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Posts from the ‘Euro’s’ Category

Happy New Year

So bored of Covid. It has had it’s fun and games, killed loved ones, turned upside down daily life and prevented us from seeing the people and things that make us happy. Please just do one. Of all the hopes and aspirations for 2022 I want Covid to become no more than a nuisance factor and it no longer gets to run roughshod over our lives.

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Tokyo 2020

It is the longest wait for an Olympic opening ceremony in history, but tomorrow morning my time the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that never looked like happening finally opens.

A year late and stymied by all the regular hosting city controversies of construction, corruption, dodgy resignations of officials and even logo arguments, last year the Tokyo Olympics was taken down by the biggest disease of all.

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Italian job

I managed to walk in the front door after the flight back from Heathrow just in time for the penalties 😫

I followed the game on BA’s WiFi. We’ve seen it ourselves but there is such a thing as scoring too early tempting England into sitting deep and trying to close the game out with an age on the clock. Italy were always too good for that.

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What a time to fly

So where will you be watching the game later?

After being lucky enough to be at Wembley on Wednesday, this evening I will be on BA159…. ✈️

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It’s coming home

My ears are still ringing from last night’s game. I was very lucky to watch history made at Wembley, and it was a night that will live long in the memory.

The crazy thing is that my last two games I’ve seen live have both been at Wembley. I hadn’t even been to the now not so new national stadium until Charlton took us there in May 2019.

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On the edge of history

I was minus 27 days old when England won the World Cup in 1966. I am told there was a lot of commotion, but I slept through it all, not even a kick.

I am lucky enough to be going to Wembley tomorrow for England’s most current crack at bringing a major trophy home. I will head into town early for another travel enforced Covid test, throw my bags in a hotel room near to the famous stadium, and then meet mid afternoon with three others to have a couple of warm ups.

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Green light

Bermuda went green on the fabled traffic light list this week, so I will take this window of opportunity to fly home tonight to see my family for the first time in two years.

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The Germans on Tuesday

Crazy couple of Euro games tonight. All the teams in Group F occupied each position during tonight’s games and of course in a lesson of precognition the Germans came back from being down and out by equalizing late and finishing 2nd in the group to meet…. England.

Of course.

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The Auld Enemy

Where will you watch today’s game? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

I’m about to set off to the pub, well via another pub after working from home this morning watching the build up on the box.

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Get well soon Christian

It was one of the most shocking things I and most of us have seen during a football match.

Those pictures of Christian Eriksen’s legs shaking as medical staff gave him CPR surrounded by his distraught team mates won’t leave our memories for a long while.

Thankfully, and in all honesty quite remarkably, the 29-year Dane lay today awake and stable in hospital.

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From Bucharest to Baku

55 years of hurt. It’s coming home etc.

A year later than planned, but the compendium of European nation football starts tonight, at 4pm my local time when Turkey play Italy in Rome.

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Dear England

He may be Palace but I have long been impressed with how Gareth Southgate conducts himself. He is clearly thoughtful, principled and passionate.

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Bow 5th longest serving manager

One week on. Are we over it yet? Nah, me neither, even though my brain has been through an abundance of senses travelling with work in Nevada and California this past week, that final few minutes plays over and over.

The international break is an annoyance, even though I noticed that England qualified for next year’s Euro tour. Shocking to hear Joe Gomez getting booed too, some people are such idiotic lemmings.

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International drive

Eight Addicks are away this week and half of next on international duty, many more than we have seen for years. Whilst we nervously search for any sign of a potential knock, it always fills me with pride seeing Charlton players pull on their national jerseys.

Tonight in Euro qualifying group G Israel drew 1-1 with North Macedonia in the desert city of Be’er Sheva. A surprise substitute on the hour for Israel was Beram Kayal. He looks to have come through unscathed and Lee Bowyer will be pleased that the midfielder clocked some competitive minutes. Meanwhile on 75 minutes Tomer Hemed also came on as a sub for the hosts for his 38th cap.

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Wales show the way

The Welsh players’ wild celebrations at England’s defeat still sticks in the craw but I can’t help but be inspired by Wales progression and performances to reach the Euro 2016 semi’s. They have been everything England weren’t. Aggressive, organized, unified, passionate, proud and in Gareth Bale they have a truly gifted world class player with little or no ego.

Wales take on Portugal tonight and why some Englishmen will wish them to fail, I think the majority of Britain will be cheering them on as they represent not just themselves but the whole of the Kingdom.
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