There’s so much sport this summer I’m finding it hard to keep up so I thought I’d do a little review of where we’re at, as a reminder for me if nothing else.
England are, of course, out but there are still two potentially decent games of football to play – Germany v Italy in a semi-final tonight and the winner of that goes on to meet Spain in the final this Sunday. I listened to the Spain v Portugal semi final on the radio while I was tidying up the studio and it sounded like a pretty boring game of football, compared to some of the others we’ve had. Spain didn’t seem to be bothered about attacking until the second half of extra time, when it was too late. Anyway, my Portugal v Germany final prediction is obviously out of the window now (surprise surprise) so I’m going with Germany still and (as much as it pains me to say this) I hope they beat Spain in the final. Spain suffocate the game too much for me and it’s not enjoyable to watch.
I’ve been watching Andy Murray this afternoon a little. That’s the benefit of being your own boss I guess – I had a little television on in the editing room while a singer was doing some recording. I’m not sure Murray can win it this year but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got to the final. I predict Nadal will win this year though.
It was announced today that David Beckham didn’t make the Team GB football squad. There are a lot of people saying it’s a disgrace but I’m not sure. He is a great ambassador for the game and for the London 2012 Olympics but is he really still the best we’ve got? If you look at the three players over 23 years old that did get picked – Micah Richards, Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy – you’ve got to say they’re much more solid choices. They’re still playing top level Premier League football, while Beckham’s sunning himself in LA.
A mate got me into cycling a few years ago and I always watch the Tour now – once you know a bit about the tactics and what it takes to win it’s a fascinating sport to watch. We’ve got a British hope going for the overall win this year as well – Bradley Wiggins. It’s our first chance in a long time to take the yellow jersey so it’s going to be an interesting race.