It could be argued that football fans have found the past 15 months or so more manageable than most because they have long mastered the art of social distancing, staying in their own bubbles for weeks on end for years to watch without interruption. wall games in major tournaments.
But this one, of course, is a little different, it was postponed for as long as 364 days, but it is still called. Euro 2020 when – checks the calendar – it is not 2020 and is accepted in Amsterdam, Baku, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome, Seville and St. Petersburg. “A pan-European event in the midst of a pandemic” as Gary Lineker noted with a hint of an eye roll. So this is not your run-of-the-mill European Championship.
To add to the confusion, the BBC loaned Rio Ferdinand to BT, while Mika Richards Sky burst onto the stage for them. And ITV lent Ian Wright from the BBC and Roy Keane, Gary Neville as well as Graeme Souness from the sky. It would be like Dot Cotton’s appearance on Emmerdale and Ken Barlow moving to Albert Square.
It’s all a little confusing, but no more than the players, we, many on the couch, just have to hastily acclimatize and be ready for action.
“Are you ready for Croatia?” Gary asked. Gareth Southgate…
“We have to be,” he replied, “we have been preparing for this game for 18 months.”
At RTÉ, which was only on duty. Liam Brady, a guy we haven’t seen nearly as much as we spotted inside the pub. He looks tanned and prosperous, and he was polite enough not to ask Darr why they were sitting on garden chairs on a small circular stage in a sparsely decorated studio, as the bulk of RTÉ’s budget apparently went to this Prime Time set.
Liamo took his time to remind us that Harry Kane, Declan Rice as well as Jack Grealish everyone could play for Ireland – “Come on,” Richie Sadler shouted – so we must support England for the sake of their families. However, Darrah didn’t ask him exactly when he went into comedy during his isolation, so we will never know.
Back at Beeb, a panel based in an exotic location in Salford, Alan Shearer insisted that England’s campaign could unite a divided nation, Gary may have been tempted to point out that such unity would only last as long as they won, the first defeat no doubt foreshadowed copious articles on how much money Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, Kieran Trippier, Calvin Phillips, Tyrone Mings, Jadon Sancho, Dominic Calvert-Levin, Rhys James, Bukayo Saka as well as Jude Bellingham earn how big their houses are, how many cars they have and how they were seen smiling four days after England left. Accompanied by the story of the reckless hero Harry Kane, who dejectedly hugs his grandmother after rescuing a cat from a tree.
Opening ceremony time. We know how much George Hamilton loves it. “The Italian State Police Orchestra plays Rossini’s Wilhelm Tell overture! Worried about Stephen?
“Extremely flustered, George,” the man said to Kelly, focusing, as George had hoped, not on Rossini.
The ceremony was quite rare due to the pandemic, but with the participation of flying drummers, people with backpacks, fireworks, more fireworks, Andrea Bocelli he sings Nessan Dorma while the lady takes off from the huge inflated soccer balls over his shoulder. The show ends with Bono, Edge and a few other guys singing about Dublin, Notre Dame and other nice people.
Match time, the ball delivered to the center point by a Volkswagen remote control car, is the biggest thing in UEFA history and have you seen the costumes of the Italian staff? Old scavenger Liamo from Sampdoria Roberto Mancini belonged on the podium, not in the dugout.
Liamo, by the way, predicted a draw with “few goals”, so Italy won 3-0, which prompted us to add them to our dark horse list, which also includes Belgium, Denmark, Russia, Netherlands, Croatia, England, Sweden , Spain, Germany and Portugal, but not France, because they have to win.
Zest? Celebrating Giorgio Chiellini when he prevented Turkey from scoring a consolation goal in the 93rd minute. Italians love clean sheets almost as much as chic suits.
There are only 50 games left. Social distancing heaven.