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Though it’s only been a country for about 20 years, Croatia has easily the greater football pedigree of these two nations, having appeared in almost all major finals since rejoining UEFA in 1993 and finished 3rd in the 1998 World Cup. Nevertheless, as the smallest nations in the competition with ~4.5 million people apiece, both tend to punch above their weight in competition play, and this promises to be a very competitive group despite the presence of the last two World Cup winners, Italy and Spain.

Croatia: Rawbau – ‘Vatreno Ludilo’

It couldn’t really have been anything else, could it? Croatia manager Slaven Bilic, who bill bid farewell to the Croatian national side after six years in charge at the end of the championships, wrote this song for the nation’s last appearance at the Euros and reached #1 in his homeland. Rawbau have that kind of Rise Against vibe going on, where you can tell they have a strong punk influence but are still totally douchebaggy enough to make music that would sit well on an ad for a fast food restaurant.

-v-

Ireland: Sultans of Ping F.C. – ‘Give Him a Ball and a Yard of Grass’

I was tempted to go for the (possibly awful) Horslips-sampling classic ‘Put ‘Em Under Pressure‘ here, but have instead fallen back on the astonishingly underrated Sultans of Ping F.C. (see the football link here) and ‘Give Him a Ball and a Yard of Grass,’ a title based on the legendary Brian Clough’s assessment of the goalscoring instincts of his son Nigel (ex-Liverpool, current Derby County manager).





Oblivioncry
06.10.12
to be honest i don't know any of the irish players. hell, i don't even know anything much about the irish national team. i'll watch the game just to get them to know better.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
You don't know Robbie Keane ?

Wolfhorde
06.10.12
If Ireland doesn't win this I'm gonna be mad. I like these green 'taterheads.

SpiritCrusher2
06.10.12
I'm a Croat, and I have to admit, our music scene really sucks. but there are a lot of good underground metal bands here, here are a couple of new bands I'd like you to hear
melodeath - Besthial - Silent Proclamation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceoswlYwo44
modern metal? - Kryn - New Disease http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsezJRl411k


henryChinaski
06.10.12
Will be interesting. I love Trapattoni ^^

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Croatia used to be so good back in the day with Davor Suker. He was awesome

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
^ Agreed. Croatia had a bunch of awesome players some years ago. Prso was also an amazing striker.

Dreamflight
06.10.12
Yea. Boban also ruled back then.

robin
06.10.12
hahahahahahahaha

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Fast one. Mandzukic is a damn good striker

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Wow that was quick. Now the game will be more interesting.

AliW1993
06.10.12
Sultans Of Pang FC, great choice! Disappointed by the lack of Father Ted references though.

Worst possible start. Come on Ireland!

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Great game so far.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Awesome header and a good match so far.

fish.
06.10.12
Better than Spain v Italy already

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Modric is a damn fine midfielder

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Damn shame...

SpiritCrusher2
06.10.12
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!

fish.
06.10.12
Ireland gifted Croatia that goal.

Lol Croatian fans are such thugs. Must be a regional thing.

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Croatians were gaining the upper hand in the last 15 minutes or so i think. Should be a good 2nd half

fish.
06.10.12
I predicted 2-2 before the match but it looks like it could be even more than that at this rate

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Croatia's second goal is offside.

fish.
06.10.12
no it isn't

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Totally looked like an offside goal, but it seems the ball came from an irish defender

Aids
06.10.12
great game so far. Italy vs. Spain was great as well.

Rail
06.10.12
Not offside. Stephen Ward knocked the ball through to Jelavic.
I'm glad to see Ireland losing.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Don't think so, although the replay wasn't exactly enlightening.

fish.
06.10.12
No way was it offside, the Irish player passed right to him.

"Italy vs. Spain was great as well."
yeah um I'm gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there

Aids
06.10.12
the second croat goal was onside. i thought it was off too but it's not. and hey I thought the spain italy game was great. chances at both end, two quality sides playing strong football. i mean forget about Torres obviously, spaz.

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
With a bit of luck Croatia takes a strong lead, 3-1.

fish.
06.10.12
Lol goodbye Ireland.

There were no more chances than you get in any other game (although how Balotelli didn't score that one on one is incredible), the Italians just defended and wouldn't give the Spanish any space and they kept falling over. It wasn't an abysmal game but it was far from interesting.

henryChinaski
06.10.12
Brilliant header by Mandzukic

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
The reactions of Ireland's defencive line are bad.

Aids
06.10.12
Craotia look really good. I wouldn't be surprised to see them challenge for 2nd in the group. I thought Ireland were better than this though...

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Ireland were a bit unlucky.

Wolfhorde
06.10.12
Ireland has really fucked up today.

NorwichScene
06.10.12
Ireland will finish bottom of group

SpiritCrusher2
06.10.12
FUCK YEAH WE WON!!! :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4WvI_sHVwk&feature=related

Wolfhorde
06.10.12
It was almost too obvious, especially when the score hit 3:1

fish.
06.10.12
Ireland have no chance now

rockandmetaljunkie
06.10.12
Saw the replay of the controversial goal. Unfortunately for Ireland, there is no offside.

Wolfhorde
06.10.12
Even if it would've been, without the ump acknowledging it it would've been irrelevant.

Pentagon
06.10.12
Ireland (and any great britain team) are complete shit, Really hope Croatia clinch second at the expense of Italy

Pentagon
06.10.12
Also Im so happy jelavic scored, at least one of my strikers for fantasy football has scored

fish.
06.11.12
yeah but come on that was a really lucky goal

"Ireland (and any great britain team)"
lmao

Ikarus14
06.11.12
"Ireland (and any great britain team)"
lmao "

The Republic of Ireland isn't part of the United Kingdom, retard. Only Northern Ireland is still part of it.

fish.
06.11.12
I know I meant to quote the rest of that line

Ikarus14
06.11.12
Suuuuuuuuure you did. OwO

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