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Euro 2012 Daily: All of the Lights (EPL Talk Podcast)

Stadium lights, flash lights, street lights, shiny lights. All of the lights in Warsaw are on and shining towards the stadium. Beautifully lit on any night after 9.30, the stadium will advertise the score and critical points in the game for all to see outside whilst the inside will be going crazy for the national team.

On this pod: Laurence steps out at night, Kristan picks a fight and Morgan gets it right. The pod look at Rio and Roy yet again; European transfers seem to be hotting up as players who aren’t involved in the tournament get on with their lives; and Mario makes more headlines, but the pod think it’s for the right reasons.

Managerial changes are still going on, so what’s the deal? How much does it impact a team to lose their manager at this point?

Of course, adidas have launched their new Tumblr, which Laurence is involved with:

http://adidasfootball.tumblr.com/

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4 Responses to Euro 2012 Daily: All of the Lights (EPL Talk Podcast)

  1. dust says:

    Couple of thoughts….

    There are several approaches available for dealing with the crowds in the stadiums in Poland and Ukraine for the Euro’s should there be an incident.

    Because this is a global event with TV audiences collectively in the hundred’s of millions worldwide I can’t honestly see any referee suspending a game because of a racism unless it is an extreme incident that is unavoidable on TV. For example, a large number of people doing a nazi salute in frame of a regular used shot, a chant that is clearly heard on the broadcast or some sort of signage with racist emblems, icons, or slogans on.

    Aside from those things occurring on a mass scale I do not expect the referee on the field or in the form of the fourth official to suspend anything. You may notice a camera angle not used again or the audio change as they turn off a mic on the pitch, until the incident is addressed and the group of fans are removed.

    The power of TV and the fact that over 99.8 percent of people watching any one of the games will be on TV with a feed controlled by uefa, means I would expect every other possible avenue would need to be explored before any game is suspended.

    Now, there still could be controversy and some impact from racism, and that could be the reaction of the players themselves, even if the mic’s are turned off and the sound is not there of the chants for us at home or maybe the camera angle isn’t used anymore. A player may decide to walk off because they do not want to play in that environment. A teams captain or manager may decide that they do not want any of their team mates to suffer and decide as a team to no longer play instead of an individual making that decision.

    Or perhaps, the opposite could happen, perhaps in-spite of being the subject of racial abuse, these players may decide to ignore the idiot’s in the stands no matter what the numbers are, perhaps the more powerful statement would be to play on. It’s difficult to say to anyone what they “should do” as everyone deals with these situations differently, unless you have been on the end of racial abuse and hatred, then, its really a difficult suggestion to make if you lack experiencing it first hand.

    As for the Roy/Rio/Terry situation, it is of his own [Roy's] making, the FA know what is coming for Terry given the video evidence, and that’s why they stripped him of the captaincy. The FA did the hard thing, they put themselves out there and gave the manager whomever that would be, the luxury of a free pass on Terry.

    The reason Hodgson is being scrutinized is because the reason given by Roy for Rio not being picked doesn’t hold weight with people that watch football, be they in the print media, tv media, online writers and bloggers, players from other countries in the tournament, or other managers that know that Rio is better than Jagielka and certainly than the liverpool lad with only 12 league games. To suggest that the issues between Rio and Terry weren’t a part of Roy’s thinking is shear naivety. Roy strapped himself to Terry when he chose “Chelsea defensive connection” and then for some reason thought that not including Rio was better for the team.

    So, I have no sympathy for Roy, the FA already took the hit and at the expense of loosing the previous manager, the guy they stood behind after the press were calling for his head, post football show of horrors at the wc. Now, ironically Terry has pulled a hammy and the only one left out of the “Chelsea connection” is Ashley Cole as Terry may not even be ready for the France game.

    Roy’s handling of this situation fly’s in the face of all Roy’s apparent international experience, that was prioritized over the man management skills of other candidates. Roy’s squad selection is in tatters and he doesn’t have a back up plan. It’s not like he can call up Carrick or Micah Richards and get them to play either, he has bungled those relationships too.

    There is a general sense of frustration that is gathering pace, this was supposed to be a clean slate, a new start for english football, where a new manager would for once be given an extended honeymoon period that would extend into and beyond a major tournament. The reality is that Roy’s handling of his players has definitely shortened any honeymoon period he may have had.

    As for the “critics” of Roy (i would include myself in that)…

    The unexpected amounts of patriotism being felt in England and around the world by English people (including myself) right now, is I would say, because of the success of the jubilee, and the pride and anticipation of hosting the Olympics, they have suddenly raised the bar for the Manager of England’s national sport at the Euro’s. Perhaps people don’t want to just settle now, or wait and focus on another tournament in 2 years, perhaps these “critics” may actually want Roy’s team to seize the moment and ride this wave of patriotism and excitement and maybe…just maybe, deliver the victories they have salivated for since 1966. But they then are brought crashing to the ground by the unwanted reality that even tho there is all this potential and good feeling, its being mismanaged, and waisted by Roy.

    Just a thought anyways

  2. Tim says:

    Czesc, Laurence! I’m quite envious of you being over there, so please give us as many first-hand impressions as possible of the atmosphere, supporters, reactions of host-country nationals, etc. I’m looking out for your pictures/video of the Warsaw light show – it sounded amazing. You are going on to Ukraine, I hope? A small critique, if you will… it’s pree-VEET in Ukrainian, and as most people in Kyiv and almost all in Kharkiv and Donetsk will say, pree-VET in Russian.

    Kristan – as a diehard Gooner, I’d like to know which rate player you rate as a better transfer target for Arsenal: Biglia or M’Vila? I think we need a more destructive specialist like M’Vila, whereas hopefully the return of Wilshere will give us that box-to-box player. Although we still need a more creative player further up the pitch as well… Also, regarding Shevchenko’s next move, MLS would make sense as his wife is American. There are also reports of him joining Chelsea as a coach. Hmmm, a player returning to a club where he had a short and disastrous spell, because of his close personal friendship with the owner… Sounds like another inspired Chelsea hire!

    Morgan – sorry to call you out, but I’ve gotta do it. Hodgson may see his decision as a purely footballing one, but the reality is that it was hugely influenced by the racist allegations still hanging over Terry. To Dust’s argument above, I do have sympathy for Hodgson, because he had to make the choice when ideally he would have taken both. It wasn’t his fault that this wasn’t dealt with earlier to allow time for relationships to hopefully be repaired. And it’s his misfortune that he happened to choose Terry for whatever reason (but kneeing a more skillful player from behind and getting repeatedly nutmegged by Liverpool do not seem like good indicators of form to me), when he is seen as the agressor versus Ferdinand the victim by family relation.

  3. Kristan Heneage says:

    Hi Tim,

    I think M’Vila is far more suited to the requirements of Arsenal- he will cost more accordingly. At potentially double the price of Biglia you would expect a higher quality of product and you will get that. Biglia’s energy is very admirable, he has less control than M’Vila and if you want that enforcer I think M’vila is the one.

    As I’ve said I’m not sold on whether he’s quite worth the fees touted. I almost think he limits himself in his play sometime, he almost keeps it too simple. Next to someone like Wilshere that might work, but I question where Song fits in there too, and Arteta. There’s a wealth of CM’s and only a maximum of three spots.

    What about you what do you think?

  4. Tim says:

    Thanks for your insight, Kristan. I think Arsenal has long been crying out for an enforcer, or even two… It’s hard to believe we used to have Vieira AND Petit patrolling, and now we have one Song who prefers the Hollywood pass (although he’s become fairly adept in this skill) to fulfilling his defensive duties. Ah, for the days of 4-4-2… But with the current three-man midfield, I’d go for an enforcer like M’Vila combined with Wilshere and then a playmaker like Mata, Hazard, or the next hotshot we’re sure to miss out on through excessive price haggling and/or lack of ambition.

    Song seems to me a curious hybrid who can’t do an exceptional job at any one role, and thus is more suited to being a utility player. I love what Arteta did for us this season, covering up for some of our defensive shortcomings while also getting forward a bit. But I think he can only play in the “Wilshere role” described above, so if we get that playmaker then a healthy Jack takes the “Wilshere role” and Arteta’s playing time could be limited.

    If you’re willing to negotiate, I’d gladly take Tiote, Cabaye and Ben Arfa off your hands :-) Seriously though, do you have any knowledge as to why Wenger specifically missed out on French talent like this? Does the younger generation not view Le Boss the same way as their elders? Or it is just down to Arsenal’s general impotence in the transfer market? Cheers and enjoy the Euros!

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