Of course, being a racist Englishman, I didn’t intend to be watching Euro 2008 with quite the life-stopping fervour of the last World Cup, or Euro 2004, or the previous World Cup, or Euro 2000, or the etc. but last night’s Germany Poland match (2-0) was highly entertaining, if slightly unbalanced, and I can feel the bug biting already. (Actually, it’s quite relaxing not having England in the tournament. I have decided to support Romania, because a very nice Romanian woman came round to fix my computer.) For anyone just tuning in, I have made it very plain in previous blogs about football that I don’t claim to be a fan in the diehard sense, as I don’t follow league football. But I enjoy European and international tournaments, and I never pretend to know more about them than I do. I draw your attention to my extensive layman’s match reports during the World Cup, which start in June ’06, naturally.
Anyway, two questions:
1) What must it have felt like for the Poles to lose because of two goals scored by a man born in Poland? (see: picture)
2) Why did it take them so long to remove that long trail of white toilet paper from the pitch? It stayed there for most of the first half, although being up the German goal end, it wasn’t as often seen as it might have been. I thought Austria and Switzerland were tidy.