Try the Tom Palmer Euro 2012 challenge . . .


Black Op

Euro 2012 kicks off on 8thJune and I’m challenging Puffin readers to beat me in predicting some of the main events of the tournament.  Read on to find out what you need to do.

I’m particularly interested in the Euros this year because my new bookBlack Op – is set just before the tournament kicks off. Black Op is the first book in a new series (called the Squad) about five child-spies who use the cover story of being players in an England youth football team to monitor and prevent threats to the UK.

In Black Op the government have intelligence that someone is planning an attack on the England first team as they prepare for the tournament in Krakow, Poland. The Squad has to stop that happening. But can they work out who is planning what and stop it in time?

Okay. Now it’s time to make your Euro 2012 predictions. I’ve guessed five things about the tournament. Check out my predictions; then work out your own.

Who will win Euro 2012?

[Tom’s prediction: GERMANY]

Who will be the leading scorer of Euro 2012?

[Tom’s prediction: VILLA, Spain]

Which England player will play for the most minutes during the tournament?

[Tom’s prediction: Joe Hart]

How many goals will there be in the tournament in total (not including penalty shootouts)?

[Tom’s prediction: 93]

How many times games will England win during the finals?

[Tom’s prediction: TWO]

Everyone that does better than me in predicting the five facts above will be put into a draw. (There may be hundreds of you! Or a dozen…) Five lucky (and clever) winners will win a signed copy of Black Op. All predictions need to be emailed to by midday on 8th June. Prizes to be sent out to winners in early July.

I’m also happy to announce that I am working with the National Literacy Trust on a range of resources for schools and families that will give football fans great ideas around reading about Euro 2012. They’ll include a free 21-part story written daily during Euro 2012, writing exercises, a blog and a pack of ideas for games, quizzes and activities to try during the tournament. Have a look at or email me for more details.

Throughout the summer I will be in Waterstones bookshops up and down the country hosting penalty shoot outs and table football tournaments. There will be prizes! I’ll be in Manchester, Preston, Southport, Trafford Centre, Truro, Cardiff, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Kettering, St Albans, Portsmouth, Bridport, Plymouth, Camberley, Southampton, Berkhampstead, Chesham, Bradford, Leeds and York. Please come and say hello and collect a free Euro 2012 scorecard.  For more details about the events visit

 Black Op is published 3 May. Good luck with your predictions.

Tom Palmer

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