Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Long Road to Euro 2016 Begins!

The qualifiers for Euro 2016 start this afternoon, chaps, and I couldn't be more excited. Only hosts France are assured a place as of today. England kick off their campaign against the potentially dangerous Switzerland (and without the services of Daniel Sturridge). However, today, we've got Germany v. Scotland, which starts at 2:45pm EST. Join me to follow all the matches this afternoon.

94 Comments:

Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Bob
Not sure how much I am going to see today
I see that the Germany Scotland match is on FS1
I just watched Northern Ireland on FS2.. for some reason I have it now! NI fell behind in the 75th minute but scored in the 80th and 85th minutes to win in Hungry!!!
The Rep Of Ireland took the lead against Georgia but were pegged back but they also score a VERY late winner

Good day to be Irish

1:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, UWS - great to hear from you.

Yes - a very good win for Norn away to Hungary. I don't know how good the Magyars are these days, but any away win for them is a great result.

2:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Also a good away win for the Republic in Georgia today 1-2. Good start for the British sides - come on, you Scots!

2:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

There's a big ruck going on between Michel Platini and Franck Ribery, who announced his international retirement after missing out on Brasil 2014 through a back injury. Ribery has been called up to play regardless and Platini has threatened the player with a suspension and fine, claiming that he's forced to play if called up. What a nonsense!

2:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's how the sides will line up this evening in Germany:

Germany - Neuer, Rudy, Howeides, Boateng, Durm, Kroos, Kramer, Goetze, Reus, Schurrle, Muller.

Subs - Zieler, Grosskreutz, Ginter, Podolski, Sam, Rudiger, Gomez.

Scotland - Marshall, Hutton, martin, Whittaker, Hanley, Mulgrew, Morrison, Fletcher, Bannan, Anya, Naismith.

Subs - McGregor, Greer, Maloney, Fletcher, Bryson, McDonald, Burke

2:26 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

My personal opinion is that no one should retire from international football. They should always be available to play for their country and should not be offended if they are eventually not picked

2:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Denmark have started their campaign with a win against Armenia.

2:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's a fair point, mate. How are you these days?

2:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Very very busy
Watching two boys playing college ball, still asst. coaching at high school, teaching darlings in Schenectady and teaching a new course at SCCC!


Yourself?

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fantastic - sounds like you're a busy but happy chappy.

You'll be getting a "Save the Date" from me soon enough as I proposed to Kate on Labor Day weekend - and she said, "YES!"

2:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Did you really????

FANTASTIC!!!

WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME BEFORE?????


Many congratulations to both of you

2:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fox still can't get it right. The teams are coming out of the tunnel but instead of sampling that atmosphere we're hearing more blather from Rob Stone. Why can't they learn from NBC?!

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, mate!

I posted it on FB, of course.

2:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Couldn't agree with you more

As for BookFace.. I don't do it!

There are more ways to send out news you numpty

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Manuel Neuer showing up Fletch with his bilingual skills while Darren has no Deutsche.

2:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good reminder - I should send out a message to the LOB community. Will do.

2:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

players, coaches and fans singing then national anthem with power

2:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just a bloody week late!

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Uh oh - Manuel has dropped the pennant. Not an auspicious start.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, I have been busy. Just spent four hours burying the cat....

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And we're away....

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schurrley jinks inside and launches the first real shot in anger. Well over the bar, though.

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Schurrley jinks inside and launches the first real shot in anger. Well over the bar, though.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bloody hell - free header for Muller only eight yards out. Missed it well wide. What a sitter!

2:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It wasn't dead.. the cat?

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It kept on wriggling and squirming....

2:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why didn't you hit it with the book?

2:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

My neighbor flushed his down the loo!

2:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No surprises - Gilbraltar have conceded a quick goal to Poland in their home opener.

2:58 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Scotland should have shot way earlier!!

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - decent chance there but unfortunately the it fell to Barry "Bloody" Bannan. Corner.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - decent chance there but unfortunately the it fell to Barry "Bloody" Bannan. Corner.

3:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

STruth.. another chance... just offside but off the post

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - now it's Charlie Mulgrew! But he's ruled offside. A few scares there for the World Champs.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Durm with a rocket there that Marshall palmed away.

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Muller gets it right this time. Germany are off and running in their Euro 16 campaign.

1-0!

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How on earth was Rudy given so much room on the right to dink a lovely ball in there. Muller beat his two markers to the header.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Romania have taken the lead away in Greece through a penalty by Marica.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half of the first half gone, then. At this point, Germany were 4-0 up over Brazil. Scots better than Brazil? Alan Hutton worth more than David Luiz?

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Germany peppering the Scots goal now. Even right back Rudy is having a go now. David Marshall is having to earn his corn tonight just to keep the score down.

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mad scramble in the Scots box now. Struth!

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Stephen Naismith has been completely isolated up front so far. Germany in total command.

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great ball in from Muller but he was really looking for himself in the middle.

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some spectacular sweeping work from Neuer gets Germany going again.

And Reus nearly prodded home Germany's second. Marshall was able to scramble it away.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Scotland are a Championship level side at best.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Where is Ross McCormack!?

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half-time - Germany are cruising this one but it's still a tight score-line. Can the Scots pose some danger in the second half?

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The answer to that is an emphatic "yes" as Naismith grazes the post with an early effort in the second half. Crikey!

3:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wee Gordon has certainly got the Scots all geed up for this second half.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First yellow card issued to Grant Hanley for upending Goetze.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Poles have extended their lead in Gilbraltar but 0-2 is a decent outing for the new boys.

3:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now the floodgates have opened - and it's 0-4 Poland in Gibraltar. The rock is starting to crumble.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Two quick goals there. One by Anya to give the Scots some hope and then another by Muller stabbing one home to restore the lead.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that's a big decision for the referee. Naismith was clean through on goal but pulled back by Durm. Should have been a red but the ref goes with yellow.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Charlie Mulgrew chips one into the wall from the resulting free kick - you can't tell me that was an equal goalscoring opportunity.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Much better from the Scots in the second half and they deserve better. They'll get more chances, no doubt.

4:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Morrison who picks up a yellow.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Paul Pogba has fired France into the lead in Serbia.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Poles have added a fifth goal and now it's a proper rout.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wahey - Portugal's woes continue. They're 0-1 down at home to lowly Albania!

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon , Bob. I am watching the world champs vs the Jocks. The World Champs lead 2-1 , but the Jocks can take pride out of this performance.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Anya's really sprung to life now - neat little trick there at the by-line.

And now it's McArthur with a half-chance. They're really giving it a go.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sean Maloney on for Naismith and he ties it up for fellow sub, MacArthur , who scuffs it to Neuer when he should have tied it up.

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Romania are surprising one up in Athens.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poldi on for Schurrle Temple.

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, MUR - great to have you on board. The Scots have been good today, especially in the second half. But will it be a valiant loss or can they pull off a shock Desmond result?

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Finns are not surprisingly beating up on the Faroe Islanders.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope Desmond comes to Dortmund. I would have been on earlier, but I was doing yard work with my new mower and edger.

4:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Since the third placed team gets a playoff spot, the Jocks definitely have a chance of being in the expanded European Championships.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I read some of the earlier comments and did watch the earlier. I definitely did not expect Northern Ireland to win in Budapest. They hadn't recorded an away win in four years,

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree - it's a fairly weakish group. Either the Republic or the Scots should take second place, with the Poles the main rivals.

0-6 in Gibraltar now.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh's Kolarov has equalized for Serbia against France in a notable friendly today.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dorm wins a corner off of Steven Fletcher.. They take it short.

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Poland now six up in Gibraltar . Is it being played at a neutral venue?

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Goetze has a chance from an acute angle but dinks it past the post and Poldi couldn't get onto it.

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Charlie Mulgrew booked for a foul on Reus.. Into stoppage time.

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I don't think so - I think they're playing on the rock. It's their maiden tournament as a UEFA side.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What a unique venue. Just when you think you've seen it all.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If I am around tomorrow it will be for brief periods due to my schedule. A tough start for England.

4:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A real shame that the winning goal came from comic defending off a corner.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Time's nearly up for the Jocks now. I got excited for a bit when Anya equalized but the Germans are far too professional to allow a shock to happen.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Charlie Mulgrew has been sent off for a second yellow, just minutes after being booked. For kicking the ball away.,

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh dear - Charlie Mulgrew has been sent off for two late yellows, the second one was for kicking the ball away in frustration. Ridiculous.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - and now Muller hits the post when he was on a hat-trick!

4:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it . The Brave Jocks come up just short in Dortmund, losing 2-1 to the world champs.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yet another cynical foul from the Germans - this time Muller, who takes a yellow for the team.

And that's it when Scotland might have had a corner and the match ends as a fractious one with Gordon Strachan bending the fourth official's ear.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A bit of an escape there, then, for the Germans who never really had to get out of second gear.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thirsty Poland score a late as they go seven up and win by that score.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Still a few late ones and a couple of upsets in the making. Romania win 0-1 in Athens.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Albania still one up in Lisbon in stoppage time. That would be the upset of the evening.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Finns win 1-3 at the Faroes.
A real shocker as Albania win 0-1 in Portugal.

4:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I will record the Swiss vs England tomorrow as my appearances will be sporadic at best. The top matches on Tuesday Will be the Czechs vs the Dutch and Norway vs Italy.

4:41 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was great chatting with you. I apologize for my tardiness, but did not realize that you and UWS were chatting.
Cheers mate.

4:42 PM  

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