Black boots are dead.

The trend of coloured boots, started by David Beckham when he first slipped on a pair of white Adidas Predators, has been taken to a new level. Some would say it has gone too far and that it highlights ‘everything that is wrong with the modern game’.

For the last few years an unwritten code seemed to exist in football with respect to boot colour choice. Defenders and hard working midfielders have shown resentment to the coloured boot craze, preferring instead to stick to the traditional no nonsense Copa Mundial’s. On the contrary, wingers and attackers preferred to reflect their on-pitch flair with a pair of coloured boots ranging from pink to mango.

RIP black boots.

This actually provided Sunday amateur outfits with additional tactical information on the opposition. All that what was required was a thorough examination of the opposition’s warm up to help identify the danger man. Any player wearing pink Vapors would quickly be picked out, with his opposing number told to ‘see if he fancies it’. In other words, ‘hit him’.

Day one of Euro 2012 has pointed towards a blurring of the lines though which suggests a worrying future. Tough centre backs have been tempted, probably by big money from Nike, to adorn a pair of white and pink boots. If this paves the way for amateur defenders to follow suit the game will be changed forever. For the better? I don’t think so.

The Euro’s need SkySports.

I thought Adrien Chiles insight was inept until the dulset tones of Mark Bright hit the airwaves over on BBC One. A stream of ridiculous statements left Bright’s mouth during the Poland v Greece match which made little sense. A personal favourite was ‘Czech Republic and Russia will be sitting in their hotel rooms with their feet up watching this’ at 6.50pm. Czech Republic v Russia kicked off under an hour later at 7.45pm. Do the maths Mark.

At least ITV’s coverage didn’t follow the BBC protocol of plugging England at every opportunity. There’s a time and a place for a Scott Parker interview and half time between Poland v Greece is not it.

Samaras is a liability.

On his day Arshavin is a top player. Shame those days are few and far between.

Having watched Georgios Samaras ‘performing’ for Celtic for a couple of years this should have already been clear. However, the European stage only helped to emphasise how poor a player Samaras really is. At least other bang average players put in a shift. This clown clearly believes he is a good enough player to saunter about and wait for the ball to come to him. Would label him a ‘luxury player’ but there is nothing luxurious about the Greek.

Arshavin is a ‘mood’ player.

Jim Beglin claimed that ‘Arshavin is in the mood today. He’s a mood player and today’s he’s in the mood’ as the Russian schemer pulled the strings for his country. And Beglin’s right. Certain players need confidence and belief in their game to allow them to perform. The fact Russia play through Arshavin helps give him a sense of importance at times I think he lost in an Arsenal shirt where he felt like a bit part player. Maybe Torres is a similar case.


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