Alright, no further ado! Euros! Some interesting stuff ahead of Germany v Greece: a new “Greek exit plan” (har har har), Amy Lawrence’s warm-hearted preview that also feels it necessary to draw in the political sitch, Michael Cox’s rather alarming conviction that Germany has the most “complete attack” in these Euros, and a sober-minded take from DW that plays down the political implications but still finds it necessary to mention them.
Meanwhile, Grant Wahl mops up after Portugal’s victory yesterday, with the audacious claim that Cristiano Ronaldo is very good, and Ronaldo is “ready for the fight,” to which we can only say, “okay.” Oh and Baros retired from international football, a tournament too late.
And there is a lot of stuff on England v Italy (what happened to France and Spain? Dropped off the face of the earth?). Glen Johnson defends England from its invisible critics, Scott Parker says England can “do a Chelsea“, a less-than-tacit admission England may not in fact be the best team at these here Euros, Mats Hummels blows a bit of smoke up the collective English bum, Jonathan Wilson’s look at the abridged but no less charged rivalry between England and Italy, Leonardo Bonucci succumbs to the mInD gAmEz, and Sam Wallace on Roy Hodgson’s deep ties to Italian football. Just like Sven!
Moving along to club football, Shinji Kagawa flies to England for his Manchester United medical.
And this is a big one: Chelsea FC release artist impressions of what their stadium might look like at Battersea Power station, despite the fact they’re no longer front runners in the bid to buy. I have to say…I’m a bit underwhelmed.
Liverpool are checking their watch, waiting for permission to offer Fabio Borini a contract.
That’s really basically it, outside of the transfer crap.
In Canada news, Ben Knight follows up the Earl Cochrane/CSA story, Kurt Larson says Toronto FC simply have to stop leaking goals, and Dan Rouse says Toronto FC coughing up two second half goals “wasn’t that bad.” Also, a preview of TFC’s game against the New England Violent Revolution. Oh and apparently the Whitecaps need experience in their side from here on in.
In bits and bobs, Tancredi Palmeri’s look back at the Euro 2012 group stages, Balotelli announcer bingo, Roy Hodgson’s experience in sketch comedy, and Ricky Gervais’ bet with Gary Lineker pays off. And this story smells a bit of bullshit.
And that, give or take, is the story so far…