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Fabregas starts for Spain, Abate back for Italy
02/07/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Cesc Fabregas returned to Spain's starting line-up for the Euro 2012 final with Italy in Kiev on Sunday, while Ignazio Abate was handed a start for Italy after recovering from injury.Fabregas started as a 'false nine' centre-forward in Spain's opening 1-1 draw with Italy three weeks ago and the 2-0 quarter-final victory over France, but lost his place to Alvaro Negredo for th... Full Story »
Nani: Ronaldo demanded last penalty
01/07/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Portugal winger Nani has rocked the boat by accusing skipper Cristiano Ronaldo of lying over the penalty debacle in their Euro 2012 semi-final loss to Spain.Portugal went out of the tournament after a 4-2 loss to Spain in the shoot-out which bizarrely did not feature their captain and best player Ronaldo.The Real Madrid ace was penciled down as Portugal's fifth penalty take... Full Story »
It may be boring but we're proud of our style, says Fabregas
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
The Spanish are puzzled. From being the team that everyone loved to laud, suddenly it is fashionable to deride their passing style - tiki-taka as it is known in Spain - as boring.The question was put to Cesc Fabregas, who said: 'I find it a little bit strange. We're very proud of our style, of our idea of playing the game. It's the route that we have taken to be where we ar... Full Story »
Blanc leaves France post - Coach calls time on role following Euro 2012 exit
01/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Laurent Blanc: France coach steps down following Euro 2012 exitLaurent Blanc is to step down as France coach with immediate effect following their Euro 2012 quarter-final exit.The former Manchester United defender leaves the role he took up following the nation's shambolic World Cup 2010 campaign, with his contract expiring on June 30th.Blanc looked to have reunited a dressin... Full Story »
Platini backs Nasri! Ex-France captain brands calls to suspend midfielder 'ludicrous'
01/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Samir Nasri: Michel Platini says a suspension would be 'ludicrous'Michel Platini had called claims for Samir Nasri to be suspended for two years for insulting a journalist 'absolutely ludicrous'.The France midfielder was involved in an angry and foul-mouthed exchange with the media in the tunnel after their defeat to Spain in the quarter-finals.It followed intense criticism o... Full Story »
Prandelli: Spain aren't dull - Italy coach believes derogatory label comes from fear
01/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Cesare Prandelli: Italy coach laughs off Spain's boring tagCesare Prandelli has dismissed suggestions that Spain are boring ahead of the Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday.It is a label that has historically been levelled at Italy, as their traditional defensive style attracted criticism from many corners of the game.But under Prandelli the Italians have adopted a mor... Full Story »
Balotelli now has the attitude to match the talent, insists Prandelli as Italy prepare for Euro 2012 final showdown with Spain
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Mario Balotelli's attitude ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 final with Spain.Balotelli needs one more goal to take the lead in the Golden Boot standings, knowing achieving that aim would take Italy a long way towards lifting the trophy.It has seemed the 21-year-old has thrived on the responsibility Prandelli has afforded him during thes... Full Story »
Xavi: We are not bored! Spain playmaker rejects criticism of their style of play
01/07/2012 by Sky Sport
Xavi: Spain playmaker has rejected suggestions that the European champions have become boringSpain playmaker Xavi has brushed aside the suggestion that the reigning European champions and World Cup holders have become boring.Their tiki-taka style thrilled supporters as they were crowned kings of Europe in 2008 and also at the World Cup in South Africa.Now it has taken them t... Full Story »
If we accept this level of performance then we’ve all given up on England
01/07/2012 by The Sun
NOT FOR TURNING ... Samir Nasri scores for the French despite Steven Gerrard's best effortsENGLAND bowed out of another tournament, left once again to watch how others do it.HOW to keep possession of a football.HOW to make the other side work to get it off you.HOW to pass and move and penetrate.HOW to play at the level necessary to win a major tournament.Yet we left wit... Full Story »
Ukraine football chief blasts Campbell for 'back in a box'
01/07/2012 by Dailymail
The organisers of Euro 2012 have hit back at the BBC's pre-tournament claims of fans being at danger of racist thuggery in Poland and Ukraine this summer. When shown footage of trouble that flared up in the two countries, former England star Sol Campbell even suggested supporters were at risk of 'coming back in a box'.As it has turned out, there has been little troubl... Full Story »
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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia