World Cup 2018: How I discovered the lacking six 2006 stickers, by Radio 1
The 2006 World Cup nonetheless makes me emotional.
When my buddy Ben Lowe and I had this concept to attempt to full an previous sticker album this was the match that stood out for us.
The Zinedine Zidane headbutt, the penalty heartache for England and that wink from Cristiano Ronaldo – it had all of it.
And because it occurred, the ebook we had was six stickers brief.
As an alternative of simply printing out the lacking stickers wanted to finish the album I made a decision I used to be going to attempt to meet the gamers in query, get their photograph up shut after which stick them in.
My epic quest produced a heap of fine tales and the possibility to place issues proper in opposition to a sure Portuguese goalkeeper.
In case you have not seen the present but, listed here are among the classes I learnt alongside the way in which.
Lampard digs himself a giant gap
This sounds extra controversial than it was – however it was undoubtedly an embarrassing second for Frank Lampard.
I had managed to achieve entry to the Match of the Day studios, primarily by a mixture of being a presenter on BBC Radio 1 and, in a ridiculous transfer, befriending Alan Shearer.
The concept was to do a studio tour after which, if we received the possibility, clarify to Frank Lampard (certainly one of our lacking gamers) that we would have liked a photograph.
Fortunately Shearer put a textual content in to Frank and he was sound sufficient to listen to us out.
It was mad being within the MOTD studio and sitting within the chair minutes earlier than the present went out. I ended up having a superb chat with Lampard and Gary Lineker, primarily about gamers miming the nationwide anthem initially of video games.
However there was one wonderful second. Lampard was speaking concerning the influence of ‘WAGs’ (wives and girlfriends) on the 2006 World Cup and dug himself right into a little bit of a gap…
The English World Cup winner… in 2006
I did not find out about this unimaginable reality till we began our seek for Italian World Cup winner Simone Perrotta – at which level Mark Chapman advised me Perrotta was truly born in Ashton-under-Lyne, close to Manchester.
So we travelled there to see if we may discover any of his pals or household. No pleasure – however what we did discover was a statue devoted to the midfield champion.
Sadly, he would not stay there anymore so we travelled to Rome and tracked him down. He even let me strive on his World Cup winner’s medal! That’s probably the spotlight of my life.
So though Italy gained the match, I wish to assume we will declare Perrotta as an Englishman. Type of.
ZZ ain’t straightforward to search out
It was all the time going to be exhausting monitoring down Zinedine Zidane, who was nonetheless in control of Actual Madrid after I went in search of him.
We tried numerous methods to pay money for him by official channels however it simply wasn’t occurring.
We determined to journey to Spain regardless and located the resort the Actual Madrid workforce could be staying in. I will not give away what occurred however what shortly turned obvious on this journey to fulfill Zidane was that the Actual Madrid setup is FULL of baldies.
From the World Cup to religion therapeutic
Once I realised we would have liked two of the Trinidad and Tobago squad I used to be hopeful of a beautiful journey overseas. What I did not realise is that again in 2006 a considerable amount of their squad performed in Scotland.
Through the match, Scottish followers closely supported them as they had been drawn in the identical group as England.
Jason Scotland even starred in an advert for a sure delicate drink that was huge on the time.
Marvin Andrews was one of many gamers we would have liked for the album. He’s truly now a minister at a church in Fife. His tales are INCREDIBLE.
How I realized to like Ricardo
I hated Ricardo.
The Portuguese goalkeeper broke my coronary heart throughout Euro 2004. He even eliminated his gloves to avoid wasting a penalty from Darius Vassell throughout the quarter-final shootout in opposition to England.
England then confronted him once more in 2006. As soon as once more, there was penalty heartache. I hated this man.
That is in all probability a bit excessive however to illustrate I wasn’t too fussed about assembly him.
Alan Shearer got here by with a contact and we discovered him on a golf course in Portugal.
We sat down, had some wine, and chatted all of it by. And you already know what..? He was SUCH a high bloke. He loves English soccer and needs the nationwide workforce to do properly in Russia.
And to proper a couple of wrongs we even had a penalty shootout.
England gamers love singing Three Lions
I’ve received to provide (one other) huge due to Alan Shearer.
He as soon as appeared on our radio present and stupidly gave me his quantity. And to assume, I used to fake to be this man within the college playground!
He was the primary individual I messaged after I wanted a little bit of assist with this mission and he actually got here by. He even drove me to the airport earlier than I set off on my quest.
In fact we filmed it, and nearly as good because it was speaking we had a beautiful second after we each sang Three Lions. He is fairly a superb singer, I did not anticipate it.
He advised me how all of the England gamers sang Three Lions on the workforce bus as they headed to Wembley throughout Euro 96. I really like the considered that. Seems footballers actually do care as a lot as us concerning the sport all of us love, and all the pieces that comes with it.