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      Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]

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      Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Jun 12, 2016 10:19:53 am
      * All dates and times in UK time (BST)

      12th June
      Poland v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm BBC1
      Germany v Ukraine Group C: 8pm BBC1

      16th June
      Ukraine v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm ITV
      Germany v Poland Group C: 8pm ITV

      21st June
      Northern Ireland v Germany Group C: kick-off 5pm BBC1
      Ukraine v Poland Group C: 5pm BBC Red Button

      Northern Ireland will have their work cut out in Group C, where they face the mighty Germans and big hitters Poland and Ukraine.

      But if the three historic rivals from the east end up taking lumps out of each other, "Norn Iron" could sneak into the last 16.

      Here's how the group looks.

      Germany: Odds 4-1
      To his rival managers, Joachim Low must seem to be living the dream. He can name a powerful spine, topped and tailed by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, and adorn it with a number of creative attacking midfielders. On the face of it, the world champions have plenty to be confident about as they aim for a second successive trophy.

      However, as scout Urs Siegenthaler admits to The Guardian, the international game "is undergoing a bit of a change and we're still struggling to catch up".

      Low is also missing some key players, including captain Philipp Lahm, and with defeats at the feet of the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia raising question marks, the Germans may not be the powerhouse they are expected to be.

      Poland: 50-1
      Widely regarded as the strongest Polish side since 1982, the presence of Robert Lewandowski alone will get pulses rating. While the Bayern Munich striker hogs attention, Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak could prove to be the true pivot. ESPN describes Poland as "dark horses", but the Guardian drops a truth bomb by pointing out that injuries to key players "could be a problem in France".

      Ukraine: 80-1
      They kept six clean sheets in ten games during qualification and proved potent when attacking down the wings, so Mykhaylo Fomenko's side are theoretically capable of upsetting the odds in this group. However, if you nullify their wingers, "Ukraine are quite limited", says ESPN. The squad lacks options up front, meaning their 4-2-3-1 formation will struggle unless they convert their chances.

      Northern Ireland: 350-1
      At their best, Michael O'Neill's side are a solid unit and will take heart from the fact they edged out Romania to top their qualifying group. However, in the tournament itself, their first European Championship for 30 years, their formidable five-man midfield will struggle to atone for their flimsy defence, which is short of credible manpower. Anything but a group exit would "upset the odds", concludes ESPN.

      The key players: If he can reproduce the imperious form he showed for Arsenal in the first half of the season, Mesut Ozil will be a hugely influential and entertaining figure in France. However, the playmaker is an erratic beast and could be outshone by Muller and Mario Gomez.

      Lewandowski arrives in France having scored 42 goals for Bayern this season. Alongside him is Arkadiusz Milik, who has proved a perfect partner for the star striker, the pair forming a good old-fashioned two-pronged team. Meanwhile, Krychowiak is at the heart of more attacking moves than he is given credit for.

      If you enjoy thrilling wingers – and come on, which football fan doesn't? – then Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka could have you on the edge of your armchair.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #1: Jun 12, 2016 10:24:31 am
      * All dates and times in UK time (BST)

      12th June
      Poland v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm BBC1
      Germany v Ukraine Group C: 8pm BBC1

      16th June
      Ukraine v Northern Ireland Group C: 5pm ITV
      Germany v Poland Group C: 8pm ITV

      21st June
      Northern Ireland v Germany Group C: kick-off 5pm BBC1
      Ukraine v Poland Group C: 5pm BBC Red Button

      Northern Ireland will have their work cut out in Group C, where they face the mighty Germans and big hitters Poland and Ukraine.

      But if the three historic rivals from the east end up taking lumps out of each other, "Norn Iron" could sneak into the last 16.

      Here's how the group looks.

      Germany: Odds 4-1
      To his rival managers, Joachim Low must seem to be living the dream. He can name a powerful spine, topped and tailed by Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer, and adorn it with a number of creative attacking midfielders. On the face of it, the world champions have plenty to be confident about as they aim for a second successive trophy.

      However, as scout Urs Siegenthaler admits to The Guardian, the international game "is undergoing a bit of a change and we're still struggling to catch up".

      Low is also missing some key players, including captain Philipp Lahm, and with defeats at the feet of the Republic of Ireland and Slovakia raising question marks, the Germans may not be the powerhouse they are expected to be.

      Poland: 50-1
      Widely regarded as the strongest Polish side since 1982, the presence of Robert Lewandowski alone will get pulses rating. While the Bayern Munich striker hogs attention, Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak could prove to be the true pivot. ESPN describes Poland as "dark horses", but the Guardian drops a truth bomb by pointing out that injuries to key players "could be a problem in France".

      Ukraine: 80-1
      They kept six clean sheets in ten games during qualification and proved potent when attacking down the wings, so Mykhaylo Fomenko's side are theoretically capable of upsetting the odds in this group. However, if you nullify their wingers, "Ukraine are quite limited", says ESPN. The squad lacks options up front, meaning their 4-2-3-1 formation will struggle unless they convert their chances.

      Northern Ireland: 350-1
      At their best, Michael O'Neill's side are a solid unit and will take heart from the fact they edged out Romania to top their qualifying group. However, in the tournament itself, their first European Championship for 30 years, their formidable five-man midfield will struggle to atone for their flimsy defence, which is short of credible manpower. Anything but a group exit would "upset the odds", concludes ESPN.

      The key players: If he can reproduce the imperious form he showed for Arsenal in the first half of the season, Mesut Ozil will be a hugely influential and entertaining figure in France. However, the playmaker is an erratic beast and could be outshone by Muller and Mario Gomez.

      Lewandowski arrives in France having scored 42 goals for Bayern this season. Alongside him is Arkadiusz Milik, who has proved a perfect partner for the star striker, the pair forming a good old-fashioned two-pronged team. Meanwhile, Krychowiak is at the heart of more attacking moves than he is given credit for.

      If you enjoy thrilling wingers – and come on, which football fan doesn't? – then Ukraine's Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka could have you on the edge of your armchair.

      Good OP that.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #2: Jun 12, 2016 11:30:32 am
      Since I got old enough to remember World Cups, Germany always did show bad performances right before the tournament in friendlies. In the end we always did good in the following tournament!  ;)

      If Germany is one thing, its a "tournament team" Always finding their way into it and getting the needed results!

      We gonna get a 2:0 tonight!
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #3: Jun 12, 2016 11:36:13 am
      What's the old saying, never write off the Germans.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #4: Jun 12, 2016 11:37:44 am
      Since I got old enough to remember World Cups, Germany always did show bad performances right before the tournament in friendlies. In the end we always did good in the following tournament!  ;)

      If Germany is one thing, its a "tournament team" Always finding their way into it and getting the needed results!

      We gonna get a 2:0 tonight!


      It made me laugh when I was watching a Sky Bet ad on YouTube the other day. Sam Matterface (does commentary on Talk Sport) was saying how Germany will struggle with no recognised striker, they'll do well to make the semi's, Spain will do well to get out of their group and England have a chance of winning it :lmao:. Basically summing up how little he knows about football.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #5: Jun 12, 2016 11:45:33 am
      What's the old saying, never write off the Germans.

      Yep. They even got to the final of the 2002 World Cup with one of their worst squads ever!
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #6: Jun 12, 2016 01:19:23 pm
      Yep. They even got to the final of the 2002 World Cup with one of their worst squads ever!


      Oliver Kahn screamed us to the final that year!   :laugh:


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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #7: Jun 12, 2016 02:24:54 pm
      Cannot wait to 5pm.

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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #8: Jun 12, 2016 03:57:22 pm
      Looking forward to Poland vs N.Ireland, I'm actually more excited to see Zielinski than Lewandowski
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #9: Jun 12, 2016 04:14:17 pm
      I'm actually more excited to see Zielinski than Lewandowski

      Zielinski on the bench.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #10: Jun 12, 2016 04:19:51 pm

      f**k sake :(
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #11: Jun 12, 2016 04:38:49 pm
      GREEN ARMY!

      Buzzing for this, hope we put out a good showing. COYBIG!
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      Reply #12: Jun 12, 2016 04:45:30 pm
      GREEN ARMY!

      Buzzing for this, hope we put out a good showing. COYBIG!

      Alongside the back three Davies is the key for us.
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      Reply #13: Jun 12, 2016 04:50:50 pm
      Good luck lads! Hope NI go well.
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      Reply #14: Jun 12, 2016 04:54:37 pm
      When I was younger I thought Northern Ireland would never get to a major tournament. Didn't they go a couple of years without a single win or something like that (and the ignominy of having Lawrie Sanchez as manager!)? But now they are here. The story of qualifying for me, topping the group was one hell of an achievement and in Michael O Neil they've discovered an outstanding international manager! Good luck Northern Ireland!
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      Reply #15: Jun 12, 2016 05:02:56 pm
      Was looking forward to seeing Zielinski play but never mind it'll be a good game anyway.

      Come on NI!
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      Reply #16: Jun 12, 2016 05:03:40 pm
      Fingers cross we can pull out a result. Come on Gods country  :)
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      Reply #17: Jun 12, 2016 05:05:23 pm
      Alongside the back three Davies is the key for us.

      Very defensive as always, looks a solid team. Cathcart looks like he's sticking on Lewandowski too which will be key.
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      Reply #18: Jun 12, 2016 05:43:13 pm
      Was looking forward to seeing Zielinski play but never mind it'll be a good game anyway.

      Come on NI!

      Should we worry than he can't get in the Polish starting 11?
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #19: Jun 12, 2016 05:47:34 pm
      Polish look good technically, and I must say, I do like the look of this, Milik. Looks like a carbon copy of Lewandowski
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #20: Jun 12, 2016 05:48:41 pm
      Tough start for us there.

      Grew into the game as the half went on though.
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      Reply #21: Jun 12, 2016 05:51:29 pm
      Should we worry than he can't get in the Polish starting 11?

      From what i gather, he's a CAM or can play on the right but they have preferred Milik and Blazcykowski (sp?!) for a while now. They have a young central midfielder playing on the left though who has been pretty ineffective so they may bring on Zielinski and push Milik or Bla...bla...whatever to the left.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #22: Jun 12, 2016 05:54:56 pm
      Tough start for us there.

      Grew into the game as the half went on though.

      I've got no idea how you made it through that first fifteen but you definitely improved as the half went on.
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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #23: Jun 12, 2016 05:57:43 pm
      Should we worry than he can't get in the Polish starting 11?

      Not really mate or we'd be worrying that Clyne, Hendo and Studge didn't start yesterday  ;)

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      Re: Group C - Euro 2016 [Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine]
      Reply #24: Jun 12, 2016 06:07:52 pm
      Watching this, R5L commentary, much better.

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