Friday, June 27, 2008
And so only the final awaits. I must say, this has been the most enjoyable tournament in recent memory. The willingness of many teams to play open, flowing football has been a joy to watch. Mind you, I can't wait for club football to return, but this has been a better than expected diversion.
What: European Championships Final
Who: Spain v Germany
When: 20:45 CET - Sunday, June 29
Where: Ernst Happel, Vienna
U.S. TV: 2:45pm EDT, ABC
BBC Preview (yet to be posted)
Incalculable Spain pose problems for Germany
Fabregas to start with Villa sidelined
Lehmann aims to prove Wenger wrong
'What I see from the France team is everything I hate in football,' said the former Leeds and Manchester United forward.
Cantona: Never accused of being boring...
One very simple way to wind up German fans is to avoid nodding your head vigorously when they start extolling the virtues of the Deutsche Mannschaft.
With the tournament now drawing to a close, a host of Europe's top clubs will begin work trying to recruit some of the stars of Euro 2008. Already there have been a number of contracts signed before the tournament, including the £16.5million sale of Croatian star Luka Modric to Tottenham; but Euro 2008 has also unearthed a number of gems who will be keen to use their performances over the past month as a springboard to better things.
As the start of the new season draws ever closer, here are a number of names expected to cash in on the attention they have received and move on this summer.
The 24-year-old Togo striker has been linked with a move to AC Milan with Barcelona also interested following two-and-a-half years in London.
LDU, from the Andean city of Quito, are one game from winning the Copa Libertadores.
Ecuador's high-altitude unknows dream of reaching summit
Amid the influx of overseas players in the English Premier League, some promising homegrown talent still manages to flourish. Matthew Wheatley identifies six young Englishmen who could make a big impact next season...
Former FIFA President Joao Havelange has made some quite sensational, and potentially damaging, allegations by claiming that the 1966 and 1974 World Cups were fixed so that England and Germany would win respectively.
Fábregas and co give Arshavin a lesson in Catalan craft
While Andrei Arshavin disappointed, Cesc Fabregas set Spain alight in an unfamiliar second-striker role
Fabregas can inspire Spain to final glory
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Who: Russia v Spain
When: 20:45 CET - Thursday, June 26, 2008
Where: Ernst Happel, Vienna
U.S. TV: 2:45pm EDT, ESPN2
Arshavin can emulate Platini as the tournament's star
Hiddink is a miracle worker
Hiddink says Russia are once bitten and twice shy of Spain's traps
This photo doesn't relate to the post but it's so odd that I had to fit it in somewhere...
Last-gasp Lahm slams the door on bold Turkey
Brave Turkey finally downed by luck and Lahm
Germany more lucky than good
Low takes the plaudits for turning Germany around
A thunderstorm that cut power supplies interrupted coverage for millions of television viewers watching Germany's thrilling 3-2 semi-final win over Turkey at Euro 2008 on Wednesday.
Storm deprives TV viewers of semi-final drama
"The most annoying balls-up imaginable"
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wayne and Wife hit Vegas on their Honeymoon.
And Wayne smokes a fag...
Meanwhile, Christian Wilhelmsson's (of Sweden and Deportivo La Coruna) wife Oksanna Andersson goes topless on Miami Beach. (WARNING! OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! NASTY FAKE BOOB PICTURE!)
What: Euro 2008 Semi-Final 1
Who: Germany (2nd, Group B) vs Turkey (2nd, Group A)
When: Wednesday 25 June 2008, 20:45 CET
Where: St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
U.S. TV: 2:45pm EDT, ESPN
Will Turkey's luck finally run out?
Keys to Victory
Adrenaline-fuelled Turks sense greatness in their grasp
The burden of Michael Ballack
The fortunes of Bayern players have long fascinated me, ever since I spent a term attempting to learn German at a Munich school inbetween watching Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Paul Breitner lighting up the Olympic Stadium.
As we approach the final three games contested between the final four teams, Goal.com's Sulmaan Ahmad runs through the tops and flops of each nation at Euro 2008...
Not hot: Cristoph Metzelder and Per Mertesacker
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Victory over Holland at Euro 2008 sparked unprecedented celebrations at home, as much for its style as the result.
The best of Russian style...
Domenech pinpoints the real reason for the French failure.
"Uefa have brought in the very best of Dutch grass....I mean turf."
ITV correspondent on the relaid turf for the Euro quarter-finals. No wonder the guys at Uefa always seem to make nonsensical decisions!
The best Dutch grass...
"I was disappointed Mexico didn't qualify for Euro 2008."
Mexico's WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio shows off his extensive football knowledge on Sky.
All the Fun
Few English players would have been good enough to enhance Euro 2008.
Scolari risks making enemies with his advice to Ronaldo
Ready to fit right in at Chelsea...
The Dutch may have crashed out to Russia in Euro 2008, but they will no doubt come back refreshed for the 2010 World Cup with a host of new talent at their disposal. Matthew Wheatley looks at some of the big names coming through...
'Dios mio!', as they say here. I didn't half enjoy Sunday night's game. After 18 years of living, breathing and eating Spanish football, I was beginning to get a little tired of the old clichés: Spain the underachievers, Spain the eternal bottlers, Don Quixote revisited and all the rest.
According to the Corriere dello Sport, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta will end their international retirements and return to the Azzurri set-up as part of Marcello Lippi’s 2010 World Cup team.
Almost as hot as Grieco and Depp...
Please vacate the park...
Monday, June 23, 2008
'Those Italians are not giants but windmills' - the Spanish press couldn't be more excited now that the national team have finally exorcised their demons.
Chances are that about 15 months from now, the U.S. will be celebrating its qualification to the 2010 World Cup. When that day comes, Sunday's 1-0 win over Barbados -- one in which the U.S. prevailed 9-0 on aggregate in their World Cup qualifying series -- will be largely forgotten. Thank goodness, because this was an unimpressive performance that induced a near-terminal case of boredom.
Anyone who was at Innsbruck watching the Russians being taken apart by Spain in their opening group game would have advised them to start booking an early flight back to Moscow. But tournament football does not work like that. Holland and Portugal set Euro 2008 alight with some fabulous football which, when it came to booking a place in the semi-finals, proved no help at all.
It doesn't matter where the likes of Gilberto Silva and Mineiro play their club football. What does matter is that they form the most limited, laboured, unimaginative and inept central midfield that this writer has ever seen play in a Brazil shirt.
"A chasm exists between the Brazilian public and European-based stars"
Spain 0 - 0 Italy (4-2)
Spaniards break shootout jinx
Richard Williams: The hapless Luca Toni is the latest in a long line of ineffective Italian forwards
Spain resolve delights Aragones
Netherlands 1 - 3 Russia
Russia take Huddink's stock yet higher
Arshavin at the zenith at his powers
Dutch fans left counting the cost
Croatia 1 - 1 Turkey (1-3)
Late bloomers Turkey win it at the last -- again
Terim rejoices in Turkey victory