I’m in the sports mood, given that I was busy taking in the sights and sounds of Silverstone yesterday, indeed, the pit garages look awfully empty en ce moment – just imagine how crammed they’ll be in just a fortnights time!
There’s also the Euros still going on as is the racing at Ascot, and I’m pretty sure Wimbledon kicks off next week since the weatherman in the background just gave the weather conditions for Wimbledon next week.
Given that I’ve mentioned the Euro Finals several times of late, it seems only fair to give you a tour through some of the more notable names of players in the teams contesting the title.
Alba – One of the current players for Spain is Jordi Alba.
Alou – Midfielder Alou Diarra is representing France.
Ashley – There are two Ashleys on the England team – Ashley Cole and Ashley Young.
Bastian – Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany is being tooted as one of the best players in the entire Euros tournament
Evra – The name of one of France’s defenders, Fabrice Evra.
Florent – The first name of Malouda, midfielder for France.
Glen – The first name of England’s defender, Johnson.
Hélder – Hélder Postiga is a striker for Portugal.
Holger – The first name of Badstuber, who plays defender for Germany – the emerging favourites for the Euro 2012 crown.
Howard – Englishman Howard Webbe has refereed games for Euro 2012.
Iker – Spain’s current goalie and captain is Iker Casillas.
Ivan – There are three Ivans on the Croatia team – Rakitic, Strinic and Perišic
Joleon – One of England’s centre-backs is Joleon Lescott.
Kassai – The referee for the Spain vs. Italy and the England vs. Ukraine game was Hungarian Viktor Kassai
Kostas – Three members of Greece’s team bear this name: Chalkias, the goalie; Katsouranis, the centre midfielder;
Kyriakos – One of Greece’s central defenders is Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
Lasse – The first name of Schøne, midfielder for Denmark
Ludovic – Attacking midfielder Ludovic Obraniak is representing Poland.
Łukasz – Piszczek is one of Poland’s right backs.
Maggio – One of Italy’s wing backs is Christian Maggio.
Mesut – Turkish-German Mesut Özil is one of Germany’s attacking midfielders.
Mexès – Defender Philippe Mexès is representing France.
Milan – Winger Milan Petržela is representing the Czech Republic.
Nasri – Midfielder Samir Nasri is representing France.
Nikica – One of Croatia’s centre forwards is Nikica Jelavic.
Ola – The professional first name (really his middle name, Nils is his first name) of Toivonen, striker for Sweden.
Persie – Robin van Persie is one of the strikers for The Netherlands
Rami – Centre back Adil Rami is representing France.
Rasmus – The first name of Elm, midfielder for Sweden.
Réveillère – Defender Anthony Réveillère is representing France.
Ribéry – Left-winger Franck Ribéry is representing France.
Rui – The goalie for Portugal is Rui Patrício.
Ruslan – The first name of Rotan, midfielder for Ukraine.
Rybus – One of Poland’s midfielder is Maciej Rybus.
Shay – The goalie for Ireland is Shay Given.
Slaven – The manager of Croatic is Slaven Bilic.
Sokratis – Centre back for Greece Papastathopoulos’s first name is Sokratis.
Theo – Inspired substitute during England’s game with Sweden, Theo Walcott plays in midfield and is just Theo, not Theodore.
Thiago – Central Midfielder Thiago Motta is representing Italy.
Valbuena – Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is representing France.
Vyacheslav – The first name of Malafeev, the goalie for Russia.
Wesley – The first name of Sneijder, one of the midfielders on The Netherland’s team
Xabier ‘Xabi’ – the sole scorer in the Spain v. France match was Xabi Alonso.
Zlatan – The first name of Ibrahimovic, striker for Sweden.