Posts Tagged ‘Euro2012’

  1. Lost That (Loew)ing Feeling


    June 30, 2012 by Sean Charles

    The German media has been very critical of Joachim Loew since the defeat to Italy and rightfully so. German newspaper Bild hit the nail on the head by saying, “Mentality is often more important than quality.” The intensity and focus of the Italian display was something that blew Loew’s Germany out of the tournament. Italy showed exactly the characteristics he failed to instil in his own side.

  2. Euro 2012: Germany – Italy Preview


    June 28, 2012 by Sean Charles

    This game will kick-off tonight at 19:45 GMT.

    Team News and Formation:

    There was an element of surprise in Lowe’s selection choice for the quarter-final match against Greece by benching Podolski, Muller and Gomez. For this reason it is difficult to fully know what he will do tonight but I expect Podolski to come back in to the starting line-up as Schurlle did not impress against the Greeks. Reus on the other hand had a very strong performance so there is a chance he could retain his place ahead of Muller on the right. Klose still didn’t look fully match fit so it is likely Gomez will come back and regain his place in the team.

  3. Euro 2012: France 0-2 Spain Match Report


    June 24, 2012 by Sean Charles


    Line-Ups and Formation:

    Blanc surprised us by starting Anthony Reveilliere at right-back and playing Debuchy in front of him at the right-hand side of midfield.  Malouda was also preferred to Samir Nasri and as expected, Laurent Koscielny replaced the suspended Mexes.

    Del Bosque also had a slight surprise of his own in starting Cesc Fabregas as the false nine in place of Fernando Torres.  All else remained as it were with the Spanish starting line-up.


  4. Euro 2012: Preview France – Spain


    June 23, 2012 by Sean Charles

    This game will kick-off at 19:45 GMT.

    Formation and Team News:

     France (4-2-3-1):  Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Rami, Clichy, Cabaye, M’Vila, Menez, Nasri, Ribery, Benzema.


    Spain (4-3-2-1): Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Silva, Iniesta, Torres.


    Laurent Koscielny will replace the suspended Philippe Mexes at the heart of the French defence. Cabaye could also be back in the starting line-up after missing the game against Sweden due to a thigh injury. It seems likely that Jeremy Menez will start this game after France’s less than impressive display against Sweden in his absence, ending the French 23 game unbeaten run. Also, with the disappointing form of Samir Nasri, Blanc may even attempt to turn the midfield into a battlefield by dropping Nasri and instead going with Diarra, Cabaye and M’Vila, giving Cabaye the freedom to break forward as a box-to-box midfielder.

  5. Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland


    June 15, 2012 by Sean Charles

    Line-Ups and Formation: 

  6. Euro 2012: Russia 4-1 Czech Reublic


    June 9, 2012 by Sean Charles

    Russia vs. Czech Report

    Line-Ups and Formation:
    There were no real shocks in either line-up. Kadlec went to his normal role at left-back after it was thought he may be used as a centre-back. Both Rosicky and Baros were passed fit enough to start. For Russia the only change from their usual line-up was Malafeev starting ahead of the injured Akinfeev. 

     Russia vs. Czech Report

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