Day: June 13, 2008

Italy 1-1 Romania

I’ve never been to Italy. I have, however, from a young age formed a view on Italian fashion that was largely shaped by the film “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”. In said film, the central characters, the Griswold family (with Chevy Chase as the patriarch) travel across Europe, getting into a variety of “scrapes”, one of which involves them losing their luggage on the way to Italy. Their insurance, of course, covers the cost of this lost luggage, so they go to a number of boutiques in Rome (cue a montage of cut-aways of them in clothes of varying degrees of awfulness) before coming out looking like the 1980s Euro-fashion dream. Well, more or less half-way between robots and pimps, to be more accurate. I have, at various points throughout my adult life, wondered whether Italians actually dressed like that, and I’m a little clearer on it now. Upon seeing Gianluigi Buffon’s black bandana close up this evening, I’m starting to think that, yes, there are probably some Italians that do dress like the Griswolds did in “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”. What’s the deal with that bandana, then? He looks as if he’s planning to go on “Stars In Their Eyes” as Kevin Rowlands from Dexy’s Midnight Runners. But I digress. Italy vs Romania was another splendid match from a tournament which, after a slow start, is starting to turn...

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Viennese Whirls

First of all, apologies for not having put anything up on here yesterday. I am currently in the middle of working out the details for the new Twohundredpercent, which will open for business in about three or four weeks time. Secondly, I do feel rather that the content on here over the last week or so has been rather dry. Time constraints have meant that I have been unable to put much more than match reports up on here, but I’m aiming to set that straight over the weekend. Turning back to the football, it was a bad day at the office yesterday for Germany and Poland, not that you’d notice from the sports pages of this morning’s “Independent”, where a generous five pages have been handed over to the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari as the new Chelsea manager. One would question the timing of the announcement – is the middle of a tournament that his team have got an outstanding chance of winning really the best time for it? It is a subject that we will be returning to after Euro 2008 has ended but, for now, there are bigger fish to fry than Chelsea. It was, initially at least, a bad day at the office for Germany. They looked lackadaisical against Croatia, and Slaven Bilic’s team were excellent value for their 2-1 win yesterday afternoon. Darijo...

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