English football fans injured in Lyon pub attack

My report on euronews from yesterday


Qatar could hold the 2022 World Cup in winter

You can watch the video for this story, on the euronews website, here

FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar has come under criticism on a number of grounds.

One of the more practical concerns is the searing summer heat, where temperatures can reach around 45 degrees. A number of solutions were thought of to talked about to cope with this problem, such as building specially air conditioned venues, or playing the games at night.

Now FIFA Vice-President, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein has given the strongest indication yet that the tournament could be moved to later in the year. Speaking to German newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel, he said: “I think it’s better to play in winter. This way the weather would be better for the players and the fans. I don’t see why a World Cup in Winter in Qatar should be a big problem.”

Moving the tournament to the northern hemisphere’s winter will prove disruptive for the Premier League for example, which normally plays during this period.

Angleterre victoire / France défaite

C’était – comme je le prévoyais – un match difficile, et c’est Wayne Rooney qui a marqué le but gagnant après sa suspension lors des deux derniers matchs.Cependant ce n’était pas joli à regarder et le jeu aurait pu finir autrement. En effet,Joe Hart a arrêté beaucoup de balls ce soir et cela pendant toute la compétition.Son équipe lui doit une fière chandelle.

J’ai regardé le jeu à Lyon dans un pub anglais qui diffusait simultanément les deux matchs ce soir.Je ne sais pas si vous pouvez le voir sur la photo mais on peut apercevoir à travers la porte quelques supporteurs Français qui eux regardaient le match France-Suède. Perdre 2-0 contre la Suède n’est pas un très bon résultat avant de jouer contre les favoris – l’ Espagne.Je suis sûr que la France aura besoin d’un miracle pour gagner le prochain match sans cela c’est perdu d’avance…

Mais pour nous,l’Angleterre,qui allons jouer contre l’Italie au prochain tour cela va être tout aussi difficile.Je sais qu’il faudra jouer beaucoup mieux que nous l’avons fait ce soir, mais j’ai la foi. Bonne nuit à tous.

England go through on top

It was – as I predicted – a tough game, and it was Wayne Rooney who scored the scrappy winning goal following his two match suspension. It wasn’t pretty to watch however and the game could have gone either way. Joe Hart has made some cracking saves tonight as he has throughout the competition, and the team have a lot to thank him for.

As you can maybe see from the photo, I caught the game at one of Lyon’s ex-pat pubs, and just through the doorway you can barely make out, was the French game. Losing 2 – 0 to Sweden is not a great result ahead of taking on the favourites – Spain. So I’m sure for France barring a miracle they know it’s already the end.

As for us, we take on Italy in the next round. It’ll be hard and I know we’ve got play a lot better than we did tonight, but I have faith. Good night all.

Euro 2012: Des fans de foot en folie VS une journaliste Ukrainienne

Dans quelques heures, l’Angleterre affrontera l’Ukraine pour valider son ticket pour les quarts de finale de l’Euro 2012. Au travail aujourd’hui, je pense que je peux déjà voir la défaite sur les visages de mes collègues ukrainiens. Ils semblent résignés sur le fait qu’ils perdront ce soir.

A vrai dire, je bluffe un peu. Les jeux ne sont pas encore faits. Surtout après les derniers matchs du groupe A, où la Grèce a envoyé les Russes à la maison… Après avoir vu cela, je me dis que tout est possible. Bien que nous ayons enfin Rooney dans notre equipe, je suis plutôt confiant.

Mais tout n’est pas si rose à l’Euro 2012, et je veux bien utiliser ce post pour mettre en évidence le sort des moins fortunés… les journalistes ukrainiennes. Tout ce que cette pauvre journaliste essaie de faire, c’est un simple stand-up pour la télévision locale… Mais entourée de fans néerlandais – (qui à l’époque, étaient encore en lice) – elle n’arrivera jamais à boucler son tournage. Pas de chance !


Reporter gets pwned by Dutch fans

Just a few hours away England will take on Ukraine to try for their place in the final eight in Euro 2012. At work today I think I can see defeat on the faces of my Ukrainian colleagues already, as they have resigned to the fact they’re going out.

Or actually despite my bluff it’s far from sure, especially following the last games from group A where Greece got through knocking out Russia, after seeing that anything is possible. Although as we finally have Rooney in our line up I’m quietly (or not so quietly) confident.

However it’s not all fun and games at Euro 2012, and I’d like to use this post to highlight the plight of less fortunate… Ukrainian reporters. All this poor girl is trying to do is make a piece to camera for the local news, but surrounded by Dutch fans – who at the time still think they’re in with a chance – it’s just not happening. Truly awful… Truly funny.

Denmark v Germany: How it happened

My Euro 2012 analysis of Germany’s 2 – 1 victory over Denmark. You can watch the video analysis on the euronews website here, or read below.

Germany secured their place in the final eight knocking out Denmark exactly 20 years after their surprise Euro 92 victory. Germany opened the scoring in the 19th minute, the move beginning with a throw-in which reached Müller in the box.

The midfielder then turned and cut the ball inside, where Gomez tried to shoot but missed the ball. However it was deflected and to the horror of the Danish landed straight at the feet of Lukas Podolski in front of goal. With a single strike Germany went up 1 – 0.

The Danes didn’t go down without a fight however, and just five minutes later from a corner, Michael Krohn-Dehli headed an equaliser.

The German’s waited until 10 minutes from full-time before answering this, Mesut Özil ran to the left of the Danish box and slid a cross but Klose who failed to get a foot to it. That didn’t matter however as Lars Bender was there to back him up and he smashed in his first international goal to see Germany safely through.