Englishman Adam Burke felt like he was riding an emotional rollercoaster as he watched his beloved country fall to Italy in the Euro 2012 football quarterfinal yesterday morning.
With the score locked at 0-0 after 120 minutes, Mr Burke had to wait for an agonising penalty shootout that eventually determined his team's 4-2 loss.
"I was absolutely gutted. I still jumped up and down, and carried on, but oh it's disappointing," he sighed.
Mr Burke, of Hereford, said he was not a big fan of club football in England.
However, when it came to supporting the country as a whole, he was very passionate.
"You know I must admit I was expecting something to go wrong – it always does," he said.
The New Plymouth resident, who works offshore, said it was just as well he didnot have to go to work after the match.
"I would be bloody miserable to be working with today."
Despite the loss, Mr Burke said he did enjoy watching the game with a "load of Poms" at Peggy Gordon's Bar.
"I think I was the only one shouting and swearing though. If I was watching it in England, I would have been the quiet one. Here I was the rowdy one," he said.
Although disappointed in the outcome, Mr Burke said he would be looking to support his team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"I've been to Brazil before and it's some place. I'm definitely going to make myself available for that," he said.
And, by the sounds of it, Mr Burke should not have any trouble integrating into the South American culture. "It will be no problem, I can do the samba and salsa and all that."
- Taranaki Daily News
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