2016 European Championship Predictions a la Hames

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GROUP STAGE

GROUP A

 

France 3 – 0 Romania

Albania 1 – 2 Switzerland

Romania 1 – 1 Switzerland

France 2 – 0 Albania

Romania 3 – 1 Albania

Switzerland 2 – 2 France

 

1              France                  +5           7

2              Switzerland        +1           5

3              Romania              -1            4

4              Albania                 -5            0

 

GROUP B

 

Wales 2 – 1 Slovakia

England 1 – 0 Russia

Russia 2 – 2 Slovakia

England 2 – 3 Wales

Russia 1 – 0 Wales

Slovakia 1 – 4 England

 

1              England                                +3           6

2              Wales                    +1           6

3              Russia                   0              4

4              Slovakia                -4            1

 

GROUP C

 

Poland 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

Germany 2 – 0 Ukraine

Ukraine 1 – 1 Northern Ireland

Germany 2 – 2 Poland

Northern Ireland 1 – 5 Germany

Ukraine 0 – 0 Poland

 

1              Germany             +6           7

2              Poland                  +2           5

3              Ukraine                -2            2

4              N. Ireland            -6            1

 

GROUP D

 

Turkey 1 – 2 Croatia

Spain 1 – 0 Czech Republic

Czech Republic 0 – 0 Croatia

Spain 3 – 0 Turkey

Croatia 2 – 1 Spain

Czech Republic 1 – 1 Turkey

 

1              Croatia                  +2           7

2              Spain                     +3           6

3              Czech Republic  -1            2

4              Turkey                  -4            1

 

GROUP E

 

Ireland 1 – 1 Sweden

Belgium 1 – 1 Italy

Italy 1 – 1 Sweden

Belgium 1 – 0 Ireland

Italy 3 – 3 Ireland

Sweden 1 – 1 Belgium

 

1              Belgium                +1           5

2              Italy                       0              3

3              Sweden                               0              3

4              Rep. Ireland       -1            2

 

GROUP F

 

Austria 1 – 0 Hungary

Portugal 1 – 3 Iceland

Iceland 2 – 0 Hungary

Portugal 1 – 1 Austria

Hungary 0 – 0 Portugal

Iceland 2 – 1 Austria

 

1              Iceland                 +5           9

2              Austria                  0              4

3              Portugal               -2            2

4              Hungary               -3            1

 

 

ROUND OF 16

 

24 teams in an international tournament? Awful number – unbelievably difficult to deduce who plays who in the next round! But I made it!

 

Switzerland 2 – 2 Poland (Switzerland on penalties)

England 2 – 0 Romania#

Croatia 2 – 1 Sweden

France 3 – 1 Czech Republic

Germany 2 – 0 Russia

Iceland 2 – 2 Italy (Italy on penalties)

Belgium 2 – 1 Spain

Wales 4 – 3 Austria (After Extra Time)

 

QUARTER FINALS

 

Switzerland 1 – 0 Croatia

England 2 – 2 Italy (Italy on penalties)

Germany 2 -1 Belgium (After Extra Time)

France 4 – 1 Wales

 

SEMI FINALS

 

Switzerland 0 – 1 Italy (After Extra Time)

Germany 1 – 2 France (After Extra Time)

 

FINAL

 

Italy 1 – 3 France

 

 

Hmu on the socials and give me a grilling. What’re your thoughts?

‘Mon Islanddddddddd!

@jammyjamiejames dans le Twitter

 

~ Hames Phillipsson

Hames’ 2015-16 season predictions

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Premier League

1 Arsenal

2 Chelsea

3 Manchester United

4 Manchester City

5 Tottenham Hotspur

6 Liverpool

7 Everton

8 Crystal Palace

9 Stoke City

10 Southampton

11 Leicester City

12 Swansea City

13 Newcastle United

14 West Ham United

15 Aston Villa

16 AFC Bournemouth

17 West Bromwich Albion

18 Norwich City

19 Sunderland

20 Watford

Championship

1 Derby County

2 Burnley

3 Middlesbrough

4 Brentford

5 Wolverhampton Wanderers

6 Ipswich Town

7 Hull City

8 Fulham

9 Reading

10 Charlton Athletic

11 Blackburn Rovers

12 Brighton And Hove Albion

13 Huddersfield Town

14 Queens Park Rangers

15 Bristol City

16 Cardiff City

17 Birmingham City

18 Nottingham Forest

19 Leeds United

20 Sheffield Wednesday

21 Bolton Wanderers

22 Rotherham United

23 Preston North End

24 Milton Keynes Dons

League One

1 Bradford City

2 Sheffield United

3 Wigan Athletic

4 Swindon Town

5 Millwall

6 Barnsley

7 Peterborough United

8 Coventry City

9 Doncaster Rovers

10 Rochdale

11 Chesterfield

12 Scunthorpe United

13 Walsall

14 Burton Albion

15 Shrewsbury Town

16 Bury

17 Fleetwood Town

18 Colchester United

19 Crewe Alexandra

20 Port Vale

21 Oldham Athletic

22 Southend United

23 Gillingham

24 Blackpool

League Two

1 Portsmouth

2 Notts County

3 Plymouth Argyle

4 Leyton Orient

5 Luton Town

6 Yeovil Town

7 Stevenage

8 Wycombe Wanderers

9 Exeter City

10 Oxford United

11 Northampton Town

12 Cambridge United

13 AFC Wimbledon

14 Bristol Rovers

15 Dagenham And Redbridge

16 Crawley Town

17 Barnet

18 Newport County

19 York City

20 Carlisle United

21 Hartlepool United

22 Morecambe

23 Accrington Stanley

24 Mansfield Town

National League

1 Grimsby Town

2 Tranmere Rovers

3 Dover Athletic

4 Forest Green Rovers

5 Chester

6 Cheltenham Town

7 Wrexham

8 Macclesfield Town

9 Torquay United

10 Woking

11 Aldershot Town

12 Eastleigh

13 Gateshead

14 FC Halifax Town

15 Lincoln City

16 Kidderminster Harriers

17 Barrow

18 Braintree Town

19 Altrincham

20 Guiseley

21 Southport

22 Welling United

23 Boreham Wood

24 Bromley

 

 

~ Hames ~ @jammyjamiejames

Hames’ kit review

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The Barclays Premier League lies around the corner. You’ve compiled your fantasy team. You’ve checked the opening fixtures and the transfer news (to notice Tony Pulis has been sacked as this goes live) and you realise that Football Manager is your only real friend. BUT FEAR NOT. After all there’s KITS to be analysing!


 

So let’s begin with some of the shameful attempts you’ll have the burden of witnessing:

Liverpool (third kit) We’re beginning with Liverpool – a prime culprit of recent years in light of Warrior’s attempts. This third kit is utterly derisory. I must confess I hadn’t encountered this stinker until seeing a scouse full-kit w***er donning his new third-kit; boasting ‘GERRARD – 8’ on the back and European sleeve tags. And I must admit it repulsed my eyes. It’s hurting to put it on here because I have to physically look at it again. Not pretty. To be fair to Warrior there is some potential here, but the red patches spoil it. The collar begs a few questions too.

 

 

Manchester United To be honest, of late, Manchester United kits have been fairly smart, inconspicuous and low-key; simple if you will (matching many of the punters who purchase them!). But this is just disgusting. The standard red shirt, with the white/black accent on the collar and sleeves works moderately well, but it’s the sponsor that invokes rage here. It just screams out to you and distracts you. It isn’t something you feast your eyes on because it’s the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen; put it that way! It’s the same  story for their away, third and goalkeeping kits too. Here’s a lovely picture of it anyway (also featuring Danny Welbeck’s nipples)

 

 

West Bromwich Albion (home kit) West Brom are one of the *classic* teams to boast a striped kit. This feels an insult to them. Yes, Alan Irvine is their manager now, and they’re still scarred really from Lukaku’s lack of return on loan… But you feel Adidas have ripped the soul from a traditional design of kit. Lets face it, if that didn’t have a badge on and you were asked to identify the club you would have nothing to go on. It ignores the classic identity. Dire.

 

Puma’s goalkeeping kits! (In general)

Yes, Puma. Producers of one particular kit of beauty as you’ll find out later on. The design is truly appalling. In my opinion, at the world cup (or international games in general), it works – the pattern centralised around the centre of the shirt. However, with a sponsor over it looks itself, and makes the sponsor look very out of place. Just look at Tim Krul at any point this season and you’ll see what I mean.

 

NUFC Keepers Kit

 

The rest: The aforementioned Tim Krul’s teammates will be embelished in abomination this season. Newcastle’s away kit, a solid grey number really inspires, doesn’t it?! Puma are getting a hard time, and the final kit of note is Burnley’s away kit. A black/grey number that looks like it’s been printed in black and white because you’re toner’s run out. Congrats Puma.

NUFC Away Kit

 


 

AND TO THE GOOD: Crystal Palace Few things are better to behold than a refreshing Macron kit, and this is a real beaut. It’s smart, it keeps to the traditional Palace style, but yet it adds very subtle changes and features; the yellow accent on the sleeves and collar add to the shirt. The away kit is none too shabby, either. A very smart and to the point yellow number, aided by blue shorts and socks. A little similar to the Napoli away kits of recent seasons. Excellent, nonetheless.

 

Hull City (Tigers?!) Assem Allam seems to want to change the team’s name to ‘Hull Tigers’, and in fact has even changed the badge already. To be honest Assem, call them what you will. I’m too busy feasting my eyes on that kit… Umbro have re-entered the Premier League kit fray and this is a delight. I for one, cannot wait to see Curtis Davies commanding games in this kit. Sleek, simple and yet oh so stylish. Very impressive.

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Best of the rest: Manchester City (away kit) A lovely, smart, graded number here. Also, as Nike suitably display here, the sponsor and Nike emblem are particularly conducive to the Magista which is seemingly everywhere at the moment. A cynical marketing ploy? It’s Nike – so probably, yes! But many pros and amateurs will look neat matching their boots with the sponsors and emblem on their kit. The grading also works well with the colour. I’m fairly impressed!

 

Outside the prem: As usual, there’s the not too serious attempts from the lesser-known teams around the globe. After the recognition that La Hoya Lorca of Spain saw with their Brocolli-inspired kit last season (https://www.classicfootballshirts.co.uk/2013-14-la-hoya-lorca-away-shirt-bnib.html), Cultural Leonesa are the next in line. This season they debut the tuxedo kit. A novelty to say the least – one to be the subject of many a footballing-attire-based joke of years to come. Must take some balls to wear one of these in public!

 

 

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~Hames~    James Phillips – @jammyjamiejames (Twitter)


 

MONTREAL SHINES ON RICCIARDO

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Daniel Ricciardo sealed his first GP win in a amazing Canadian GP where Mercedes faulterd. It was another crazy race at the Gilles Villenureve Circuit. The 2 Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had dominated the race up until midway through the 2nd stint where both cars simultaneously has K.E.R.S failures (MGU-K). This substantially decreased the pace and allowed Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg to catch them. But …

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James’ World Cup insight/predicitions

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…So the world cup lies so close now that you’re allowed to count in hours (just over  74 as I post this), and having begun a comprehensive look at each team and group, I decided that perhaps a more concise effort would be more appropriate this close to the World Cup; so here goes!

 

First – my predictions for each match, the tables and the knockout rounds


 

Group A

Brazil 2-1 Croatia

Mexico 1-1 Cameroon

Brazil 2-0 Mexico

Cameroon 1-1 Croatia

Cameroon 0-3 Brazil

Croatia 1-0 Mexico

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Brazil                     9              +6

Croatia                  4              0

Cameroon           2              -3

Mexico                 1              -3

 


 

Group B

Spain 1-0 Holland

Chile 3-0 Australia

Australia 1-4 Holland

Spain 1-1 Chile

Australia 0-2 Spain

Holland 1-3 Chile

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Chile                      7              +5

Spain                     7              +3

Holland                3              0

Australia              0              -8

 


 

Group C

Colombia 2-1Greece

Ivory Coast 2-2 Japan

Colombia 3-2 Ivory Coast

Japan 0-0 Greece

Greece 1-3 Ivory Coast

Japan 1-1 Colombia

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Colombia             7              +2

Ivory Coast         4              +1

Japan                    3              0

Greece                 1              -3

 


 

Group D

Uruguay 2-0 Costa Rica

England 1-1 Italy

Uruguay 2-1 England

Italy 1-1 Costa Rica

Costa Rica 2-1 England

Italy 3-3 Uruguay

Pts          Goal diff

Uruguay               7              +3

Costa Rica            4              -1

Italy                       3              0

England                                1              -2

 


 

Group E

Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador

France 1-0 Honduras

Switzerland 1-1 France

Honduras 1-3 Ecuador

Ecuador 0-4 France

Honduras 0-2 Switzerland

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

France                  7              +5

Switzerland        7              +3

Ecuador                3              -3

Honduras            0              -5

 


 

Group F

Argentina 2-1 Bosnia Herzegovina

Iran 0-1 Nigeria

Argentina 3-0 Iran

Nigeria 0-0 Bosnia Herzegovina

Bosnia Herzegovina 2-2 Iran

Nigeria 1-3 Argentina

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Argentina            9              +6

Nigeria                  4              -1

Bosnia/Herz       2              -1

Iran                        1              -4

 


 

Group G

Germany 0-0 Portugal

Ghana 2-1 USA

Germany 2-1 Ghana

USA 1-0 Portugal

Portugal 2-0 Ghana

USA 1-4 Germany

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Germany             7              +4

Portugal               4              +1

Ghana                   3              -2

USA                       3              -3

 


 

Group H

Belgium 2-0 Algeria

Russia 1-1 South Korea

Belgium 3-2 Russia

South Korea 3-1 Algeria

Algeria 0-4 Russia

South Korea 0-1 Belgium

Table:

Pts          Goal diff

Belgium                9              +4

Russia                   4              +3

South Korea       4              +1

Algeria                  0              -8

 


 

So according to my predictions the last 16 looks like:

Brazil, Croatia, Chile, Spain, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Uruguay, Costa Rica, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Nigeria, Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Russia.

 

Last 16:

Brazil 31 Spain (AET)

Colombia 2-0 Costa Rica

Croatia 1-3 Chile

Uruguay 1-1 Ivory Coast (Penalties)

France 3-1 Nigeria

Germany 1-1 Russia (Penalties)

Argentina 2-0 Switzerland

Belgium 1-2 Portugal (AET)

 


 

Quarter finals:

France 1-2 Germany

Brazil 1-0 Colombia

Argentina 2-1 Portugal

Chile 2-2 Uruguay (Penalties)

 


 

Semi finals:

Germany 1-1 Brazil (Penalties)

Argentina 2-1 Uruguay (AET)

 


 

Final:

Germany 1-2 ARGENTINA


 

 


 

I firmly believe that the quarter finals I’ve predicted reflect the best 8 teams that will be present in the tournament. My three tips to win are Germany, Argentina and also an outside bet on France. France have some unbelievable youth coming through in the key positions and should have a ridiculously solid spin to the team for many years to come with the likes of Lloris, Zouma, Varane, Matuidi and Digne – all of whom should be able to hold considerable lengths as the first choice in their positions. Aside from their chances this year, they’re also my shout to triumph at Euro 2016 on home soil. South American international football is incredibly strong, despite the European powerhouses still being strong I can see the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia all going to the knockout phases; with several staying on deep in to the tournament in conditions they will be accustomed to – and I think the strength of Argentina may well see them winning the tournament. And my other call, Germany. A solid team as ever, although the defence may be seen as a minor weakness; Mertesacker is definitely a player to be exploited in South American conditions.


 

My 6 outside shouts for Golden Boot:

–          Miroslav Klose (Germany). Yes. Klose of longevity and consistency. He surpassed Gerd Muller’s national goalscoring record; but because his international career has spanned well over 12 years, and he’ll be sure to bag a couple of goals with the creativity that Germany boast with the likes of Götze. He’s been there and done it before and I wouldn’t put it past him again given how far Germany can go in the tournament. People seem to have forgotten this, favouring the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar to seal the deal.

–          Sergio Agüero (Argentina). Kun Agüero’s had some issues with injury this season, but will be part of a three pronged forward line boasting Messi and Higuain also. It just oozes goals. And Agüero is my favourite of these goalscoring machines to succeed in this tournament. The pressure on Messi will also benfit him as there’s less pressure on his own shoulders. A certainty to be up there in my view.

–          Luis Suarez (Uruguay). Love him or hate him (as I do), he’s likely to be there or there abouts too. Uruguay could work magic in a group featuring an out of form Italy, Costa Rica and England… He could run rings past his Liverpool teammate Glen Johnson who’s defensive work leaves a lot to be desried, and is by his nature a goalscorer. Should Uruguay go far in the tournament, his name should be up there.

–          Alexis Sanchez (Chile). Yes, another South American talisman. Chile’s best goalscoring talent. He displayed this amply against England at Wembley, and is more than a handful for any defence the World Cup will throw up at him.

–          Carlos Bacca (Colombia). You guessed it. A dramatic rise has seen him go from Colombian fisherman to Europa League winner, and his exploits in Belgium in between, combined with his ability to get on the end of most things Rakitic produces at club level stand him in good stead to succeed at the World Cup. Falcao’s injury may well just be a blessing in disguise for Bacca, as this will surely mean he gets ample game time. I can see Colombia doing well so this should see him notching of quite a few goals throughout the tournament.

–          Wilfried Bony (Ivory Coast). I adore Swansea, and Bony is arguably the greatest striker since Lee Trundle for the Swans! He’s notched up goals consistently for the South Wales side this season and could play a crucial role in a very underrated Ivorian attack, and could bag a few this summer.


 

My top 5 Unlikely heroes:

–          Keylor Navas (Costa Rica). Not every will even have heard of him, but the Levante goalkeeper will be absolutely instrumental for Costa Rica to throw up some of the upsets I predict they will. He really poses more of a threat than the more well-known players to English fans’ ears such as Bryan Ruiz and Bryan Oviedo. Navas managed to get in whoscored.com’s team of the year with best average rating of all goalkeepers in La Liga. He’s La Liga’s David Marshall and can snuff out any attack on his day. Expect some stubborn defence from this guy, and possibly some calls of a big move.

–          Joe Hart (England). I am a big England sceptic and by no means a ‘fan’, but Joe may just be a Saint for England come the World Cup finals. He’s regained form in the second half of the season, having lost his first team berth to Costel Pantillimon, but is once again a mainstay in between the sticks. Jagielka, likely to be a first choice centre back is out of match fitness and Jones and Smalling are prone to the odd error, so England’s last line of defence may well just prove crucial in avoiding defeats. With much talk around the likes of Rooney, Sturridge and Gerrard, as well as discussion over the youngsters like Shaw, ‘The Ox’, Barkley and Sterling, England fans can actually be fairly relaxed over the number 1 jersey, for the first time since Seaman. Make sure he’s got his Head and Shoulders, mind you!

–          Fred (Brazil). With much of the Brazilian hype over Neymar, Fred can still have a pivotal role. He’s sure to get a handful of games and may well crop up with the important goals. He’s Brazil’s most experienced forward, too, at 30 years of age, and had huge influence on games in the Confederations Cup ‘dress rehearsal’ triumph for Brazil.

–          David Villa (Spain). You’d think he wasn’t ever going to the World Cup. Yes, he’s agreed a contract with New York City, and also to go on loan in the Hyundai A-League later this year, but this man may still become a first team starter for Spain rather than a squad member as he appears to be treated as at the moment. He’s Spain’s record goalscorer, but Diego Costa seems to have usurped his placed in the national team, despite having played just 1 game for Spain; and with recent injury problems, Villa will be needed to chip in for the team which he’s more than able of doing… Unless Spain line up with a 4-6-0 again…

–          Ron Vlaar (Holland). An Aston Villa player could be an unlikely hero at a World Cup? Well potentially, yes. Vlaar is the only defender (as well as Goalkeeper) with proper international experience behind him – and he’s only achieved 23 caps! A defensive overhaul from LVG means that aside from Paul Verhaegh at 30, 29 year old Vlaar represents a wealth of experience in the defence. With 33 caps between the other 6 defenders in the squad, and again excluding Paul Verhaegh at 30 years old, the defence shows three 22 year olds, a 24 year old and even a 20 year old. Vlaar is crucial to holding together the nation’s defence. Mind you this is all a welcome change – rather inexperience than Stekelenburg in goal and Heitinga at centre half!

 


 

~ James (Twitter: @jammyjamiejames)


 

HAMILTON STEALS SPANISH POLE

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Lewis Hamilton made a big stamp of authority with his 35th F1 pole. The Brit snatched pole from his team mate Nico Rosberg after Rosberg seemed to have the edge over Hamilton until the balances turned in Q3 and Hamilton managed to take pole by 2 tenths. It seemed to be going against Hamilton in Spain….. READ MORE – http://theracing-line.weebly.com/news.html

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