European Championship Stories: 2008 – The End Of Politics


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. SD says:

    Good article again. I really enjoyed the 2008 Euros, partly because there was no England team there and hence no tabloid hysteria, but mainly because all the matches I watched were of a reasonable standard and there were some great ones. I was disappointed Italy went out in the QFs, but became very endeared to Germany as the tournament progressed – the 3-2 semifinal win over Turkey was a great game [the thunderstorm cutting out the TV feed added an enjoyably chaotic feel to the match]. Spain deserved the trophy though, ultimately.

    This is probably the most enjoyable international football tournament I’ve witnessed in all the time I’ve been watching the game, along with Euro 96, which I enjoyed just as much for different reasons. Euro 96 was great because I was ten years old and it was my first taste of a tournament involving England. By 2008 I was a lot more jaded about the England team and therefore found it a pleasure to just relax and enjoy a tournament without having to either worry about the England team’s performance or get annoyed about the media hysteria. Instead I just watched as many games as possible and didn’t mind particularly who won.

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