In its build up to last Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter final between Italy and England, the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport dedicated that day’s cartoon to national team striker Mario Balotelli, depicting him as King Kong mounting Big Ben, rather than the Empire State building, from where he swatted away footballs fired in by the English.
While much of the hype is justified, Neymar has a great deal to learn about playing against tough defences.
What if England had not only fluked their way past Italy but achieved a similar “miracle” in both the semi-final and, gasp, the final? What if England, THIS England, this bunch whose spirit and noble intent cannot mask their woeful technical shortcomings, had somehow actually gone on to win Euro 2012?
Vicente Del Bosque is a man who doesn’t mix his words. He sits proudly, almost aggressively as the coach, the leader, the boss of Spain – the European and World Champions.
They face France later, for a place in the last four of Euro 2012. It’s a crunch clash, but despite the heat and exhaustion of [...]
It’s pathetic of me, I know, but as someone with deep-rooted authority issues, I’d miss the chance to rant at useless, jumped-up, self-important, jobsworth match officials.
With England navigating their way past tricky opposition and to the top of Group D, their chances of success in Poland and Ukraine have increased significantly.
Angela Merkel has often made a point of accentuating her love for the beautiful game.
Every time Poland qualified, Poles would get carried away and start talking about the possibility of a “medal”, much like people do with England. Then 2012 came along.
The beauty of football – unlike any other sport – is it’s accessibility for all. One only needs a ball and one can play football. Jumpers for goal posts as they say.
England striker Wayne Rooney has revealed his pre-match playlist. The most bizarre inclusion of all must be Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven.
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