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Some thoughts on Ronaldo and Portugal

‘Poetic justice’ perhaps isn’t a phrase you would immediately associate with Portugal’s Euro 2016 win against host nation France this week. This year’s Euros will be remembered for many things: Iceland, Will Grigg on Fire, tears, and moths. And it prominently didn’t begin on a good note, with ugly scenes […]

In Search Of Lost Time: Euro 2004

As the twenty five year mark rolled around for Italia ’90, those who were there and old enough to recall dusted off their memories and flocked to YouTube where, inevitably, the pre-digital footage didn’t seem quite as vibrant as their emotion soaked memories. It’s a strange thing isn’t it, the […]

Being Brazil

Brazil 0, Portugal 0 AET (Brazil won 3-1 on penalties) Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, June 14 2015 What must it be like to play for a Brazilian age group team? All that history. All that expectation. It’s a lot of pressure, and not just for them. Spare a thought for the […]

Rounds of 16

New Zealand 1, Portugal 2 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, June 11 2015 Rounds of 16 have been a World Cup phenomenon for 29 years – since Mexico ‘86, which was also the occasion that launched the worldwide popularity of the Mexican wave! I’ll leave it for you to decide for yourself […]

Detail

Portugal 3, Senegal 0 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, May 31 2015 I suppose you probably want me to actually tell you something about one or two of these, watchamacallem – football games. You are no doubt sick and tired of me crapping on about myself and the atmosphere and how wonderful […]