Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Euro 2012 – Matchday 6 Award

Sunday’s match was a suitable finish to a cracking tournament. The Spanish finally decided to kick on and put on a display worthy of the first team to win 3 consecutive international tournaments. In Valour terms, the 4-0 defeat ruined the chances of anyone backing an Italian. However we have been left with enough valiant selections to fill this final Awards post.

I judged the award by the rules posted herehttp://uefaffs.weebly.com/7/post/2012/06/the-order-of-extreme-valour.html

To recap:

A “successful gamble” is defined as a single player choice that returns an unexpectedly high number of points. The awards will be given on these criteria:
– Underappreciation
– Overachievement
– Underdog team
– Captaincy

Honourable Mentions – A couple of decisions which were worthy of note if not the award:

-The Light Knight cut a lonely figure in captaining Ramos and his bravery was rewarded with a clean sheet and enough recovered balls to ensure 14 points.

-Mac and Drinky courageously chose midfield maestro Xavi who delivered his first attacking returns of the tournament with a pair of assists, delighting his noble owners in the process.

And now for the winner:

Despite finding himself 2nd and even 3rd choice striker once, Torres has still managed to walk away with the Golden Boot, which was thanks in no small part to his goal and assist on Sunday. from the bench. It takes a lot of valour to back an out of form striker, and it takes even more to play him when he starts from the bench. So ladies and gentlemen please applaud our truly valiant winners; ENR, Jafalad and Demened Flamingo.

And we are done. Thanks to everyone on the Council for the chance to help out, thanks to everyone on FFS for the great feedback and special thanks to my teammate Isacki for all your help and encouragement over the tournament.

Goodbye and good luck!!!

End of Euro Update

First off, a big round of applause for Italy (Parm and Milanista) who won Euro 2012 and for Chile (Menly Men and Catmac) who won the Friendly World Cup!!! Italy avenged their gameweek 2 defeat to Croatia (Tommytour and Super Dunny) and won the final by a score of 109-92. Chile defeated Switzerland (James_Fitz and JKisthe1) by a score of 85-70. We will have more details of how these match-ups played out later but just wanted to congratulate the winners in the meantime. The winners should check the Super Cups tab under international for details about that.

Secondly we want to thank all of you for participating. We know we had a great time and we hope you did as well. We also hope you all enjoyed the 2v2 format as something a bit different and more interesting. If you have any feedback about either of the competitions please either leave a comment or use the contact us tab at the top of the page to let us know as we appreciate any feedback or thoughts you have for us.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the site. This is important as you will receive email notification of new posts which will ensure that you don’t miss when we open registration. While we have not finalized our plans yet, we are tentatively planning on opening registration within about a week or so after the FPL game opens. In the meantime, stay tuned for a finals round up and the the Euro 2012 Order of Extreme Valor award and perhaps a few other articles along the way.

We are still be looking for a few more contributors so if you are even remotely interested, please drop us a message under the contact us tab.

One last request: If you can give us some feedback on the 5th league that would be very helpful as we want to try to pick 20 teams that everyone wants/agrees on.

Thanks once again to everyone who participated in Euro 2012 and the Friendly World Cup! We hope you’ll tackle our competitions for the 2012-2013 FPL season with even more enthusiasm and excitement.

FFS Euro Cup 2012 : Semi-Finals Round-Up

 

It almost seems just yesterday but exactly a month ago, we had 32 managers setting off in search for the ultimate glory – the European Championship 2012. And it has all boiled down to today. Indeed, ladies and gentlemen, the big finale is here!

Before we preview the mouth-watering clash in the finale, it’s time for a traditional round-up of the Semi-finals.

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Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Euro 2012 – Matchday 5 Award

(Note: This is the report for the FFS Euro 2012 award only; there is a separate report for the FFS Friendly World Cup!)

One thing we’ve noticed getting into the semi-finals are that differentials are much harder to come by. One reason is that most of the unfancied teams are out. The other is simple maths – there are fewer players to choose from and people end up piling up on virtually every player who displays any potential. Given that a certain Mario scored two of only three goals this Matchday, he would seem the obvious source of an award. Unfortunately, no less than 7 managers selected him, far beyond the long-standing limit of 3 managers to be considered a differential and also giving the carpenters serious issues in building a podium for all the winners. So we had a low-scoring round, but one still charged with valour.

I judged the award by the rules posted here. http://uefaffs.weebly.com/7/post/2012/06/the-order-of-extreme-valour.html

To recap:
A “successful gamble” is defined as a single player choice that returns an unexpectedly high number of points. The awards will be given on these criteria:
– Underappreciation
– Overachievement
– Underdog team
– Captaincy

So first, the honourable mentions.

– Doosra for being the only person to pick Buffon (4 points). Considering most were expecting the game to be full of goals, he did well to get two save points and almost a clean sheet save for a last-gasp penalty. A penalty that seemed like the fantasy gods dropping a little sympathy from the skies for Ozil owners…
– Pratik and Roscola for picking Cassano (4 points). Cassano got an assist in Italy’s shock win over Germany, and his points will also have come a shock to most.
– ENR and China Mag for going with Bruno Alves (6 points). To pick a Portuguese defender against the might of Spain was valorous – especially as the Spanish defence was known for its clean sheets, implying Portugal would have to hold out for 120 minutes – which they did.
– China Mag and Drinky for their faith in Coentrao (7 points). Picking up an extra bonus point, Coentrao was even pricier and could easily have been swapped for a defender from the big two.

And now for the winner:

– Gaz Downright for captaining Bruno Alves (C) (6 x 2 points). To back a Portuguese clean sheet was one thing, to captain him when he also had Nani, Ronaldo and a Spanish defender playing was truly remarkable.

Congratulations to Gaz and everyone involved for giving us another enjoyable award. Alas, folks, we find ourselves facing the last Matchday of the competition, and that means the last award. As I am writing the final award for the Friendly World Cup, this is my final report for the Euro Cup and I’d like to thank you all for the memories. *throws bouquet*

Looking forward to the final, with only one match to choose from, differentials will be in short supply. But I have faith in you. Faith in you to surprise us and delight us the same way Balotelli did last night. (Unless you’re German, or had Hummels and Badstuber like me, in which case, well…)

Stay tuned for our Day 1 Report and preview of Day 2!

Order of Extreme Valour – FFS Euro 2012 – Matchday 5 Day 1 Report – Isacki

Note: This is the report for the FFS Euro 2012 award only; there is a separate report for the FFS Friendly World Cup!

STOP PRESS: This report has been written against the clock just after the announcement of Germany and Italy teamsheets. Please allow for haste and a sad, empty feeling of disappointment as Klose is named on the bench, followed by euphoria and a 39-hour drinking binge as he comes on and snatches victory from defeat with a brace in stoppage time.

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My take on the final and why I back Italy against Spain

Like many fans I was left thinking “WHY??” after just seeing Italy frustrate Germany and get two goals, each seemingly from nowhere. Everyone knew it would be important to mark Pirlo. It looked like the Germans had tried, from the start at least. And Italy were playing one of the top two sides in the world. How did Italy not only get the ball in the net, but create so many one-on-one opportunities that they should have scored at least 4? Here’s my thoughts.

Italy are very difficult to beat because they play a completely different system from virtually every other side in the competition – that is, variants of 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 4-4-2. They are regarded as playing a diamond midfield with two strikers – with Pirlo at the bottom of the diamond and Montolivo at the top, in the hole. Pirlo is the deep-lying playmaker: he sits behind the three midfielders and pulls the strings with the long balls out to the diagonals we always see.

* This is the first reason why it is very hard to play against Italy’s unique approach. Everyone wants to mark Pirlo, but at what cost? You must ask either your striker or man in the hole to mark him, in which case he has already restricted your attacking threat, or you must bring your defensive midfielders out of position in which case space opens up behind them – and we saw acres of space between the German midfield and defence tonight. It is because he is so deep that he is so hard to mark.

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The End Is Nigh

All good things must come to an end.  As the Euro draws towards a close, hopefully the UEFA Council has succeeded in making the competition both more enjoyable and interesting for all of you.

Even though for all our hardwork, there must have surely been a few low points on the journey. Have fun picking them out.