Bonjourrr, you cheese eatin’ surrender monkeys.
It’s the day after one of the biggest upsets in world football. This glorious little country of mine has just woken up to find out it wasn’t a dream after all. After a night of huge drama on the field, and no doubt one of the biggest drinking session ever seen in Paris, Scottish football fans (aka The Tartan Army) are waking up to the fact that Scotland beat France 1-0 in their own back yard!
Yes, the cheese eating surrender monkeys – world cup finalists only 14 months ago – were outfought in the Parc de Princes, in what was only the 2nd qualifying game they have lost in over nine years. And who did they lose the 1st qualifying game to? Yep… you got it….. SCOTLAND!
To beat France in Glasgow last year was a huge achievement, considering how much quality they have in their side. But to do the double over them, and especially on their home turf is unbelievable. There is not many football teams can say that they have beaten France – home and away – in the last 20 years at least. But the bravehearts of Scotland can.
I will admit that France had the majority of possesion, but football is all about scoring goals – and they couldn’t do it! Scotland had only around 3 shots on goal and scored with one of them – a belting drive from easily 35 yards from James McFadden. France huffed and puffed but just could not break the Scots down.
The win puts Scotland at the top of their group, with Italy in 2nd (yes… the World Champions!), France in 3rd and Ukraine in 4th (World Cup quarter finalists). After the groups had been drawn it looked very unlikely that Scotland would get anywhere near the top of this group – at any stage of the qualifying rounds. Now though, there is a chance that we could win the group outright and compound either France or Italy to failing to qualify for the Euro championships next year.
There’s no doubt about it. Last nights victory is the best result in Scottish international football history. I mean, to beat England after they had won the World Cup back in the sixties was fantastic, but the game didn’t mean anything as such. That was just for bragging rights. But this game DOES mean something. We are trying to qualify for a major championships for the first time in ten years, and now we won’t have a better chance to do it. Three games left to play, two of them at home to the Ukraine and Italy. The other is away to Georgia. Two wins and a draw would be enough to see us through. And after last nights heroics, we have every chance of doing it.
Here’s hoping the team can keep their feet on the gound and continue to upset the odds in the coming months.
Onto Poker, and nothing really to talk about. I’ve steadily been losing money at Absolute. Main reason for this is that I still don’t have the va-va-voom for the game. So basically I shouldn’t have been playing in the first place as I just end up pissing money down the drain.
I’m hoping that the forums annual meet-up on the 21st of this month will maybe get me back into gear. I’m looking forward to meting up with those from last year, and those who will be making it for the first time, especially Blagz and Gotmewrong.
So in the run up to the meet, I’m only going to play one or two games – but only if I’m in the mood. Any 2nd thoughts and I will close down the poker sites. I’m not wanting to waste any more money.
This will probably be my last post until after the meet, but I will be back to give a review of what went on/winners/losers etc..
See ya soon!