Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Greece vs. Spain

The Greeks are already out, the Spanish already through. If I were Grand Wizard Aragones, I'd pull a Holland and throw 9 new faces at the Greeks. Just not Fabregas, please, we need him healthy in August.


Blogger gatorbob said...

Welcome back Gooner. It wasn't the same wi'out ya. Glad to see that they got the power back on in that backwater on the Potomac.

11:14 AM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

At least it wasn't the water this time. We've had rainstorms that overwhelmed the water treatment plant that had us boiling our drinking water for a week.

Still, thanks for your thoughts. We had to "sleep" with the windows open to keep the heat down, and those bleedin' songbirds started up at what I think was about 4am.

1:46 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

What was really great though was that the power came back on at 1.45pm yesterday. I'd been calling home every time I thought about it.

Me-"Hi Melanie, did the power come back?"
Her-"No, but when it does, I'll call you. Bye."

Me-"Hi Melanie, is it on?"
Her-"No, not yet. I'll let you know. Bye."

Me-"Hi M-"
Her-"No, not yet. I'll let you know."

Me-"Ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring (answering machine comes on."
Me-"Ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring (answering machine comes on."
Me-"Ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring (answering machine comes on."
Me-Me-"Ring-ring, ring-ring, ring-ring,
Eric-"Mom says the power isn't on"

and so forth. I'm lucky she hadn't changed the locks.

1:56 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Hang in there, mate!

2:18 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Here are the teams for this afternoon's "dead rubber" match:

Greece: Nikopolidis, Vyntra, Kyrgiakos, Dellas, Spyropoulos, Basinas, Karagounis, Katsouranis, Salpigidis, Charisteas, Amanatidis

Subs: Chalkias, Tzorvas, Samaras, Giannakopoulos, Goumas, Antzas, Tziolis, Liberopoulos

Spain: Reina, Arbeloa, Albiol, Juanito, Fernando Navarro, Sergio Ramos, De la Red, Alonso, Iniesta, Fabregas, Guiza

Subs: Casillas, Palop, Capdevila, Marchena, Puyol, Villa, Xavi, Torres, Santi Cazorla, Senna, Silva

Referee: Howard Webb (England)

2:23 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Not surprisingly, Casillas, Puyol, Villa, Xavi, Senna, Silva and Torres are rested by Aragones today.

2:24 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Ultimately, I'm satisfied that the Italians went through. I hope that Domenich's short tumbrel cart ride comes very shortly. The French were bloody awful and I think Makalele in particular will probably rue the day that he didn't insist on his own international retirement. I really hope that his French form carries over to his form for Big Phil.

2:43 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

I agree. I'm surprised that the French federation didn't announce his resignation or sacking today. Football 365 was right to couch the French exit in terms of an "end of an era."

2:57 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Ten minutes in and still no score. Spain have, not surprisingly, had the bulk of the possession. Even their second team is, like Holland's, full of quality.

2:58 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Is there anyone else out there who finds Derek Rae's attempts at authentic pronunciations a wee bit tiresome. He's even adopted a Castilian lisp for today's match!

3:05 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Half an hour gone and still 0-0.

3:15 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

GOAL! It's a nostalgic effort from Charisteas that reminds us of the Greek's victory in Euro 2004.

Greece 1-0!

3:28 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Half-time: Greece 1-0.

Very interesting. The Spanish won't want to lose this one, even with a depleted second side. With a tense encounter with the Italians coming up this weekend, they'll want to finish the group stages with some confidence as did the Dutch yesterday.

3:33 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Second half starting up...

It'll be interesting to see what changes, if any, Aragones makes.

3:48 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Not much joy for La Liga top scorer Guiza yet.

3:49 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

GOAL! De la Red has scored an equalizer with a vicious strike that Nikipolidis could only parry into the net.

4:07 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Guiza wastes a delicious opportunity with Cesc running in at the backpost.

4:17 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

GOAL! Guiza has popped in his first international goal late on here to give Spain the boost of confidence they'll need to get past the Azurri.

4:37 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Full-time: Spain 2-1!

Derek Rae reckons that we should feel sorry for Greece. Nope, nothing but joy at seeing King Otto and his gang going home to Athens with no points. Good riddance!

4:39 PM  
Blogger gooner71 said...

Absolutely. Nil points is as they deserved, and Charisteas's goal was a gift that the Spanish should have not offered.

Don't let the slamming Euro2008 door catch your bouzoukis on the way out.

2:16 PM  

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