EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP A

European Championship 2004 – GROUP A Preview by Bill Barnwell INTRODUCTION The European Championship is a kinda sentimental event on the soccer calendar for me. My first exposure to international soccer was the ’94 World Cup — and sure, I fell for the absolute pugnacious mediocrity of the Bora Express, winning sheerly on the power of 90,000 total rubes cheering […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP C

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP C by Bill Barnwell   Group C BULGARIA The fact that Bulgaria made it to the semifinals of the 1994 World Cup will astound everyone who didn’t see it happen for the remainder of time. They haven’t played at a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup, and I’m not really sure how […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP B

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP B by Bill Barnwell GROUP B CROATIA Croatia is one of those teams that, to me, looks like they’re on the fence for this tournament — not the fence between barely qualifying and staying off that Russia and Wales were fighting over, but on the fence between being just happy to be here and […]

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EURO 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP D

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 PREVIEW – GROUP D by Bill Barnwell Group D CZECH REPUBLIC I think you’re made aware of a team’s confidence by subtle things nowadays — not how they’re confident of giving their all and defeating the opposition like every player or coach says to answer a journalist’s question, but in the way they answer other questions. The […]

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