clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Open Thread: June 30, 2021

New, comments

Our Wednesday issue of the Daily Merengue

England v Germany - UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16 Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

The Open Thread/Daily Merengue is a place where you can discuss anything and everything related to football. Feel free to discuss the topics presented here, or start your very own discussions! The Open thread will be posted every day by one of the mods: Valyrian Steel, Felipejack, YoSnail, Ezek Ix or NeRObutBlanco.

The results of the Euros’ round of 16 are in

Poll

Who do you believe is the favorite to win the tournament now?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Belgium
    (175 votes)
  • 25%
    Italy
    (161 votes)
  • 11%
    Switzerland
    (74 votes)
  • 11%
    Czech Republic
    (71 votes)
  • 11%
    England
    (74 votes)
  • 5%
    Denmark
    (32 votes)
  • 1%
    Ukraine
    (9 votes)
  • 5%
    Spain
    (36 votes)
632 votes total Vote Now

Sweden were eliminated by Ukraine 2-1 in extra time

Germany and Real Madrid maestro Toni Kroos fell to England 2-0

The Santiago Bernabeu is taking shape inside

Pele sends a message to Mbappe (Via AS)

A selection from Steven Mandis’ The Real Madrid Way

Di Stéfano used his elegant playing style, soccer intelligence, and leadership to integrate the players and teach them to value teamwork. His desire for self-improvement and professional pride set the team’s standard and became essential values of Real Madrid. Together with his gifted teammates, Di Stéfano invented modern professional team soccer and embodied all that is magical about it. The world-class players followed Di Stéfano’s lead because he was the undisputed leader, and also because these highly skilled players learned that eleven men, when given paint (the ball), could go on a canvas (the field) and paint a ninety-minute picture of imagination and beauty that expressed them. Anything less than ninety minutes of full effort and beautiful, exciting, and attacking soccer with elegance, style and class — whether the players were winning by several goals or losing — was considered an “unfinished painting” or disrespectful to the art and viewers.

Mandis, Steven G. “The Real Madrid Way: How Values Created the Most Successful Sports Team on the Planet.” Page 53. Dallas, Texas: BenBella Books Inc., 2016.