Afraid you aren't going to get much commentary out of me concerning the first two matches of Euro 2008 as I really wasn't in a good state to remember what the hell happened.
Two years ago the Germans put on a great show for the start of the World Cup and this year it was the turn of Swiss.
Flying Dutchman Kanka (all photos by Spine by the way)
A huge gathering of Kankas showed up at the Swiss ambassador's residence (some of us were even invited!) and it was especially great to see Lanky Kanka again.
Proceedings started with a couple of speeches about goodwill and stuff and then the Turkish Foreign Ministry was presented with a trophy for having won the Diplomatic Cup earlier in the day. They beat Germany which pleased the crowd as the Germans always win this damn Cup.
Speeches over and it was time for the first match. Big screens had been erected in the ambassador's garden and luckily the rain held off. Unfortunately the sun was still out and so we couldn't see a thing for the first half but the commentary was on and Turkish TV commentary is much the same as radio... ie it was easy to understand what was going on. Not sure about the non-Turkish speakers though.
Alpine Kanka Wolfgang
Anyway this gave me the chance to talk to a few of the footballing types who had shown up. Had a lovely chat with Ender Yurtguven, general manager at the evil Ankaraspor who told me how Gokcek is actually a pretty good boss. Aparently he just lets the management of the club get on with it and doesn't interfere all the time like Cavcav does.
Oz Kanka and Ender Yurtguven
Bumped into Ankaraspor's sporting director Hasan Cetinkaya, who had just flown in from Algeria where he had been scouting around. He says hello Zagreb Kanka!
Also had a nice chat with Genclerbirligi Oftas vice president Suphi Yalcinkaya, the bloke who helps us out from time to time in getting stuff sorted.
Oz Kanka and Yalcinkaya share a joke, probably about ... censored
As I said, I can't comment on the football (although Turkey did look pretty bad).
A great night and thank you very much to the Swiss Embassy for putting on such an event. Great food, drinks friends. Top night.
Only one question. Where was Sir eski Kanka?
Maniac Kanka Harun and Romantic Kanka Gokhan
The man with the money ... Davide