Draws for Euro ‘08, Live on ESPN2By: Laurie | December 1st, 2007
The draw for Euro ‘08 will be on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes tomorrow, Sunday, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern. Which is, yes, 3:00 a.m. Pacific. My time. I have very mixed emotions about this.
On the one hand, woohoo! ESPN considers a soccer event worthy of broadcasting live. And it doesn’t involve guys on the field playing the game. Slowly but surely, we are arriving. Especially since I’m sure that they could have found an actual sport to broadcast at that time. Like…oh…poker. Or…pool. Or billiards. Or snooker.
(Did I sound authoritative there? Like I knew what snooker actually is?)
It is at times like this, though, when I feel my age. Because 3:00 a.m.? Forget it. Despite my desperate need to know the Euro draw, I am either too old or too young to watch it live.
I could probably talk one of my kids into staying up to watch it for me. Or maybe I could talk my mom into getting up. She’s at that early riser stage of life.
But I digress.
Very funny thing about this draw. The seeds are based on how the teams did in the combination of World Cup ‘06 qualification and Euro ‘08 qualification. No consideration given to how the teams did when they got to World Cup. And then you have the automatic qualification, in the top pot, of a) the hosts Switzerland and Austria, and b) the ‘04 champions, Greece.
You know. The powerhouses.
And then you stick in Netherlands, who by some odd mathematical formula finished at the top and is the fourth team in the top pot. Then you get all the teams in the middle, who are in the second two pots. And last you get teams like my beloved France national team, which performs well only when its back is against the wall and thus didn’t do so well in qualifications for either competition. So France ended up in the bottom pot despite being a World Cup finalist.
So what does this mean? What could one of the groups look like? How about a group o’ death that includes France, Italy, Germany and Netherlands?
Excellent. Let’s have all the best teams knock each other out in the group stages. Because we don’t want too much competition in the final. Because…
Well, I don’t know. But there has to be a reason that they did it this way. Right? It couldn’t be pure stupidity on the part of the organizers.
I’ll report back on the draw tomorrow morning. At a decent hour.
Here are the groupings: