The field of strategic prohibition in football now has a new frontier.
That frontier is Twitter.
Whenever a major international tournament pops up, some manager or another always gets the bright idea to limit his players' activities.
Sometimes they prohibit their players from intimate relations with their wives and girlfriends (though, apparently, Fabio Capello didn't consider the possibility of there being any gay players in that situation).
This time, it's Twitter.
Yes, Twitter. Denmark's players won't be able to use Twitter during Euro 2012.
Clearly, that makes them the new favorites.
From The Independent:
Denmark's players have been banned from using Twitter during Euro 2012.
"There is so much communication during the championships that we want to limit it to meetings with the media," said the Danish Football Association's media chief, Lars Berendt. Several of the Danish squad's players, including the Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen and the Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Christian Eriksen, are active on Twitter.
"There was a time when we lived without Twitter and we'll be able to do it during the Euros," said Sorensen – on Twitter. He has more than 20,000 followers on the social networking website.
Denmark was drawn into Group B—this year's Group of Death—with Germany, Holland and Portugal. Their first match, against Holland in Kharkiv, Ukraine, is set for June 9.
Sky Bet rates Denmark at 80/1 to win the tournament. No team is rated as a bigger underdog.
Maybe that's why Danish coach Morten Olsen decided on the Twitter ban. At this point, any strategy is probably a good strategy, right?
Sadly, though, such a ban means we'll be deprived of riveting Tweets like this one from Christian Eriksen:
Just been to the movie. Watcht American Pie - The reunión!!! What a movie!!!!— Christian Eriksen (@ChrisEriksen8) April 13, 2012
Eriksen, by the way, was seven years old when the original American Pie came out in theaters. Don't you feel old now?
Moving on, the Twitter ban means we'll also miss these insightful bits from Nicklas Bendtner (if he even makes the team):
Yes— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) April 7, 2012
Hahahahaha— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) April 14, 2012
Boa— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) April 7, 2012
The world mourns the loss of true genius.