As well as having the pleasure of writing for The Faithful, I also guest on the ‘Can they score?‘ podcast; a weekly pod reviewing the latest games, debating the latest news and previewing upcoming fixtures for our beloved Manchester United. This article first appeared on the blog of the same name. Please have a listen to the pod and if you like it subscribe via iTunes.
So here we are then; sandwiched neatly between the Jubilee and the Olympics comes the real point of interest for the summer – the European Championships. It feels like the end of an era as group stage competitiveness is sacrificed for a bloated 24 team format to indulge the whims of Platini. Despite this I shall leave my cynics hat aside for once. I have spent the last few days eagerly hoovering up tournament previews and the result is a mood of quite giddy excitement. Regrettably what with teaching, playing football, podcasting and attempting to be a half decent husband I lack the deep knowledge of the European scene that messrs Cox and Marcotti gain from watching so many games. I have therefore picked out some players in a loose eleven that I am excited to see with a brief explanation of why. I may even chuck in the odd stat in as this is a set of Pattison Player Profiles after all. I made a rule that only one player per nation so please consider that before slating my choices. (More …)