Not qualifying for Euro2008 - as it happened in Greece
And then there was the Croatia game.
The comedy of errors here in Crete was nowhere near as bad as Scott Carson's competitive debut, but I thought I should share. According to the Athens News, Greek channel ΝΕΤ were showing the game at 23:00 our time - a one hour delay after kick-off in London. This was confirmed by sporting TV bible Liveonsat.
I decided not to go out, but instead see if I could con the BBC's Geo-IP system that I was in the UK and listen to online commentary. Failing that, I would, Terry & Bob style, turn off the internet, switch off my phone, and watch the game not knowing the score.
Plan A failed, so I patiently waited for the game to come on TV. The previous programme, Εχαντας over-ran by 35 minutes, and then, instead of the football, the movie "King Arthur" appeared. Perhaps ΝΕΤ knew I was going to be having a bad night and tried to show me something patriotic instead. All of which meant that by the time I'd got my computer and dial-up connection fired up, England were already out of Euro2008. I suppose it at least saved me some nail-biting.
I spotted a couple of things in the UK's online press today about England's exit that amused and horrified me to various degrees.
Call me old-fashioned, but what with people actually dying, I suspect that Heysel probably claims that title.
The BBC has frequently been criticised for allowing user-generated comments to stay published because the moderators don't understand the historical context of particular postings. I saw today that The Telegraph has the same issue, as they have inexplicably left up a comment saying that Croatia's victory was payback for atrocities committed following British military actions at the end of the Second World War. Most un-Telegraph, I would have thought.
And surely I could be forgiven for being disappointed that it wasn't about the F.A. and the England team when I clicked on the promo for the Alice Miles article in The Times titled "Idiots. Utter, unbelievable, jaw-dropping, unpardonable idiots".
At least Greece have qualified...