Longest day? Longest night more like. England vs Croatia Euro 2004 and all we need is a draw to get into the quarter-finals. Croatia take the lead with a soft goal (usual poor marking at a set-piece) and then in the last five minutes, a super header from Paul Scholes and then an unbelievable goal by the much hyped Wayne Rooney.
I’m writing this at the said break in play. Mrs Parrot sticks by her 3-1 prediction. Me, I’m mopping sweat from my brow. 45 minutes to go, and I’m hoarse already. Read more ›››
One of the things I was looking forward to was watching Luis Figo, a great player — skill beyond belief — and the opening match against Greece must be his perfect stage. Except it wasn’t.
Portugal crashed 2-1 against Greece, and the latter deserved their win, taking the game to the Portuguese who seemed to expect a sterile, cagey match, to be met with some very direct, attacking play and doughty defence. Read more ›››
Good plan for Portugal. If the English fans misbehave, the team gets thrown out. Let’s study it in detail.
1. You must control your fans, or else! F.A. responds — tickets sold in the UK only to members of the supporters’ club; proof of I.D.; names etc on the tickets. Problem solved? Nah. Read more ›››