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England v Italy – Euro 2012 – A game of chess

Well we are one day away from the biggest game of the year,England take on Italy on Sunday with the whole of the country hoping we can play well,but would be content with a similar workman like performance seen in England’s group games.

The Italian’s this week has stated that England have copied their tactics,and that,this is the reason England have enjoyed success,this could be true to certain extent,but I feel England have more in the closet than their pizza loving friends.

Gerrard and Rooney are our only World class atttacking players,but our key to winning this game is in the team play that has been evident in this years Euro’s.

Gerrard not worried on Rooney aggression

The likey outcome will be a 0 – 0 draw and then penalties,I would prefer for England not to go down this route,it would be like flipping a two headed coin in the Italians favour.

I hope that we see the likes of Walcott and Chamberlain at some point,their pace will cause them problems, it what will be a very tight game.


Sweden 2 – England 3 – Happy that we won,but I’m concerned

I was impressed with our result against France,largely we were solid and seemed to have a game plan that we stuck to.

It didn’t take long to realise last night,that Sweden were a very average team,we did not have to fight for possession,the Swedes naturally gave it away,my concern from last night, was England’s lack of killer instinct,their opponents had wobbly legs early on,England’s response was to match Sweden’s poor passing and final ball with their own disjointed performance.

Andy Carrol,Walcott and Welbeck all took their goals well,I cant help but feel these finishes hide what was a frightened England performance,I really hope I’m wrong,but I saw shades of England from South Africa last night.

Hopefully with Walcott now forcing Roy’s hand,he will have more pace in the team,there’s been a lot of talk about Rooney now being available,realistically he hasn’t played a lot of football of late,I would be surprised if he is firing on all cylinders ,I think the best we can hope for,is that he starts,grabs a goal,wraps the game up against Ukraine,and then gets subbed for the qualifying games.


Watching England v France in Thailand,England score twice from one goal

I had been looking forward to the Euro’s all year,especially the England v France game.

My first mistake was to agree to watch it with a bunch of Thai people,all they did was chatter all the way through and only paid attention when the ball went anywhere near the goal.

The second problem I had was the delay in the only channel we had available to watch the game,which meant,that when Lescott scored from a header I heard about it 7 seconds before it actually happened,from my visuals,I saw Gerrard put the ball down,then I heard an almighty scream from the bar down the road,now Gerrard did put the ball down in a nice way,but I coudn’t understand the excitement being shared until I saw Lescott rise and head home!

For the rest of the game,I was listening out for a scream every time England got anywhere near the box,that scream never came as England only scored once,I can’t wait to get back to the UK and watch the mighty England without these distractions  

France 1 England 1 – Good start for England

England impressed me tonight,normally with England,you get the headless chicken syndrome,not so tonight,we defended well and created some nice constant counter attacks,if it was not for some terrible refereeing decisions and an open goal miss by James Milner we could have gone away with three points.

France are a good team,but they did not have enough to overrun England, I think this is a tremendous point to go towards what could be a succesful tournament,the first in years.


Netherlands 0 Denmark 1 The curse of England moves onto the Dutch

The Dutch never looked like scoring a goal,never mind winning this game.

Fair play to Denmark,they played pretty much as I hope England play,one touch football,keep it simple(ALWAYS) and treasure possession until the right time comes along to counter attack.

People in Spain and around the world have dissed this approach to the game,I’m coming round to it,there is an art to this type of football,added to that,a lot of focus and team work,you are saying to your opponent,you think you are better,show us ? Barcelona,B’Munich and the Netherlands tonight,all failed to prove they were the better team recently.

Congratulations to Denmark,they out smarted and out fought the Dutch,they deserved this victory.


Euro 2012 – bite size news – Italian player stuffs himself with croissants after sex…..

Antonio Cassano enjoys Italian croissants after sex – especially when in the team hotel the night before a match. He said of his time at Real Madrid: “I made friends with one of the waiters. His job was to bring me 3 or 4 cornetti after I had sex. He would bring the cornetti to the stairs, I would bring the girl and we would make a trade: he took the girl, I stuffed myself with cornetti. Sex plus food, the perfect night”


The racists start early at the Holland training camp – Euro 2012

This years Euros seems to be overshadowed by Racist locals before a ball has even been kicked,the dutch black players were treated to monkey chants while they treated the public to a training session.

It seems the organisers,Uefa, are determined to hide these reports rather than actually deal with the problem,I predict that Platini will resign by the end of this years Euros unless his federation change their view point.

The Guardian report –

Euro 2012 was plunged into its first racism controversy after the black players in the Holland squad were subjected to monkey chants during an open practice session in the same city where England will also invite the public to watch them train on Friday.

Several hundred people targeted players such as Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel when 25,000 spectators attended the Dutch practice session at the Stadion Miejski, the home of Wisla Krakow.

The players, on the instructions of the captain, Mark van Bommel, responded by moving their training drills to the other side of the ground. “It is a real disgrace especially after getting back from Auschwitz [the Dutch squad had visited the concentration camp on Wednesday] that you are confronted with this,” Van Bommel said. “We will take it up with Uefa and if it happens at a match we will talk to the referee and ask him to take us off the field.”

The problems occurred as the players began the session by jogging a lap of the pitch only to be greeted at one end of the stadium with monkey noises and loud jeers. On the second circuit, they were even louder and it was then the players decided not to go around again. “At least now we know what we can encounter,” the Holland coach, Bert van Marwijk, said with heavy cynicism. “Very atmospheric.”

Uefa subsequently tried to deny that it was racially motivated, saying they had checked with the Dutch squad and had been told it was not thought to be of that nature. Instead, the official line is that a small part of the crowd was protesting about the fact that Krakow had not been made one of the host cities. Another theory that has been put forward is that Wisla’s supporters did not want their stadium being used by anyone but their own club and were simply booing the Dutch players.

Van Bommel, however, responded angrily when it was put to him not everyone had heard monkey noises. “You need to open your ears,” he said. “If you did hear it, and don’t want to hear it, that is even worse.”

Privately, the midfielder is understood to be unhappy that the authorities are not treating the issue more seriously, but the incident is still threatening to be a major embarrassment for Uefa, coming before a ball has even been kicked, and will increase the scrutiny on Poland’s supporters when the tournament opens with the co-hosts playing Greece in Warsaw on Friday.

The Polish authorities have been eager to dispel the sense that the backdrop to this tournament will have racism at its centre, and the country’s prime minister, Donald Tusk, went through an elaborate public relations exercise on Thursday to drive home the point. Tusk was accompanied by a television crew on a 90-mile journey to Lodz to dine with Poland’s first black parliamentarian, John Godson, and his family, including relatives who had flown in from Nigeria. The idea was to show the improvements both in Poland’s road network and acceptance of different races.

Godson criticised the BBC Panorama documentary Euro 2012: Stadiums of Hate that had warned racism would be rife. He argued that Poland was a “hospitable and tolerant country” while Tusk wore a badge that said “Welcome” and said he was convinced there would be no problems: “I very warmly invite all English people. You will definitely not encounter anything unpleasant here.”

Panorama had focused on the racist elements in the support of Krakow’s two major clubs, Wisla and Cracovia, as well as highlighting the seriousness of the problem in Ukraine. Michel Platini, the Uefa president, has subsequently said the referees have been empowered to take teams off the pitch if there are serious issues – but added that any player who walked off without permission would be booked.

The families of two of England’s black players, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, have already decided against travelling to the tournament because of the potential problems. England are based in Krakow, along with the Netherlands and Italy squads, and will allow the public to watch Friday’s practice session at Hutnik stadium on the outskirts of the city.

Thailand corruption hits a new low as they cash in on Euro 2012

Just like in England if you want to watch football you have to pay the leading network(Truevision) for the privilege,the cost out in Thailand is around £30 a month and you can pick and choose your games,so if you wanted to watch West Ham’s game every week,regardless of day or time,you can do.

After Truevision told customers they could watch the Euro’s via their broadcast, another company has now purchased the rights to the tournament,so this means that if you have purchased your reciever box from Truevision(Which the majority of the nation has), all of the Euro games will be blocked/scrambled.

OK…. So you’re not to happy after forking out on the largest network for all the games to be told you are no longer having the games,whats next…You go to the pub to watch the games…… The local police have issued a warning today that states if any bar broadcasts the games with a True vision set top box or doesn’t fork out £30 for the new company,that bar will be fined,heavily.

They have also advised that the games will be free to analogue customers but anybody who has any recent cable/satellite network will have to fork out £30.00 extra.

This is a contract,so the Thai government are forcing your hand,you either pay up front for a new network that has no interest to the majority, apart from the Euros or be fined the difference.

The corruption in this country is unbelievable,you could argue that they are giving you an option to have it for free,this is like me going to America or the UK and telling everyone to pay double for their TV package,but if they have a black and white telly, there is no need.

Without doubt the Thai police will be out in force throughout the month of June,if they don’t see this new software on the premises they will be threatening to close the bar down then and there unless they are nicely paid off!


News link –

Euro 2012 is fast approaching and soccer fans from around Thailand and here in Pattaya can watch the games but you must either purchase a new set-top box or an old-fashioned TV Antenna. GMM-Grammy have won the rights to broadcast all Euro 2012 games and for bars and other businesses who wish to broadcast the games a meeting was organized for them at Pattaya Police Station on Thursday afternoon to discuss how they can legally broadcast the games. For domestic viewers, a simple TV Antenna will suffice as games can be seen only on the Analogue versions of Channel 3, 5 and 9. For Cable and True Visions Satellite customers, the games will not be broadcast. Another option is to purchase a GMM Z Box for 1,590 Baht, which can be used with a standard satellite dish as it uses KU-Band and C Band Signals, similar to True Visions. The reason for the meeting was to announce to bar owners that the only option for them is to purchase the GMM Z Box and pay an additional licence fee of around 2,000 Baht. For those venues who attempt to broadcast the analogue TV channels instead, they will be prosecuted.