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Balotelli to become a father
03/07/2012 by Goal.com
Italy striker Mario Balotelli was told he was to become a father hours before scoring twice against Germany in the semifinals of Uefa Euro 2012™, Italian media reported on Monday. The Manchester City player's girlfriend Raffaella Fico told weekly celebrity gossip magazine “Chi: “"I called Mario while he was with the national team before the match with Germany and I said t... Full Story »
Low promises there will be 'no major overhaul' for Germany
30/06/2012 by Goal.com
The Mannschaft coach says that despite their Euros exit, his current crop of players have the ability to succeed at the highest level, and no major changes will be madeGermany coach Joachim Low has promised to stay the course and help his young team grow following their exit from Euro 2012.The 52-year-old praised his side's overall performance in Poland-Ukraine , saying thei... Full Story »
Low: I could have done things differently against Italy
30/06/2012 by Goal.com
Germany boss Joachim Low has admitted his regret over his team selection following his side’s 2-1 Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to Italy.Two goals from Mario Balotelli before half-time ensured the Azzurri will face Spain in the final on Sunday despite a late flurry of attacks from Die Mannschaft, which resulted in a Mesut Ozil goal from the penalty spot.Low made three changes t... Full Story »
Spain's final frontier... holders can become most successful team in football's rich history
30/06/2012 by Dailymail
Only Mario Balotelli could reflect on a moment of personal triumph, on a night when Italy produced the performance of this tournament so far, and suggest his goal celebration drew envious glances from his team-mates. Having removed his shirt after that stunning second goal against Germany, Manchester City's striker declared: 'They were jealous of my body.' In his own rathe... Full Story »
For the most part, die Mannschaft did well to diminish Andrea Pirlo’s impact but with Podolski and Gomez, Germany completely deprived themselves of their usual attacking edge and allowed their opponen
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
After an impressive handling of the Group of Death and a convincing performance in the quarter-finals against Greece, Germany were touted as favorites to go all the way and claim their first international trophy since 1996. But Joachim Low outsmarted himself against Italy with his debatable team selection and formation, and in the end Germany were the makers of their ow... Full Story »
Mario Gomez, Germany striker
29/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Lahm laments Germany shortcomingsGermany n Philipp Lahm felt Germany had only themselves to blame for allowing Mario Balotelli to score the first-half double that eventually ended their UEFA EURO 2012 dreams in Warsaw, the left-back admitting that, for all the Nationalmannschaft's potential, it is time to start producing tangible reward.Philipp Lahm, Germany captainThis i... Full Story »
Lahm rues 'dumb' Germany mistakes in defeat to Italy
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Philipp Lahm believes that Germany only have themselves to blame after two defensive mistakes proved costly in their 2-1 loss to Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final.Germany were billed as tournament favourites throughout the championship and boasted a 100 per cent record heading into the last four, but came up against a Mario Balotelli-inspired Italian side, who will no... Full Story »
Italy qualify for 2013 Confederations Cup
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy will be eligible to take part in the 2013 Confederations Cup after successfully earning a place in the final of Euro 2012.Fifa began running the tournament in 1997, initially staging it every two years until 2005 when the decision was made to change the schedule to every four years.The competition now acts as a precursor to the World Cup and is competed for by th... Full Story »
Pirlo: Italy have not done anything yet
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has warned his team-mates not to get carried away following their 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.The Azzurri put in an impressive display on Thursday evening to see off Joachim Low's men - who had been tipped as favourites for the match - and join Spain in the final.Italy have performed well above expectations in Poland an... Full Story »
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 »