Friday, 15 June 2012

Extra Time: Introducing a Football Links Roundup

Whaddya mean, Half-Time Oranges isn't enough for you? Well, I guess that's fine. Here's a smattering of the best football moments, thoughts and writings of the week, from the rest of the web. Let's start with the goal of the Euros so far, courtesy of Pirlo for Italy:

Pirlo's free kick against Croatia, 14/6/12

Ten things That English People Do During a Football Championship, by Lucy Robinson at HuffPost: "English people, especially men, have a very unfortunate penchant for removing their tops during football championships. As you have probably noticed, this is a shame."

How Germany fell in love with Mario Gomez, from The Guardian, in which we learn that the striker's favourite food and drink is pizza and ginger ale.

An insight into how the Irish watch their Euro matches, through their electricity usage.

Meanwhile, in the Scottish Premier League... the downfall of Rangers FC, as it happened.

A piece about Hans Selander, Roy Hodgson's favourite footballer, at The Telegraph. Interesting reading ahead of tonight's England game against Sweden, Hodgson's old club.

And just in case you haven't seen it yet, here are some owls that look like Roy Hodgson.

Feeling confident? Sweden predicts the front pages of tomorrow's English newspapers.

Are replica Euro 2012 shirts toxic?! Probably not, but hey, a bit of scaremongering never hurt anyone. Right?

It can be a bit of a downer when, on an internet romp looking for Euro 2012 news, you realise just how much racism, violence and homophobia there's been surrounding the games already. It's the ugly side of the tournament, for sure. So, as a cheer-up, here's a clip of Gary Lineker being street:

Loses it a bit at the end there.

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