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Last Updated: Monday, 21 June, 2004, 07:22 GMT 08:22 UK
Euro 2004 diary
By Phil McNulty and Paul Fletcher
Our men in Portugal

Portugal fans went crazy after reaching the last eight
Arsene Wenger may have mastered most things - but even Arsenal's great tactician could not overcome Portugal's phone system going into meltdown.

Following Portugal's win against Spain, Wenger was seen looking quizically at his mobile phone.

He was just suffering the same mobile phone problems as everybody else after the win sent a country into ecstasy.

Such was the pressure on the network that it simply became too busy to handle all the calls.

Portugal's meeting with Spain was very much a neighbourly affair - with thousands of Spanish fans crossing the border to the Jose Alvalade stadium.

But they once again saw their team fail to deliver in a major tournament.

No game in Portugal though is complete without the obligatory English banners - and sure enough they were much in evidence among the two sets of fans.

And those represented most prominently were Nottingham Forest, Crewe and Wigan Athletic.

More success for England's football teams - this time a fine 7-1 win for the media team against an outfit representing a well-known car company.

Once again the opposition indulged in a spot of squad rotatation - with all members of the party thrown on at 6-1 - but to no avail.

And after a battling 2-2 draw against the Swiss media, our brave boys are demonstrating they are more than following in the footsteps of Sven's men.

Major championships generally result in at least one managerial casualty.

It would seem that Euro 2004 is to be no exception to the rule and the smart money is on Holland boss Dick Advocaat.

His disastrous decision to replace Arjen Robben with Paul Bosvelt against the Czech Republic met with widespread bewilderment.

And with his team now possibles to exit the tournament at the group stage, word is Advocaat could soon be looking for a new job.

All is not well with some of the staff at Euro 2004.

A lift operator in Aveiro was barking instructions left, right and centre at journalists as she tried to cope with demand for elevators.

Words of comfort counted for little, with the woman in question flummoxed by the organisers' refusal to let journalists use the stairs.

Our friend was heard to ponder: "I work 15 hours every day in this lift and for what? Nothing."

One Aveiro radio station came unstuck when interviewing a Dutch fan ahead of the game against the Czech Republic.

The interviewer was trying to discover what the supporter liked best about Portugal in general and the town of Aveiro in particular.

But each question was greeted with exactly the same enthusiastic answer by the Dutch supporter.

Showing something of a one-track mind the Holland fan said again and again: "I like your women!"

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