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. Read more »
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?
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!