Monthly Archives: June 2012

UEFA Euro 2012

UEFA Euro 2012: Daily Report #23

After a little over three weeks of football, UEFA Euro 2012 is now at its conclusion. Tomorrow’s final in Kiev between Spain and Italy is poised to be a fitting showpiece, a meeting of two true giants of European football. Vicente del Bosque’s side reached this point by winning Group C and cruising past France, then defeating Portugal on penalties in the semi-final. Italy have also been through penalties, beating England in the quarters, and were in wonderful form in defeating Germany on Thursday.

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UEFA Euro 2012: Daily Report #22

After two semi-finals that were fascinating and riveting in their own ways, UEFA Euro 2012 is now almost over. But fret ye not, because Sunday’s finale between Spain and Italy is sure to be a titanic clash between the current kings of European football and an Azzurri side that’s got both momentum and history on its side. It seems that scandal looks good on them, doesn’t it?

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UEFA Euro 2012: Daily Report #21

Give Mario Balotelli the biggest stage of all and he’ll dwarf all around him with a performance of such might and magnitude that one has to consider that he could have genuine greatness within his reach. Forget Italy’s consistently robust defending, two irresistible assists and Andrea Pirlo’s typically controlled impact: tonight was Balotelli’s night.

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UEFA Euro 2012: England’s tournament in review

A few days have now passed since England’s UEFA Euro 2012 exit. The finale of Sunday’s quarter-final defeat on penalties against Italy was a familiar experience. England had battled their way through the group, landed superior opponents in the last eight and then collapsed like a drunken teenager in Newquay when faced with a penalty shoot-out, allowing an altogether calmer Italy to advance to the semi-finals.

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UEFA Euro 2012: Daily Report #20

UEFA Euro 2012 has its first finalist. Vicente del Bosque’s Spain took on a Portugal side whose pre-match prospects were defined by the media simply as the result of whether Cristiano Ronaldo could beat the Spanish on his own. Portugal pressed well and battled hard and smart (take note, England), taking the game to what would prove a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out with a notably absent talisman.

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