posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 01:47 AM
The world of soccer (football) is changing. The kings of the hill are being knocked back. There seems to be a power shift as more teams are improving
and able to compete with the big boys. France was the latest team to fail to move on in Euro 2004. Germany, Italy, Spain, and England were the others
that could not make it to the semi-finals. Greece was able to topple the French on a beautiful cross into the box and a lazer targeted header just
under the crossbar. This snapped France's 22 game unbeated streak.
LISBON, Portugal - Defending champion France was knocked out of the European Championship on Friday night, losing 1-0 to Greece in a quarterfinal
that became the latest upset in a tournament filled with surprising results.
For the first time in the history of the quadrennial tournament, which began in 1960, Europe's five biggest soccer powers all failed to make the
semifinals. Germany, Italy and Spain were eliminated in the first round, and England lost its quarterfinal to Portugal on Thursday.
Good for Greece. I like to see the underdog win if I do not have a favorite. I am also glad that other countries are getting good enough to compete.
It makes for a much more exciting world. Specially if you are the favorite, you will be nervous, instead of sitting back and saying... Oh, no problem,
these guys are easy.
They made it to the quarter finals... they are not push-over.