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KickOff Times for World Cup Matches – Group Stage

Matches Times are according to Dubai – United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and GMT Timezone

World Cup - Group Stage Matches - Time Lebanon Dubai GMT

OR; You can download the .pdf version of the table here>>> World Cup – Group Stage Matches – Time Lebanon Dubai GMT


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Euro 2012: Group D – England Will Qualify If

The last day of Group Stage of the Euro 2012 is easier on the mind when it comes to the permutations and possibilities of who will qualify in case of what. The favorites as it is now are England and France, with the latter as group leaders. Yet, Ukraine can still cause havoc and earn a qualification. Here are the scenarios (and keep in mind that Sweden is already eliminated):

  • If England win, then England and France qualify regardless of the result between Sweden and France
  • If England draw, then England and France qualify regardless of the result between Sweden and France
  • If England lose and France does not lose, then Ukraine and France qualify
  • If England and France lose, then Ukraine qualifies, while England and France will need to calculate the final goal difference of their 3 group matches, and the side with a better result qualifies.

In case you need to complicate things more, here is goal.com table for you to get confused.

Group D

goal.com offers this table as an explanation of who can qualify in case of what

Euro 2012: Italy and Holland to Qualify Only If…

When Russia was playing Greece on the last day of the Group Stage of Euro 2012, I also got confused about the permutations and who will qualify in case of what. So do not blame yourself if you found it confusing too. It is all about the “Regulations of the  UEFA European Football Championship 2010-2012″ and more specifically section 8.07 which you can find here.

In any case, and to make things easier, here are the permutations and the scenarios that will decide the future of Italy, Holland (the Netherlands), Portugal, and Denmark, and their progress to the quarter-finals stage.

Holland (The Netherlands):

  • ONLY a win against Portugal will revive their chances. A draw or a loss will eliminate them.
  • The win is also conditional: A +2 goal difference, and a loss for Denmark against Germany.
  • Any change in any of these conditions will see them out.


  • Any win against Holland means they qualify.
  • A draw qualifies them only if Denmark loses to Germany.
  • A loss qualifies them only if Denmark loses to Germany.


  • A win qualifies Denmark, a loss eliminates them
  • A draw qualifies Denmark only if Holland beats Portugal


  • Any win against Ireland AND a 0-0 draw for Croatia and Spain, qualifies Italy
  • A +2 goal difference win (except 2-0) AND a 1-1 draw for Croatia and Spain, qualifies Italy
  • Any win against Ireland AND a 2-2 draw for Croatia and Spain, eliminates Italy
  • A loss or a draw eliminates Italy.

I hope this explained all the scenarios in a simple manner, and please let me know if you had any more questions or things to clarify. If you are not yet sure, here is a link for the standings, and you are welcome to make your oqn permutations.

Denmark - Sweden Euro 2004

Italy is afraid that Spain draws Croatia 2-2, but does Italy deserve to qualify?

Euro 2012: Last Day of Group Stage

Today, the last round of group stage will kick off for the Euro 2012. Out of the 16 teams, only Ireland and Sweden have no chance to reach the quarter-finals stage. The remaining 14 teams have hopes, but not equal chances, to make it through this stage.

Rumors, conspiracy theories, and diabolic plots are the talk of Europe. I believe in none. It is all down to the teams themselves. Even the Netherlands, who sits at bottom of Group B with ZERO points, still has a chance to make it. Here are some points before tonight’s kick-off:

  • Favorites to qualify as of the moment: Russia, Germany, Spain, and France
  • Conspiracy looms over: Denmark vs Germany AND Spain vs Croatia
  • Match to watch: Portugal vs Netherlands AND Poland vs Czech Republic
  • Players to prove a point: Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Torres, Robbben (if they started)
  • Match Score to predict: None – But do not be surprised when Italy scores more than 2 goals against Ireland
top scorers of euro 2012

The Top Scorers of Euro 2012 by the end of the second round of Group Stage

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw (and my “whatsoever” revelations)

The hype is gone, the waiting is over, and Messi takes home another award. Tomorrow is just a new day and a new opportunity for the city of Barcelona to celebrate a new trophy that only FC Porto can deprive them of. The two teams meet at Stade Louis II for the UEFA Super Cup match (match will kickoff 18:45 GMT – 22:45 Dubai Time).

Lionel Messi with his UEFA Best Player in Europe Award after the draw

Lionel Messi is voted UEFA Best Player in Europe 2010/2011

The main football related event on Thursday night was the UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw. The result of the draw may have upset some clubs, like poor BATE Borisov, and may have thrilled the fans because of the clash of FC Barcelona and AC Milan. For the details, and the full result of the draw, you can download the document here or visit the following link: UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw.

Now let’s skip the formalities and jump into the analysis. It is not about predictions but expectations.

Group A: I really want to watch every single match in this group. It promises a lot of excitement and goals. From one side, Manchester City are all geared up with millions of dollars and big signings who dream of glory beside the exaggerated salaries. From the other side, Napoli are back on the European stage and they have no Maradona this time but a strong team. The obstacle facing both teams will be mighty Bayern. The Germans will host the final in May 2012 and they will not be the happiest of hosts if they were not part of the final game.

Group B: I read somewhere that even Gasperini cannot mess up Inter’s chances of qualifying from this group. It might not be the toughest of all groups but it surely is a mysterious one. Trabzonspor are participating with a wild card and things can turn into their favor, while Lille will be led with a “Hazard” in each game. It is not my favorite group but the two teams to finish top will be a good addition for the play-offs round.

Group C: No big expectations are set for this one. Sir Alex will have six opportunities to test as many youngsters as he wants before he decides on who can lead him all the way to Munich.

Group D: I don’t believe that Mourinho fears any déjà vu’s. Ajax or Lyon will only be the other two teams wearing white. My money is with Ajax to accompany Cristina and co. yet, I was never good with money.

Carles Puyol wore his finest pair of shorts to the CL draw‎

Carles Puyol wore his finest pair of shorts to the CL draw‎

Group E: Mata meets his ex-teammates. Mata hugs his ex-teammates. Mata and his ex-teammates proceed to the next round. Need more to say?

Group F: Monsieur Wenger is exotic. He gets an exotic group. It will be fun to watch this group’s matches if there are no other games airing at the same time.

Group G: I didn’t know there is “Group G”. Moving on…

Group H: This is everyone’s favorite because Barcelona meets Milan and then Milan meets Barcelona. But wait a second, what about the other two teams? Well, tough luck. It will be a great chance to see the reception prepared for Zlatan Ibrahimović at the Camp Nou. He had a big mouth last summer so he’d better be prepared to be the last samurai.

Zlatan Ibrahimović

The Last Samurai: Not your favorite Tom Cruise, though.

These are the seven groups, and you may believe they are eight groups instead if you counted Group G. The next few months will guarantee some quality European football encounters and the participants still have five more days to reinforce their squads. (you can read my advice to some of them here)

I will leave you now to your predictions and bets on who will top which group and who will make it to the next round. But before I do so, it is a must to mention that Lionel Messi, on the night of the draw, was selected UEFA Best Player in Europe 2010/2011. He came first ahead of Xavi and Cristina, who could not manage but grabbing Luis Figo’s “behind” (evidence below).

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to touch Luis Figo

Cristiano Ronaldo trying to touch Luis Figo in a really <insert description here> place


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