With the European championships looming it’s time to assess each of the groups and take an in depth look into each side to see how they may fare in their group. In this piece I’ll be taking a look in to England’s group which sees them pitted against Sweden, hosts Ukraine and their inter-channel neighbours, France.
Most of the speculation and pre-tournament interest has been centred on Roy Hodgson as he was named England boss in wake of Capello’s resignation. His squad selection is also something which has sparked much debate, not least his decision to omit Rio Ferdinand from the squad in favour captaincy-stripped John Terry, who has yet to stand in court amidst being accused of racially abusing Rio’s brother, Anton.
It’s almost here! Thousands upon thousands of people are currently descending on Poland and the Ukraine where the organisers hope to be ‘Creating History Together’. This year is one of the most competitive, with the three best placed countries at the last World Cup expected to rule the roost once more. Two of these have been drawn in B, this edition’s ‘Group of Death’ alongside Portugal and Denmark, who will be pardoned for feeling aggrieved. Elsewhere England and France face off in group D while our Boys in Green will be looking to overturn the World Cup Champions and the might of Croatia and Italy on their way to group qualification.
As I have the small matter of my exams, I won’t be able to give you detailed tips as of yet, but make sure to keep up-to date with Balls Out In Public where our men will be keeping you updated about all the goings on in Poland and the Ukraine. Without any further ado, I present to you my betting tips for Euro 2012!
Who’d have thought that in the year 2011 racism would still be a major issue in the world of football? People involved in the sport who are greatly admired by millions of people the world over have very recently stirred up a lot of controversy with idiotic and sick comments and ideologies. Some of the most famous faces in the game, no less, seem to be living with backwards beliefs and it quite simply has no place in football, nor anywhere else in the world.
The French Football Federation (FFF) have gotten themselves into a bit of a difficult situation. Today sees the beginning of an inquiry into racism allegations on the French national team manager Laurent Blanc. The former Napoli, Barcelona and Manchester United player has been caught complaining about the number of black and arab young footballers in the French youth academies.
A recording of a meeting leaked a couple of weeks ago, in which he proposed a race quota limiting the number of non-white footballers can join the academies. Blanc also spoke through means of racial generalization, saying he wanted less “big, strong, fast” (black) players to be in the academies, and preferred the “smaller, more skillful” (white) ones who Blanc sees as being dominated and marginalized.