Supporting England from abroad

My first world cup outside England is not off to a bad start, but here in Spain I’m missing the atmosphere I imagine there is back home. Its just not quite the same here somehow, but the few of us that are here are doing areour best! We try to all meet up for the England games, and some of the other more interesting matches.

The Spanish are generally optimistic, but I’m not sure how far they really think their team can go. One thing that is really frustrating is that there are really few games on terrestrial TV, so I have to try to get out to see the games which isn’t ideal! I’m tempted to get a digital terrestrial box, as there are a few more games on one of the digital channels.

But what has really got me a fed up is that I can’t even get the BBC Radio Five Live commentaries over the internet. Some crazy broadcasting arrangements apparently mean they are unable to allow non-UK residents access to it.

So one fed-up-Englishman-abroad now has yet another reason to upset the wife by going down the pub! Oopps!

Bad luck Chelsea!

It hurts me to say it as I was cheering on Chelsea, but Barcelona were by far the better team over 180 minutes. I’m not quite sure what the official Chelsea site is on about saying it was

a game which never got a tempo beyond referee Markus Merk’s whistle

The truth is we never looked like scoring the two goals we needed.

Mourihno, as great a football manager he is, has to learn to be truely graceful in defeat. Looking forward to hearing what he had to say via the BBC, and on Spanish TV. I’ll try and post some comparisons with what was understood, along with my take on the game here tomorrow.

Watching both games here is Spain was as fun as ever. The atmosphere just great, a real good crack. We’re all looking forward to the world cup!