5 Reasons to be excited for the Euro Cup 2016

In the first place, I was planning to write a post about Father’s Day. It would have made sense, especially after the great reception I had when I published my Mother’s Day post. But then, I thought ‘Quel ennui!’ What an unoriginal post to write.

Furthermore, Grumpy Boyfriend is not really in my good books today. So why would I sing his praises? He went to the pub with his mate to watch the Euro Cup. England against Wales or Iceland maybe? For what I care about it… What?! How on earth can you have forgotten this tournament? It’s all I hear about at the moment. That and the Brexit debate.

So Monsieur is enjoying himself, playing pool and watching the match with his mates while supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Frenchie Mummy (A mais oui! That’s the least I deserve) is staying home to look after Baba.

Pizza, wine and a good romantic comedy will bring maman back to her good spirits. But still, I don’t get it. Why do men get so excited about a football competition? Turn the news on and it’s all about supporters behaving badly in France. It’s just 11 guys running after a ball and playing with it.

You may have worked it out. I am not a very sporty person. So the idea to watch a football match over the next two hours is at the bottom of my wanted-list. However, if England gets qualified and stays in the competition, we, mummies will have to put up with it a bit longer. Don’t be sad, here are some good reasons to be excited for the Euro Cup 2016:

  • It’s happy drinking time! I am not a massive drinker, especially now that I have Baba. But having to watch a football match is the best excuse to get going with a good class of wine. I remember going many times to the pub with Grumpy Boyfriend for the World Cup two years ago. Seriously, he would be so into it that he would get me way more drinks than usual. Now that we are at home, he’s definitely going to make it up to me with no less than some nice wine and du chocolat!


  • You can check out a wide range of hotties: Ladies, you don’t have to like football. But you can always look at what is before your eyes. What else to do when you are still uncertain of all the rules? For example, you know before a match, each team sings their national hymn, right? ‘Allons, enfants de la Patrie. Le jour de gloire est arrivé!’ Well, the reason I am not singing is not because I don’t know it. I am too busy looking at the menu. The cameraman always zooms on each player and I internally decide if I would vote in or out. If you see me nodding, then, you can be sure that Frenchie Mummy has just seen an Eye-Candy. On the same note, the slinkier the t-shirts are, the better. Don’t forget their shorts. Go on, check out those little bums and ces jambes musclées… Don’t pretend you are not salivating. I know you are. And hubby to think that you are captivated with the match. Hold on! Did you just see this player’s muscles moving? How poetic is that?


  • You are not into footballers as much as me? D’accord. But think, a football match is the best excuse to leave your son(s) with your man. Some Daddy time is always good. Which means temps libre pour Maman!


  • You can get on with your writing: You leave these two to some important conversation involving penalties and other weird stuff. And what do you do with yourself? A nice cup of tea. Non, pardon. A large glass of wine and off we go. No one to distract you. By the end of the match, you may have managed to write 3 or 4 posts. Doesn’t it feel just fantastique?
  • Finally, in the worst (or not?) case scenario that England loses, you can comfort papa while deep down you make a happy dance. You always get brownie points for that. When England lost against Germany back in 2010, everyone in the pub was depressed, Grumpy Boyfriend included. I was there to give him a pat on his shoulder. Actually, I was so relieved I wasn’t going to have to watch more matches in a pub surrounded by lads on a sunny day…


Alors, convinced now? Looking forward to it? If you are still uncertain, just a little bonus for you. It’s the weekend after all ?. I just put some beautiful pictures. Let’s be honest, we don’t really care about their names.


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  1. Over Heaven's Hill
    June 18, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    I usually love watching international football with my hubs but this year the toddler hates football so we get to see all of 10 minutes of it! I’m missing the hotties 🙁

  2. Magali
    June 18, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Check out Antoine Griezmann! ?

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 18, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      ah oui! I really need to catch up on the French team… the youngsters are yummy ?

  3. June 20, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Ha ha – footballers are not my bag (Cristiano Ronaldo – purleeease), but yes I do appreciate some time to get on with other stuff (like watching Murder she Wrote) whilst the husband enjoys watching the game. #fartglitter

  4. alisonlonghurst
    June 20, 2016 / 6:57 am

    Thanks for the photos 🙂 I like watching the football and have a daughter who is football mad, so while she’s watching the technique I’ll happily check out the derrieres! I love your vt of the little girl twerking – so funny! Alison x #fartglitter

  5. June 20, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    not a fan here either and nor is hubby so it isn’t on in our house! #bigpinklink

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 20, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      Lucky you! I am jealous, but hopefully I should go through it.

  6. June 20, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Luckily I have a husband who isn’t into sports, and we live in Canada so aren’t watching the Euro Cup anyway. Having said that, the hubs just stayed up for 24 hrs straight to watch a car race (24 hrs of Le Mans) but that only happens once a year. And it meant when the race started at 6am our time I could send the kids downstairs with dad and sleep in. So really it is a win for me! No attractive men though. They’re too suited up to be seen.

  7. Something Crunchy Mummy
    June 20, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Haha brilliant! The Euros have taken over our house until England are out!! #MarvMondays xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 20, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Good luck, I stacked up good cheeses and wines just to survive it ?

  8. June 20, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    haha great! I am not a great football watcher but I did enjoy watching Wales vs England last weekend

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 20, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      I know why, I bet they took off their shirts off at the end… Love your linky by the way. I hope you get a lot of people for the next one. Thank you so much for stopping by xx

  9. June 20, 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Thank you for this! I needed the reasons to stay positive about it. England lost their place in the world cup on my birthday 10 years ago and I still haven’t quite got over it. One awesome BBQ – ruined and immediately gate crashed by grumpy miserable drunk people. Boo! At least now I have blogging to occupy me whilst I am abandoned for the footie… ooh and “Love Island” on catch up (don’t judge me).

    Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

  10. June 21, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Dibs on second from the left!! The one with the fantastical abs on display…!! Yes, I was secretly rather enjoying the time that my husband is spending in the pub watching the football (for the first time ever!!) Since having the children, we spend so many evenings in together, and he has moaned a little about the amount of time I spend writing, so a few evenings apart from him, for me to watch pretty little liars or blog without judgment, has been pretty welcome! If there was any doubt at all about whether I was happy about football invading our lives, this post has totally sold the idea for me!! Brilliant!!

  11. June 23, 2016 / 8:26 am

    I’m in it for the footballers alone. Your right, the national anthems are the best time to get a look in at the talent. Although I must say as I’m originally from Northern Ireland I’ve such a soft spot for them and watching them avidly! #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 23, 2016 / 11:08 am

      haha thanks for commenting. England or France I don’t really care who is winning as long I have plenty of wine to drink ?

  12. June 23, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Football baffles me. As an English man this makes me suspicious and even worse at small talk.

    The best thing about the tournament is that my favourite band wrote a song for the Welsh team and it’s a stormer.



  13. Squirmy Popple
    June 23, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Like you, I’m not a big sports person. My husband usually gets really into the Euro Cup, but he’s way too distracted by the US election this year. Football has its drama with goals and free kicks and all that, but it’s nothing compared to the drama that Donald Trump causes on a daily basis. #StayClassyMama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 23, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      How funny Grumpy Boyfriend is well into Us election too! Men are all the same at the end of the day ?

  14. My Petit Canard
    June 23, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Ha, ha! I love this! You have definitely given me a reason, in fact 5 reasons to consider watching some Euro matches this year. I couldnt help but smile at some of the very compelling list 😉 Thanks for linking this up to #MarvMondays. Emily

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 23, 2016 / 8:56 pm

      Happy to have helped ?

  15. Double the Monkey Business
    June 26, 2016 / 6:05 am

    I am not a huge football fan, but I have to say I am very much enjoying getting extra time on my blog 🙂 #MarvMondays x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 26, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Me too! Thanks for reading

  16. June 26, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I used to watch international football, but now I just can’t get into it. I’m happy that it’s not really being shoved into my face here in Denmark. #PuddingLove

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 26, 2016 / 8:13 pm

      Lucky you…hahaha

  17. Sarah Aslett @ Admissions Of A Working Mother
    June 27, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Haha I bloody love this! “Go on, check out those little bums” – hilarious and I totally agree! It is also a great time for writing – thats my plan tonight #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 27, 2016 / 11:59 am

      ☺ oh yes, these bums… But it’s difficult to write when you have them in your face. I think you will have to sacrifice your blog some days…thanks for reading

  18. nikkifrankhamilton
    June 27, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    This is so true! LOL I’m not much for watching sports on a regular basis. When it comes down to the Superbowl or the World Series in Baseball then I’m in. Just for the final big game, I don’t really follow anyone regularly-too boring. I’d much rather clean bathrooms or some such chore.

    But the Olympics are coming and I love watching the trials and the games. Do you watch then?

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 27, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Not really I am not into sports at all ?

  19. June 27, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    All very good reasons to watch football, I especially like hot men and drinking haha! Thanks for the laugh and sharing with #stayClassyMama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 27, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Me too hope England wins tonight as the lot is not bad ☺

  20. Fran @ Whinge Whinge Wine
    June 28, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Ah well, that didn’t last long did it? Not really one for football so I have no idea what’s going on except that ‘we’ (being England, I didn’t play) lost.

    Maybe the French will have better luck?? #chucklemums

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 28, 2016 / 10:02 am

      Let’s hope the Frenchie team goes to the top. Some boys in there are really nice! I might even get a t-shirt and pretend I support them for real ? thanks for commenting on my two posts x

  21. Petite Library
    June 28, 2016 / 10:41 am

    This really made me laugh (: Thanks for sheding some sparkly light on the dark tunnel that is football! #BigPinkLink

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 28, 2016 / 10:46 am

      Did I? Probably not the ones people would expect but it’s ok ? thanks for commenting x

  22. June 28, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    After last night’s pile of utter merde, I doubt Grumpy Boyfriend will ever want to watch football again! I certainly am tempted not to! #chucklemums

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 28, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      ? He is indeed gutted. A shame they didn’t win, my post would have had more views. Good news is the Frenchie team is still on and some of them aren’t bad looking at all…

  23. Tracy
    June 28, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    None of them for me. Maybe if they spent less time posing like tw@ts and more time booting a ball around, we wouldn’t be dragging our flags back through the window in disgust. *snorts*
    Excellent post. Tres Bon and all that. 😉 #Chucklemums

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 28, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      hahaha you have a point. Unfortunately I think being twats is part of their nature. Let’s be honest, if they went to Oxford Uni, they wouldn’t be footballers. Thanks for reading and commenting in French ?

  24. June 29, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Im afraid football isnt really my thing but luckily as I dont have a man in the house I am not subjected to it ha ha ha

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

    • thefrenchiemummy
      June 29, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Lucky you! Well I don’t feel that sorry for myself, I can check out.Thanks for reading.

  25. Silly Mummy
    June 29, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    I hate football! It’s boring & they & the fans usually behave appallingly! I’ve actually never liked looking at the footballers either. I made an exception for Thierry Henry back in the day, but he was the only one. & I didn’t like him enough to actually watch football! Good point about the writing, though I’m lucky that boyfriend is not that fussed about football & doesn’t watch. I do however write when he watches Game of Thrones! & endless Marvel series! I do always comfort myself that England never stays in long! I was amused by all the people saying at least the football was back on following the Brexit fiasco – I told them I didn’t know why they were excited about that, as England was bound to leave that too shortly! #fridayfrolics

  26. Petite Pudding (@petite_pudding)
    July 1, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I have to say I don’t usually mind watching the footy, but England are exceptionally dull and a bit lacking in the eye candy department. Saying that, I agree its a great chance to get caught up on the blogging! Thanks for linking to #PuddingLove

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 1, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      The Frenchie team is not bad in terms of beauties ?

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