Archive for June, 2012

We’re through the group stage!

June 23rd, 2012

So, first bit of the job done, and we are through to the quarter finals! The whole thing is taking it’s toll on the laundry bills though, and we have spent half the day looking for a self service laundrette here in Gdansk to wash our long suffering interior clothes. In the end we have to wash them ourselves by the side of the port with some soap powder (we hope it is that!) which we bought in the local supermarket, and as we are walking away we see two fishing boats sinking in the water. Goran says we should never have gone to that Curry House straight after a match like that! More »

Should we go for the 2-2 draw?

June 17th, 2012

One day to go to the big match with Croatia, and we are both worried! Today we saw our World Cup final opponents Holland knocked out without getting a single point, and yesterday one of our favourites Russia were eliminated, even though they started the day at the top of their group! Even Germany were just a goal away from going home before they finally beat Denmark, and if they are were in danger then nobody is safe! Here in Gdansk everyone is hoping for a 2-2 draw which would ensure both Spain and Croatia a place in the quarter finals, especially my good friend Goran Arsic, who as you all know is half Spanish, half Croatian and half cut most of the time! But that is very dangerous, and even if it works out like that and the game is coming to an end, a sudden gust of wind or a slip by the goalkeeper and its whoops goodbye, tudalu, adeu siyau, we’ll see you again we don’t know when and it’s off to the travel agency with a phrase book to try and find a cheap flight home! Oh no, much better to go for the win, but until referee Wolfgang Stark blows the final whistle our fingers, legs and other parts of our bodies which shall remain nameless will be well and truly crossed! (Nothing to do with anything I know, but in my spare time here I am reading about the Starks from Winterfell in Game of Thrones. You don’t suppose… nah, couldn’t be!). More »

Viva España 4 – Oh Danny Boy 0

June 15th, 2012

Spain 4 – Ireland 0, at least that was the score on the football field, but off the field of play it was a high scoring draw! What a great bunch the Irish supporters are, and like a couple of years ago when we were in Dublin, we made many more friends over the last few days. Gdansk and the seaside resort of Sopot where we are staying is full of Irish pubs and has lots of other bars and nightclubs, and this last week the place is buzzing. We learnt lots of new songs such as “Oh Danny Boy”, and we taught our friends some of the more cultural Spanish ones like “Y viva España” and “Campeones, campeones, oh-eh, oh-eh, oh-eh”!!! Goran met an Irish girl with a big green hat and a ginger beard (I hope it was false but I’m not sure…), and now he is speaking Gaelic, or that’s what I imagine it was as I couldn’t understand anything he was saying (that might also be the effect though of the whole day drinking pints of Guinness with Goldwasser chasers, a type of local schnapps which they say has gold flakes in it)! More »

We’re still alive – just!

June 11th, 2012

What a nerve wracking start to the Euro 2012! Never in our living memories have our nerves been so wracked as they were tonight, at least not since the last time! We didn’t think Italy were going to cause us so many problems, especially as somebody told us that half of their squad are in jail for match fixing, and we didn’t recognise many of their names except for Buffon, De Rossi, Pirlo and the mad Balotelli, but what a fright they gave us! More »

Italy first up!

June 9th, 2012

So here we are in Gdansk, arriving at the Lech Walesa airport this morning! Funny we think that they named it after a trade union leader – can’t imagine that in Spain or anywhere else in Europe for that matter – but then we find out that Walesa actually became president of Poland, so that explains it. To be honest we don’t know much about the country, and even less about their co-hosts Ukraine, but we have some time to find out. Anyway now we only have time to leave our bags at the hotel, and it’s off to join the fun in the centre of town, where the Spanish and Italian supporters are mixing together – great to see after all the reports of problems in other places. More »

Good news in the warm up games

June 4th, 2012

So the warm up games are over, and now the real thing begins! Don Vicente has got us off to a good start with wins over Serbia, South Korea and China, although we had a few problems, especially against China in the last match. But who decided anyway that the Copa del Rey final was going to take place so late? For the first match there were no players from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, nor from Chelsea who were in the Champions League final – over half the squad missing! Del Bosque had to call up seven new players, some of whom were so young that their parents had to sign a note allowing them to stay up late to play! Goran was rather hoping that he might get a call from the coach as we were so short of players, he is rather a mean goalkeeper if I may say so, but in the end De Gea was chosen instead. Better luck next time Goran! With Chelsea winning though Don Vicente has taken a chance bringing back Fernando Torres – who can forget his winning goal against Germany in the final four years ago, but he has had a bad time in London and the jury is still out on him. Anyway he scored against Korea, and Llorente and Negredo are in the squad if he doesn’t perform, so we shouldn’t worry. Should we?

Back for the triple!

June 1st, 2012

Hello everyone, it’s Euro time again, and with it a chance for Spain to make it a best ever third title in a row! My old friend Goran Arsic and I have been working hard in the kitchens of our local café to save up for the trip to Poland, and now we are off to Gdansk! What can we tell you about our team, two of our star players Villa and Puyol will not be with us, but there are still many of the old faces, as well as one or two new ones like Juanfran and Jordi Alba, who are both really wingers, but have been playing as full backs to be able to get a game with their teams! (Goran tells me he once put on a wig and offered to play in goal for a girl’s team so he could get near to this girl he fancied who played in defence, but he got caught out when the ball hit him in the noble parts and the team’s lady doctor who came on with the cold sponge found more than she bargained for!). Anyway, can we do it again? Who knows, but we will give it our best try! Y viva España!