From Clasico horror show vs Barcelona to Champions League bullying by AC Milan – Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 big game flops

From Clasico horror show vs Barcelona to Champions League bullying by AC Milan – Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 big game flops

Dec 14, 2011 + Add a Comment

After another disappointing Clasico display against the Catalans last Saturday, we catalogue the former Ballon d’Or winner’s high-profile flounders. Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire again following Saturday’s inept performance for Real Madrid in their 3-1 loss at home to a Barcelona side who are not only his club’s fiercest […]

Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis: Champions League progression is a starting point for the future

Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis: Champions League progression is a starting point for the future

Dec 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

The supremo of the Italian side has hailed their qualification for the knockout stage following the win over Villarreal, and is hopeful their feat can ignite an era of success. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has proclaimed that his team’s progression to the Champions League knockout stage is a ‘starting […]

The Group of Death: Who is favourite to emerge from Group B at Euro 2012?

The Group of Death: Who is favourite to emerge from Group B at Euro 2012?

Dec 6, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Euro 2012 draw saw Germany, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands placed in the same group. Ed Maylon inspects how this has affected each nation’s chances. With every major tournament draw, there is a group that is christened the ‘Group Of Death’. For Euro 2012, there is no doubt that […]

FA official Adrian Bevington believes England have a ‘very robust case’ ahead of Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 ban appeal

FA official Adrian Bevington believes England have a ‘very robust case’ ahead of Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 ban appeal

Dec 6, 2011 + Add a Comment

The striker is set to miss the group stages of next summer’s tournament after his red card against Montenegro, and will travel to Nyon on Thursday to hear his suspension case. The FA’s director of communications, Adrian Bevington, believes there is a strong case for England striker Wayne Rooney’s three-match […]

Spain & the Netherlands will advance to Euro 2012 final, according to the Castrol EDGE Calculator

Spain & the Netherlands will advance to Euro 2012 final, according to the Castrol EDGE Calculator

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The official sponsors of Uefa Euro 2012 have used their highly-accurate prediction tool to foresee a repeat of the World Cup 2010 final in Poland and Ukraine next summer. Two of Europe’s strongest football nations, Spain and the Netherlands, are favourites to go head-to-head in the Uefa Euro 2012 final […]

‘I need to see how the appeal goes’ – England manager Fabio Capello undecided on whether to take Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Euro 2012

‘I need to see how the appeal goes’ – England manager Fabio Capello undecided on whether to take Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Euro 2012

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Italian hopes his talisman’s ban for a red card against Montenegro will be reduced to two games, making the 26-year-old available to face Ukraine in Group D. Fabio Capello has indicated he will wait until after hearing whether or not Wayne Rooney’s three-game international ban has been reduced before […]

Sven Goran-Eriksson: England have a chance of winning Euro 2012 & Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp would be ‘perfect choice’ to replace Fabio Capello

Sven Goran-Eriksson: England have a chance of winning Euro 2012 & Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp would be ‘perfect choice’ to replace Fabio Capello

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The former national team boss believes they can win next year’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine and backs the Tottenham Hotspur boss to be the Italian’s successor. Sven-Goran Eriksson feels that England can win Euro 2012 and has also backed Harry Redknapp as the next full-time manager when Fabio […]

France’s Franck Ribery happy to have avoided Euro 2012 ‘Group of Death’

France’s Franck Ribery happy to have avoided Euro 2012 ‘Group of Death’

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Bayern Munich attacker was relieved that his country was not pitted against Netherlands and Portugal, but still believes qualifying for the last eight will be tough. Franck Ribery has expressed his relief that France avoided a more difficult draw for the group stage of Euro 2012. Laurent Blanc’s side […]

Russia coach Dick Advocaat: Every team in Euro 2012 Group A can beat each other

Russia coach Dick Advocaat: Every team in Euro 2012 Group A can beat each other

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

With Greece, Czech Republic and Poland to face next summer, the former Rangers boss admits that the results will be unpredictable, and wants to get off to a good start. Russia coach Dick Advocaat has admitted that any of the four teams drawn in Group A of Euro 2012 could […]

From Benito Mussolini to Balotelli, chokers to champions – mouth-watering Spain v Italy Euro 2012 group clash is set to be a classic

From Benito Mussolini to Balotelli, chokers to champions – mouth-watering Spain v Italy Euro 2012 group clash is set to be a classic

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The two giants will come face-to-face for the second successive European finals, this time starting off their campaigns with the most mouthwatering clash of the entire group stage. For years it has been a clash of ideologies. The stylish Spanish would always sneer at the aggressive way in which the […]

France’s recent dominance over England, Sweden & Ukraine means they should be happy with Euro 2012 group draw

France’s recent dominance over England, Sweden & Ukraine means they should be happy with Euro 2012 group draw

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

France were drawn with England, Ukraine and Sweden in Euro 2012 Group D. Robin Bairner assesses how les Bleus will be feeling ahead of next summer’s championship. That France found themselves in Pot 4 for the Euro 2012 finals draw is testament to the fact that Laurent Blanc’s side are […]

From World Cup flops to Euro 2012 dark horses: How group rivals England & France have been transformed by Fabio Capello and Laurent Blanc

From World Cup flops to Euro 2012 dark horses: How group rivals England & France have been transformed by Fabio Capello and Laurent Blanc

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

Three Lions and Les Blues will look to shake of memories of South Africa when they face each other on June 11 after being drawn in Group D with Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine. England may have managed to avoid the “Group of Death”, but they will open their Euro 2012 […]

Spain’s Iker Casillas urges ‘maximum respect’ for Euro 2012 opponents Italy

Spain’s Iker Casillas urges ‘maximum respect’ for Euro 2012 opponents Italy

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The holders will meet the Azzurri, Ireland and Croatia in their opening fixtures, and the Real Madrid shot-stopper warned against over-confidence from his team-mates. Spain captain Iker Casillas has implored his team-mates not to take any of their Euro 2012 opponents lightly, as the defending champions learned who they will […]

Oliver Bierhoff cannot wait to see Germany & the Netherlands resume their rivalry at Euro 2012

Oliver Bierhoff cannot wait to see Germany & the Netherlands resume their rivalry at Euro 2012

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

Oliver Bierhoff is confident that Germany can progress from the toughest Euro 2012 group with a team that is more “grown up” than the side that reached the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup. However the architect of Germany’s re-emergence as a super-power admitted his side cannot be considered a […]

Paulo Bento: Portugal’s Euro 2012 group is the toughest of all

Paulo Bento: Portugal’s Euro 2012 group is the toughest of all

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Seleccao will have to be on top form to overcome Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark in Group B, but the coach affirmed that their plans would not change due to the draw. Portugal coach Paulo Bento insisted that his team will be going out to win every single game […]

Netherlands’ Hedwiges Maduro: Our Euro 2012 group is the toughest but we must stay positive

Netherlands’ Hedwiges Maduro: Our Euro 2012 group is the toughest but we must stay positive

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

Dutch defender claims they have been handed the hardest draw in the tournament, but is upbeat due to the fact they can now avoid some of the best teams in the knock-out stage. Netherlands’ Hedwiges Maduro believes that his team have been put into the most difficult Euro 2012 group […]

Spain striker Fernando Llorente believes Italy clash will set the tone in Euro 2012 Group C

Spain striker Fernando Llorente believes Italy clash will set the tone in Euro 2012 Group C

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Athletic Bilbao forward wants to set a precedent in his nation’s opening match against Cesare Prandelli’s men, and vows to fight for his place in Vicente del Bosque’s squad. Spain and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente believes it is vital that his nation set a winning precedent in Euro […]

Slaven Bilic: Croatia are privileged to be drawn with Spain, Italy & Ireland at Euro 2012 but we can compete against them

Slaven Bilic: Croatia are privileged to be drawn with Spain, Italy & Ireland at Euro 2012 but we can compete against them

Dec 5, 2011 + Add a Comment

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has admitted that Spain are the best international team he has ever seen but is still confident that his side can rise to the occasion and emerge from a Euro 2012 group that also includes Italy and Republic of Ireland. Bilic insists there is a “real […]

Euro 2012 draw: Reigning champions Spain drawn with Italy; Netherlands paired with Germany and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal

Euro 2012 draw: Reigning champions Spain drawn with Italy; Netherlands paired with Germany and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal

Dec 4, 2011 + Add a Comment

The title-holders will have to deal with Cesare Prandelli’s men, while the Dutch got paired with their arch-rivals. Friday’s Euro 2012 draw in Kiev has resulted in a number of interesting fixtures, with the match between Netherlands and Germany as the biggest clash of the group stage. Reigning champions Spain […]

AC Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri unsure if Antonio Cassano will return in time for Euro 2012

AC Milan’s Massimiliano Allegri unsure if Antonio Cassano will return in time for Euro 2012

Dec 4, 2011 + Add a Comment

The Rossoneri coach is doubtful that his enigmatic forward, who underwent heart surgery last month, will play again this season or recover to lead the line for Italy next summer. AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that he does not know if Antonio Cassano will be fit to lead […]

Republic of Ireland announce new agreement with Giovanni Trapattoni will run until 2014 World Cup

Republic of Ireland announce new agreement with Giovanni Trapattoni will run until 2014 World Cup

Nov 30, 2011 + Add a Comment

The experienced manager will remain in charge of the Euro 2012 hopefuls after next year’s tournament and will try and lead them to Brazil 2014. The Football Association of Ireland has announced that it has agreed a new contract with manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli, which will […]

Euro 2012 Drawing on Friday: Here are the pots

Euro 2012 Drawing on Friday: Here are the pots

Nov 30, 2011 + Add a Comment

Managers, respective FA presidents and assorted other dignitaries will assemble in the Ukrainian capital with bated breath, waiting to see which teams they will be drawn with for the group stage. The teams have already been seeded into four pots, and one team from each pot will be drawn together […]

Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale: I have done enough to earn Italy call-up

Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale: I have done enough to earn Italy call-up

Nov 30, 2011 + Add a Comment

The experienced attacker is keen to represent his country again and feels that his goals at club level should merit a comeback for Cesare Prandelli’s team. Udinese attacker Antonio Di Natale has expressed his desire to return to Italy’s national side and feels that he has done enough at club […]

The 16 seeds for Euro 2012 – Spain in Pot 1, Germany in Pot 2, Portugal in Pot 3 and France in Pot 4

The 16 seeds for Euro 2012 – Spain in Pot 1, Germany in Pot 2, Portugal in Pot 3 and France in Pot 4

Nov 16, 2011 + Add a Comment

The qualification process for the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine is finally over and all eyes will now turn to the group stage draw for the finals. Tuesday’s second leg clash of the play-offs marked the end of the qualifying campaign, as Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic and Republic […]