Web imitates football
Cum on Eng-er-laaand! Wave the flag, sing Three Lions and cheer on our boys to victory with my Web Imitates Football Quiz. Or if you prefer, which designers or bloggers would you pick for your dream footy eleven, and why?
Cum on Eng-er-laaand! It's only five days until our boys take on France in Euro 2004. So to get us in the mood for some superb footy action, here is my Web Imitates Football Quiz.
Can you guess which European team strips inspired these colour palettes?
Wave the flag, sing Three Lions and cheer on our boys. Answers please (and any other footy related gabble welcome.)
Update: Let's play another game
This is getting boring already, let's play another game! If you had to pick designers or bloggers for your dream footy eleven, who would you choose and why? My squad would include;
- Me (obviously ;P)
- Dan Cederholm because he looks young enough to run around for 90 minutes
- Russ Weekley (dammit, does that man never get tired?)
- Simon Collison, because he'll take the ball away if he can't play
- Gordon Mac (goal hanger!)
- Dave Shea (one for the ladies)
- Dunstan Orchard because I hear his 'ball skills' are improving in San Fran
- Andy (the diver) Budd
- Richard (Razor) Rutter
- Paul Scrivens because he's about the only American who knows that 'real' football is played with a 'round' ball!
- Tantek because he always knows the way into the box
Haven't a clue. I don't think you could have made it any more difficult. But, seeing as I'm 100% football-obsessed this week, I'll have a pop.
b. The Germans?
d. Portugal (definitely!)
e. England (away/red kit?)
f. Sweden (maybe Italy)
I'm sure Spain are mixed up in there somewhere. Oh well. Next...
Not bad Colly, one wrong... but which one?
Colly's guesses would have been mine exactly actually. I guess e. must be Spain then?
How do you British consider your own chances after the 6-1 against Iceland last weekend? Here in the Netherlands we haven't been as pessimistic about our chances in ages.
Iceland didn't turn up, as we say, which is a shame, as they've become a fairly decent team over the last five years.
England have as much chance as anyone - the Euros are much tougher than the World Cup - no Kuwaits or Jamaicas - just rock solid quality teams (and Latvia). We'd probably play Spain and Holland on the way to France (again) in the final, assuming we get through the groups.
Basically, if Steven Gerrard stays fit, he'll be everyone's player of the tournament - he's on fire at the moment - and that'll mean victory!
Only one wrong? Hmm... that doesn't really make things easier...
a) France (or possibly Croatia).
b) Gotta be Germany, surely? The only team with any yellow, bar Sweden, and Sweden don't have the black or red.
c) Couldn't really be anyone but the Netherlands.
d) Portugal, though Bulgaria could have an outside chance.
e) Could be Spain or England (2), or maybe even the Czech Republic, though there's not really enough white for them.
f) Sweden gets the vote on this one.
So that'd be what Colly and Ruben said then. Not much point in putting all that down. And why is it that so many of the European teams have red kits?
#6 On June 9, 2004 01:59 AM Russ Weakley said:
you are missing some high powered britts in your squad... Jeremy Keith and Richard Rutter for starters.
#7 On June 9, 2004 02:00 AM Gordon Mackay said:
Goal hanger eh? :D
I almost fell out of my chair at "Andy (the diver) Budd" haha!
#8 On June 9, 2004 07:55 AM Mike Pepper said:
Soccer! Rugby's the game. You leg it across the pitch, leap and attach yourself limpet-like to your sports master's back and hang on for dear life until he dives for the try ... then awake, mildly concussed, to a see of grinning faces ... and are subsequently excused further sports activities for the rest of the summer term through over-zealous enthusiasm. That's when, at 15, I learned to smoke. Behind the sports house.
#9 On June 9, 2004 03:53 PM Phil Baines said:
I would put Jakob in as a Ref.
I bet he knows more about football than he does good design.
The CollyLogical overview of England's chances of winning are now up. It's overly-upbeat faux-punditry, but you gotta do your bit, right?
Keep the debate raging.
#11 On June 9, 2004 06:05 PM Rob Mientjes said:
Well, as Ruben says: Holland doesn't stand a chance! I've never seen such a pessimistic stance against Holland's winning chances.
And if you have any questions after visitng my site (maybe you actually will because I'm Dutch. It's rare, these days): my site isn't orange because I'm Dutch. It's been asked many times, and I plan to steer away from the issue.
#12 On June 10, 2004 06:26 AM Sunny said:
This is the best chance England has of winning a mjor trophy in soccer. Now is the opportunity!
#13 On June 10, 2004 01:06 PM Lee Hickman said:
England are in with a shot but hey, we thought that last time, the time before that and the time etc....
However, this time around we've got this on our side http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/35/
That is fab! I love the way that Wales is represented by 'sheep and dirt'...
I thought that the Two Towers with badgers restored was cool, (http://www.weebls-stuff.com/toons/25/) but this is poetry in motion.
(Now also at http://www.footballbadgers.com/)
#15 On June 10, 2004 01:44 PM Richard Rutter said:
Talking of fantasy teams, get yourself a fantasy football (http://en.fantasy.euro2004.com/) team from the Euro 2004 site and join the Bloggers league. You'll need this: 38072-13210. Gotta be quick though.
#16 On June 10, 2004 02:37 PM Lee Hickman said:
I was liking the "Haggis and Scotch Egg" for our brothers in the North.
I'm all signed up for my fantasy football team. I think you'll find the Ooh Gravy team a force to be reckoned with.
Lee, you know I respect you, but Ooh Gravy will be going down to the might of Notts Colly. Mark my words...
#18 On June 10, 2004 02:59 PM Lee Hickman said:
Yer kits straight outta the third division (sob, that hurt to say Colly)
First of all England again has no shot because as usual the country has put too much pressure on its boys. Henry's form in the Premiership was second to none and if he can continue that form in the tournament he cannot be stopped.
I love Holland's chances simply because there are no expectations riding on this one.
Germany will be lucky to make it out of the first round (mark my words).
You winning eleven only has 8 people. Hell at least put me on there since I play the sport. I think I'd give you a half-decent chance of crossing the halfway line. ;-)
I've added you to the squad, just don't let me down... (you know what I mean.)
Scrivs, I believe in you - but you gotta prove your knowledge of the beautiful game. Get on the Blogger's League (see Richard's post above) and give us your best...
#22 On June 12, 2004 11:33 PM Ceri said:
If Holland does stand a chance or actually winning (not just getting far, but winning) it won't be because there are no expectations.
The problem is that there are too many automatic expectations because of all the talent so abundant in one group (we've got 6 world class attackers on the team, but we could easily have a full 11 of them)
Thing is, most of them let all the attention get to them so they don't have any fighting spirit left.
Even after the Greeks, I still give Portugal the most chances.
Well hard to beat the game today though, but Holland/Germany should be a quality match. Hopefully, Van Niels shows up like he does for Man U.
#25 On June 14, 2004 02:19 PM Phil Baines said:
Well, that was a dramatic finish last night. Good thing I am welsh. My English friend was crying. Poor sod!
#26 On June 16, 2004 05:22 AM Micah Goulart said:
About the Euro being harder than the World Cup, you can't be serious in saying that they are all solid teams. Switzerland vs Croatia was a laugh. So was Bulgaria.
Those teams better be happy they dont have to face raw talent teams like Brazil, Argentina and some African teams, who make the tactical rigidity of the European teams unstable.