THE EUROSCEPTICS have emerged from the Euro 2012 group stages as serious contenders for the Olisadebe.
A full 19 points ahead of the pack with seven games to go, the international debutants will be hard to catch, especially with a key player from each of the quarter finalists in their ranks.
“It’s been going well so far, but I’m not taking any risks. These knockout stages can be a bit of a lottery, like signing up to a single currency with a country whose national economy is based on smashing plates,” said the Sceptics manager.
The chalkstripes in Kenna HQ’s speculations department agree on the uncertainty of knockout stages, but assert that the groups have been largely predictable.
In Group A, Czech Republic have European tournament pedigree and Greek phalanx has fought with its customary blunt effectiveness.
Germany dominated Group B and Portugal picked up the rewards of Holland’s customary morale breakdown.
Despite creative midfield flair, Croatia were unable to overcome Spanish dominance and that familiar Italian pragmatism in Group C. Ireland are good at singing.
And in Group D, the two favourites went through with a shouting match in the French dressing room.
So all in all the competition’s been exciting, but pretty much where the chalkstripes said we’d be.
Meanwhile, Chernobyl Forlov’s Mario Gomez leads the individual points scoring total with 24.
Hoodyanika Bolokov’s David Silva is a close second with 20.
In bureaucratic news, the Chairman’s looking forward to watching tonight’s match at a dusty, white-patio-chaired, Portuguese bar later.
“I ate a chicken piri piri for lunch that knocks Nando’s into a cocked hat,” he said.