Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Anyone but Italy

Sweden, Spain, the Czech Republic, Portugal and above all Holland all winning well; Russia and best of all Italy both getting tonked; payback for the Polish papers' anti-German ugliness. It's not often the football results follow an armchair socialist supporter's wish-list quite so spectacularly; the Anyone But Italy movement (that's the lovely lads of Lazio in the photo, in case you were wondering) even had the referee and the pedants' rulebook on its side. My politically-correct guide to who to support at Euro 2008, in case you missed it first time around, is now doubling up as the hottest predictor in town.


As an added bonus, I'm marking the end of the first round of Euro 2008 group games by staging my own comeback from injury tonight at the Sobell Centre, Islington. I've been told I've got to play the full game because there are two other people nursing injuries as well. Wish me some of that Dutch luck.

9 comments:

Jane Pritchard said...

So how did you get on?

Steve Platt said...

A draw - a missed penalty would have won it. Just like England then really.

And the foot still works.

Anonymous said...

Croatia or Germany? Austria or Poland?

Matthew Stiles said...

While fun, I don't think your political guide holds much water. You have a photo of fascist Lazio fans but Livorno fans are well-known for their left sympathies.

As for Scolari, isn't he very right-wing and a homophobe? He once said that Pinochet "did a lot of good" and "If I found out that one of my players was gay I would throw him off the team."

I'll just support whoever plays the best football. So far, Spain or Holland.

redstar said...

A bit of inconsistency here too. Have you forgotten what you said about Sapin?

Spain: There may be a Socialist government in Madrid but never forget that it was Spain’s coach Luis Aragones, who told Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004: ‘Demuestra que eres mejor que ese negro de mierda’ (‘Show that you're better than that shitty black’) when facing his Arsenal teammate Thierry Henri in a game against France. Aragones went unpunished.

football philosopher said...

anon - Neither Croatia nor Germany. They've already bored half of Europe to death.

Anonymous said...

Steer clear of predictions, you've put the kibosh on miost of the teams worth supporting. Lay off Holland or I'm coming to get you!

player123 said...

Romania were beating Italy until Steve walked into the offside bar on Friday. And he claims he bleached his hair to bring them luck. Remember 1998? Say no more.

player123 said...

The Curse of Platt strikes again. Goodbye France. What was it you said about Anyone But Italy?