Monday, 27 June 2016

Euro 2016 Report Card: Group Stage eliminations

Michael: Jon, I’m working on that Euro thing now, honest.

Jon: Much like rather a lot of people at the moment!

Michael: Ever made a stupid joke that seemed really funny, then events sort of kill it? TV Tropes refers to this as a Funny Aneurysm moment, which refers to a plot twist in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. My “no chance of an early Brexit” gag about the English chances in the Euros certainly feels like one now!

We shouldn’t mention Brexit though, Jon’s a Welsh socialist, it’s been hard on him.

And given his wife is from Northern Ireland, the Euros might have been hard on him too!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Euro 2016 Group F preview

Michael: Will Griggs on fire, nanananananan....goddamit, Jon!

Jon: My work here is done.   

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Euro 2016 Group E preview

Michael: In the spirit of the recent EU “debates”, perhaps instead of an actual debate, we could debate Group E by separately taking questions from a panel of audience members that we don’t answer?

Jon: He’s laughing now. He won’t be laughing when Iain Duncan Smith becomes the next Prime Minister.

Michael: Nooooooooooo!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Euro 2016 Group D Preview

Michael: The transfer window is open. I’d like to transfer the current Glasgow weather to Mexico, and buy from some of the winter storms  from Trondheim in their place.

Jon: I’d just loan 5 degrees or so to Trondheim.

Michael: It’s 27C here! That’s about 20C about my comfort zone!

Jon: Not far off that here. Twenty odd degrees is good for me.

Michael: Chronic asthmatic Scot. Also, it hasn’t rained here for a fortnight. In Glasgow!

Jon: Bloody joke destroying weather.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Euro 2016 Group C Preview

Michael: In Group C, we find one of the heavyweights of European football, alongside a nation which had good results in the past but went into meltdown for a decade or two, a rising nation besieged by war, and an underdog who likes to bloody noses. Will the heavyweights prove their worth, or will avarice and injuries undo them? Will a country, once praised for attacking football, find their promising current generation provide new memories to go alongside those of old? Will a team find refuge in audacity, and turn a nation at war into one which fights for success on the football pitch? And will the underdogs, gone from the world stage for thirty years, pick up where they left off, with shock wins over bookies favourites, or will they find football has marched on too far in their absence?

There’s only one way to find out!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Euro 2016: Group A Preview

Euro 2016 Previews

The Panel

Michael S. Collins –  Owner of this blog, editor of The40p. First Euros were 2004, with fond memories of the Czech Republic v Holland game, still the finest game I've ever seen live.  I bring the ITV style discussion points. 

Jon Arnold – Author of The Black Archive: Rose, former Shooty Dog Scribblist, and with a growing fiction output. A polymath’s polymath, a Liverpool fan and music lover. He casts his eye over the world game, and provides the literally parts of the discussion. 

João Diogo Reis – Long time on the Bert Kassies’s coefficient forum whose views were a blog favourite back in 2012. 

And of course...

Gavin Mills – Lives in Estonia, and is a web designer. He really, really, really likes Southampton Football Club. This information might sneak in once or twice.