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.
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
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June 26, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa
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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?
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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.
June 24, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Venue – NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev
Kick off – 19:45 BST
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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