How to win your Euro 2008 fantasy league

There’s a party going on in Austria and Switzerland this June, and you’re not invited. Well, not unless you’re lucky enough to support one of the cou

There’s a party going on in Austria and Switzerland this June, and you’re not invited. Well, not unless you’re lucky enough to support one of the countries that displayed the modest level of footballing ability required to qualify for Euro 2008.So what do us England fans do while the rest of Europe celebrates the bulging of onion bags? We get overly involved in Euro 2008 fantasy leagues. Sure, it’s no replacement for experiencing a glorious English failure, but use the Castrol Index and you’ll at least bag top prize in your office league.While the stat-drenched site has been mainly set up to cover the actual tournament, its cameras – so good they’ve apparently been used in missile guidance systems – also tracked every player’s movement in the qualifying games.Allied to Castrol’s clever ranking system, this means you get lists of the top players in every position based on every touch they made in qualifying. It’s Fantasy League gold dust.Sure, you’ll need to have some footballing nous to fully exploit its stats (hint: we’d give Eduardo a miss) but I can’t think of many better time wasters for recovering Championship Manager addicts.