During the last world cup in 2010 I realised many readers completely tuned out of the blog because they weren’t interested in football, so I have avoided a daily update of the Euro 2012 competition, but now that England are out of the competition, I thought I’d just write a short post.
I’ve been supporting England from my sofa at home despite the horrific timings with most matches starting at 2.45am and ending at 4.30am. It’s the worst possible time. A little earlier and I could sleep afterwards. A little later and I could sleep before and then go straight to work after the match.
For (what turned out to be) England’s final match, a quarter final encounter with Italy, I decided I needed to be out among other fans to soak up some of the atmosphere, so I popped down to O’Mally’s. It was 8 years to the day (24th June 2004) that I watched England lose after extra time and penalties (to Portugal) at the very same bar. I remember walking the streets after the match, trying to get a taxi home in the rain. And so it was again on 24th June 2012, England were knocked out after extra time and penalties which meant instead of 4.30am, it was closer to 6am when I got home. Barely enough time to put my England shirt in the washing machine and get ready for work – I wonder if I will be walking home with heavy shoulders from O’Mally’s again in June 2020!
My support now turns to Spain who if they win, will become the first team ever to win 3 back to back international tournaments and the first ever country to win back to back Euro competitions. Pretty incredible for a country who had never won a world cup until 2010 and only won the Euros once in 1964! Of course when I say “support” I don’t mean I will be watching the matches live – that would be crazy. But I wish them the best of luck against the Germans in the final.