Asamoah Gyan & Derek Boeteng of Ghana share a tender moment during a friendly (ish) 1-1 draw with England at Wembley. Image: Reuters/Daylife
If our confusion over which games were friendlies and which meaningful at the weekend was bad, imagine our horror when confronted with last night’s maddening fixture schedule.
Fortunately, most of the Kickette staff were able to make it into the top secret work avoidance bunker (the toilets) before our dear editor could assign the round up, so we are
relieved pleased to be able to bring the you highlights via a special photo post.
We trust that the time honoured technique of including a photo of Yoann Gourcuff in said post will distract you sufficiently to allow us to get away with it.
We chose this image as our lead because Yoann scored a goal. Okay? Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Image/Daylife.
Overcoming our lethargy towards the international fixtures was a strain for us this weekend. We’re really enjoying the jostling for position at the top and bottom of the European Leagues and for us, this whole Euro 2012 Qualifier shebang couldn’t have come at a worse time.
However, we cheered ourselves up by donning national costume for the Kickette Drinking Weekender (leave your handbag, iPhone and left shoe at the door, please) and can now report that a good time is assured for anyone brave enough to enter a pub whilst wearing lederhosen, a pair of clogs, a kilt and an outsize football jersey.
However, we would like to take this opportunity to ask the member of the Kickette staff responsible for putting a fresh Scottish haggis in the office microwave to come forward. It’s not clever and the result is that interns will be scraping unidentified ‘matter’ from the walls for some time to come.
As you were.
Next up in the German NT training regime? Lawn bowls. Image: AP Photos/Daylife
Why change a plan when it’s working? The German NT’s training methods for the World Cup last year may have raised one or two eyebrows, but despite a knockout in the semi-finals (by eventual winners Spain) it is generally agreed that the young squad were a force to be reckoned with in the tournament.
Even with a little help.