The Best Quotes from 2011-12

July 5, 2012 in Features, Funny Stuff

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With Spain winning Euro 2012, I think we can safely say that the football season is finally over. Manchester City paid over the odds to buy the Premier League title, while Montpellier managed to find the French equivalent in the bargain basket. Dortmund proved that winning their first title was not a fluke by claiming a famous domestic double, and AC Milan were left scratching their heads after Andrea Pirlo, a player they released, helped to clinch the Serie A title for rivals, Juventus. Oh, and not to mention that Jose Mourinho finally managed to end the Barcelona stranglehold by leading Madrid to the La Liga title.

So, with that said – shall we remind ourselves of some of the things that have been said by people within the world of football over the last 11 months?

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Spanish masterclass destroys Italy

July 2, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Spain rewrote the history books to claim their second successive European Championship with a sublime performance that further strengthened their claim to be the best international side ever. Two goals in each half were sufficient for Spain, who simply stroked the ball around a hard working Italian side who, at times, appeared to be chasing shadows. On this occasion, the Azzurri were a pale imitation of the outfit that played so well in the group game between the two sides and didn’t even look like gaining any kind of foothold in the match. Quite simply, Spain were ruthless and passed the Italians off the park. On this evidence, those commentators who, ahead of the final, scornfully derided the Spanish as boring should now be hanging theirs heads in shame. That also includes you, Arsene Wenger!

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Ballsy Banter Podcast 02/07/12 - And Euro 2012 is over!

July 2, 2012 in Podcasts

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Euro 2012 is all over, and we have a new podcast of Ballsy Banter up, going through the semis and the final, so do what you need to do and give it a listen!

I don’t know about you, but my favourite moment of the tournament had to be this:

There are a whole number of ways to listen, click on the ‘Podcast’ page at the top-left of the page and you can either stream it or download the podcast from there. Or just click here to go there direct. Also, for iPhone/iPod users, you can subscribe to it on iTunes and if you have an Android phone, any RSS podcast app will have it available for download by just searching us. It couldn’t be simpler! So give it a listen and please give us some feedback however good or bad, we want to make it as good as we possibly can so you enjoy it as much as we do. Email us, Tweet us or Facebook us your feedback!

Hope you enjoy the podcast.

Up the banter!

The team.

Italy vs Spain II: The Prized Possesion

June 30, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Italy and Spain find themselves battling it out for victory for the second time in just three weeks after they had their first, original stalemate in Gdansk. This time, however, it’s for the only major trophy of European international football, not just the three points.

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Cliches galore as Italy produce cliche victory over Germany

June 29, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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The issue with our Twitter-browsing, multi-journalist following and multi-publication reading culture is that when a particular interesting quote or statistic is discovered by one news source, you can bet that you’ll hear it over and over again, from every single source you have. Italy’s 2-1 win over Germany last night lent itself to quite a few of these; from the repeated “Pirlo peerless” quote (bet whoever came up with that is seriously smug), via the almost inevitable cry of “WHY ALWAYS HIM?” when Mario Balotelli scores a goal, to the incredible statistic that Germany have not beaten Italy in a competitive game for 50 years, last night saw the publications all unite in their use of clichés. Well, that, and in their surprise, because, boy, no-one saw this result coming.

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