Now I’m losing my grip. I recorded the Romania-France game (as I was still at work) and subsequently the Netherlands-Italy and watched them about two hours after they’d both finished, thus pushing myself into the Tired Zone. I actually nodded off during the last 20 minutes of the second game, although woke up for the third Dutch goal, which was handy. A note about “supporting” another team in lieu of England, as prompted by JW’s comment on the previous entry: I was asked by Five Live on Friday to say which back-up nation I was going “support” in Euro 2008 (a question presumably asked pretty much every two years of Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Irish fans). I hadn’t given it much thought, but they were preparing a video map for their website*, which can be viewed in all its glory here, where you click on a country and a little film of a Five Live presenter/contributor comes up explaining their preference. So I am on record saying that I support Romania! (Wearing a yellow shirt.) This doesn’t mean the same thing as supporting my home team (a love-hate arrangement at the worst of times). I was delighted that Romania, the underdogs, kept France out of their goal for 90 minutes last night. (Or yesterday afternoon if you saw it live.) They can’t win the Group Of Death, but to score a point is a moral victory for them. Good. Here are my questions:
1) When will British commentators stop calling Romania “Roomania”?
2) Which of the French players is it who clearly went to the same rubbish tattooist as Amy Winehouse?
3) Who the fuck designed ITV’s studio set?
4) When Alan Hansen said that Romania-France was “the worst match I’ve ever seen” was he saying it for effect?
5) I ask this as a non-football follower: once an offside goal is allowed, can it ever be disallowed at a later date? Or is that it? (Not that it was crucial to the final score, but I’m sure Italian fans will be saying that the first goal gave the Dutch the confidence they needed to score a second, and so on.)
6) (A late question just in:) Does Gary Lineker have a team of gag-writers, or did he come up with the “Poles apart” Polish-defence quip himself while watching the second half?
* Ha ha, here it is: