OTP Euro 2012 Podcast – June 12th: Job Done-tsk
England stuck well and truly to the routine script yesterday: a nerve-jangling performance with the odd positive for fans to massage into something resembling hope.
Mere minutes after the final whistle in Donetsk, the OTP Podcast set about reviewing Roy Hodgson’s first competitive directorial debut in England’s Group D opener against France.
We tell James Milner how he should have embraced centrifugal forces to slot away his great chance, single out Steven Gerrard for a particularly bullish performance and fall hopelessly in love with France’s divine home kit.
All in all, a job fairly well done and enough to suggest that the Three Lions may yet play more than a comic cameo role at this summer’s festival of football.
As the credits roll on the opening round of Euro 2012 group games we also skipped through all four groups with trademark inane tomfoolery.
Notably, we question whether Russian striker Alan Dzagoev can really be called Alan, we champion an historic haircut from Sergio Ramos and discuss the household chores we got done whilst waiting for Mario Balotelli to take that shot against Spain.
All those dramatic narratives are wrapped up in the epic soundtrack of the pod intermittently live commentating on the remarkable resurrection of Andriy Shevchenko.
In Pod news, we welcome back producer Stu from his long period of teacher training and immediately request that he relinquishes that guise of respectability and intelligence for the sake of show consistency.
Next show: Saturday, June 17. We react to the cataclysmic black hole that opened up when Andy Carroll and Zlatan Ibrahimovich challenged for a high ball.
Goals are fun and rather enjoyable. This apoplectic Polish commentator certainly knows how to fully corroborate that statement.
Unfortunately we don’t have any camera footage of Giovanni Trapattoni’s debrief to his players after Ireland’s painful 3-1 loss to Croatia. We reckon this verbal blast from the past will serve as a fairly accurate reconstruction however.