Hey Guys -
Let this begin the "Euro2004 Party/X-xtratimers Party Planning Committee Meeting". Here are the pertinent dates off of the UEFA official site (pretty good stuff there, by the way - the official qualifying draw is January 25th in Porto):
30 Nov 2003: Draw, Lisbon
12 Jun 2004: Opening match, Porto
23 Jun 2004: End of group stage
26 Jun 2004: Quarter-final 1
27 Jun 2004: Quarter-final 2
30 Jun 2004: Semi-final 1
01 Jul 2004: Semi-final 2
04 Jul 2004: Final, Lisbon
Also - I don't know if UEFA's unintentionally tipped its political hand, but it claims that the Final will be held at the Luz. To my knowledge, this wasn't officially decided by Madail and his crew, was it? Poor Sporting - they do everything by the book, get their project started/will finish ahead of schedule and Benfica comes in late and gets handed the Final. I'd almost feel bad for Sporting if it weren't for the fact that it just adds further proof to the fact that Benfica always has been and always will be the team that everyone else in the world thinks of when they think of Portuguese futebol.
But back to business...
Are we going to pull this together or is this just BS?! The Benfica-Sporting hoedown (who's bringing the hoes anyway ) on the 16th would be great, but can you imagine a couple of weeks of multiple get-togethers with the likes of this crew with booze involved?! Stop the Insanity! I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking about it!