NOBODY should be too surprised that the aftermath of the European Championship final descended into primitive times: the hospitals anticipated increased A&E traffic, people predicted “there will be all hell let loose” if England lost and you just knew that … Continue reading Euro 2020: The result can be brushed aside, but worry about the reputational damage
COVID-19 will prevent UEFA and analysts from really judging if Euro 2020 has been an overwhelming success. The multi-centre structure, spreading the joy across Europe, was … Continue reading Euro 2020: Has Platini’s folly been a success?
IT HAS been 37 years since a host nation won the European Championship, a golden tournament that witnessed Michel Platini stand imperiously astride the continent with a highly seductive France side. England, the de facto hosts of Euro 2020, have the chance … Continue reading Euro 2020: England must beware the pressure of playing mine host
IN THE 1970s and 1980s, if you walked into a sandwich bar in London, it would almost certainly be owned by Italians. There was nothing better than one of those old fashioned establishments that served “frothy coffee” with a Mediterranean … Continue reading England and Italy – a relationship that truly matters
EXPECTATION can be a dangerous thing, especially when the outcome of a football match doesn’t only depend on the performance of a single team. England go into their European Championship semi-final with the hopes of a nation resting on their … Continue reading Euro 2020: England expects, but then so does Denmark
THE England versus Scotland game ended goalless, a spirited performance from the Scots and a leaden-legged, tired-looking 90 minutes from England. It wasn’t a great game, but for the Scots it was job done. The game showed how players’ fortunes … Continue reading Euro 2020: One week in, have we got Euro fatigue already?