TELL US A POLITICS-TINGED FAIRY STORY PLEASE EUROBALLS…

They’re having another general election in poor, bankrupt old Greece today. But the voters will go to the polls believing that anything can happen in life and that millions of fresh Euro notes could fall out of the sky at any moment.

That unreasonable optimism comes after their highly unlikely progression from Group A last night, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Russia, who are on their way home, only a few days after we tipped them to win the entire tournament. As a tribute, we’re now throwing our weight behind the Greeks, and are convinced that they’re a sound bet to become Euro 2012 champions at 40/1.

WHO ELSE IS IN THE QUARTER-FINALS?

Joining the Greeks in the quarter-finals will be the Czech Republic, after they squeaked a 1-0 win against Poland that saw them top the Group Of Balance (every one of the four teams lost one of their three games). 

But it all could have been so different. Poland almost equalised in the last few seconds, with Jakub Blaszczykowski’s effort cleared off the line. If it had gone in, the Czechs would have been out of the tournament. Hmmmm, an act of fate? Maybe the Czechs can win the thing outright? 28/1 anyone?

WHO WOULD WIN IN A FIGHT BETWEEN ROY KEANE AND GIOVANNI TRAPPATONI?

We’re not entirely sure, but the old man clearly fancies his chances. He’s batted away criticism of Ireland by their temperamental former skipper, roaring to journalists that Keane has “won fuck all” as a manager. 

Trap looks wiry and nimble and probably has a few tricks up his sleeve, so we’d happily back him in a scrap against Keane. Can’t seem to find any available odds though…

WHAT’S HAPPENING TONIGHT?

Group B comes to a conclusion, with Germany needing only a point against Denmark to breeze into the quarters. A point could be enough for the Danes as well but it’ll depend on how things go between the Netherlands and Portugal in the other match. Hopefully it’ll go right to the wire, keeping us enthralled and confused as we flick dementedly between channels in a desperate attempt to keep up with what’s going on.

We like the idea of Holland remembering that they’re supposed to be a decent team, with 18/1 available on them to beat Portugal 3-1.

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