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Today things will likely get bad for the English as French-speaking people gear up to grab an unapologetically boring 1-0 victory over them. In a move that would make the proudest indie rock journalist happy, there is a weird layer of self-awareness going around in the English press for this game. Thanks to it, I have never been more optimistic that I am totally not optimistic about our chances in this game. I am daring to dare to not dare to dream. Also, since the majority of our userbase is American, please don’t make fun of us today. It’s not our fault.

Also, something something about the French.

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England: Los Campesinos! – Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions)

Pretty hard to know what to choose for this one but if the nation’s hopes have been toned down to some sort of footballing nihilism, we should probably call upon Los Campesinos! to make thinly-vieled analogies comparing the sport to sex and the disappointment in both areas. I honestly think if this was our national anthem, our team would sing it proudly before games. Contrary to popular belief (and much to Gareth Campesinos!’ massive dismay), Los Campesinos! are not a Welsh band. This has happened before- I think the sadly misplaced Ryan Giggs would be happy at home in this band.

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France: Air – ‘Run’

France offer us the best in music to float with in Air, whose name apparently acts as initials that translate to “Love, Imagination, Dream”; that could easily sum up their musical output. My personal favourite is ‘Run’, their visit to the creepy darkside of electronica.

Again, I advocate this as the country’s national anthem. An excellent piece to rally those French players… does Trezeguet still play for France? I’m sure he’d prefer this to La Marseillaise.





fish.
06.11.12
I guess I support France but I don't want them to annihilate England

Voivod
06.11.12
It's an interesting match.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
Not really sure about this, though afaik it doesn't look too rosy for the English.

AllGabrielsAreGlass
06.11.12
This was the talk of my friends for a whole day. I'm not really interested so I don't care who wins but some of my mates are almost insanely passionate about the England team, it's scary.

insomniac15
06.11.12
I can't see this match because the license to broadcast EURO 2012 was split between the national television channel TVR 1 and some private channel only available by subscribing. Stupid private channel!!!!

Apollo
06.11.12
soccer is literally the most boring sport in the world

I will never understand the appeal

AliW1993
06.11.12
Cabaye's catching the eye a little too much for my liking

Don't want the vultures circling

fish.
06.11.12
oh for fuck's sake the one time I don't support england

I almost put lescott in my team as well

"soccer is literally the most boring sport in the world"
huh? it's the most interesting. most other sports are boring cos they have no climax or drama

insomniac15
06.11.12
Usually the first match of the day was available on the national television and the second on the private one, but today they decided to change it goddamnit.

AliW1993
06.11.12
Oh shit yeah I've got Lescott :D

Fortheloveofmusic
06.11.12
I've got Lescott and Benzema, so now I'm happy, cause if Benzema scores Lescott still has his points for the goal. Staying at the top!

AliW1993
06.11.12
Oh fuck I've got Nasri too haha



fish.
06.11.12
why did I pick Rami instead :\

oh well,1-1 :)

fish.
06.11.12
"Oh fuck I've got Nasri too haha"
oh screw you all my players have bombed in the first matchday

Adabelle
06.11.12
Ffs Nasri

Dreamflight
06.11.12
Pleasant game so far. Great goal by Nasri.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
"I will never understand the appeal"
You could say in some country it's an 'educational' or 'traditional' thing. Soccer is pretty popular in Europe, if not the most popular team sport.

Did not expect England to play like this though.

HenchmanOfSanta
06.11.12
[quote]soccer is literally the most boring sport in the world

I will never understand the appeal[/quote]Soccer could consist of teams hopelessly volleying the ball across midfield for 90 minutes and it would still be a better spectator sport than baseball.

fish.
06.11.12
Hehe Arsene Wenger's one of the French commentators

Fortheloveofmusic
06.11.12
"Did not expect England to play like this though."

Is that a good or bad thing? I thought they played quite well before their goal, now they're lucky just to get a touch on the ball.

Rail
06.11.12
This game has ranged from quite good to somnambulatory. Credit to England though, they've defended well when they had to.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
"Is that a good or bad thing? I thought they played quite well before their goal, now they're lucky just to get a touch on the ball."
It was a good thing until the second half time. I actually thought France had this one bagged for sure.

"Credit to England though, they've defended well when they had to."
Agreed.

fish.
06.11.12
England played well in the first half. French commentators are pretty spot on though, England are pretty passive, not very spontaneous. The second half was basically just France attacking again and again and England defending it. England defended well though, so the draw's about justified.

Shuyin
06.11.12
agree, England did had a good chance here and there, they were trying to exploit France's mistakes. good game tho.

Strider
06.11.12
*god were England turds. The French deserved another score.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
^ lol

Bloodbirds
06.11.12
3-4 blue shirts got lost in a sea of 8 white ones every time in the second half.

Bloodbirds
06.11.12
And how on earth did milner miss that chance in the first half ..

2muchket!
06.11.12
He was at full stretch, ya thick cunt.

MalleusMaleficarum
06.11.12
gross

Fortheloveofmusic
06.11.12
That picture of Roy Hodgson will haunt me for the rest of my life

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
Heh, I thought that one was hilarious. At least his men didn't suck as much as Trappatoni's.

fish.
06.11.12
no Ukraine v Sweden?

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
Probably a bit late.. but it took also some time that something happened.

Shuyin
06.11.12
not even going to watch ukraine's games, that whole dog massacre thing is a shame to this tournament, it makes me sick and should not go unspoken.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
So.. care to elaborate the connection between the government and a soccer team?

Shuyin
06.11.12
its a stain to the whole country, including the team.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
Generalization much.

Shuyin
06.11.12
nope, if you think about it, the team should be the ones to take action. because they can make the difference instantly.

but as usual not many fucks were given.

Wolfhorde
06.11.12
By doing what? Refusing to play? Risk losing their jobs or even more? I don't think so.

Despite the fact that this whole 'white knighting the uncivilized' is incredibly ridiculous/hypocritical with the skeletons in the closets of most nations, so yeah.

fish.
06.11.12
The football is for the population. What you're talking about is politics, it's separate
@Shuyin

Knott-
06.11.12
"Passive" is the best word to describe us. We're not defensive, per se, I just think we'd spontaneously combust if we ever went behind in a game.

ChuckyTruant
06.11.12
cuz this is totally music related

robin
06.11.12
wasn't ariund to do ukraine anarchistfish, sorry bud. dave was unavaliable so i just did this 'cuz i thought people would like it

henryChinaski
06.12.12
England played better than i thought, France played worse than i thought

Shuyin
06.12.12
'By doing what? Refusing to play? Risk losing their jobs or even more? I don't think so.'

you have a point.

'England played better than i thought, France played worse than i thought'

lol but France still played better.

fish.
06.12.12
How did France play badly at all. It's just hard for an attacking team to flare up when put against a very defensive team. The French defence was just as mediocre as usual.

henryChinaski
06.12.12
'lol but France still played better.'

Agreed. They had a lot more shots on goal, but i feel they could have won easily. Maybe they were just unlucky

fish.
06.12.12
"It's just hard for an attacking team to flare up when put against a very defensive team."

Photon
06.12.12
Benzema kept shooting and was on target most times, on another day one of those would have gone in.

Knott-
06.12.12
Benzema is overrated. He's not clever enough to be world-class.

fish.
06.12.12
He's not the best, but with the help of players like Ribery, Nasri and Cabaye he can cause damage

Arucard
06.12.12
Not enough intent in front of goal for England. Although they didn't have many shots, they lost the ball about 100 times in the French box. Hopefully Rooney will remedy this?

Ps - Milner needs to go :(

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