We left Davos today and had an afternoon to pass in Zurich before catching flight home. Daughter fancied the FIFA museum so we went there. It was quite good, although their coverage of bribery scandals was a bit, well, absent.
Cardiff v Sheffield that is. Took daughter to the game tonight, Cardiff played well and were deserved 2-0 victors.
Went to see the Women’s Champions League final tonight between Lyon & Paris (in Cardiff). There was a crowd of 22,000. Unfortunately it was a rather dull game – one of those where both teams are afraid of losing & defences are on top and you can’t see goals coming. Sure enough it ended 0-0 after extra time & went to penalties, with Lyon winning (deservedly). The Lyon number 3 & 5 were particularly impressive I thought.
As well as going to Coventry for the ice hockey on Boxing Day another Christmas tradition (i.e. This is the second year we’ve done it) is to see Cardiff City play over the Christmas break. We went to see them against Villa today. It was a good game and they won 1-0. It’s not as good as ice hockey though.
Wales had a homecoming parade today after Euro16. We got tickets for the free event in the Cardiff City stadium, and this is the bus arriving with Bale, Ramsay and co on board. The Manics played three songs, and then they interviewed the team and replayed the campaign. It was a very communal, joyous evening. Haven’t had many of those recently.
I was up and down to London today, then rushed home to catch the Wales Portugal game. The Cardiff fanzone had been moved from Coopers Field to the Millennium stadium. You had to get (free) tickets for this which sold out immediately. So we went to the one in Pontypridd instead.
Wales didn’t quite click in this game and their fabulous run came to an end. Personally I think it’s because they moved the Cardiff fanzone. The games have provided some joy in these post brexit days.
Daughter and I went to see Wales v Belgium in the quarter finals tonight at the Cardiff fanzone. After the worst week in british politics in living memory, it was nice to see some unity. What a game, what a night. I’m so glad we went, we nearly stayed at home to watch it.
This dragon was laughing at the England Iceland game. They often talk about football catching a nation’s mood, but they usually mean it in a positive sense. But there could be no closer match between the national mood and the England performance last night. I gave up supporting England long ago, it’s always a joyless affair, so couldn’t even rise to any indignation. It was just meh.
After the most depressing week I can remember, there was some cheer today as Wales beat Northern Ireland to go through to the quarter finals. Of course sport doesn’t really when thousands of people are losing their jobs, and many others are being abused and in fear of their future, but you have to find some things to lift yourself.
I went to see the Wales Russia game tonight in the fanzone in Cardiff, with daughter and three mates. Well, what a night. Wales demolished Russia three nil and England could only draw, meaning Wales won the group. This was the scene after the first goal. I love the uncontrolled jubilation. Men hugging each other, sunshine, fireworks, good football – it’s like like living in Italy.