OTP Euro 2012 Podcast – June 7th: Krakow Calling
The Pod is back for the Euros and, suitably, we’ve gone all continental: recording in a vegetarian café somewhere in Europe… possibly in Poland, very possibly in London.
In our tournament preview show we size up all 16 runners and riders and ruthlessly expose both their weaknesses and how little we know about them. We certainly know we’re in trouble when we fall back on population and natural resources stats to analyse a countries chances.
An enduring theme of the show is ‘dark horses’ – we’ve identified a stable of competitors likely to pull off something of a surprise in Eastern Europe this summer.
In particular, we admire the Pogrebnyak-Arshavin-Pavlyuchenko forward line for Russia and agree that a group of French substitutes giggling away at flatulence is a sure-fire sign that they are in the mood to lift the trophy.
There is also time for an in-depth analysis of Greece’s defenders – an exercise fundamentally driven from the infantile joy of pronouncing their alphabetically chaotic names.
When it comes to England we reign in our expectations, lowering them to Atlantic Ocean submarine depths as we gauge how the Three Lions could get out of the group stage with just two points and consider what Roy Hodgson would be like as a room mate at the England camp in Krakow. Clean, tidy and well drilled, we reckon – all traits that the squad could do well to embrace for the next five weeks.
Next show: Tuesday 12th June – includes full analysis of Andy Carroll’s demolition of France.