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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 »
Germany can beat anyone: Low confident of putting Italy hoodoo to bed
28/06/2012 by Dailymail
It will offer little comfort to Roy Hodgson but the organisers here were so confident of England beating Italy that one of the two dug-outs had been reserved for them in anticipation of a semi-final against Germany. In fact it was not until Wednesday that ‘England’ was removed from the dug-out roof at the National Stadium.Alas, they are not here. The Italians are. But Joachi... Full Story »
UEFA predicts record TV rating for Italy-England
28/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- UEFA says Italy's penalty shootout victory over England is likely to record the highest global television audience of any quarterfinal in European Championship history.UEFA says 100 million viewers watched on Sunday in the first 20 markets that reported ratings, with more than 100 broadcasters yet to deliver figures.England's loss on penalty kicks t... Full Story »
Federation boss praises Germany's continuity
27/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
GDANSK (Reuters) - Germany had some of the pressure lifted ahead of their Euro 2012 clash with Italy on Thursday with federation president Wolfgang Niersbach saying it would not be the end of the world to lose another semi-final. Niersbach praised the team's stability after reaching their fourth consecutive semi-final in a major tournament and said anything beyond this stag... Full Story »
Gazzetta sorry over Balotelli King Kong cartoon
27/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KRAKOW (Reuters) - Top Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has apologized for printing a cartoon portraying black Italy striker Mario Balotelli as King Kong. Media reports said Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola had reacted with fury at the depiction, which comes after the 21-year-old has battled racism in his homeland and abroad for years. The cartoon of the Mancheste... Full Story »
England fan who flashed Diamanti at Euro 2012 exposed
27/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
The England fan who exposed himself in a vain bid to distract Italy's Alessandro Diamanti as he took the decisive penalty in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final penalty shootout said on Wednesday he had no regrets.Tim O'Leary, a 35-year-old multi-millionaire who has a trading company in the City of London, told the Sun he would do anything to see England win - however Diamant... Full Story »
Balotelli fury at King Kong cartoon slur in Italian newspaper
27/06/2012 by Dailymail
Mario Balotelli has found himself at the centre of a new race row, this time sparked by a deeply offensive cartoon depicting him as King Kong in a leading Italian newspaper.On the morning of Italy’s European Championship encounter with  England, Gazzetta dello Sport  published a drawing of a giant Balotelli atop Big Ben swatting away footballs in the same way King Kong di... Full Story »
Schweinsteiger fit to face Italy, insists Loew
27/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Germany coach Joachim Loew said Tuesday star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will be fit to face Italy in Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final.The 27-year-old has been struggling to recover from the ankle ligaments he tore in February and a few passes went astray in Friday's 4-2 quarter-final win over the Greeks.As the Germans' chief playmaker, he is a key part of their bid t... Full Story »
Ozil: Spain are Euro 2012 favourites
26/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Mannschaft playmaker has stated that most people are expecting La Roja to win the tournament, but Joachim Low's side are only focusing on their semi-final against ItalyGermany playmaker Mesut Ozil has stated that Spain are the favourites to win Euro 2012, but for now his side are focusing on the semi-final against Italy.Die Mannschaft stormed into the last four... Full Story »