There's less than an hour to the kick-off of the Euro 2012 final. The group stages and the knock-out rounds have been a credit to the 'beautiful game' and the co-hosts Poland and Ukraine.
I'll be cheering on Italy. Spain is a great footballing side but sometimes its tippy-tappy possession can get tedious; although if only England had the skill to be equally dull.
An Italy victory would also underline that the ill-prepared, injury-hit England side did pretty well all things considered.
We took the Italians to penalties, when in the next round they defeated the Germans in 90 minutes.
So to have been eliminated by the ultimate winners will be no disgrace.
If Spain do win its team, however, will be worthy champions.
It's been a great competition, an advertisement for the game. I shall miss my regular dose of top class international football.
PS In the event winners Spain were magnificent; the team delivered a masterclass. Italy looked exhausted by its efforts to make the final but nobody could have lived with their opponents.