Thursday, July 12, 2012

Olympics,Wimbledon,Euro 2012

Being in UK for 4 years,it would be a sin if I didnt watch Euro cup. Although I watched few of the group matches,watched all the matches from quarter-finals . Cristiano Ronaldo was seen all over the field.Wonder how many kilometeres he would have ran in the 90 minutes against Czech Republic in quarterfinals.It is not just about his second half header that put Portugal in the semi's(he came like a hurricane from nowhere to head that), he was smiling all through the game,encouraging team members to do better even though they do mistakes.People might disagree, but he is as good a team player as Messi. 

Watching Germans playing against Greece in quarterfinals is a feast for the eyes.The way they do small passes and progress towards opponents goal-post and scoring the goal most resembles a group of highly skilled artists coordinating harmoniously to create a magnum opus.

Brazil/Argentina may play artistic foot-ball, but in the current form if there is a beauty in making passes, then Germany is the Sistine Chapel of football. Still wonder how they were beaten by the mediocre Italians in the semi's. 

That Sistine Chapel thing..I did see that in Spain against Italy in Euro finals.Passes were of surgical precision. Spain taught Italy a lesson in counting...1,2,3 and 4.Spain is too strong a team for Italy. Germany Vs Spain in finals would have been a battle of equals. Seems Spain the greatest team in the Europe/World.

And it is a big surprise that England reached quarterfinals. English media in England,keeping with its tradition of talking up the team's improbable chances on the field, created the impression that England have the divine right to win the Euro 2012.They did the same during 2010 world cup. If they have a shred of shame, they would have stopped by now.But they did not.Then the media was abuzz with Andy Murray and his quest to win Wimbledon.!!

Wimbledon is just 25 mins from my home by train and I have never been there in the last 4 years.Dont want to regret few years down the line.So decided to go and see at least a match in outer courts if not in center court on day 6,saturday.Me and my wife reached wimbledon by 11:00 to see a loooong queue and the steward told us that the wait will be  5 to 6 hours to gain entrance.Didn't even waited this long to watch Rajini's movie..!!
Looks like people were camping overnight to watch the morning matches.

Queuing in The Queue is more like a picnic.There is a beautiful lake,small kiosks selling not-so-bad food in the lush greenery  and clean toilets around.And it was sunny.Couldn't have asked for more.Probably one of the well organized queue I have ever seen.Got the Ground admission ticket at 17:30 and watched a Girls singles and Mixed doubles match.Missed Bupathi/Sania Mirza match since it was played at 11:30 in the morning.
The winner of Girls singles on court 17 Belinda Bencic looked beautiful.Who knows she might one day become Maria Sharapova..!!

Luckily, we got the re-sale tickets for Center court around 20:00.Couldn't believe we made it to centre court.Wow, it is indeed beautiful.Saw the match between Andy Murray and Marcos Baghdatis.There is a huge support for Andy Murray and he played really well to win the match
Alas..He lost the finals to aging Federer. The quest(agony) continues.Anyone for Olympics..??

I love this BBC animation advertisement for olympics.What if olympic events happen around all the landmarks in London/UK as visualized in this ad.Creativity at its best.


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