Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Ice man Pires is just so cool
21:02 GMT, 19 June 2012
23:10 GMT, 19 June 2012
One of the strangest sights of the week was Robert Pires slipping in to what looked like a bulletproof vest outside his Kiev hotel on Tuesday. The garment was, in fact, a ‘Cryovest’, packed with ice and worn by the French players to keep them cool before matches.
Cool customer: Robert Pires (second left) was with the French camp
Wayne Rooney’s regular pre-match ritual involves listening to up and coming Liverpool band The Hummingbirds on his iPod after wife Coleen saw them play at the iconic Cavern Club. On Tuesday he was encouraging his 4.3million Twitter followers to check out their latest single, Doesn’t Really Matter.
On the mend: Dan Walker
Dan’s dodgy tum
We were alarmed to learn that popular BBC Football Focus presenter Dan Walker spent 12 hours in a Polish emergency ward on Monday after suffering stomach pains. Happily, Dan is back on his feet. ‘Not the best night of my trip,’ he told me.
Thumbs up for…
Lviv couple Dima and Lida Podolyan, who have spent the last 10 days
ferrying English journalists around their beautiful town in their taxi.
They even took guys from the Mirror and Guardian out for dinner.
Thumbs down for…
Laurent Blanc, after the French coach became the latest — following Ukraine’s Oleg Blokhin and Poland’s Franciszek Smuda — to berate a journalist for ‘never having played the game’. Always a low blow, that one.
This is a novel approach to criticism. Dutch paper De Telegraaf has had a go at Robin van Persie for running too far during games. The paper described him as a ‘maniac’ and commented: ‘For a striker, he ran too many kilometres.’
The running man: Robin van Persie (right)
Lowering the tone
Football reporters are supposed to be impartial but one tabloid writer out here has Martin Tyler’s Sky commentary for Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal for Manchester City downloaded as his mobile phone ringtone. I must call him next time he’s interviewing Sir Alex Ferguson.
Play of the day
England's win was scrappy and there’s no way Wayne Rooney was going to miss that open goal but the absolute cracker from Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not only the best of the tournament so far, it also gave England a huge boost and ended France’s run of 23 games unbeaten. For he’s a volley good fellow!
World class Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires Sweden ahead
Quote of the day
‘You are in business class. But you don’t have a seat on the plane.’
Another confusing statement from a Ukraine airlines official. I did have a seat… in economy.