So it’s the end of the pool stage of the tournament and later on this evening England start the ball rolling (sorry for the pun)in their semi fianl against the Netherlands, should be interesting. Hopefully if all goes well we will have Jon Beeden out here with us to provide us with his views of the games.
The press conference room was busy before today however as we reach the closing stages of the tournament more press are arriving. No worry for us as no one will steal our desk with all its equipment on but there is the hustle and bustle behind us where journalists fight for the best seat. Some of them like to crowd around our desk because of our nice tv screen that is closer for them.
Yesterday the tournament had a great crowd atmosphere, the best seen so far, particularly for the Belgium v Spain game. The Belgium’s seem to have a large following of the sport, not just in the crowd but in the press room also.
The later start today allowed us to have a better look around Moenchengladbach itself. Rather than just the wander down the road into what we thought was the centre. We acquired a map (very useful when traveling in foreign places) and drove to the centre, still not much to see or do and despite being 11am here, the shopping area was dead. Who knows maybe it comes to life at night.
Any way best get back to work the first game is not far off and things need to be set up for that.