Euro 2012 has come and gone. Spain, the favorite and defending champs, out-played Italy 4 : 0. Many felt Italy stood a good chance, but Spain had what, I think, was their best match of the tournament.
We’ll be without Euro now for four years; it’s two years off from the four year World Cup cycle. The next Euro will come in 2016 and will be played in France. The field will be expanded from 16 teams to 24. We’ll probably be watching on ESPN2 next time.
I’ve written about Warta Poznan before. Their president, a former Playboy model, has written a letter to Italian football striker, Mario Balotelli – you know, the black player with the bleached mohawk. The same player who when interviewed about the state of racism in the host countries, said he would ‘kill’ anyone that threw a banana at him. Did that have anything to do with all the inflatable bananas in the color of the Irish flag that the “boys in green” were carrying?
Well, Balotelli stormed off the pitch after the final whistle – shoving aside a team official who attempted to block his path to the changing room, as coach Cesare Prandelli screamed at him to turn around. He did eventually return to accept his runner-up medal in tears.
What follows below is the English tranlation of the Polish translation of the Warta president’s letter, which was actually written in English. You’ll get the jist of it. Nicely done, Izabella!
First of all I would like to note that I’m really impressed with Your performance at EURO 2012. There is no doubt that you were one of the biggest stars of the tournament. I would like to have such a utalentowanego player in my team. I do not understand, however, how is possible that Rhinoscleroma such as Ty began sobbing after the match final in Kiev.
I think that you are working on your image-the image of a heavily strong faceta, little thing and unpredictability. Tears that do not match, so I decided to give You a few handkerchiefs. Please, stop sobbing. The time has come to show the best side of the Club, winning trophies. Show the world the true, true Warrior Balotelliego and not płaczka.
Izabella Łukomska-Pyżalska, President Of The Warta Poznan S. A.
|Shot from a passing tram|
The crews are already at work dismantling the fan zone. They expect to have everything back to normal by the coming weekend. Looking back on the experience, I have to say that:
— Poznan did a fantastic job as a host city
— the people watching was excellent
— I met some witty, charming people
— it was very interesting to be in the fan zone so often and aware of what was going on behind the scenes
Time to hang up my credentials and get back to a normal routine.
An accountant by trade and a food blogger since 2009, Lois Britton fell in love with Polish cuisine during the years she lived in Poznań, Poland. As the creator of PolishHousewife.com, she loves connecting readers with traditional Polish recipes. Lois has a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida. She is the author of The Polish Housewife Cookbook, available on Amazon and on her website.
I am glad that my boys convinced me to go to Poland during Euro 2012. It was so much fun to be there, to be in the fan zone, and in old town when the fans were there!!! And it was great to know one of the volunteers – Ms. Lois:)
I am not sure why Isabella wrote that letter. I don't think Balotelli cares. He looked angry when they were receiving their medals.
My cousin told me that
Hi Kasia – I'm having trouble sleeping, so how nice to get up and find your comment. Euro did seem like a wild and crazy time for a visit to Poznan, but I'm glad they talked you into too! Well the Balotelli letter has been great PR for Warta. I've had many hits from people goggling the letter. I don't think he cares either, about anything but himself. Maybe she was hoping to
I have so enjoyed seeing Euro 2012 from your perspective. Saw games on ESPN while still in the U.S. I saw the Czech-Portugal game in a hotel lobby in Amsterdam with a couple who had their Portugal scarf spread out on the table, watched some of the last game in Warsaw from a sidewalk cafe in Lublin, and then watched the final game with our English language students here in Zakopane. Yes, it has
Lori – thanks, I'm glad my ramblings added to your experience. I can imagine people traveling with their football scarf to be ready for a game! Enjoy your time in Zakopane. 🙂
The tournament was a top of the range, very interesting and entertaing.
This is a good posting, I was wondering if I could use this write-up on my website, I will link it back to your website though.
Anonymous – thanks so much for your kind words and for asking rather than just taking. I'd like to see your website before I respond.
To add on to the comments about Isabella, I understand she's considering running for mayor of Poznań.