- Nov 14, 2005
Agreed.Does Portugal deserve to be this years Euro Champs? 3 draws in the group stages, beating Switzerland on penalties, than beating Poland on penalties in the QF, they finally managed to beat Wales in normal time in the semis.
They haven't really made their case.... yet....
Edit: portugal beat croatia aet and not switzerland on penalties
It's academically nice that Portugal with Ronaldo got their first Euro silverware. Once again though, they couldn't win in regulation. They stalemated every match but one in the tournament, drawing every match in group stage and requiring PKs or overtime in every knockout match but one.
They didn't deserve their championship and the format has much to review why that happened. The expanded qualifying teams is a cash cow for self evident reasons. Minnows did better than expected, especially Wales and Iceland. It did however contribute to crappier football by encouraging and rewarding playing for draws and undeserving performers slipping through to knockouts.
I put up a suggested fix earlier regarding stalemating your way through, and tightening advancement from group stage from an earned and quality perspective should be in order too.