It always happens in 3’s
Today bought 3 shock results/news items in the world of sport.
Firstly we discovered that David Beckham had been left out of the GB Olympic Squad by Stuart Pearce who, in his infinite wisdom decided he had a strong enough midfield and so picked Manchester City defender Micah Richards ahead of him. (Yes, the same Micah Richards who refused to be on stand-by for the England Squad for Euro2012). When he only had the choice of three over 23 year olds, it seems bonkers to me that Beckham wasn’t chosen – he was part of the Olympic flame handover ceremony in May, bringing it to Britain for the torch relay. He also played a major role as a sporting ambassador when London won the 2012 bid, and has made no secret of his desire to captain Team GB.
So then we came to this evening’s entertainment! Starting with the Euro2012 semi-final between Italy and Germany. With the Germans the strong favourites I don’t think any of the neutrals watching could believe the happenings on the pitch! The Germans were rubbish and the Italians were magnificent. Two sensational goals from the super-loopy Mario Balotelli catapulted them into the final against Spain on Sunday. There was a wee flurry in extra time where the Germans were awarded a penalty and despite a brilliant strike from Ozil to make it 2-1, it was too little, too late and Italy were the victors.
That just left enough time for me to switch over to BBC2 to see the world No.2, Rafael Nadal, get beaten in the 5th set in the 2nd round of Wimbledon to Lukas Rosol, a player who is ranked 100th in the world!
This charming Czech player modestly said in his post-match interview:
“I know Nadal is only human. Nadal played a good match but I think I was a little bit better.”
The last few games that I was able to watch definitely proved this – he was exciting to watch and I was rather sorry I’d elected to watch the football instead of this tennis match but they were both equally unexpected results which is always refreshing for the armchair sports fan!
Oh well, that’s enough excitement for one day – only the Final on Sunday and the 2nd week of Wimbledon to look forward to before the Olympics – how will I cope???
We all love an eccentric …
… but we especially love a well-known face who is eccentric – and they don’t come much weirder than Man City’s Mario Balotelli!
Manchester City footballer Mario Balotelli shocked students and teachers when he wandered into a local school during lunchtime recently to ask if he could use the toilets. Roaring up to the school in his luxury white Bentley at 1.30pm one Thursday, blues star Balotelli parked his distinctive vehicle and strolled into the canteen at Xaverian College in Manchester. The loopy Italian then asked to be pointed to the bathrooms before embarking on an impromptu meet-and-greet.
Accompanied by three friends, Balotelli cruised into the staffroom to speak to surprised teachers, before bowling around the campus as the student supporters of Manchester City cheered. After 20 minutes, Balotelli climbed back into his Bentley and drove off, leaving stunned students in his wake.
This is not the first time that Mario Balotelli has entertained us with his capricious capers.
When the footballer crashed his Audi R8 in 2010, a police pat down uncovered £5,000 in cash in his back pocket. Asked why he had so much money on him, he simply replied “because I am rich”.
Balotelli and his brother were arrested for driving into an all-female prison in Italy. After questioning by police, they said they had simply gone in because they were “curious”.
The Italian also walked into a pub over Christmas 2010 and put £1,000 behind the bar for local drinkers before spending the night on soft drinks. Later, during Midnight Mass at St John’s Church, Chorlton he stuffed £200 into the collection box.
It didn’t take much searching to find this hilarious video – Love him or hate him, he could never be accused of being boring!!!