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Germans in a tizzy as Merkel wears Orange
14/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel donned a pale orange blazer to work on Wednesday to Dutch delight and German disbelief, as both countries braced for their Euro 2012 soccer match in Kharkiv, Ukraine."Today of all days!", exclaimed German newspaper Bild on its website. "How could you?"Dutch media reveled in Merkel's choice of their national color. "Is Merkel ... Full Story »
Germany's Hummels calls for improvement in attack
11/06/2012 by Goal.com
Germany defender Mats Hummels believes his side need to improve their attacking edge when they face the Netherlands in their next Euro 2012 match on Wednesday.Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Portugal sent Germany to joint top of Group B alongside Denmark but Hummels criticised his team’s ability in the final third."We want to create more chances in the next game.  Against Portuga... Full Story »
Holland 0 Denmark 1: Wasteful Dutch punished by Krohn-Dehli strike
10/06/2012 by Dailymail
Denmark secured the first huge surprise of the European Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands on Saturday in Group B.And it was Michael Krohn-Dehli that provided the lethal finishing that the Dutch inexplicably lacked.Krohn-Dehli scored against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defender... Full Story »
Germans, Dutch to open their Euro 2012 account
09/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Perennial contenders Germany on Saturday take on Portugal while the much-fancied Netherlands face Denmark, as the first matches in Euro 2012 are played in competition co-hosts Ukraine.The quadrennial tournament kicked off in the Polish capital Warsaw on Friday, with Poland and Greece playing out an incident-packed 1-1 draw and Russia thrashing the Czech Republic 4-1 in th... Full Story »
Denmark sweat over Zimling's toe
09/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
KIEV (Reuters) - Key midfielder Niki Zimling remains an injury doubt ahead of Denmark's opening Euro 2012 game against Netherlands in Kharkiv on Saturday, although scans revealed he had not suffered a broken toe. Zimling was taken to hospital after limping out of Friday's training session but the sports website of Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende reported on Saturday that ... Full Story »
Holland vs Denmark preview - Dutch coach desperate to maintain focus ahead of Group B clash
09/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Bert van Marwijk: Says his Dutch side cannot be complacent despite beating the Danes beforeBert van Marwijk warned against complacency ahead of Holland's Group B opener with Denmark in Kharkiv.The Dutch beat the Danes 2-0 two years ago en route to the World Cup final and go into this clash as clear favourites.But, amid claims of monkey chants being directed at his player... Full Story »
England hope to fight any racist abuse through official UEFA channels
09/06/2012 by Dailymail
England will aim to keep the team on the pitch and fight racism through official channels if their players are abused during Euro 2012. UEFA confirmed on Friday that black players in the Holland squad were targeted with monkey noises at a training session in Krakow - also the base for England and Italy. England's open training session was without incident yesterday with an F... Full Story »
Uefa acknowledge 'isolated' racist chants directed at black Holland players during training session
08/06/2012 by Telegraph.co.uk
Members of Bert van Marwijk's European Championship squad were subjected to monkey chants during an open training session on Wednesday, with captain Mark van Bommel yesterday branding the incident "a real disgrace". Having initially been satisfied by the Dutch FA's belief that the abuse was not racially motivated, Uefa announced this morning they had been made aware o... Full Story »
Pieters: Willems should start for Netherlands
08/06/2012 by Goal.com
Injured Netherlands left-back Erik Pieters believes 18-year-old Jetro Willems is the player who should replace him in the Oranje first-team at Euro 2012.Pieters was expected to be Bert van Marwijk’s first choice left-back in Poland and Ukraine but a broken metatarsal at the end of last season ruled him out of the competition. The absence of the 23-year-old leaves a void on th... 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 »