7 Tips for enjoying the Euros
Pack your bags and slip on your footy shirt: the Euros are back. It’s been four years since Spain took the trophy for the second time in a row. Since then, we’ve spent our time finessing ‘sack the ref’ Facebook statuses, and trying to get rid of a vuvuzela. Well football folk, it’s here - the competition has started and we are thrilled. But fear not those of you who’d rather see Cristiano Ronaldo in your dreams than on the football field, we’re a generous bunch here at Primark, so we’re serving up 7 tips for enjoying the Euros. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no escape, so let’s kick off…
1. BRUSH UP ON YOUR FRENCH
Time to get educated on the basics. The Euros are heading to France this year, so take this opportunity to get to grips with the language of love and negotiate your way through the streets with a sassy tourist confidence. An enthusiastic ‘bonjour’ may have got you top marks back in school but it won’t get you far when ordering a croissant pre-match or finding your way back home afterwards, so invest in a French dictionary.
2. GET THE BARBECUE ON
If you’re watching the games from home, a BBQ is a Euros essential. Apparently nothing says team spirit quite like gherkins and mustard, and it’s a summertime tradition we’re happy to oblige to. Get the burgers, bangers, and marshmallow skewers on the grill, because if you aren’t sheltering from the rain with a soggy hot dog in one hand and a limp country flag in the other, you’re not a true supporter.
3. MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE
Time to etch out that bottom shape in the living room sofa, because you’re going to be stuck to it for the next month. Set up the ultimate supporting scenario: snack table to the right with three crisp flavours to keep things interesting, puffy cushion to the left for nervous chewing purposes, and one of those drink hats with a straw connected firmly on your head (because you’re determined to make use of that Secret Santa gift).
4. EMBRACE FLAGS
The unspoken rule of the Euros is that you’re not actually a supporter unless you’ve gone OTT with your country’s flag. Got one quivering from the car aerial? Check. Bedroom windows covered? Check. Tied round your neck as a cape? Check. You know the drill, if you can’t beat em, join em. Literally all of them, because flag fever is seemingly infectious.
5. CHOOSE FACE PAINT WISELY
We love a bit of cheek art. In fact, you’re a fraud unless your face is painted with a contorted flag. However, choosing the wrong tools can leave you repping that facial support for a long time post-match. It may look good in the stadium, but queuing for your takeaway with a green-tinted face or contorted flag dribbled down your chin 2 weeks later is a no-no. Paint wisely artistic fans.
6. FOLLOW THE CROWD
When the lyrics to Rihanna’s ‘work’ make more sense to you than the offside rule, there’s only one thing for it – follow the crowd. If your father-in-law is yelling at the TV screen, do the same. If the fans around you start jumping with happiness, then get your high fiving hand at the ready. And when the Mexican Wave kicks off, prepare, because you will never be as nervous as you will be when trying not to mess that up.
7. EMBRACE IT!
Whatever the sport, it’s always fun to support your country. Whether you’re joining in a sweepstake at the prospect of winning a healthy £7, or warming up your vocal cords to heckle with the crowds, your team may not be the winners, but there’s fun to be had in uniting with your country to celebrate or commiserate.
All that’s left now is to scrub up on your National Anthem and get that football top stuck to your torso. The Euros are sure to be one heck of a party, and whether or not you accept the invite, you’ll be caught up in the action ‘til the 10th July, so start warming up!