How’s it going? Let’s crack on with the second part of our football blog. The nation of England is currently going hysterical with their team through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Although, I’m getting the impression that a lot more people hate football than I first thought. It’s cool though, this blog is less about football (it’s about football) and more about fun (it’s about football). My fellow Englishmen (and women – the ones that like football) still don’t think England can actually win the football, it just gives us something to cheer (we may be able to beat the Ukraine, but not the U.K rain) until we win a relay bronze on the last day of the Olympics. If you don’t like any of these things, then fair enough. I’m just waffling on to fill up some space on this blog because I’m actually fed up of football too (I’m not really).
Contradictions aside (I’m enjoying using these brackets extensively) – I went along to the Big Scary Monsters 5-a-side football tournament on Saturday to take some photos, and cheer on Team Awesome or ‘Borussia Merchangladbach’ as we’d been dubbed after a Twitter comp last week – although ‘Merchester United’ had been a close second. I drove to the Powerleague stadium which was literally (the correct context, I promise) just outside the actual Wembley Stadium. An erroneous kick from a giddy five-a-sider could’ve easily landed on the hallowed turf of the famous pitch. When I got there, I saw lots of men with serious faces, testosterone oozing from every pore (not that one) stretching, limbering up and looking ready for their impending contests. To be fair. On the other hand, some teams were nursing hangovers, warming up by smoking cigarettes and drinking Lucozade (Team Awesome) and were looking less than ready for soccer-battle (I was joking about Team Awesome).
Team Awesome had spent 5 whole hours coming down from Leeds on one of those ubiquitous bus-chains and were warming up when I found them. I asked everyone how the camaraderie was after such a long journey, but it seemed as though everyone had just slept. I was envisioning football singing, bonding and tactics being thought out whilst Team Awesome held court on the back of the bus. Anyway, we were in Group 4 and I was sure we’d secure the top four place needed to go through to the quarter finals. That was until we lost the first game, and the second. Then we won the third and lost the fourth. We only needed to win the fifth to sneak through but unfortunately we lost that by a narrow margin. You can see the details below. It was good tactics as the group games overran and the men needed to get the bus home.
So what next for the elite octet that comprised Team Awesome? I don’t think football stardom awaits anytime soon, but if fair play and keeping it awesome are virtues, then I’m pretty sure we came first. I have been told that all the men have joined a 5-a-side league in Leeds and will be working hard until next year’s tournament. I will be there too. Whether it’s applying my magic touch to the ball or my magic touch to the groin (balls) in case of injury, it is yet to be seen.
Please enjoy the photos below. I took them all on a really expensive SLR (iPhone), using a compacted editing suite (Instagram) and with an expensive lens (£10 on Ebay). Team Awesome will be back, bigger and better than ever next year. Until then, good luck to England in the football. A nation expects….. you to get knocked out. And don’t forget – NEVER STICK FLAGS ON YOUR CAR, YOU LOOK REALLY, REALLY SILLY.
I’m blowing the whistle for full-time.
Jhon Valderamma x
p.s Twitter tags for this blog are #teamawesome and #bsm5aside.
The team that is ‘TEAM AWESOME.’
Dan – A.K.A ‘Luka Modric.’
Team Awesome watching the other teams for some tactics.
It’s all about the punned team names.
Luka Modric on the ball, shortly before a screaming 60 yard overhead bicycle kick-thing (top corner).
It’s all about the lager and the Quavers at the end of the game. Until 2013!