The news is rather muted ahead of England MATCH DAY TWO in the
Euros Tournament That Cannot Be Named, and that means lots of very interesting articles that most of you busybodies won’t have time to read. Nevertheless, the newsy bits first.
England is scared of Sweden, and Andy Carroll is set to start. And of course, there had to be handbags between rival sets of fans ahead of the game. Meanwhile the Swedish press rather brilliantly predicts the tabloid headlines tomorrow.
Meanwhile Cesare Prandelli is still confident Italy can qualify for the quarterfinal stage despite drawing Croatia 1-1.
In Euro columns, Patrick Barclay looks to Steven Gerrard as a key player in today’s game, and Georgina Turner looks forward to Monday’s round of final Group C matches.
In club news, Juergen Klinsmann won’t be returning to White Hart Lane though Andre Villas-Boas is apparently in the mix, Adriano Galliani go on a transfer diet, Michael Laudrup is officially unveiled as the new Swansea manager, and Thiago Silva is staying at Milan.
In Canada news, not much going on. Jon Spratt writes on the steady course of the Montreal Impact (hey, at least it’s not one of those “in search of their identity” pieces), RNO scopes out Mariner’s debut as Toronto FC head coach against the white hot Kansas City Sporting Lisbons’s KC Kentucky Fried Chickens, and the Whitecaps reveal a
turd- tree-brown third kit that everyone is weirdly okay with.
And now for the fun bits and bobs for today: Brian Phillips manages to nail the peculiar projected noise that surrounds the English national team at major tournaments, Barney Ronay goes on an epic troll of the tactics ‘nerds’, Swiss Ramble takes on one of the big boys in UEFA, the Ukrainian PM is in some hot water over a drinking bet, when refs tackle, and Oasis gets the fan treatment.
And, in case you missed it, last night’s round-up vodcast with Paolo Bandini!