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This is my in-depth analysis of selected Euro 2016 fixtures, with the opening matche being played today
The hosts France are among the favourites to win the tournament as they have a great squad and home advantage. However, it's not just up to this. Consider the fact that France won the Euros two times before, in 1984 and 2000. Based on statistical bullshit and trends lifted straight from my arse, my money's on them to win the 2016 tournament too. I also have Giroud as the tournament's top scorer, which is awesome because everybody knows he's shit and I'm not even sure if he actually starts for France.
I know absolutely nothing about Romania, which leads to my prediction that France will win 3-0.
The Barclays Premier League season ended yesterday and was very notable for three things: Leicester defying all odds (well, odds of 5,000/...
- Leicester defying all odds (well, odds of 5,000/1 actually) and winning the league
- Aston Villa having the shittiest performance ever seen in the league and deservedly going down, hopefully never to be seen again
- Tottenham Hotspur being Spurs and handing the runners-up place to Arsenal on of the last day of the season
The counter-argument is that the team has performed horribly over the last four matches but that should not detract from the amazing results the teams got throughout the season and the fact that Harry Kane ended up as top goalscorer when he could not find the net in his first matches. There are many positives to take from this season and some negatives.
- The third position - yes, the drop from 2 to 3 was a huge blow but third position and automatic champions league qualification should not be scoffed at
- The football - best goal difference, some absurdly brilliant football at times, there's a lot to like here
- Outstanding performances from Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele, Harry Kane and to a lesser extend Kevin Wimmer who was perfect when called upon
- The team spirit - something which seemed to be lacking under previous managers but which fans can feel now
- Alli's and Dembele's red cards - they effectively ended Spurs' title charge which means Pochettino must find adequate players to cover them when they cannot play
- No plan B - Pochettino is very good at coming up with plan A but still seems unable to tweak his tactics if the plan does not work
- Jaded squad by the end of the season - new players are a must especially given Champions League football in the upcoming season.
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Coup de Boule is a program by Radio Plus each Saturday evening where a couple of "pundits" talk about football. The show primarily revolves around the Barclays Premier League (BPL), which is the most popular league in Mauritius, but also covers all the major leagues in Europe. I am using the terms pundits very loosely because the guys who behind are the show are among the worst commentators I have heard in football.
Here are a few examples of the amazing feats they regularly accomplish.
Tactics are overrated
They know absolutely nothing about football tactics, formations and all the stuff you should be an expert at to analyze matches and player performances. And here I was, thinking that an understanding of football was a sine qua non requirement for this kind of a program.
A two-team league
If you knew nothing about football and listened to the program, you would think that the BPL consists only of two teams, Manchester United and Liverpool. Every football commentator is of course a fan of a team but when his entire contributions limit to his team's performance, that becomes an issue. From time to time, they do mention other teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea but the programme revolves a lot around Manchester United and Liverpool, which is weird considering their poor performance in the league this season.
Learning about players
One time, while accidentally listening to the programme when they were talking about Tottenham Hotspur, one of the "pundits" reached a new low by being unable to pronounce Dier. Imagine this, you come from Mauritius where you've been learning English since primary school, you call yourself a sports journalist but you cannot even pronouce Eric Dier properly. Even the MOZ guys, who are French and get a lot of names wrong since they have the excuse of not speaking English, have no problem pronouncing his name.
The whole programme reeks of repetition with the same commentary over and over again. As their expertise is lacking, this shows in the quality of their commentary. I mean, it's tough to come up with an exhaustive analysis of a match like Michael Cox if your only claim to comment about football matches is that you enjoy the sports (protip guys: read Cox's reports on his website to understand how it's done).
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