Scout Notes – Euro 2012 Friendlies

Filed under: Euro 2012 - Posted by: Paul

Mario Gomez is amongst the goals as Germany see off Israel and return to winning ways. Franck Ribery helps France to a 2-0 home win over Serbia as the hosts ring the changes and trial a 4-3-3, while Kyriakos Papadopoulos gets the only goal of the game as Greece chalk up a narrow win in Armenia:

France 2 Serbia 0
Laurent Blanc rolled out a 4-3-3 formation for France’s 2-0 win over Serbia last night, with only two players – Karim Benzema and Philippe Mexes – keeping the same position from Sunday’s win over Iceland. There were plenty changes to the backline, with Laurent Koscielny, Gael Clichy and Anthony Reveillere all handed starts, though Blanc’s midfield plans were disrupted after just four minutes as Yann M’Vila limped off with a worrying ankle injury. Franck Ribery opened the scoring after 10 minutes, netting after the opposition keeper had spilled Clichy’s cross, before Florent Malouda fired home the second from the edge of the area just six minutes later as Les Bleus extended their unbeaten run to 20 matches. Post-match, Blanc was reported to have said M’Vila has “a big ankle sprain” but didn’t expect the player to miss the tournament – further tests are expected today.

France Starting XI: Lloris; Reveillere, Koscielny, Mexes (Rami 72), Clichy; Cabaye (Martin 61), M’Vila (Diarra 5), Malouda (Ben Arfa 76); Nasri, Benzema (Giroud 61), Ribery (Menez 61).

Armenia 0 Greece 1
Greece recorded their first clean sheet in six games as they clinched a 1-0 win in Armenia. Fantasy managers will be frustrated with a change in keeper, as Michail Sifakis replaced Konstantinos Chalkias between the posts. Sokratis Papastathopoulos started at right-back with Vasileios Torosidis afforded the night off after picking up an injury at the weekend – this allowed Schalke man Kyriakos Papadopoulos to return to centre-half and he offered further evidence of his attacking potential by grabbing the only goal of the game. Priced at 4.5, Papadopoulos is one of the most popular players in the McDonald’s game and currently has over 16% ownership, though this will no doubt increase after last night’s display. Sotiris Ninis failed to shake off an injury, allowing Kostas Fortounis to make his first start for the national team in a night where Fernando Santos’ side failed to make the scoreline more substantial by missing two second half spot-kicks; Georgios Samaras (70) and Kostas Katsouranis (86) were the culprits.

Greece Starting XI: Sifakis; Papastathopoulos (Makos 62), A. Papadopoulos, K. Papadopoulos, Holebas (Tzavellas 60); Katsouranis, Maniatis, Karagounis (Fotakis 46); Fortounis (Samaras 46), Gekas (Ioannnis 62), Salpingidis (Mitroglou 85).

Germany 2 Israel 0
With seven of their Bayern contingent back on board, Germany bounced back from their weekend 5-3 defeat by Switzerland to see off Israel 2-0. Joachim Low made a host of changes, as Toni Kroos partnered Sami Khedira in the double pivot due to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s injury, while Mario Gomez was given the nod ahead of Miroslav Klose up front – Gomez justified his selection by opening the scoring five minutes before the break, with Thomas Muller providing the assist. Low made five changes later in the second half, with Mesut Ozil the only attacking player to be afforded the full 90 minutes, as Andre Schurrle – on as a sub for Lukas Podolski – firing home a superb second.

Germany Starting XI: Neuer; Boateng, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Lahm; Kroos (Gotze 86), Khedira (Bender 88); Muller (83), Ozil, Podolski (Schurrle 66); Gomez (Klose 66).

About The Author


> See all posts by this author

  1. What would be your dream midfield?

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
  2. Danny Murphy released from Fulham.


    If Dempsey stays at Fulham then those penalties are going to be a huuuuge asset for him. If he leaves, Pogrebnyak will most likely take them and could be a bargain!

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Really? Surprising but then again Diarra has been quite impressive since he joined them

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. Hopefully Dempsey stays then, even at 9m, he could fantasy gold.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    3. Pogrebnyak released too. :)

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Dempsey leaves, Pogrebnyak released, step up....Damien Duff???

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. If Dempsey, Murphy and Pog leaves, i won't be investing Fulham until i see them play.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
        2. Hmmm not sure if it's actually that accurate. There's a list here that shows the players released, but also includes players that are just out of contract:


          Don't actually know yet whether either have been released. It even says Scholes on the list, but thats not true as he signed a new contract.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
          1. Yeah just been studying. A bit pre-emptive on my part. Doesn't really mean anything just yet. Scholes is on the list as it was written before he re-signed but they've not bothered to re-edit it!

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
      2. Heskey -> Fulham

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
    4. These released player lists are very misleading. Many players on holiday at moment so can't continue talks/re-sign

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  3. A.

    Canadian Football, you still around?

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
  4. So...Funkyav, you chose your partner in the end? Or did anyone not bother answering your questions? 😉

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. only got 1 answer and it wasnt genuine!

      not sure if greenwindmill wants in.

      not convinced of pairs idea but will give it a go!

      I also need to have a country with a distinct accent I can use 😉

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  5. Pick three of these:

    A) Iniesta
    B) Sneijder
    C) Ribery
    D) Özil

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. For gw1, A,B & D

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. B, C, D Iniesta is not a great fantasy football prospect not saying he is a bad player or anything

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    3. ABD

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  6. Can anyone suggest some good changes to this team?





    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. not sure about Srna and Mandy, maybe replace Srna with Yarmoleko and replace evra with debuchy freeing up 0.5 mill to upgrade Olssen to perquis

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. Srna -> Shirokov, Lewandowski->Muller, if you can. I don't think you should double on Croatian attack.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    3. Akinfeev --> Tzorvas
      Rohmmedahl --> Baors/ Shevchenko

      No point in Denmark players IMO

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    4. Key point here is Evra, Toast, who's not even made the cut for the comp.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. He has Frazek, he's in the squad and will likely start at LB unless Clichy changes Blanc's mind.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Yes, trust a Demi-shaped poster to note my shoot-from-the-hip mistake. :) I'd think Clichy has the starting spot sewn up though.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
          1. Why, because he started 1 game?

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
            1. Because I believe the line-up against the Serbs was Balnc's starting 1, bar injuries.

              • 3 years, 8 months ago
          2. I agree, definitely based on currently form. They need M'vila to be fit too, but it doesn't look like he'll make the England game.

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
            1. *current

              • 3 years, 8 months ago
      2. Or did, as the case is. But still won't play.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
  7. Hi guys,

    Have any of you read my book on yahoo - "Yahoo Fantasy Football - Dominating the competition"? I'm trying to get an idea of whether the ideas inside have been as useful in the EPL version (they should be).

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. No.


      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  8. Muller or Podolski ? :)

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Any thoughts on Kim Kallstrom???

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Good option if Larsson turns out to be injured - very attacking midfield I've heard

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
      2. I have him in my team, a dark horse and only 6.5.

        In 10 apps during qualifying he scored 3 goals and got 7 assists so delivered every game.
        GW1 is against Ukraine, not bad prospects of him getting something there

        Him and Larsson are not bad punts but Larsson was pretty hit and miss this season, Kallstrom is much more consistent with his performances

        I say go for it!

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
      3. He's in my squad...

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
      4. He plays deep, Larsson for me.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. hmmm, Muller

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    3. The one that won the golden boot in the World Cup and is 0.5m cheaper :)

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  9. And that is where we at Stamford Bridge bid adieu to one of our legends...Carried us for 8 years on his strong shoulders.

    There is no one like Didier! *

    *sheds a tear.

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. I know people hate him, but I'll miss him. He's been a good presence for the Permier League.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. cannot imagine stamford bridge without didier! just not ready to come to terms with it.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Deschamp? :)

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
      2. He was a knob, but a character with it. 'Does a lot of good work for charity too mate' 😉

        All there for Torres to do. Can he handle it? Could be a good player for FPL next season...

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. Is he going to join Anelka's team?

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Yes, Shanghai Shenhua

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
    3. Drogba = Best african player for the last 10 years

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. If I were a chelsea fan I sure would miss him.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
  10. Well I've not changed the team for a few days now so I think I'm good to go. Polish clean sheets in last two friendlies very pleasing, have a feeling Lewandowski will score in the opener too so kicking off with him as el capitan. Papa goal for Greece the other night was nice too.

    Plan is to play two Dutch forwards against Denmark. As I intend to have Hart in goal for England I've avoided French attackers but will poss sell Wesley or Robben in GW2 for Ribery or Benzema to give a better spread. Plan is good lets see if it works! :)





    • 3 years, 8 months ago
  11. sorry for reposting,,, it posted it just after 9am this morning for some reason, way back on another page.

    Afternoon people!!!!!

    Chech Given
    Kadlec Strinic piszczek K.Papa
    young Ozil sneijder mandzukic
    lewandowski, Ibrahimovic robben

    ive got 13.5 left for a defender and mid, who would you get?

    Perhaps you wouldnt get anyone because you think its total gash?? Its all good , let me know.

    Planning GW1 wildcard.

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Zhirkov or Anyukov (both RUS) for DEF, Shirokov in MId (also RUS).

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. cheers mate,

        Not sure about both,,, lol,,,, worried about already being 'group A' heavy.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. I don't think it's that big a deal if you're a bit GrpA heavy, it's one of the best ones for CS potential and value GK/DEF picks, so its bound to influence decisions.

          I've got 1x GK, 3x DEFs and 1x MID from GrpA. I can live with it.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
  12. For GW1

    Alba + Jelavic


    Granqvist + Zlatan

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  13. 9/4 for Italy v Russia draw tonight. Worth a bet?

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Id probably go with a cheeky few quid on Russia just for the craic

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Wait a minute... is Italy playing Russia tonight?

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Haha that's what my post says. Italy v Russia is correct. Cassano and Mario haven't played much together and the match fixing chaos might have an effect. Russia @ 5/2

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
  14. I'm finding the Auction game rules a bit cloudy. Could someone clairfy the transfers for me please?

    Do you get your money back on players you sell? The rules talk about transfer windows, but I'm chairman and wasn't given an option about when transfers could be made, nor can I find any way to alter that. Does that mean they can just be made at any point?

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. You should have options for that, find them. Or they will apear after the draft. You will have different cash for the transfer windows, dont know if that can be modified as well.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Yeah, I got to choose how much cash we had for the transfer pot. But nothing about when the windows were or if we get the money back. I can't find edit options on the blooming site either.

        Anyone any clues?

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. I'm in a similar boat mate and unsure of how I can set the country quota to change after different stages of the competition. As Kostja says, maybe all will become clear after the auction (I'm running a traditional one, don't know if that chanegs anything) has been done but anyone out there who has done this before and cold clarify would be greatly appreciated if they took the time.

      P.s. are you in Korea by any chance- your username tells me you might be a waygookin.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. No, I'm not in Korea. It's taken from the TV show Arrested Development (everyone thing Annyong is his name so he repeats it to be polite whenever anyone says it) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoHLaIrbNQ4

        I find the whole site a little confusing. I don't know how to change the quota either.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Ah fair enough, thanks for the explanantion- that show has been recommended to be so many times but I still haven't watched it for some reason. Annyeong means "hello" in Korean so that's why I guessed at it.

          Anyway, back to more pressing matters....I've emailed the support team re all of the above and will hopefully hear from the soon. I'll relay what they send back to me on here and hopefully you'll see it.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
          1. Hopefully one of us gets some good answers :)

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
            1. Hopefully indeed mate. That league situation you mention below would be a disaster. Really hope that's something we can easily and obviously omit.

              I asked them about what happens with players signed on freebies after managers run out of money at the auction. This whole chairman lark could turn out to be a lot more work than expected- let's hope the Euro's make it all worthwhile!

              • 3 years, 8 months ago
        2. I agree with the confusing nature of the situation. I emailed the people on the site to see if I can get a few more answers about how it goes after the auction is done. I know in the one league we did that was set up as "traditional" had an interesting issue where the manager was able to set how much he was selling a player for and how much he was buying a player for so at that point money didnt matter. In one fell swoop you could sell Andrews for 100 mil and buy Oezil for 0 mil. I do not know the exact rules for the transfers in that league though, so I can't pinpoint a reason for it.

          I believe I did read something about changing the quota and having "transfer windows" during the tournament. Maybe once the tournament starts there are more options that become available.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
  15. Is Ibra worth having post GW 1? 😛

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Yeah Zlatan can cause any defence problems.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  16. Afternoon peeps!

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. A.

      Allo allo

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  17. Cahill or Evra for GW1? Want some England/France coverage and am leaning towards a patriotic punt on Cahill.........

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Not Evra, he's out of favour. Cahill might not be bad, i can see England conceding unfortunately but Jones might be OOP if you want a punt.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. since when is Evra out of favor? he started a friendly last week, and i haven't seen Clichy play for them recently...

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Clichy played last night. Did you not read the article?

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
        2. well surely Clichy played to give Evra some rest, eh?

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. I've gone for Joe Hart, but Cahill was my second choice option in defence. Might get Evra or Debuchy to gamble on the 0-0 as both teams go out with the main aim of not losing.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  18. OK, made some of the suggested changes...

    This better?





    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. :O first time i've seen Scheva in a team, interesting punt

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. Yeah Shevchenko, really? Jelavic surely better?

      I'd avoid the German defence too. Get Cahill instead.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  19. Anyukov or Zhirkov?

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. I actually read today that Zhirkov is not completely nailed on. From the official russian reporter at the Euros.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Nah, he didn't start last game but came off the bench, but Zhirkov plays at LB no doubt. I swerve to him because I know the player, but Anyukov had most assists in qualifying.

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. I did not say that he aint playing. Just the official reporter of Russia at the competition believes that He and Kombarov are battling it out tonight for the starting pos at LB.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
          1. Fine, fine. I'm simply stating that I have far more confidence is Zhirkov's starts.

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
          2. christ...is anyone nailed on in this game?!

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
            1. Robben 😀

              • 3 years, 8 months ago
              1. Andy Carroll. :)

                • 3 years, 8 months ago
                1. No, hopefully Welbeck will play :)

                  • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. Zhirk, for me. More offensive threat...

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  20. Which team is better

    Team A:
    Given Chalkias
    J.Olsson Zhirkov, Kadlec Piszczek Strinic
    Yarmolenko Ozil Iniesta Sneijder Ribery
    Ibrahomic Jelavic Lewandowksi


    Team B
    Given Chalkias
    M. Olsson M. Kadlec Strinić Piszczek Zhirkov
    Sneijder Yarmolenko Özil Błaszczykowski Mandžukić
    Ibrahimović T. Müller Benzema


    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Well they're both different to mine so neither is perfect. :)

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  21. Cech | Given
    Kadlec | Alba | K. Papadoupoulos | Debuchy | J Olsson
    Ozil | Ribery | Sneijder | Mandzukic | Andrews
    Muller | Lewandowski | Ibra

    • 3 years, 8 months ago
    1. Double-up Czechs? 'Is it because I is Russian?' (said in Ali G styling). :)

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
      1. Lol... Kadlec on Pens, Cech for the first GW!

        • 3 years, 8 months ago
        1. Yeah, I get it BAD, but I really quite fancy the Ruskies to be a bit of a dark horse. I've also got Kaddy-shack, but fully expect the Ruskies to score and win GW1. I'm also more of a Poland believer over Greece, although that game could very easily end 0-0.

          Good luck to you.

          • 3 years, 8 months ago
          1. Thanks! GL to U 2!

            • 3 years, 8 months ago
    2. The money you would save from Lew/Zlatan -> Jelavic and Kadlec->Selassie, could allow you to upgrade Andrews significantly. I think the points difference is worth it. I can see Lew/Zlatan scoring 1 goal max, same with Jelavic, only he is a huge 3m cheaper.

      • 3 years, 8 months ago
  22. Chalkias Lindegaard
    Anyukov Perquis Debuchy Willems Strinić

    I have 0.5 where to upgrade. Willems has been popped in as a place holder for now and will keep if he looks like starting

    • 3 years, 8 months ago

Scout Picks

Gameweek 25

  • Forster
  • Janmaat
  • Williams
  • Alderweireld
  • Wijnaldum
  • André Ayew
  • Dele Alli
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Sánchez
  • Aguero
  • Kane
  • Moreno
  • Arnautovic
  • Giroud

From the Community…


Comments loading…

Hot Topics

Comments loading…


»View All

The Watchlist


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:01pm
Player Club Factors
Up Forster SOT A, Vs
Down Butland STO C, Vs
Up Schmeichel LEI A, Vs
Up Courtois CHE B, Vs
No Change Boruc BOU B, Vs
Up Hennessey CPL C, £
No Change Cech ARS A, VsX
Up Fabianski SWA B
No Change De Gea MUN B
No Change Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:08pm
Player Club Factors
Up Fuchs LEI A, Vs, £
Up van Dijk SOT A, Vs
Up Daniels BOU A, Vs, £
Up Dann CPL A
No Change Ivanovic CHE B, Vs
No Change Alderweireld TOT B
No Change Bellerín ARS B, VsX
Up Johnson STO C, Vs
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Up Van Aanholt SUN A
No Change Williams SWA B, £
Up Smalling MUN C
Up Coleman EVE B, Vs
Down Dawson WBA C
Down Moreno LIV C, Vs
Down Kolarov MCI B, Rest, Inj


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:17pm
Player Club Factors
Up Mahrez LEI A, Vs
No Change Payet WHM B, Vs
No Change Dele Alli TOT A, Inj
Up Arnautovic STO C, Vs, Inj
No Change Ozil ARS C, VsX
Up Eriksen TOT A
Up Antonio WHM A, Vs, Rest, £
Up Sigurdsson SWA A, OoP
Down Barkley EVE B, Vs
Down Roberto Firmino LIV A, VsX, OoP
Down Sánchez ARS C, VsX
Up Lingard MUN B, Rest, £
Up Khazri SUN B
Up Oscar CHE B, Vs
No Change Wijnaldum NEW B


Last updated: 10 Feb, 2016 1:44pm
Player Club Factors
Up Vardy LEI B, Vs
No Change Kane TOT A
Down Aguero MCI A
Up Diego Costa CHE A, Vs, Inj
Up Rooney MUN A
Down Ighalo WAT C, VsX
Down Lukaku EVE C
Up Afobe BOU A, Vs
No Change Giroud ARS B, VsX, Rest
No Change Defoe SUN A

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension
Player Team YC
Colback NEW 9
Byram WHM 9
Lucas LIV 8
Jones SUN 8
Yacob WBA 8
Westwood AVL 7
Diego Costa CHE 7
Huth LEI 7
Can LIV 7
Mangala MCI 7
Shelvey NEW 7
Pieters STO 7
Dele Alli TOT 7
Dier TOT 7
Noble WHM 7

“All players will blank a few times during the season. When almost all do it in the same Gameweek, it is tough to take, but that's just the dark side of probability.”

Abreu 42 Community regular