Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Right said Fred… ferret gets predictions right
22:35 GMT, 10 June 2012
Remember Paul the octopus who managed to predict so many correct results during the last World Cup Meet Fred, a ferret from Kharkiv, who has a record of three out of four prior to Sunday night’s games. So his owners say anyway, and who are we to argue
Spot on: Ferret Fred was on the money with three of his predictions
A big thumbs up for…
The local girls holding up signs in Poznan’s Old Town square on Sunday saying: ‘Hug Me’. A nice gesture but, after being swamped by hundreds of Irish, Poles and Czechs within seconds, I fear they may not be back.
A big thumbs down for…
The manager of my (lovely) hotel in Kiev for providing me with an advert for ‘Finding a wife in Ukraine’ as part of my welcome pack. Honestly, a room service menu really would have been enough.
From one Roy to another…
Still going after all these years, the Roy of the Rovers comic strip is now available on digital platforms and publishers Egmont UK have produced some special images of the football icon backing his namesake Roy Hodgson on Monday.
Backing the manager: Roy Race sends a message to Roy Hodgson
You're the one, Johan
Such is Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s standing in Sweden, the 30-year-old Milan striker is said to have a major influence on coach Erik Hamren’s team selection. Today against Ukraine the duo have apparently selected former Bolton striker Johan Elmander to start up front with the enigmatic Ibrahimovic. No pressure there, then Johan. Just remember who picked you.
Picked by the top man: Johan Elmander has apparently been picked by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play
Mr Ferdinand may be persona non grata with team England but bookmakers Blue Square are offering odds on how many times commentator Clive Tyldesley mentions the absent defender’s name during the game against France.
Play of the day
They may have taken a while to get going, but Spain’s equalising goal yesterday — Iniesta to Silva to Fabregas — was a thing of beauty. Spain have had a quiet build-up but they remain, well, the best team on the planet.
Taking their time: Spain's goal by Cesc Fabregas was a thing of beauty
Quote of the day
‘When it comes…then it can leave.’ An honest reply from the lady at the Warsaw airport boarding gate when asked what time my delayed flight to Kiev would get off the ground on Sunday.