Thursday 14 December 2017

Euro 2012 in brief

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IN the Polish papers, attentions are starting to turn towards other sports, but for the wrong reasons.

Boxer Andrzej Golota, who won a bronze medal for Poland in Seoul back in 1988, has landed himself in hot water by applying for American citizenship.

That led to a mandatory check into his criminal record, even though Golota has lived Stateside for a number of years. It duly emerged that in 2003, Golota was sanctioned for impersonating a police officer when a patrol car pulled him over in Chicago. He admitted flashing a police badge that he carried around.

Three years later, a dozen illegal firearms were found at his home. His lawyer wife, Mariola, is now defending him in court, and there is a chance he will be deported.

You really have to wonder how many blows he took to the head if he thought his past wouldn't interfere with the application process. Poles aren't sure if they want him back.

Diligent German media say 'nein' to free beer

WHEN the Germans travel, they tend to set up camp in style. Here in Poland, they have ensured that everything is perfect for all members of the travelling party, even the dreaded Fourth Estate.

After hearing so much about their €500,000 media centre next to the team hotel, the Irish Independent ventured there yesterday and it lived up to its luxury billing.

The purpose-built media tent includes a free McDonalds cafe, a fussball table, ample working space, and a brand new Mercedes that will be raffled off when their interest in the competition ends.

And, most remarkably, free beer was provided from 2.0 onwards. Those who love stereotypes will be pleased to know that the industrious Germans stayed away from temptation when there was work to be done. To avoid the perpetuation of the Irish stereotype, there was no option, but to follow suit.

Keane times run badly to top offside charts

Just three games remain in the tournament and, while Ireland may be home for more than a week, they remain in the shake-up for some 'honours'.

Robbie Keane is now joint top of the most offsides chart. UEFA have struck one of the offsides originally awarded to the Irish skipper off the record, so he stands on six, next to Greek Dimitris Salpingidis and Spain's Fernando Torres.

Keith Andrews shares the lead in the yellow card contest with Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Andrews has dropped to sixth in the 'Shots off Target' category, with Ronaldo leading on 15.

Quote of the day

"Why, for the life of me, hasn't the likes of Andrea Pirlo played in England. Is he just homophobic? Is he just Italian through and through and doesn't want to leave them?"

Former Hull City manager Phil Brown speaking on BBC yesterday. Someone's going to have to tell him.

16 Fouls committed during the competition by Czech striker Milan Baros -- he is five clear of the chasing pack. Keith Andrews (10) scored highest for Ireland.

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