The big news this week was Carles Puyol’s shock announcement on Tuesday that he would miss the tournament with a knee injury. I was standing by to provide a piece for the Irish Examiner newspaper, which looked at Spain’s other defensive options and also the pretty shambolic nature of their preparations.
The new issue of When Saturday Comes magazine also hit the shelves, and comes with a handy Euro 2012 guide for which I’ve written the Spain bits. Sara Carbonero, Manolo ‘el del Bombo’ & Vicente Del Bosque’s acting talents all get a mention.
But we shouldn’t forget the Europa League final. My report for Sport 360 talked up both Diego Simeone’s tactical set-up and Radamel Falcao’s magical finishing, while there was also room for a Sport 360 analysis piece arguing Athletic Bilbao’s players and fans should dry their tears as if they stick together ‘la Gabarra’ can float again.