Transportation issues means this is going to be a lightweight version of the TSSF this morning. What you need to know is this: Olivier Giroud, the bread and butter of Montpellier, has signed for Arsenal. This plus the addition of Lukas Podolski means Arsenal are once again, interesting. Yay for Arsenal.
Moving along, the big Euros debate of the moment is whether Spain—they of the striker-less midfield pinging the ball around like a horizontal plinko until Torres comes on—is boring or not. Sid Lowe rather shockingly says they’re the best and stuff. Jonathan Wilson says pretty much the same thing, and flings this in our face:
Why risk defeat because the modern breed of fan has an absurd sense of entitlement and demands to be entertained? Football isn’t an action thriller or cheesy soap opera: its appeal lies in the struggle of two teams trying to win. It’s hardly Spain’s fault if no opponent has yet been good enough to come and take the ball off it.
Let me say this Wilson: no one particularly gives a shit that Spain plays boring football. I don’t sit at home and harrumph that Vincente Del Bosque doesn’t throw balls “into the mixer” or charge up the flanks Eee Pee El style to send in mad-cap crosses for Torres to bobble off the pitch. If someone told me Canada could play like Spain for the rest of time if I ate a bucket of glass, I would eat the bucket of glass.
But I, and many others, will reserve the right to pray to whatever god we believe in for Mario Goetze, Marco Reus, Thomas Mueller, to rip them a new one should they reach the final on July 1st. That’s the universally accepted means for neutrals to express their displeasure over a particular style of play.
Moving along, Hodgson didn’t think Wayne Rooney did a good job at the Euros. Which means he isn’t blind.
Paddy Barclay interviewed Michel Platini. Haven’t watched it yet. Was it good?
And this is why Cesare Prandelli is an awesome, awesome manager.
And in bits and bobs: some lovely failed Panenkas:
And that, give or take (a lot take today) is the story so far…