Wednesday, March 21, 2012
As well as the lads who I might travel out to Euro 2012 with, I have also heard today from a couple of the friends I met at the Copa America in Argentina in 2011. Danish Niklas and German Andreas will both be in Ukraine in June, Niklas apparently working as a 'Media Runner' for UEFA. Another friend from Latvia, Martins, is also working in Ukraine for UEFA, so it seems like plenty of us are heading south east this summer.Whatever the football serves up, a memorable hedonistic summer is a given.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It is good to hear that Fabrice Muamba is improving. It was a shock to the whole football community when he collapsed after suffering a heart attack whilst playing for Bolton last weekend. Just shows how fragile we all are. With all the nonsense that has gone on in the English game recently, the only big positive has been the way the entire English game seems to have rallied around the young African footballer during the past few days.
In other news I hear that the Polish Competition watchdog has filed a lawsuit against UEFA for the way it has conducted itself with its ticket sales for Euro 2012 in Poland. According to those hard-working journalists at Xinhua News Agency, the Polish office of Competition and Consumer Protection is questioning 25 UEFA rules in relation to such issues as ticket delivery. Good to see a national body standing up to the likes of UEFA and FIFA, who often seem to be able to make up their own rules as they go along.
Meanwhile, two friends have been in contact not about Euro 2012 but asking about More Than a Game's plans for FIFA 2014. We are planning a very big and special project for Brazil 2014 and it is great to know that Michael and Mael would like to be involved in some way.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
UEFA contacted me and sorted out the rogue password. Managed to submit my accreditation request before tomorrow's deadline for a handful of the matches in Ukraine. Fingers crossed they will approve my accreditation. It certainly made life easier in Argentina having a press accreditation for the Copa America. Really appreciated how well the Argentine Football Federation treated me and my other friends and colleagues who travelled to South America from Europe to watch the tournament last summer.
Feeling a bit rough today. Went out for dinner with one of my best mates, Rupert, and then a female friend sent me a text persuading me to meet her at a club in Riga.
A young Latvian lad asked me the way to the city's French bar when I was on my way home, battling a snowstorm. It turned out he hadn't been in Riga for a long time because he's been living in my home city in England. We were laughing at me being from Leicester and living in Riga and him being from Riga and living in Leicester. Crazy world.
Home at four. Mid-week clubbing is never really a clever idea. It was good at the time though...