GDANSK - Wtf, lol... a Spanish fan.
Maybe unexpected (according to the media and recent results), very good game by former world champions Italy, drawing 1-1 vs 2008 Europe and 2010 World Champions of Spain, still very strong today. Tactics taming better quality players, great job by Prandelli. A good result, playing on the same level against those who usually dominated the game for years. Scoring first, with "stay young" Di Natale (35 years old), who could also score another one (he played the last 30 minutes as substitute of Balotelli).
Incredible chance failed by Mario, took away the ball and was (was, then reached by Ramos) alone in front of the goalkeeper... it was too easy, he can only do difficult things :)
Also, a magic touch by Mario with his heel (people applauding). There could also be a penalty (Mario got angry), it was a foul (he was the first on the ball) but the referee didn't concede it, maybe it wasn't. It also seemed that the referee was looking for a reason to book him. Then, he was substituted, classic :). A negative match for him.
Chelsea Spanish Torres was the usual disgrace (much worse than Mario), 2 easy chances and should have been sent off. In the rules, elbow = red card, not yellow. If it was Mario doing that, it would have been a scandal.
In the next one vs Croatia (14 June) Mario must keep calm and be colder. I would also pick AC Milan's goalscoring midfielder Nocerino instead of slow Thiago Motta of Paris Saint Germain (ex Inter Milan).
Thomas Herzog, a member of the FSE Fans Embassy team for Spanish supporters, said: “We were present during the match inside the football stadium and stayed inside the stand of the Spanish supporters over the entire course of the match. At some point during the match then, about 200 supporters started monkey chants when the Italian player Mario Balotelli touched the ball.”
Well, they said Polish people would have booed Mario. Would like to see what could happen in case of Poland-Italy (almost impossible to happen, Italy's group is combined with England's for the quarter finals... it would be great to have an England-Italy).
Come on England today, against france, that are usually common enemies of England and Italy.
It's absurd that Hodgson didn't call up Manchester City's Richards and Adam Johnson (fantastic player, very stylish). When a club wins a league, the manager should call many players from them (as to have a winning basis that is used to play together), also for the enthusiasm and fresh winning mentality they still have.
If you're playing the Pretty Green Euro 2012 competition... again, as @ World Cup 2010, I predicted a team and exact minute: Poland, 17th minute, I'm a wizard ;) (Grande Mago ;D the Scottish Great Magician, you remember). Just one of my anticipatiiiions :)
I'm giving the voucher to Uncle Noel Scrooge McDuck...