

henryChinaski
06.08.12
2nd yellow for Sokratis was ridiculous. The poles play pretty good though.

Nagrarok
06.08.12
'Two years ago, Nick Butler used the football World Cup as an opportunity for a fascinating study into the musical history of the 32 participating nations.'

That was great stuff, nice to see something similar this year.

fish.
06.08.12
Both yellows were ridiculous. The first wasn't even a foul and the second arguably wasn't either.
Can UEFA overturn suspensions like this?

AliW1993
06.08.12
Even if they can I'd be willing to bet that they won't. Authorities always back referees even in the most ridiculous circumstances.

fish.
06.08.12
1-1
Polish defence was in a mess in that one

insomniac15
06.08.12
I dislike Greece's gameplay.

Recspecs
06.08.12
Greece is dreadful to watch play.

henryChinaski
06.08.12
Haha this match is getting better and better

wabbit
06.08.12
that was such a bad penalty shot

Fortheloveofmusic
06.08.12
Sucks if you have Szczesny in your team. Not as a boring a game as every thought.

fish.
06.08.12
Wow. Feel really sorry for Szczesny but at least the penalty was saved.

What an opening game, never expected it to be this interesting. (And hopefully there'll be enough injury time now to give me my 60 minutes).

And now a disallowed goal.

Collis
06.08.12
Offside was very marginal, but a good call.

Recspecs
06.08.12
GODDAMMIT WOJCECH IS ON MY SQUAD FUCK

DoubtGin
06.08.12
what a great game

DoubtGin
06.08.12
well, great = interesting

insomniac15
06.08.12
I didn't believe this would end as a draw, but Poland let it loose towards the end and Greece took advantage.

AliW1993
06.08.12
Yeah I wouldn't call it a great game, it was pretty poor quality. Had some drama though.

MalleusMaleficarum
06.08.12
Greece really should've won that. Wow. Terrible penalty kick and terrible offside call.

Recspecs
06.08.12
Well at least I was right 1-1.

fish.
06.08.12
"GODDAMMIT WOJCECH IS ON MY SQUAD FUCK"
lmao. so, conceding penalty, red card, you're crashing down haha :p

"terrible offside call. "
I missed that but I caught the tail end of the commentators saying it was just about the right decision.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.08.12
Decent result, we had a great opportunity to take the match but Karagounis kicked the opportunity. Ref's decisions in the first half were hilarious. Next match with Czech Republic is very important.

henryChinaski
06.08.12
Fair result in the end i think. Poles were strong at the beginning, Greeks improved in the last 30 minutes or so.

MalleusMaleficarum
06.08.12
Poles dominated the first 30 mins. then the Greeks controlled the rest. Greeks should've won.

fish.
06.08.12
Greeks didn't dominate as much as the Poles did.

Voivod
06.08.12
From the chances both teams had to score goals, my team should have won.

First game, good game.

Voivod
06.08.12
Czechs are not as strong as they used to be, so it is going to be a good match too.

Knott-
06.08.12
first yellow was obv not a foul
if the second yellow was a foul it was also at least a yellow

szczesny red wasn't actually a red, stupid decision. game was mental.

Dave de Sylvia
06.08.12
I didn't think Szczesny's was a red at first but the fact it was so blatantly deliberate means he must have thought he had to trip him to stop him scoring.

Neither of the Greek player's were yellows, and argaubly not even fouls.

Knott-
06.08.12
yeah i mean the polish guy (lewandowski? can't remember) was falling over anyway, but in the position it was on the pitch, if it's a foul, it's definitely a yellow. still, dude should never have been sent off.

MalleusMaleficarum
06.08.12
Greeks should've won that match. Unsure if I've mentioned that..

WooHa
06.09.12
what the fuck do you know about football

WooHa
06.09.12
We definitely should win Malleus

fish.
06.09.12
I'd say the draw was deserved

henryChinaski
06.09.12
I agree

xenocide.
06.09.12
It was really nice to see my national team playing relatively good against Greece right from the start, shame that the second half was almost a complete disaster. Hope they can improve their performance in the next two games. At least we're better at music! Greetings from Poland!

DarthMann
06.09.12
soccer is gay

henryChinaski
06.09.12
nah

fish.
06.09.12
"soccer is gay"
you're gay

DarthMann
06.09.12
im from australia though so im like bought up to dislike the love of soccer
i dont hate it i just hate the people that like it more than sports such as AFL

fish.
06.10.12
what the fuck is AFL

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