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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 »
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 »
Germany and Italy set for Euro semi-final showdown
29/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
WARSAW (Reuters) - Three-times winners Germany take on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on Wednesday. Joachim Loew's young side have looked strong in the tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but Germany hav... 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 »
CHEER up, it’s not as bad as we thought — the Germans think we are actually getting better.
28/06/2012 by The Sun
PAYING THE PENALTY ... England's players are distraught after shootout exit SunSport asked Joachim Low why it was that England usually end up going home before his Germans in major tournaments. And, as Low prepared for his side’s Euro 2012 semi-final against England’s conquerors Italy tonight, he argued that Roy Hodgson’s men are an improvement on Fabio Capello’s World Cu... Full Story »
Top of the Pods
28/06/2012 by The Sun
POD ROCKER ... Lukas Podolski bops along while Brings play HallelujahLUKAS PODOLSKI proves he's a real Euro star — by singing on a German pop song!The Arsenal new boy teamed up with Cologne band Brings to provide backing vocals on a re-worked version of their 2009 track Hallelujah.Brings agreed to re-release the tune this month after Podolski approached them about doing a son... Full Story »