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If you want to get ahead, become an Alan

July 14, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

Here is my last blog post for Euro 2012, a mere two weeks after the final.

Should anyone not know, Spain won the tournament after beating Italy 4-0  in the final. In fairness to Spain, if you are going to have your best game of the tournament, it probably makes good sense to do it in the final. And despite playing most of the tournament without a striker, Spain also had the Golden Boot winner in Fernando Torres, by virtue of him playing less mins than Mario Gomez who also scored 3 goals. But mainly because Torres played against the Republic of Ireland’s defence and Gomez didn’t.

Talking of Spain playing six midfielders and no recognisable strikers, I am now wondering what Spain’s next trick will be. Maybe they could play Cesc Fabregas in goal, he would after all be good at starting off attacks.

Now on to the pundits during Euros. Firstly, it would appear if you want to get on at the BBC, it helps if you are called Alan, as well as the regulars Hansen and Shearer, they were also joined for some games by Alan Pardew. My favourite pundit however, came from ITV in the form of Roy Keane. He says it as he sees it and doesn’t seem to care who he upsets, including former teammates. At one point, Robbie Keane was described as being a ‘Great player’, Roy Keane leant back in his chair and said, “he’s not a great player, a good player, but not great”, brilliant. Roy Keane strikes me as a man who if you were his child, wouldn’t put the picture you drew at nursery on the fridge, if he didn’t feel it truly deserved it. (apologies Roy if this isn’t true)

And Finally… having watched many games during the tournament, one thing struck me, if footballers didn’t exist, then neither would tattoo parlours because not only do footballers like a tattoo, they appear to be repeat visitors, many times over.

Til next time, stay safe!



Over to you God

June 30, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

As the Euro 2012 Final is tomorrow, I’d like to talk about England’s exit from the tournament, but before I do that I want to refer back to my last blog post, entitled, ‘How God conspired against me’. In an attempt to get people to read the post I sent the link out to friends in an email. Normally, I don’t get much feedback on the rare(ish) occasions I do this, but one reply I got, simply said, ‘Just so you know … there is no God’. So now you know.

Ok… and on to England. The first thing to note is that at the start of the tournament, expectation was low, people thought we were rubbish. I even heard it said that this was the worse squad we have ever sent to a major tournament (I’m not sure how that makes those players who never got a game feel). Yet when we went out after being a bit rubbish people seemed a bit surprised. I think part of the problem was that we got a little carried away, after getting a draw against France in the opening game. Little did we know at the time, that France weren’t all that either.

Moving onto the Italy game where England went out. Now I’m not as knowledgeable about footballing tactics as Roy Hodgson. I haven’t got a managerial CV as long as his (even taking into account many of his jobs were in Scandinavia), however whenever I’ve played football and the opposition have had a player who is running the show, we’ve tended to put a man on that man. What we wouldn’t do, which is the approach Hodgson seemed to favour, is to do nothing at let that player, Pirlo, in this case, just continue to cause you damage.

As for the penalty misses. It would appear that Ashley Young is better at winning penalties than he is at converting them. And as for Ashley Cole his penalty miss came a month too late for my liking.

What of the future of English football? Amongst those in prime positions to shape English football are Stuart Pearce and Gareth Southgate. I’ll resist saying God help us, as I’ve been told it doesn’t exist.

Til next time, stay safe!

How God conspired against me

June 20, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

So the Euros are at the quarter-final stage and this is my first post about them. That’s just how this blog works. This is after all the football blog that has yet to make any reference to Chelsea’s Champions League victory.

I had a slow start to the tournament and have since felt like I’ve been playing catch up. On the opening day, I managed to watch 50 mins of the opening game before having to go to a restaurant. This subsequently meant that I only watched the last 15 mins of the second game Russia v Czech Rep. On the Saturday, I was at a training day so missed both the games. I’ve missed other games since, including Eng v Sweden, because I had a gig.

Even when I’ve been at home watching the games I’ve missed goals. I missed the Russian goal against Poland, because I was putting rubbish out. I missed the Swedish goal against the Ukraine because I was watching Coronation St (girlfriend’s fault) and I missed both of the Czech Republic‘s opening two goals against Greece because I was otherwise engaged in the bathroom.

On Friday things didn’t get much better as I sat down in a pub to watch Ukraine v France. I knew I was only able to watch the first-half as I had to meet a couple of friends at 6pm. Five mins into the game and it’s suspended due to a storm, meaning I missed the whole game. What chance have I got when God is conspiring against me.

Things however maybe changing for the better. I am meeting up with two old uni friends this Sat. Both of them happen to be  woman. I only mention this because, I think it would have been hard for me to try to convince them to watch football as part of our reunion. So thanks to some dodgy goalkeeping, the failure of football to adopt technology and French ineptitude, England managed to top Group D, meaning their quarter-final against Italy will be played on the more convenient Sunday, weather permitting.

Til next time, stay safe!