Tweepstake 2014 – Day 9

June 20, 2014

Oh dear! Oh no! Where to begin? Well, with a big “COME ON ITALY!” Yes, @pettitsa, we need your team to do the job for us. Two wins from Italy – one today, the next next Tuesday – and 27 goals from England in their match against Costa Rica (and it has to be 27 goals where we win, a 27-27 draw will not do) and England will still qualify for the next round where we get knocked out. Come on ragazzi (Italian for ‘lads’, possibly) we know you can do it.

And if Italy win, and madman Balotelli scores, he has demanded a kiss from the Queen. It’s your duty Ma’am!

I’m getting ahead of myself. A recap of all yesterday’s games, not just that one:

Colombia 2 Ivory Coast 1

Colombia are through to the knockout stages! Well done @SpiderMonkey987. Ivory Coast are on 3 points and are looking good, so @jayscarblue can be hopeful. This was an exciting and free-flowing match, including synchronised goal celebrations from the Colombian team.

colombia goal

Uruguay 2 England 1

Oh no! More a case of England V Suarez. He scored both goals just to make Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard feel particularly sick. Sicker than John Parrot. On the plus side, Rooney scored. That’s it. A begrudging well done to @BottyB and a sorry to @Christian_N_Orr.

Japan 0 Greece 0

I didn’t stay up for this. A point each for @Superblouse and @gingerdisco99. You’re tournament isn’t quite over yet!

 

TODAY’S PREVIEWS AND PREDICTIONS

Firstly, we must have seen all the lovely stadiums by now, so I’m going to stop listing their capacities. It takes me too long to look up and all my charts say different numbers. Let’s just assume they all hold lots and lots, ok?

ITALY (@pettittsa)  v COSTA RICA (@jasonpettigrove)

5pm. BBC. Arena Pernambuco in Recife. Italy have to win this. For England! Balotelli will do the job. We need Italy to win, but not by too much (goal difference needs to be in England’s favour). It’s going to be tense. My (optimistic) prediction:

Italy 1 Costa Rica 0

 

SWITZERLAND (@realandrewgreen)  v FRANCE (@Zoleipar)

8pm. ITV. Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. I’ll try not to be biased, but it’s @realandrewgreen against my wife! Both teams have 3 points. Oh, let’s go for a draw. My prediction:

Switzerland 7 France 7

 

HONDURAS (@wristwatch42)  v ECUADOR (@wasaunders)

11pm. ITV. Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. The two losers so far from the same group as Switzerland and France. Ecuador lost to Switzerland in injury time, whereas Honduras were beaten 3-0 by France. My prediction:

Honduras 0 Ecuador 4

I’ll find something fun to end on in a minute. But first a very big thank you to those of you who have donated time and time again to Alzheimer’s Society. I know a lot of you (myself and my wife included) have been affected by this horrible illness that takes away all we know of our loved ones in an almost unbearable manner. And I know some of you are going through bad times now. And yet you’re keeping your spirits up and taking part in the Tweepstake. And it’s good to see that a new pledge has been made by the government to cure dementia by 2025, with David Cameron calling Dementia one of the “greatest enemies of humanity”. That’s a long way off, but it’s something. And along the way Alzheimer’s Society is there helping, caring, and doing what it can for the quality of life of those who are affected.

Some of you have donated more than once. Some of you have come up with novel ways of donating; buying a ‘pint’, paying for goals scored and matches won, even getting some of the big name players to donate (‘Shatov’ from Russia gave £2!) Messages have been left in the languages of the nations you are representing in the sweepstake. Your imagination and fun is making the whole experience fantastic.

And for those of you who have been incredibly generous, I’m not going to ask for more. You’ve all done your bit. But if you can, please do pass on the message. Perhaps you know of friends or family who would like to help out. Just £2 from one ‘player’ in each team would raise another £64!

If you know of anyone who would like to donate, please point them in the direction of my Just Giving page here. Yesterday we raised another £78 bringing the total so far up to £878 and reaching 44% of the presposterous target of £1966. Thank you all very very much.

Back to the football. We need Italy to help us out tonight. Here’s negramaro singing their Muse-like hearts out for the ragazzi.

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