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One By One: Euro 2012

June 7, 2012

Euro 2012 is almost upon us. The One By One game has been revived and rehomed on this occasion for the European Championships (previously homed at Twisted Blood).

A reminder of the rules…

A squad of sixteen, comprising of a first XI and a five-man bench, one selected from each nation competing in Euro 2012.

Here below are a few efforts by me and some friendly faces who are scatter across the blogosphere.

Andrew Harding, this very site

FIRST XI: (4-1-3-2)
Cech (CZE); Piszczek (POL), Rami (FRA), Bruno Alves (POR), Cole (ENG); Pirlo (ITA); Modric (CRO), Iniesta (SPA), Özil (GER); Ibrahimovic (SWE), Van Persie (HOL).
Given (IRE), K.Papadopoulos (GRE), Zhirkov (RUS), Eriksen (DEN), Yarmolenko (UKR).

Scott Johnston,

FIRST XI: (4-2-3-1)
Cech (CZE); Van Der Wiel (HOL), K.Papadoupoulos (GRE), Agger (DEN), Cole (ENG); Schweinsteiger (GER), Pirlo (ITA); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Iniesta (SPA), Ribery (FRA); Ibrahimovic (SWE)
Given (IRE), Ignashevich (RUS), Tymoschuk (UKR), Modric (CRO), Lewandowski (POL)

David Bevan, The Seventy Two

FIRST XI: (4-3-3)
Cech (CZE); Van Der Wiel (HOL), Hummels (GER), Agger (DEN), Cole (ENG); Pirlo (ITA), Iniesta (SPA), Modric (CRO); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Ibrahimovic (SWE), Benzema (FRA)
Given (IRE), K.Papadopoulos (GRE), Tymoschuk (UKR), Shirokov (RUS), Lewandowski (POL)

Ryan Keaney, The Football Project

FIRST XI: (4-2-3-1)
Cech (CZE); Piszczek (POL), Koscielny (FRA), Chiellini (ITA), Zhirkov (RUS); Xabi Alonso (SPA), Modric (CRO); Reus (GER), Sneijder (HOL), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR); Bendtner (DEN)
Given (IRE), Tymoschuk (UKR), Ninis (GRE), Rooney (ENG), Ibrahimovic (SWE)

Simon Furnivall, Lovely Left Foot

FIRST XI: (4-2-3-1)
Buffon (ITA); Debuchy (FRA), Pique (SPA), Agger (DEN), Cole (ENG); N.De Jong (HOL), Modric (CRO); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Özil (Germany), McClean (IRE); Lewandowski (POL)
Cech (CZE), K.Papadopoulos (GRE), Dzagoev (RUS), Ibrahimovic (SWE), Yarmolenko (UKR)

…and finally, the man who came up with the idea in the first place.

Andrew Thomas, Twisted Blood

FIRST XI: (4-2-1-3)
Cech (CZE); Debuchy (FRA), K.Papadopoulos (GRE), Chiellini (ITA), Cole (ENG); Tymoschuk (UKR), Xavi (SPA); Kroos (GER); Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Ibrahimovic (SWE), Robben (HOL)
Given (IRE), Kjaer (DEN), Modric (CRO), Dzagoev (RUS), Lewandowski (POL)

Fancy having a go yourself? Be my guest and post it in the comments below as well as any complaints on those selections above should you have any.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2012 13:46

    Here is my team. It would lose, granted, but it would lose in a manner that pundits the world over would describe as MEGA SEXY.

    Čech (CZE); Lustig (SWE), Piqué (SPA), Agger (DEN), Cole (ENG); Pirlo (ITA), Modrić (CRO); Ronaldo (POR), Van Persie (HOL), Özil (GER), Benzema (FRA).

    Subs: Akinfeev (RUS), Papadopoulos (GRE), Tymoschuk (UKR), McGrady (IRE), Lewandowski (POL).

  2. Joe permalink
    June 7, 2012 16:41

    Right then… 4-1-2-3: Cech (CZE); Van der Wiel (HOL), Pepe (POR) , Chiellini (ITA) Cole (ENG); M’Vila (FRA); Rakitic (CRO), Eriksen (DEN), ; Goetze (GER), Fabregas (SPA), Dzagoev (RUS)
    SUBS: Given (IRE), Elm (SWE), Yarmolenko (UKR), Papadopoulos (GRE), Lewandowski (POL)

    Slightly vertically challenged, but hey, we’re all the same size when the ball’s on the floor eh?! The front five would be given license to roam everywhere and anywhere they please, and if it all goes tits up, stick Lewandowski up front and have them play off him.

  3. June 7, 2012 21:49

    Here’s a 4-1-4-1… Hart (ENG); Gebre Selassie (CZE), Perquis (POL), Koscielny (FRA), Zhirkov (RUS); Moutinho (POR); Larsson (SWE), Xavi (SPA), Marchisio (ITA), Podolski (GER); Huntelaar (HOL).
    Subs: Andersen (DEN), Mykhalyk (UKR), McClean (IRE), Fetfatzidis (GRE), Jelavic (CRO).

    French / Polish combo centre-back pairing should have a good understanding, full-backs will bomb on, Xavi to pull the strings, some impact subs there too.

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