…It fucking is now isn’t it? In case you’re wondering what I’m on about; the Euro 2012 football tournament has been playing for the last couple of weeks (In case you don’t follow football and you live outside of Europe) and unlike Euro 2008, England actually managed to get through to the group stages which we won two games and drew a third; then we made it to the quarter finals where we were up against Italy.
Those that know me will know that I am not a big sports fan, especially when it comes to Football; I’ve only been to two Chesterfield FC games and a Sheffield United game in my life. The Sheff United game the company that I worked for had its own box so I mainly sat in there eating food and watching wrestling.
But when it comes to international tournaments I tend to take notice and dutifully support England in their efforts. Ten years ago I remember going to watch Football at a pub at 7am and getting extremely drunk before I had to start college; fun times though we never won. We never win.
England always seem to come highly seeded for victory due to the fact that our football league is the best in the world. However that’s largely in part to most of our players being foreign. Sure we have great English players of our own but for whatever reason can never catch a break. We’ve only ever won the World Cup once in 1966 and that’s it. We’ve never had the Euro championship so we were hoping for the win this time around and with our new manager it seemed a possibility.
However we drew against Italy and what followed was some great and at the same time some awful football. There were moments when both sides should have scored. The first half ended, the second half ended. It was 0-0.
Then two lots of 15 minutes of overtime came and went, it was still 0-0, we were hoping to get it done in the overtime as we never have much luck in penalties. And just like always, England fucks everything up yet again by missing two penalty shots giving Italy the victory.
It was a very edge of your seat game all the way through and Italy won because they deserved to, I can’t fault them. The atmosphere here was immense, I watched the match in Leeds with a couple of friends and had a really good time up until we lost.
I had no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t win the competition even if we did win as Germany have been unstoppable in the competition; winning every single match they’ve played and I think the final will be Germany vs. Spain; Germany will defeat the Italians, Spain will have no problem with Portugal, and hopefully Spain takes the victory in the final who are currently the Euro 2008 champions and the World Cup 2010 champions. To add a third title will be pretty special and a sight to be seen. Probably something that won’t happen again in our life time so I’m backing the Spaniards.
Our problem is we’re just not good enough, we never have been. This year I thought we may have a chance but ultimately my heart was ripped from my chest along with a few million other Brits.
See for yourself how an atmosphere can instantly be killed.
Still; I got to drive back from Leeds at midnight with the roof down at 130mph all the way back with Audioslave blasting out. So that made up for it.