1) Why do so few of the Portuguese team sing the national anthem?
2) If the organised but defensive Sweden manage to get through, will Ikea pay tribute by applying all of the team’s surnames to items in their catalogue, as a fitting and lasting tribute?
Isaksson: some kind of yellow and blue rug
Stoor: filing cabinet
Mellberg: new meatball dish in the restaurant
Hansson: bookcase, perhaps to rival the Billy
Elmander: cuddly toy
Larsson: actually, I think there might already be a Larsson
Andersson: metallic cutlery rack
Ljungberg: mirror in the shape of his head
Ibrahimovic: photo frame
I am actually taking Euro 2008 very seriously, having watched way over half of the 16 matches so far, and even catching the two-goals-in-60-seconds of Italy-Romania on Friday, just as I arrived at a hotel after a long drive. I was right behind Sweden last night, but was as thrilled as everybody else when Villa scored in the 92nd minute. That’s the joy of England not being in it. You may switch allegiance at any time to whoever’s playing the best football. And Romania could still go through, if Italy beat France. (I think. My maths is not very good.)