So they finally did it, and only the most bitter fans could say they weren’t secretly pleased for
The tournament in general was a touch underwhelming really, and whether that was just due to an all-round lack of goals is up for debate. Of course the correct answer is that most of the best early games were broadcast at 5 pm when most people are at work, so to be honest I think the main complaint was that the Euro just flew under the radar a bit too much and thus never really built any momentum. I mean, sorry, no the real reason the tournament sucked was that
Seriously though, few unknown faces really impressed (the majority of the ace Russian lads had of course just won the UEFA Cup a month ago) and the old guard of
Apologies for the delay is posting this report by the way, but I hope you all appreciate that this is due to the mammoth effort of sourcing our own photos for perhaps the first time in STT history. Admittedly ‘sourcing our own photos’ meant me finding the right cable to connect my phone to the computer, but still, credit where credit’s due eh.
I hope you enjoy the action shots taken out and about in several of the bars we advised you to go to in advance, we definitely had a good time with plenty of different country’s fans, you were all most accommodating! A final shout-out to that one lone German fan down in Stockwell when
Finally then, here are the boring lists. Feel free to agree / argue / feign indifference.
Official Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament (as chosen by those clever bods in UEFA’s technical committee. And Gerard Houllier)
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (
Defenders: Jose Bosingwa (Portugal), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Carlos Marchena (Spain), Pepe (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain), Yuri Zhirkov (Russia).
Midfielders: Hamit Altintop (Turkey), Luka Modric (Croatia), Marcos Senna (Spain), Xavi Hernandez (Spain), Konstantin Zyryanov (Russia), Michael Ballack (Germany), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lukas Podolski (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (
Hard to argue with that really, although I feel little Portuguese maestro Deco also deserves a mention in there. Honorable mentions too go out to
Just for completeness sake, the overall Player of the Tournament went to
Flops of the Tournament – Luca Toni, Mario Gomez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Antonio Di Natale