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Balotelli dedicates double to adoptive mum as Italy star savours best night of his life
29/06/2012 by Dailymail
Mario Balotelli's two goals fired Italy into the Euro 2012 final - then he dedicated the double to his adoptive mum.Balotelli's first-half brace was enough to secure a 2-1 win over Germany in Warsaw, and book a showdown with champions Spain on Sunday.And at the final whistle, the Manchester City star embraced Silvia, who brought him up from the age of two after he was born i... Full Story »
Germany 1 Italy 2: Magic Mario makes his mark as Azzurri extend tournament hoodoo
29/06/2012 by Dailymail
There could only ever be one Super Mario in this semi-final and the fact it was Balotelli and not Gomez is probably the shock of the tournament.But what a thoroughly pleasant surprise it was to see the often troubled Balotelli finally realising his considerable potential on the international stage. It was a moment to savour and enjoy, a moment for the sporting romantics an... Full Story »
I'm no bottler, says Ronaldo as Portugal touch down to heroes' welcome
29/06/2012 by Dailymail
There is perhaps only one thing worse than losing and that is losing when you think you could have done things differently. That, however, is the anguish being suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo and his coach Paulo Bento in the wake of Portugal’s exit from Euro 2012 against Spain on Wednesday.Portugal’s players returned home as heroes. Before the tournament, expectations wer... Full Story »
Balotelli double ends Germany dream
29/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
A first-half double from Mario Balotelli sealed Italy's 2-1 win semifinal over Germany sealed a spot in the Euro 2012 final against Spain for the Azzurri.The Manchester City man rose to power home Antonio Cassano's 20th-minute cross to put the underdogs in front.Then he smashed an unstoppable shot past Manuel Neuer to double Italy's lead and take him joint-top of the Golde... Full Story »
Piqué's perfect defence provides platform to attack
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
There is so much to admire and analyse in the elegant brand of football with which Spain have seduced us over the last four years that sometimes we forget to praise the basics – starting with defending.In the last three tournaments – UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012 plus the 2010 FIFA World Cup – Spain have conceded just six goals in 17 matches, keeping a clean sheet in all eigh... Full Story »
De Rossi ready to give no quarter
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Suspended for Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat of Germany, Daniele De Rossi is determined not to miss out on another "historic night" as the giants meet in Warsaw.Cesare Prandelli and Daniele De Rossi speak at a press conference on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final Daniele De Rossi has said that Italy have no intention of changing their style for thei... Full Story »
Italy ready to stand up to Germany
28/06/2012 by Goal.com
Joachim Löw says Germany are brimming with confidenceShowered with plaudits during UEFA EURO 2012, Germany "can beat any side in the world" according to Joachim Löw – though the coach knows his team's burgeoning potential is not enough in itself to guarantee a semi-final victory against Italy.Germany have scored freely and generally set pulses racing with their attacking styl... Full Story »
Confident Schweinsteiger lines up Italy scalp
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
"We have beaten England, Argentina, Holland and Brazil. Now it is Italy's turn," said Bastian Schweinsteiger as he looked ahead to Germany's semi-final against the Azzurri in Warsaw.Bastian Schweinsteiger faces the media ahead of the semi-final with ItalyIt has now been a little over five weeks since FC Bayern München lost the UEFA Champions League final in agonising fashio... Full Story »
Andreas Moller: A moment of individual brilliance will decide Germany-Italy clash
28/06/2012 by Goal.com
The ex-Mannschaft midfielder is hopeful that Joachim Low's side will be victorious over the Azzurri in their Euro 2012 semi-final but admits it will be a hard-fought gameFormer Germany midfielder Andreas Moller has backed his former team to win their Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy, but expects a tight affair and only to be decided by one decisive moment of "individua... Full Story »
De Rossi: Pirlo is a genius
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Daniele De Rossi has labelled Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo a genius ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany.Pirlo has been the focus of much of the build-up after his influential displays so far and Sunday's stunning scooped penalty in the shoot-out success over England.De Rossi has nothing but admiration for the Juventus midfielder but he was also keen t... 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