Condom campaign for Euro 2012 fans

POLISH health officials are to distribute free condoms to hundreds of thousands of football fans attending Euro 2012.
Officials say the safe sex campaign advocating the use of condoms will be held in all four Euro 2012 host cities in Poland.
Deputy health minister Aleksander Soplinski said 150,000 free kits of condoms and leaflets will be distributed in fan zones to alert visitors to the health hazards of casual sex, such as Aids and other diseases.
They say the “Fair Play” leaflets – in Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, English, German and Spanish – will advise on the use of condoms.

Oldest ever professional club Notts County set to celebrate 150th birthday

NOTTS County FC is appealling for memorabilia to celebrate the club’s 150th birthday – a milestone which makes it the oldest professional club in the world.
The club and Nottinghamshire County Council archives service are urging fans to search their attics and cupboards for any football memorabilia relating to the Magpies which can feature in a special Time Tunnel exhibition.
Already donated are photographs, publications,an old rattle used at matches during the late 1800s, medals and matchworn shirts donated by players including all-time top scorer Les Bradd and 90s Play-Off hero Tommy Johnson.
Mark Dorrington, Team Manager, Archives and Local Studies at Nottinghamshire County Council archives service said: “We are looking forward to see what items of memorabilia and historical importance are handed in.”
● Anyone who has items to donate can send them to: the Media Dept, Notts County FC, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ.

What would you sacrifice for Euro success?

WHAT would you give up to see your team triumph in Polkraine this summer?
New Europe-wide fan research from Sharp FanLabs has revealed that the Irish are prepared to make the most sacrifices to see their side victorious, followed by Croatians and Ukrainians.
English fans are in 12th place, while the French and Germans are the most unwilling to make sacrifices.
But what would they loses? England fans would lose their bottle – with 57 per cent abstaining from alcohol for at least one month to see England lift the trophy.
On average, 13 per cent of European football fans and 14 per cent of English would give up alcohol forever to see their team win the tournament – however zero per cent of Greeks would be willing to make this sacrifice.
On average, 29 per cent of Europeans would give up sex for at least one month to see their team win the Euros this year – although 30 per cent of Italians and English would not be prepared to give up slap and tickle for a single day!
A whopping 18 per cent of Danish fans would give up sex forever in exchange for a Danish Euro 2012 victory!
For further stats about how England fans are feeling in the run up to Euro 2012 and to chat with likeminded fans, check out their Facebook page or take the test yourself.

Hair we go! My Ronaldo ‘do

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ONCE again, the WAG has had her clippers out to sculpt me a Brazilian.
This time, following the overwhelming success of my Neymar haircut, I went for a tribute to classic Ronaldo’s classic World Cup wedge.
Kind of.
Okay, I admit I didn’t go close enough and it ended up looking a bit of a trendy Joey Barton sort of mop, but the thought was there.
The wedge of hair wasn’t there for very long mind…

Premiership Predictions revisited…

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IT’S that time of year I dread.
Why do I do it?
Last summer I posted some bold, brazen predictions about who would emerge victorious and who would be relegated come the end of the 2012/2012 season.
Now it’s time to revisit those Nostradamus-like moments of foretelling.
I’m sure it will come as a shock to absolutely nobody that I got more wrong than I did right.
Obviously in reality it was Manchester City which won the title – I had stuck my neck out and tipped Chelsea, who instead fell apart under Andre Villas-Boas before their late European rally to make the Champions League final. I had Manchester City pencilled in to implode and miss out on Champions League football altogether.
I did tip Manchester United for second place though.
At the other end of the table newly-promoted Swansea and Norwich defied the odds – and my predictions – to avoid the drop in some style. In their place were Wolves and Bolton.
I would like to point out however that I never gave Blackburn a shot and I was right – I would especially like to point that out to the commenter who last July pledged to tuck his tackle between me legs and run around Blackburn town centre singing Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating should Rovers go down.
Over to you, dear reader…

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – The Results 2011/2012

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IT WAS breathless, edge of the seat stuff.
At the last possible minute, the pressure was too great and the then-league leader crumbled beneath the irresistable momentum of the challengers.
Can’t Touch This!, managed by Mike Szumski, has overthrown Ruff Tuff Bluff Stuf to be crowned Goaltastic Fantasy Football League champions 2011/2012.
Oh, and if nobody noticed, Manchester City also won the Premiership with a brace of injury-time goals, in a humdinger of a match with QPR.
The last day of the season saw FC Barsenalona (30) as the league’s top scorer, with 74 points.
And for the record, my own team Ashletico slumped to a lowly 11th overall.
There’s always next season…

Bilbao boo-boo as fans fly to soundalike city

A GROUP of 400 Athletic Bilbao fans missed their team’s Europa League final after flying to the wrong country.
While their team was playing out a 3-0 loss to Spanish rivals Athletico Madrid, courtesy of goals from Falcao (2) and Diego, the group of fans was desperately trying to make it to Romania from nearby Hungary.
The reason – they flew to Budapest instead of Bucharest, where the final was held.

You only cry when you’re winning, cry when you’re winning…

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EUROPEAN football fans are two-and-a-half times more likely to break down in floods of tears than the English – after their side WINS!
However British blubbering is much more likely in the event of a loss.
New research by Sharp FanLabs has found the amongst Europeans, on average 37 per cent have cried after a defeat, and 25 per cent after a win.
In England, these figures rose to 47 per cent when losing, but dropped to just nine per cent admitting ever shedding a tear after a win.
Overall 62 per cent of people admit to ever crying following a match. Danes are the thickest skinned, with on 41 per cent admitting to crying, while the Portuguese say 76 per cent of them have welled up following a football match.
• Sharp FanLabs is conducting the largest ever study of European football fans to find out about their attitudes, behaviour, passion, and knowledge.
For further stats about how England fans are feeling in the run up to Euro 2012 and to chat with likeminded fans, check out their Facebook page or take the test yourself.

Goaltastic Fantasy Football League – Gameweek 37

WITH just one more week to play, Ruff Tuff Bluff Stuf has stormed into the top spot, shunting down Can’t Touch This! into second.
Just four points seperate the top two with one more round, and third-placed Bangkok Foxes could yet steal the honours with a 14 point deficit to make up.
Everyone else, including myself, should give up all hope right now.
Top scorers, all with 65 points, this gameweek were Taurages Tauras (26), New Wortley Warriors (28) and CarrollDowningJäger (32).

Ewood Chicken stops play

EARLIER this season the Anfield Cat became a cult hero for invading Liverpool’s pitch – could the Ewood Chicken be about to do the same.
After a blood and thunder opening to the six pointer between Blackburn and Wigan, a stray chicken wearing a Blackburn cape interrupted play.
The fouling fowl had to be intercepted by Wigan stopper Al Habsi and taken off by Blackburn striker Yakubu.