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Join Vital Leeds United for the Euro 2008 Final!

We`ve kept things regarding the European Championships` fairly low key on Vital Leeds, however you can join us in the forums for a bit of match-debating this evening from 7!

The exiciting England-less tournament has been, in my eyes a truly wonderful spectacle. The lack of a team from the UK I think has allowed us all to enjoy it, without the usual media scrum that has now built up behind Andrew 'the sulk` Murray as he continues to blast his way past no-mark players at Wimbledon.

So the tournament all boils down to one night in Vienna, Germany V Spain, the German`s lucky to scrape past a Turkish side that had it been full-strength on the night, team spirit would have seen them thump a number of goals past Crazy Jens Lehmann.

So, if you`re not watching, merely listening online, if your computer is near the telly, get onto Vital Leeds and join in with the Euro 2008 forums this evening!

Meanwhile, Vital HQ sent all editors this fascinating article regarding England`s failure to qualify for the Championship`s altogether:

England Euro 2008 Failure Blamed On State Of Grass Roots Football Says Fans

As Euro 2008 draws to a close, and a mouth-watering final between Spain and Germany to look forward to, a new national survey of football fans conducted by NIVEA FOR MEN has revealed the reasons why English fans believe their national team continue to underachieve.

The survey saw a staggering 60% of respondents directly accuse the failure of any home nation to qualify for the finals on the state of grass roots football in the UK. 41% believe that the poor standard of coaching is to blame and 33% feel the lack of access to quality facilities at grass roots level are all the contributing to the continued failings of the national side.

NIVEA FOR MEN, a keen supporter of grass roots football is the official sponsor of Powerleague centres throughout the UK as well as amateur footballing fraternity Weekend Wonders, commissioned the survey to put pressure on the governing bodies in the UK and to invest sufficiently at grass roots level.

The influx of foreign players to the English game also came under fire from the fans, who believe it is having a knock on effect on the development of young players. 61% of fans blamed the number of foreigners in the Premier League for England`s failure to reach Euro 2008.

With transfer rumours linking the likes of David Villa, Lucas Poldolski and Deco to follow players such as Luca Modric and Jose Bosingwa to the Premier League after Euro 2008 there are fears that this will further restrict the chances of young domestic talent coming through the ranks - and fans believe this will have a significant impact on England`s international aspirations in the future with 63% believing there won`t be sufficient numbers of young players making the grade for the World Cup in 2014.

But all hope is not lost - with 89% believing an improvement in grass roots facilities can help build a successful national team that can compete against Euro 2008`s top teams widely accredited with investing in youth football. Of the nations that fans respect the most for the development of their players finalists Spain, tournament entertainers Holland and 2006 World Cup finalists France made up the top three.

Top Findings:

- 25% of fans consider Spain to produce the games most exciting players.
- 2 % of fans consider Germany to produce the games most exciting players.
- 1% of fans consider Russia to produce the games most exciting players.
- 60% see failure to qualify as an indictment of state of grass roots football.
- 82% don`t believe grass roots football is taken seriously enough.
- 89% believe an improvement to grass roots facilities could build a successful national team.
- 41% believe the poor quality of coaching at grass roots level led to Euro 2008 failure.
- 61% believe number of foreign players in Premier League led to Euro 2008 failure.
- 63% believe there aren`t enough young players coming through to challenge in the future.
- 68% of fans feel that our failure to qualify for Euro 2008 is down to the manager.

Interesting results, however I think it was more the top-level players that were the problem, not the grass-routes level that saw Brollyman & Co. take the summer off, whilst their Croatian and Russian counterparts showed just how a growing force Eastern Europe is in the footballing World.

Of course I forget that this is also the end of the Euro 2008 Vital Leeds United competition to win the FA Cup DVD. The competition is closed to new entrants, some entrants already out of the running, some may well be rather near to being 100% spot on, who knows!!!!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:LUFC1
Date:Sunday June 29 2008
Time: 7:01PM

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