# euro-2012 - Today’s News
# euro-2012 - Thursday 28 June, 2012
“I know being on the bench wasn’t good for me, but I can still contribute significantly, and help us take the title.”
The defender had blazed a penalty over the bar for Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, so decided to take the Andrea Pirlo approach.
There’s just the small matter of this heavyweight clash tonight. Here’s where it’ll be won and lost.
The Azzurri have never been beaten by tonight’s opponents in a competitive fixture.
Suddenly, they’re on the verge of the greatest victory in international football history. writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.
# euro-2012 - Wednesday 27 June, 2012
The in-form Germans reckon they can beat Italy for the first time in a knock-out, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.
We went minute-by-minute Portugal and Spain pushed each other every step of the way.
The Real Betis defender lost his battle with pelvic cancer earlier this week, aged 23.
Can Ronaldo banish the criticisms for good by dominating this last-four clash in Ukraine?
The news of the 26-year-old striker’s transfer was expected to be announced on Bayern’s website soon.
Giles, Dunphy and Sadlier weigh in with their thoughts on Portugal’s talisman.
Miguel Delaney returns to Gdansk to find a very different city to the one which hosted Ireland’s travelling supporters.
Tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk will be the 36th time the sides have faced off.
“Everything, absolutely everything, can be misunderstood,” says Italian paper following complaints.
The Manchester City attacker verbally attacked a number of journalists after Les Bleus were eliminated from Euro 2012.
It’s a mouth-watering Iberian derby in Donetsk tonight with a place in the European Championships decider up for grabs. Here’s where it’ll be won and lost.
The left-sided player has prospered at Euro 2012 after an underwhelming season at Real Madrid
Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from how to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet. Sorry, Vicente.
It’s not quite Ronaldo and 10 lads we collected on the way. But Spain will need to keep the Real Madrid man in check tonight in Donetsk.
“I didn’t practice taking a penalty like that, it just came to me naturally, in the moment,” he said.
# euro-2012 - Tuesday 26 June, 2012
Roy doesn’t pull any punches alongside Adrian Chiles and Gareth Southgate on the ITV panel.
The Manchester United striker angered the Italian by claiming that players there was no communication problems under Roy Hodgson.
The Spanish midfielder says he is happy with the team’s style of play.
The German coach gave a masterclass in setting the tone ahead of the clash with Italy, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.
‘I prefer to concede on the break than sit back for 20 minutes.’ Said the Azzurri coach.
Somebody needs to tell the former Hull City boss the correct meaning of the word.
As Miguel Delaney found out, the Germans don’t consider Italians to be lazy. Perish the thought. Very laid back, perhaps, but definitely not lazy.
We may look back on this summer’s European championships as the end of an era.
Ashley Young and Ashley Cole were both subjected to abuse on the social networking site after missing penalties against Italy on Sunday night.
The Ukrainian tournament director has claimed a 25% increase in tourist traffic has proved doubters wrong.
“I think we put a lot of expectation on him,” England manager Hodgson said as the squad arrived back in Manchester yesterday.
# euro-2012 - Monday 25 June, 2012
“It is nonsense. I just play where the coach tells me. I do not think we should talk about it as he is a very different player to me. We’re talking about the best player in the history of football.”
Germany take on Italy in the semi-finals in Warsaw on Thursday and Der Kaiser reckons his country will face reigning champions Spain for the trophy.
The Euro 2012 semi-finalists have been disciplined for the behaviour of their supporters during the Group B match with Denmark.
England’s flashy fans are only the beginning. Here’s your weekly round-up of the sporting world’s best bits over the last 48 hours.
Xabi Alonso insists the world champions will play their normal game when they come up against Portugal and his Real Madrid team-mate.
Last night’s dinked spot-kick was not the Italian midfielder’s first.
The Liverpool midfielder says he and manager Roy Hodgson have already discussed Gerrard’s future with England.
The 21-year-old was buried in his hometown this morning.