By Ciaran O Raghallaigh in Poland
NOT since your intrepid reporter checked into the Hotel Rezydent on Tuesday has the staff been so excited.
Yes, Mario Balotelli is resting his little head on these very pillows ahead of Sunday’s opening clash with Spain.
The hotel – also the home of Ireland’s WAGs (nope, we can’t pick them out of a line up either) – could become a very interesting place over the next week.
Not only is it centrally located, with the imposing St George’s Church a Rory Delap throw-in away, gentleman’s club ‘The Show‘ is across the road.
The Sopot strip club enjoys a healthy clientele as it is, but will Super Mario get to compare diamond earrings with the dancers?
This Paddy Power blog reporter can’t guarantee to find out, but the fun will be in the challenge.
The Italian FA has Giovanni Trapattoni to blame for their hotel – as Ireland have booked up the sea-front Sheraton Hotel in the coastal resort despite spending the next two days in Poznan where they face Croatia.
Good work, Trap.