Friday, December 02, 2011
The tournament kicks off on 8 June at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland and finishes on 1 July at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
Here is BBC Sport's guide to the grounds that will host next summer's tournament.
However O'Neill, whose last managerial job was with Aston Villa, will not take charge of the team for Sunday's away match against Wolverhampton.
Sunderland have confirmed Bruce's former assistant manager Eric Black will oversee that game.
The Black cats say they will be making a statement in "due course" on their new manager.
Raul Gonzalez scored a tiebreaking goal in the 57th minute, leading Schalke over Steaua Bucharest 2-1 Thursday night and clinching a berth in the second round of the Europa League.
Stoke and Lokomotiv Moscow also advanced to the final 32 of Europe's second-tier club tournament.
Fulham squandered an opportunity to qualify from Group K by losing 1-0 at Twente, which got an 89th-minute goal from Marc Janko.
American midfielder Clint Dempsey missed the game because of a slight thigh injury.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Their momentum has continued this season (at least on the domestic front), as they lead the Premier League by five points after a series of impressive victories, including an astonishing 6-1 triumph against local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, and have reached the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. However, they have found life more difficult in Europe, where they now have to rely on others to avoid elimination at the Champions League group stage.
Nevertheless, the force appears to be with the Citizens, boosted by the £800 million or so that Sheikh Mansour has invested since his Abu Dhabi United Group bought Manchester City three years ago. Quite simply, this is a club transformed.
Manchester City will face Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. Crystal Palace - conquerors of Manchester United - will play fellow Championship side Cardiff in the other semi-final to ensure a first finalist from outside the top flight since 2001.
The secretary general of Poland's football federation has been dismissed amid a furore over secret tapes and damaging allegations of corruption.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
You see, fans the world over debate whether the Brazil side of 1970 was perhaps the greatest that international soccer has ever seen. We are in awe too of the brilliant Dutch who were edged out by the Germans in 1974. But why should 1970 and 1974 be singled out -- what other potentially legendary sides might we have missed in the intervening years?
In club soccer we wouldn't settle for it. If the same principle were applied to the European Cup then we would be talking of the Feyenoord side of 1970, followed by the Bayern Munich of 1974.
When Tim Cahill scored against Japan in Australia's first World Cup game for 32 years on a scorching Monday afternoon in Kaiserslautern over five years ago, he took out three decades worth of a nation's frustrations on an innocent corner flag at the Fritz Walter Stadium. In the almost 12,000 days between 1974 and 2006, one stood out for all Australians. It was November 29, 1997, and rarely had a country come so close to the World Cup only to see it snatched away.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Barcelona's defeat to Getafe gave Real Madrid a six-point lead and the Spanish papers a political parallel to draw on.
The gods of football have a tendency to punish such hubris. Perhaps the most famous example is that of the England national team. Begged to appear in the first, pre-war World Cups, England stood imperially aloof. In 1950, when they finally did deign to appear, fate laughed in their faces, reserving for them a sensational 1-0 defeat by the United States.
Albeit with more justification, Brazilian football can occasionally trip up on a tendency to underestimate the opposition.
The Serie A leaders' old guard are proving to be every bit as pivotal to the team's success as any of the younger players.
Juventus's Andrea Pirlo is still key with or without a wounded knee.
Gladbach saw off Köln with a minimum of fuss and now have their eyes on the derby of the two Borussias next weekend.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It was a weekend to forget for a clutch of the biggest clubs in Europe's top leagues, as Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Lazio and Paris St Germain all fell to agonising defeats, either surrendering top spot or losing ground to rivals in the process. The flip side of that particular coin saw Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Montpellier and Juventus celebrate success in top-of-the-table clashes.
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