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We don't want another Chelsea.. this has to be beautiful
09/06/2012 by Dailymail
Call it the Chelsea effect. When Thiago Motta, Italy's uncompromising central midfield player, was asked to discuss his team's intentions before their first group game against Spain on Sunday, he did not sweat the niceties. 'We must win,' said Motta. 'Good football is optional. If we play good football, great, but it doesn't matter. Italy have won in the past with catenaccio... Full Story »
Spain will relish 'favourites' tag, insists Albiol
08/06/2012 by Goal.com
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol does not believe that there is any risk of Spain buckling under the pressure at Euro 2012, arguing that Vicente Del Bosque's men will actually savour their status as favourites.There is a huge sense of expectancy surrounding the reigning world and European champions, who are bidding to become the first side to win three successive internationa... Full Story »
Mind over matter as holders Spain prepare
08/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Juan Mata said that fatigue will not be an issue for Spain at UEFA EURO 2012Juan Mata is one of the players in the Spain squad who, in total, take 40 winners' medals from their domestic seasons to the UEFA European Championship this summer.It is an impressive figure that is indicative of how dominant Spain are, and not simply at the level of the national team that are here i... Full Story »
Pirlo fit to face Spain despite sitting out Italy training session
07/06/2012 by Goal.com
Andrea Pirlo caused a stir by sitting out training on Wednesday, but any fears were quickly dashed as the Italy midfielder has been passed fit to face Spain in Gdansk on Sunday.The Juventus playmaker appeared briefly just before the session in Krakow but returned to the dressing room without lacing up after a brief chat with the Azzurri's coaching staff.Pirlo picked up a mino... Full Story »
Spain should be scared of us, insists Italy's Chiellini
07/06/2012 by Goal.com
Giorgio Chiellini has dismissed the suggestion that Italy should be worried of what is awaiting them in Gdansk on Sunday evening, insisting it is Spain who should be "scared" of the Azzurri.The Azzurri's preparations for their Euro 2012 opener have been far from ideal, given Scommessopoli has deprived them of first-choice left-back Domenico Criscito, while injury has rule... Full Story »
Valdes laments loss of Villa and Puyol for Spain at Euro 2012
07/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Barcelona duo have been ruled out of the tournament and the goalkeeper feels they will be sorely missed because of their experience and influence in the dressing roomVictor Valdes has admitted that the unavailability of David Villa and Carles Puyol for Euro 2012 is a major blow for Spain, given what both men offer on and off the field.La Furia Roja's all-time recor... Full Story »
All aboard for the Euro stars
07/06/2012 by The Sun
SPAIN STAKING CLAIM ... Fernando Torres (right) celebrates with goalscorer David Villa in Euro 2008MANY superstars have graced European Championships — but few have gone on to dominate them quite like these men.As the tournament in Poland and the Ukraine draws near, we take a trip down memory lane to pick out seven stars who have lit up previous Euros.  Here’s hoping that com... Full Story »
It doesn't work like that, Alan: BBC pundit Hansen mocked as he picks three teams from same group to make Euro semis
07/06/2012 by Dailymail
Alan Hansen has been mocked by fans after picking three teams from the same group among his tips for the Euro 2012 semi-finals.The Match of the Day regular joined other BBC pundits in revealing their tips for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.The pundits and presenters were all asked for their tips to reach the semi-finals and then eventual winners.Are you sure? Alan Hanse... Full Story »
Holders Spain get down to business at Euro 2012
06/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Spain on Wednesday began fine-tuning their bid to retain the European title they won four years ago, as the last teams for Euro 2012 were expected to arrive in Poland and Ukraine.Vicente Del Bosque's side were put through their paces at their secluded training camp in Gniewino, near the Baltic port city of Gdansk in northern Poland, cheered on by some 300 Polish fans and abou... Full Story »
Cesc back but Arbeloa doubtful - Barcelona midfielder back in training ahead of Italy clash
06/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Cesc Fabregas: Has returned to training following his recent injurySpain's Cesc Fabregas has trained again after recovering from injury but Alvaro Arbeloa has emerged as a doubt for the defending champions.Fabregas had been sidelined since suffering a thigh injury in Barcelona's 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over Athletic Bilbao late last month.But the 25-year-old trained as norma... Full Story »