Since the final World Cup 1998, I began suspecting greater scheme of politics and economics in the football. Throw in variables like host nation, continent lobby, FIFA leadership, European Union spirit, money and bets, sports economics, and play around with game theory, I could see some correlations and self-explanatory reasonings to why underdogs have made their ways into the some championships, why some giants tumbled in the legs of new nations in football, why the upcoming Olympic nation (Greece is in the final of EURO 2004), why some defending big European league champions give ways to some new clubs to win titles, and why there were two Asian nations made into advanced stages in World Cup 2002. Let's just wait for more shocking things to happen if the African continent win their lobby to host future World Cup!
By this, if my intuitions and hypotheses are right, then some matches will be producing some predicatably 'unpredicatble' results giving in new nations such as Greece, a no-name in international football nation as well as one of the poor European nation a big boost and morale in preparation to the 2004 Olympic games as well as improving the national league in the global arena. TV stations and other media will probably talking about Greece players' transfer into big league such as the English Premier League, Italian Seria A, and Spanish La Liga. This is probably the best thing could ever happen to a new union nation such as the European Union. Wonder when will Asian countries go this further? Or perhaps at smaller scale, ASEAN nations?
Despite all the above, EURO 2004 has left some great moments such Ibrahimovic goal, the flaws in Italy's defensive tactic after leading 1-0, the great TV3 and TV8 coverage, the shocking results that I suppose have dissappointed many betters, and the great anticipation of who will be winning the EURO 2004 later today.
Who's your favorite? Greece or Portugal?