Posts from ‘June, 2012’

Trains and Highways to Hell and back

Ireland soccer fans cheer before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match between Italy and Ireland at the city stadium in Poznan, June 18, 2012. (PETR JOSEK/REUTERS)

This is IT – the stream of consciousness, strung-out account of what it’s REALLY like to cover Euro 2012. “Funny and sinister..” an early reader said. You think this is glamorous..? ha bloody ha… Continue reading

Hubris and Balotelli caused shock German surrender in Warsaw

Italy’s Balotelli celebrates his goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (Reuters)

Still here at Euro 2012. A Spain/Italy Final. What the hell happened? Hubris (and Balotelli) caused that German Surrender in Warsaw, read all about it

Italy clings to history, slim hopes against Germany

Andrea Pirlo (L) and Daniele de Rossi of Italy’s national soccer team warm up (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS)

At Germany v Italy semi-final today in Warsaw. Here’s the thing – Italy clings to history and slim hopes, it’s all its got, against Germany… Continue reading

Spain enters final more with a whimper than a bang

Spain’s Cesc Fabregas reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, June 27, 2012. (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS)

That wasn’t good – Spain reaches Euro Final more with a whimper than a bang.Their time is surely up…

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In Spain, Ronaldo set to encounter familiar foe

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Here at Euro 212, from Kiev – It’s delusional to believe Portugal & Ronaldo can beat Spain. Spain is laughing at that, it says here……… Continue reading

Ten things we learned from England’s loss to Italy at Euro 2012

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during the penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against England at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, June 24, 2012. (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS)

From Kiev – 10 Things we Learned in England’s loss to Italy. Like, Rooney was rubbish. Andrea Pirlo worth 10 England players… Continue reading

Spain in a class of its own at Euro 2012

Spain’s Sergio Busquets heads the ball during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match against France at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, June 23, 2012. (Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS)

Here at Euro2012, (today Warsaw, Tonight Kiev) – Spain’s triumph is the triumph of soccer as a middle-class, bourgeois game. A theory going that drives some people insane… Continue reading

Germany vs. Greece: this match is about money, big time money

A demonstrator wearing a mask depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses as she simulates playing a soccer match to protest against the euro zone debt crisis, in front of the Chigi palace in Rome, June 22, 2012. The message on the goal post reads: “Tax on the financial transactions”. (Remo Casilli/REUTERS)

At the Euro 2012 – Germany v Greece. This Match is about money, big money. And corporate sponsors & feeling left out. From Gdansk…… Continue reading

Ideal conditions make this Ronaldo’s tournament to lose

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball in front of Czech Republic’s Michal Kadlec (R) during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw, June 21, 2012. (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS)

In Gdansk today for Germany/Greece. From Warsaw last night – It’s the ideal team conditions (he thrives like a flower) that make this Euro C Ronaldo’s tournament to own or lose…… Continue reading

Quarter-Final Consensus: Portugal, Germany, Spain win, England and Italy unknowable

Stan Stanfield, an England fan from London, poses with Funtik the psychic pig who makes “predictions” for the Euro 2012 soccer championship matches.

Inside Euro2012 From the stadium in Warsaw pre Portugal/Czech -Quarter-Final, The Consensus is… Port, Germany, Spain win, England & Italy unknowable

Highs, lows of Euro 2012 (thus far)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli scores his side’s second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group C match between Italy and the Republic of Ireland in Poznan, Poland. (Peter Morrison/AP)

This Euro 2012 is a classic of skills & off-field drama – From C Ronaldo’s dominance to Racist chants, to pre-game Riot to Balotelli’s magic, to Greece’s triumph over Russia. Highs & Lows of Euro so far, my list from Warsaw base…… Continue reading

England’s great moment is at hand

While Wayne Rooney scored the only goal, defender John Terry made sure Ukraine stayed out of the England net. Sort of. (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS)

Here at Euro 2012, as the First Round ends – England’s Hour Has Come – The Triumph of Traditional Soccer over that Fancypants Possession Game… Continue reading

Italy advances to final eight by the skin of their teeth

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts after their victory at the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at the City stadium in Poznan, June 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Perez (SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS)

From Poznan today – This is an Inelegant & Undeserving Italy that advances to Quarter-Finals at Euro 2012… Continue reading

Ronaldo goes from annoyance to achiever for Portugal

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Netherlands during their Group B Euro 2012 soccer match at Metalist stadium in Kharkiv, June 17, 2012. (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS)

Never mind Rooney. Main Euro story today is Cristiano Ronaldo goes from Annoyance to Achiever for Portugal, at last.

(Today, Poznan for Italy v Rep of Ireland..oh Lordy)… Continue reading

Greece cashes in while Poland, Russia crash out at Euro 2012

Greek players celebrate their 1-0 win at the end of the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 16, 2012. (Michael Sohn/The Associated Press)

Inside Euro2012. From Warsaw – The Local & Global implications of Greece IN the Euro, Poland OUT, Russia OUT. Financial markets & European leaders take note – it’s more than a game, always… Continue reading

Inspirational England still insufferable

England’s Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his team’s first goal against Sweden during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Kiev, June 15, 2012. (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS)

Just when you think England isn’t insufferable, along comes Andy Carroll and his hair. The hype about England is irrational and hilarious… Continue reading

Well, that was very embarrassing for Ireland


A question: Is Spain really so magnificent or was Republic of Ireland just embarrassingly bad. (plus some scenes here from Gdansk last night)… Continue reading

Spain can be expected to pound Ireland’s ‘irrational exuberance’

Ireland’s fans enjoy the day before the match between Spain and their team, during the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Gdansk, Poland, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

The view from Gdansk, Pre Spain/Ire – Spain expected to pound Rep of Ireland’s “irrational exuberance” ..As if, say Ireland supporters… Continue reading

Dutch “disease” is what makes Group of Death deadly

Germany’s Mats Hummels smiles as Joris Mathijsen of the Netherlands, right, and Rafael van der Vaart, second left, argue during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between the Netherlands and Germany in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

Oh, no Netherlands! Not again. It’s the Dutch “disease” that makes the Group of Death deadly… Continue reading

Adventures of The Canadian Guys at Euro 2012

A supporter holds up a Canadian flag before a World Cup 2014 qualifying soccer game between Canada and Cuba. (Associated Press)

You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth – kinda thing. Behind the scenes at Euro 2012. What the world never sees. Hard-working (Canadian) journalists at work, going mental… Continue reading