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Glenn Mason's Euro 2012 diary

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 12:32

The King, Jesus Christ and Trap
The King, Jesus Christ and Trap

The post-Croatian blues have worn off and the excitement is building for the game we've all been looking forward to: the Irish media match. Oh, okay it's Ireland crucial game against Spain tonight that has us excited.

Thanks to Philip Quinn of the Irish Daily Mail, Irish journalists will be kicking lumps out of each other at the Arka Stadium in Gdynia this afternoon. The doyen of the Irish press corps has organised kit, bibs and balls, the lot. They could have done with him before Saipan.

If you see several Irish journalists hobbling around the PGE Arena in Gdansk tonight, you'll know the reason why. We arrived back in Gdansk on Monday morning on a short but bone-shaking flight from Poznan. It was better than another five-hour bus journey.

The whistling of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" on the bus to the airport helped to lift the sombre mood from the night before.

The players could not afford to dwell on the disappointment of the opening defeat and one-by-one they lined up to tell the media that they have turned their attention to Spain.

The Green Army has rolled into Gdansk and Sopot, with many availing of the hospitality of FAI Chief Executive John Delaney.

The fan camp on the way from Gdansk to Sopot is draped in tricolours and Irish fans have taken over the bars of the seaside resort. Win, lose or draw they will enjoy themselves.

Being here for the tournament means we have obviously missed the buzz back home, but the Polish fans have given us a taste of what we are missing by wholly embraced the tournament.

As Russian and Polish fans tore each other apart before their game in Warsaw on Tuesday, it was a different story here in Sopot, where it was all good-natured fun.

Finally, it is not often that you can say that Ireland players would stop traffic, but for the past few days they have been doing that here.

Local police close the Haffner road for a short time each morning to allow the team bus to travel the wrong way up the one-way street as a short-cut to training.

Let's hope the team are going in the right direction after tonight's game.