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Euro 2012 – the plight of the online reporter

While watching the Poland-Greece and Russia-Czech Republic matches last night, I suddenly realised that being an online minute-by-minute reporter for these matches is a very difficult job indeed. Not convinced?

Take a look at the names of some of the players on show last night. Here:

Grzegorz Sandomierski
Grzegorz Wojtkowiak
Jakub Wawrzyniak
Łukasz Piszczek
Adam Matuszczyk
Jakub Błaszczykowski
Adrian Mierzejewski
Robert Lewandowski
Alexandros Tzorvas
Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Avraam Papadopoulos
Vassilis Torossidis
Sokratis Papastathopoulos
Giorgos Karagounis
Kostas Katsouranis
Kostas Fortounis
Giannis Fetfatzidis
Nikos Liberopoulos
Kostas Mitroglou
Dimitris Salpingidis
Vyacheslav Malafeev
Sergei Ignashevich
Aleksei Berezutski
Konstantin Zyryanov
Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Pavel Pogrebnyak

Would you want to be one of the live bloggers reporting last night? Would be able to rattle off such names without a spelling error and update your blog every minute on the minute? No, right? Neither would I. That’s why such reporters ask for, and get, danger money, besides their pay and bonuses. If you get a ‘cz’ in the wrong place and mix up your ‘poulos’es, the next thing you’ll know is the secret police hauling you up before the European Court of Criminal Justice, before you can spell Przemysław Abracadabrovskiy, or Sviatoslav Abracadabrov.

I am told that reporting England matches is much simpler, hence you get paid in pennies for such a doddle. Suppose I wrote that “the big lummox masquerading as a centre forward headed the ball two yards over the bar from four yards out”, or “the brainless side of beef got nutmegged for the fifth time today”, we’ll all know who I am writing about.


About thecrestedjay

I am passionate about football, jazz, classic rock, classic movies, crime, science fiction and P G Wodehouse. And also about NBA, western and Indian classical music. Since the wife will also read this blog, I cannot reveal my other passions in public. Have one son who plays the guitar, spent some time as an animator and now works for a digital marketing and advertising company. I also have one (1) wife. I spent a lot of my time on my music and books collection. I also have a passion for travelling but not a great deal of time and money to spend on this. Hopefully, in the future, I'll be able to do so.


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