Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Who won the internet this weekend: Double Denim or ITV Football's Twitter Account

denim-hero.jpg

It may be sunny and warm outside, but for football fans everywhere, all that they can see is dark clouds, and the never-ending gloom of a summer without a major football tournament. The real die-hards are even scrabbling around for wallcharts for the Women's World Cup (which does actually look quite interesting) and the U-21 European Championships (well, given that we're sending some decent players, it's a tournament we might actually win).

The curtain came down on the regular football season over the weekend with two rather contrasting events: Saturday's eagerly-anticipated Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus, followed by Sunday's not-so-eagerly-anticipated international friendly between the Republic of Ireland and England, ahead of their qualifiers next week.

So where was the real action to be found in the end? We investigate.


Tale of the tape


Who: Barcelona and their love of double denim

Barca Staff Double Denim

Hang on, why was Seb Coe there?

They came, they saw, they conquered, and they unashamedly wore double denim. Yes, following the team landing in Berlin in denim supplied by Replay - their "official supplier of formal and casual wear" - the first time that a football club has worked with a denim company - the coaching staff eschewed the traditional suit and ties to proudly sport it on the touchline and become the talk of Twitter. Was it a fashion statement? Or a horror show? The jury is still out, what we do know is that it was gloriously blue, devoid of pastel shades as we would usually expect from our Euro cousins.

And the football? Well, despite a short spell in the second half when Juventus got level, the result was never really in doubt as the Catalan Kings controlled possession, as they always do, and midfield legend Xavi got a run-out at the end to enjoy a stellar send-off. But then you probably already knew that.


Who: ITV Football's Twitter Massacre

Roy Hodgson

No one made you pick Jamie Vardy, Roy

After the high of Berlin, came the low of Dublin.

As England played Ireland in one of the most boring matches seen for a long while (well, since England's 0-0 draw against Costa Rica last summer, anyway) we were left hugely thankful for two things.

1. At least it was so boring that it stopped a repeat of the violence seen in that 1995 match
2. Thank God we now have social media so we can all have something to do while it's on

ITV Football, meanwhile, played a blinder, realising early on that, even if this world of 'Super Sundays' and 'Manic Mondays' (hang on, that might be The Bangles), the public know when they're seeing rubbish, and they didn't hold back. Pundit Paul Scholes described the entertainment on display thus:

They then attempted to summarise the important tactical lessons that emerged from the match:

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers, who have experience with putting together highlights packages for terminally dull games, didn't miss the chance to get involved:

And we would love to know the viewing figures that this programme got:

(Images: Getty)

Related

og1.jpg

Football's 10 Most Spectacular Own Goals

jack warner.jpg

Jack Warner And Four Other Ridiculous Officials In The FIFA Scandal

1.jpg

Paul Gascoigne: "I wanted to entertain the people"

2.jpg

Streaming Live Football In The UK Just Got A Lot Harder

Underground.jpg

Behind the scenes of the FA Cup final

3.jpg

What it’s like for a mediocre footballer to play at Wembley

Comments

More

Liverpool FC ban The Sun journalists from Anfield

A full Sun shun

by Gary Ogden
10 Feb 2017

Five football club badges reimagined for the corporate era

Embrace the prawn sandwiches guys, embrace them

26 Jan 2017

Usain Bolt loses Olympic Gold after teammate's doping conviction

The sprinter's 'triple treble' is no more

25 Jan 2017

How Eric Cantona's kung-fu kick changed my life

22 years to the day, one writer muses over that infamous night at Selhurst Park

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jan 2017

Senegal goalkeeper pulls the most ridiculous time-wasting trick ever

That's one way to kill a few seconds

by Dave Fawbert
24 Jan 2017

This is what it's like to support the craziest football club in the UK

The bizarre goings-on at Leyton Orient continue

by Dave Fawbert
20 Jan 2017

#Pogba Lost His Head to the Emoji Keyboard Yesterday

When the Theatre of Dreams became the Theatre of Content

by James Bird
16 Jan 2017

Rio Ferdinand's reaction to Ibrahimovic's equaliser is perfect

He certainly enjoyed this one

16 Jan 2017

Remembering Pierre van Hooijdonk, the original football ‘striker’

What really happened at Nottingham Forest?

by Dave Fawbert
13 Jan 2017

People are remembering Graham Taylor's defence of John Barnes

"You're talking about another human being"

by Dave Fawbert
12 Jan 2017