The first game of the EURO2008 tournament, where Czech Republic beat Switzerland, the co-hosts 1-0, will not go down in the annals of history as an all-time classic. Then again, it was far better than some of the kickoff games seen in tournaments past.
The second game has barely started in
Austria Geneve. Portugal, the sliver medalists from 2004, takes on Turkey, who’ve been absent from the major tournaments ever since their 2002 surprise bronze.
I root for the Portuguese. Both in this game and in the entire tournament. My other perennial favorite, the orange-shirted Netherlands, has a steep hill to climb in their group – with both World Cup finalists from 2006 (Italy and France), qualifying to the playoff stage will be complicated to say the least.
We set up office pool on the tournament again. This time the number of participants was far lower than back in 2006, but at 20+ players the spread will be pleasantly large.
EDIT: Corrected the location.