1. Craig Gardner: One of Football’s Good Guys


    June 27, 2012 by David Bolt

    It’s fair to say that, in the UK at least, footballers do not have a good reputation. They are stereotyped as being greedy, uneducated louts who care little about anyone other than themselves and think they are above the rules that everyone else has to live by. They often make headlines off the pitch for all the wrong reasons: arrests, kiss and tell stories, cheating on their wives or girlfriends, or for just doing something idiotic. That reputation was further enhanced earlier this week when Watford striker Troy Deeney was sentenced to 10 months in prison for affray.

  2. Spain vs. Portugal Match Preview


    June 27, 2012 by Kyle Brod

    In the quarterfinals, Portugal was pushed into the semis by a late header from Cristiano Ronaldo. On the other side, Spain’s Xabi Alonso was at the double to take out a dangerous French team. As the two neighbors prepare to square off, the expectations for both are slightly different. But the optimism and hopefulness of the players and fans will be through the roof.

    Possible Spain Lineup (4-6-0):

    Casillas, Ramos, Piqué, Alba, Arbeloa, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Fábregas, Silva

    Possible Portugal Lineup (4-3-3):

    Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fábio Coentrão, João Pereira, Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Hugo Almeida

  3. Picture of the Week: Joe Hart Crazy Face


    June 26, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

  4. The revitalisation of international football


    June 26, 2012 by Chris Hames

    So, we’re down to just four teams, from the sixteen that rose to compete amongst Europe’s elite. And what a tournament it has been so far, giving everything, that made us flock towards this sport above any other – like students to the prospect of free food – from such early ages. But, with three games still remaining – and without wanting to place any form of Jinx upon it – is it too early to call this one of the greatest international tournaments of all time?

  5. England vs Italy Match Report


    June 25, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee

    Final Score: England 0-0 Italy (Italy won 4-2 on Penalties)

    England: Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young, Rooney, Welbeck. 

    Italy: Buffon, Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Balzaretti, Pirlo, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Balotelli, Cassano. 

    England’s quarter-final jinx continued as the three lions crashed out of this year’s European championships on penalties.  Italy progressed into the semi-finals of the competition on the back of an inspiring display by their senior most players, Pirlo and Buffon.

  6. England vs Italy Match Preview


    June 24, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee


    Venue – NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev

    Kick off – 19:45 BST

    Possible Line-ups

    England (4-4-1-1): Hart, Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young, Rooney, Carroll.


    Italy (4-1-3-2): Buffon, Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Balzaretti, Marchisio, Pirlo, De Rossi, Motta, Cassano, Balotelli. 

    The three lions come face to face with the Azzurris in a thrilling quarter final clash in Kiev tonight. Roy Hodgson’s England will looking to put an end to their quarterfinal jinx as the Italians will hoping to put their poor track record in major tournaments off late behind them.

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