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Let The Lesson Begin

06/08/2012, 6:56am EDT
By Tom Butler

What You Can Learn From EURO - 2012

I woke up this morning after a long day on the road yesterday visiting YESAmbassadors and YESPartners in New York. After spending the later part of the night moving the new YESCamps Balls and Jerseys into our new Storage Facility over here on the East Coast, I was longing for my bed after a long, though enjoyable day. 

However, as my eyes opened and I rolled over to check my cell phone for Facebook and Twitter updates this morning, the realization hit me that today is a GREAT DAY! I got butterflies in the pit of my stomach and a huge smile graced my face. Why? Today my friends, the entertainment begins. Today...EURO 2012 begins!

It is a fantastic opportunity for young players across the world to have a consistent stream of games over a 3-week period where they can simply 'Watch and Learn'. They will see the Tiki-Taka style of the Spanish with Xavi and Iniesta pulling the strings in the midfield and Torres hoping he packed his scoring boots. They will see 'Total Football' from the Dutch with Robin Van Persie hoping his goals can lead him to the Golden Boot, but also lead his country to glory. 

Will Cristiano Ronaldo dazzle us with his amazing footwork? Will Mario Balotelli stay on the field long enough to show us something amazing? Can Luka Modric put the transfer speculation behind him back in England and focus on being Croatia's playmaker?

Personally, I look forward to seeing 4 teams in action; Spain, Holland, Germany and France. England, you say? No, I am not excited by England. I am as patriotic as any Englishman out there. Though excited? I am not. I feel that for pure entertainment value, the 4 afore mentioned nations have the correct formula. Attack, entertain, enjoy the ball and most of all play like you did growing up in the back yard. Spain LOVE the ball, Holland LOVE constant movement, Germany LOVE to overpower teams and France LOVE to counter attack with speed. As for England...I hope I am pleasantly surprised this time in 3 weeks!

As for who will win the tournament? I would love to see Spain triumph as I could watch their Tiki-Taka style all day long. Every player wants the ball. Every player cherishes the ball. Every player is comfortable with the ball and plays with a sense of freedom. 

I feel that the Golden Boot will go home in the German luggage, but with whom I am unsure. 

Finally, as a soccer coach in the US, my fellow coaches and I could spend hours and hours out on the fields with our teams coaching them on how to play 'Total Soccer' or 'Tika-Taka' or this formation or that style. These next 3 weeks are better then any session we can do with our players. Better then any coaching DVD we could watch. These next 3 weeks will be a lesson from the worlds best and we get to see that lesson for FREE! 

So I will be sitting down for each game over the next 3 weeks with an open mind and with a pen and paper not too far away to simply...Watch and Learn! 

Will YOU? 

Euro 2012 Game Schedule

 

 

Match Match Date Eastern Time (ET) Central Time (CT) Mountain Time (MT) Pacific Time (PT) TV Station
Poland - Greece (Euro2012 - Game 1) 08-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Russia - Czech Republic (Euro2012 - Game 2) 08-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Netherlands - Denmark (Euro2012 - Game 3) 09-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Germany - Portugal (Euro2012 - Game 4) 09-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Spain - Italy (Euro2012 - Game 5) 10-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Republic of Ireland - Croatia (Euro2012 - Game 6) 10-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
France - England (Euro2012 - Game 7) 11-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Ukraine - Sweden (Euro2012 - Game 8) 11-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Greece - Czech Republic (Euro2012 - Game 9) 12-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Poland - Russia (Euro2012 - Game 10) 12-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Denmark - Portugal (Euro2012 - Game 11) 13-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Netherlands - Germany (Euro2012 - Game 12) 13-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Italy - Croatia (Euro2012 - Game 13) 14-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Spain - Republic of Ireland (Euro2012 - Game 14) 14-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Ukraine - France (Euro2012 - Game 15) 15-Jun-12 12:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM 9:00 PM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sweden - England (Euro2012 - Game 16) 15-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Czech Republic - Poland (Euro2012 - Game 17) 16-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Greece - Russia (Euro2012 - Game 18) 16-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Portugal - Netherlands (Euro2012 - Game 19) 17-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Denmark - Germany (Euro2012 - Game 20) 17-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Croatia - Spain (Euro2012 - Game 21) 18-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
EItaly - Republic of Ireland (Euro2012 - Game 22) 18-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
England - Ukraine (Euro2012 - Game 23) 19-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
Sweden - France (Euro2012 - Game 24) 19-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(QF) Winner A - Runner-up B (Euro2012 - Game 25) 21-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(QF) Winner B - Runner-up A (Euro2012 - Game 26) 22-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(QF) Winner C - Runner-up D (Euro2012 - Game 27) 23-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN2 / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(QF) Winner D - Runner-up C (Euro2012 - Game 28) 24-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(SF) Winner 25 - Winner 27 (Euro2012 - Game 29) 27-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(SF) Winner 26 - Winner 28 (Euro2012 - Game 30) 28-Jun-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
(F) Winner 29 - Winner 30 (Euro2012 - Game 31) 01-Jul-12 2:45 PM 1:45 PM 12:45 PM 11:45 AM ESPN / ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
 

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