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June 06, 2007

Back to Agia Marina for footie Saturday

Following the previous night's adventures watching England versus Brazil, we went back to Agia Marina on Saturday for some Euro2008 qualifying action. We had a stroll along the beach and then made our way to the Kiss Bar to watch Walse versus the Czech Republic.

It wasn't the most gripping of games to be honest, but at least Claire got to use the laptop for a bit whilst I moaned about Ryan Giggs useless record of actually turning up for his country.

There was a comedy misunderstanding with the owner as well.

"How long are you staying for?" he asked at the end of the match.

"Oh, well...", I mumbled, "we haven't really made plans" I said, knowing full well we were leaving that instant.

Of course, he actually meant how long was our holiday, which we eventually twigged, and so explained we lived down the road.

After that we walked through to Platanias to try a restaurant we had fancied for a long time at the far end of town. It turned out to be a really good choice, and we both had some excellent lamb from the spit.

20070606_denswe We went to get the bus back home around 9pm, and Platanias had turned into Little Scandanavia.

With Denmark and Sweden playing each other in a crucial Euro2008 qualifier, and Norway playing Malta as well, it seemed that every bar and restaurant had a television showing one of the games, and was packed.

We waited about twenty minutes for the bus, with no luck, so eneded up in a taxi, with me half wanting to stay and sample the atmosphere of this high pressure derby game. However, Greece were on the TV, and we wanted to get back for that.

In fact, we had very nearly gone to Greece's Euro2008 match against Hungary. Seeing as how my ticket application for the final was unsuccessful with UEFA, it might have been the closest I'll get to seeing any Euro2008 action live.

Greece's last home game was a disastrous 4-1 defeat to arch-rivals, the 'evil empire' of Turkey. Despite the fact that Turkish fans were not allowed into the stadium for the game, the Greek fans still caused enough trouble to warrant a ban from UEFA from playing in Athens for a couple of games.

Which meant that Greece versus Hungary, and Wednesday's game against Moldova, are both being staged in Iraklio.

Denamrkfan There has been a stand outside the market in Chania selling tickets for the matches for about a fortnight - and I was tempted. In the end though, with it being a 9:30pm kick-off, we decided the expense of staying the night in Iraklio, or the experience of trying to drive back to Chania from Iraklio in the middle of the night, were too much time, money and effort.

Of course, as it turned out, what with it going from 3-0 to Sweden to 3-3, and then being abandoned in the 88th minute, Denmark vs Sweden was the game to watch.

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