By Vera Martirosyan
TOULOUSE. - As you know, for the first time in history, the European Championship is held not for 24 days, but for a whole month. The reason is the increase in the number of the participating squads. Europe speaks about football for an entire month. The tournament is getting more and more interesting. The favorites like Spain and England are the second in the group, Wales and Croatia coming first.
Today one can expect a miracle from Iceland and Hungary. This time not two but possibly three squads are for the first time leaving the group. The four squads of all the groups, which showed the best results and came third, will continue the struggle.
Interestingly, the Turks lost the first two matches, without scoring at least one goal, and have come very close to success only at the end, after defeating the Czechs, if, of course, Ireland doesn’t make a sensation by beating Italy. Upon the end of group matches a number of French cities will bid farewell to football: the play-off will be hosted by the big cities.
Meanwhile, the last group matches are going on. On June 21, the longest day of the year, the French, and especially the Toulouse residents, mark the World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) with unique love. Every year on June 21, the best performers of the country give a concert in the central Capitole square of Toulouse, a city, which remembers the singing of troubadours.
The tickets were sold out immediately, while for people like me the music festivity was in all the streets of the city. All those who wanted to play their favorite songs took to the streets with their musical instruments.
Frankly speaking it occurred to me to sing the song “Kamin zana” from the Armenian film The men, but I had no musical instrument. Of course, later I regretted not singing it. The music sounded in all the streets of the city till very late in the evening.
Then the news on the unexpected loss of Spain in the match against Croatia came. Then a few more songs sounded and the festivity ended. Meanwile, football is continuing…
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