I don't even know what the timings will be... Just thinking of the amount of sheer time I will have to (yes, I will "have" to ) devote to all those matches is daunting... Just thinking of it makes me wonder if I really want to do this? But I know I will - and then I will be thoroughly addicted, and suffer withdrawal the days off... But it's the same it's been for every tournament (each second year Euros/World) for many years now... and will no doubt continue to be. I'm a creature of habit.
Yes, I am a night owl. Well, that sounds good then. Thanks.
Only interested in men's football, are you? Womens uefa cup right now. Marta… just saying Standings after 68 miinutes Tyresö-Wolfsburg 3-3. Love this match.
ETA Wolfburg won 4-3. Great game!
Landon Donovan misses the cut for World Cup?
But I watch Women's football regularly. And no, it's not just because it's women! All the things I hate about the Men's game are missing from the Women's game. Generally speaking, the women are not overpaid; they do not play dirty; and they do not act. Of course, there are some exceptions, but not many.
I taped the Champions League final and watched it this morning.
Last year, it was a fairy tale for Wolfsburg. They had never won anything, and then in one season they win the German League, the German Cup, and the European Champions League!
This year, the fairytale was Tyresö getting to the final. Like, this was the last game that the team was playing together, because the club was broke. The Swedish government had had to bail out the club just to let them continue to the end of their Champions League campaign.
Mind you, when you saw the team line-up, you could understand why a bankrupt club was doing so well. So many good players:
The joint Swedish national team captain (Caroline Seger).
Swedish national team regulars Lisa Dahlkvist and Linda Sembrant.
The Spanish national team captain (Verónica Boquete).
American national team regulars Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg
And, of course, Marta. The 5-times World Player of the year.
And herein lies the club's problem. To get top players like these costs money. Like, the Eurosport commentators told us that Tyresö were paying Marta 400,000 A YEAR!!! Add in whatever they were paying these other top players, and it is no wonder the club was broke.
So, they brought it on themselves.
Nevertheless, I really wanted the fairytale finish. And it was looking so good when Tyresö scored 2 absolutely brilliant goals in quick succession around the half-hour mark.
Wolfsburg were the far better team in the second half. They scored 2 in quick succession straight after half-time, but Tyresö went ahead again a few minutes later. Despite this, it was obvious that the Tyresö girls were tiring quicker than their Wolfsburg counterparts.
But I felt really sorry for Tyresö with the situation that led to Wolfsburg equalising again.
The Tyresö coach, Gustavsson, had already decided to replace Malin Diaz with Madelaine Edlund. But as Diaz was coming off, she was frantically pointing at Klingenberg, who was visibly in a serious amount of pain But, it was too late to change who was being substituted. So 2 players went off, but only one came on.
Edlund's position was to mark Verena Faißt, on the far side of the pitch to the dug-outs. But, when the referee blew the whistle to re-start play, Edlund wasn't over there yet. So, with only 10 players for Tyresö on the pitch, no marker and a chance to shoot, Faißt took the opportunity and scored.
Tim Caple for Eurosport explained that in situations like these, the etiquette is for the team with possession to kick the ball out of play to give the on-coming player time to get into position. And Gustavsson clearly agreed, as he started protesting to his Wolfsburg counterpart, Kellermann.
Emma Hayes (the Chelsea coach) sitting beside Tim in the commentary booth had a different view: "Not in a big championship like this, you don't!"
After the goal was scored, Elisabet Klinga came on to replace Kingenberg. But the damage had already been done. And it was all over when Wolfsburg scored again 10 minutes later.
Although I wanted to fairytale, it was really impressive how Wolfsburg were able to come back in the 2nd half after being absolutely no-where in the first half. They certainly deserved to win after that performance!
But, I was very disappointed that Wolfsburg did not bring Connie Pohlers on, as that was the last match before she retired.
Overall, a very good match that fitted the occasion.
The latest match it's at midnight so that's good.
And now let's enjoy the Champions League Final!
HT At. Madrid1-0R. Madrid. Looking good. But not so sure about those diving.
Atletico is playing much better. They deserve to win IMO. First half of the match not so good realy, now it looks better.
Football it's an incredible game, really.
Real scores at last minutes, didn't deserve that at all but that's the beauty of this game.
I hope Atletico can handle this and win in the end.
Oh, I will be so sorry for Atletico if they lose the final. They are a fantastic team with a great coach and they deserve the victory tonight.
Ok Real scores another 2 goal. It's over for Atletico.
Not a fair result but this is football. Who scores wins.
and now even a penalty for Real. Olè!