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Euro 2012

# euro-2012 - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

From The Score Germany on the edge of glory, says Loew Euro 2012

Germany on the edge of glory, says Loew

The in-form Germans reckon they can beat Italy for the first time in a knock-out, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

From The Score As it happened: Portugal v Spain, Euro 2012 semi-final Tense

As it happened: Portugal v Spain, Euro 2012 semi-final

We went minute-by-minute Portugal and Spain pushed each other every step of the way.

From The Score UEFA deny rejecting Miki Roque minute silence request‎ RIP

UEFA deny rejecting Miki Roque minute silence request‎

The Real Betis defender lost his battle with pelvic cancer earlier this week, aged 23.

From The Score Preview: all you need to know ahead of Spain’s showdown with Portugal tonight Crunch

Preview: all you need to know ahead of Spain’s showdown with Portugal tonight

Can Ronaldo banish the criticisms for good by dominating this last-four clash in Ukraine?

From The Score Done deal: Mandzukic to sign for Bayern Munich Sold

Done deal: Mandzukic to sign for Bayern Munich

The news of the 26-year-old striker’s transfer was expected to be announced on Bayern’s website soon.

From The Score The Ronaldo debate: Is he a good player or a great player? Euro 2012

The Ronaldo debate: Is he a good player or a great player?

Giles, Dunphy and Sadlier weigh in with their thoughts on Portugal’s talisman.

From The Score Euro e-mail from Warsaw: The party’s gone on without the Irish Euro 2012

Euro e-mail from Warsaw: The party’s gone on without the Irish

Miguel Delaney returns to Gdansk to find a very different city to the one which hosted Ireland’s travelling supporters.

From The Score Five past meetings between Spain and Portugal Neighbours

Five past meetings between Spain and Portugal

Tonight’s Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk will be the 36th time the sides have faced off.

From The Score Gazzetta dello Sport sorry for Balotelli ‘King Kong’ cartoon Euro 2012

Gazzetta dello Sport sorry for Balotelli ‘King Kong’ cartoon

“Everything, absolutely everything, can be misunderstood,” says Italian paper following complaints.

From The Score Nasri apologies to French fans for outburst Sorry

Nasri apologies to French fans for outburst

The Manchester City attacker verbally attacked a number of journalists after Les Bleus were eliminated from Euro 2012.

From The Score Portugal v Spain: the key battles Olé

Portugal v Spain: the key battles

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.

From The Score The man behind Ronaldo: Coentrao shining in Portugal role Euro 2012

The man behind Ronaldo: Coentrao shining in Portugal role

The left-sided player has prospered at Euro 2012 after an underwhelming season at Real Madrid

From The Score The Morning Score: Wednesday Early Doors

The Morning Score: Wednesday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from how to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet. Sorry, Vicente.

From The Score Preview: Counter-punching Portugal prepare Spain ambush Euro2012

Preview: Counter-punching Portugal prepare Spain ambush

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.

From The Score Germany are afraid of Italy, says Pirlo Euro 2012

Germany are afraid of Italy, says Pirlo

“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

From The Score Après Match: Keane talks Ireland fans and Triggs’ passing Comedy

Après Match: Keane talks Ireland fans and Triggs’ passing

Roy doesn’t pull any punches alongside Adrian Chiles and Gareth Southgate on the ITV panel.

From The Score ‘He only understands Scottish’ – Capello hits back at Rooney Euro 2012

‘He only understands Scottish’ – Capello hits back at Rooney

The Manchester United striker angered the Italian by claiming that players there was no communication problems under Roy Hodgson.

From The Score Spain are not boring to watch, insists Iniesta RETORT

Spain are not boring to watch, insists Iniesta

The Spanish midfielder says he is happy with the team’s style of play.

From The Score ‘The only thing I strive for is success’ — Jogi Loew keeping his eyes on the prize Euro 2012

‘The only thing I strive for is success’ — Jogi Loew keeping his eyes on the prize

The German coach gave a masterclass in setting the tone ahead of the clash with Italy, writes Miguel Delaney in Poland.

From The Score Forward thinking: Prandelli vows to attack Germany Semi-final

Forward thinking: Prandelli vows to attack Germany

‘I prefer to concede on the break than sit back for 20 minutes.’ Said the Azzurri coach.

From The Score Phil Brown labels Pirlo ‘homophobic’ for not leaving Serie A Facepalm

Phil Brown labels Pirlo ‘homophobic’ for not leaving Serie A

Somebody needs to tell the former Hull City boss the correct meaning of the word.

From The Score Stereotyping: Lazio striker Klose acting as German spy Bring On Italy

Stereotyping: Lazio striker Klose acting as German spy

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.

From The Score Opinion: Mourning the last of the 16-team tournaments Euro 2012

Opinion: Mourning the last of the 16-team tournaments

We may look back on this summer’s European championships as the end of an era.

From The Score Euro 2012 a success, say Euro 2012 organisers Self Declared

Euro 2012 a success, say Euro 2012 organisers

The Ukrainian tournament director has claimed a 25% increase in tourist traffic has proved doubters wrong.

From The Score Hodgson defends below-par Rooney Euro 2012

Hodgson defends below-par Rooney

“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

From The Score Fabregas laughs off Messi comparisons Euro 2012

Fabregas laughs off Messi comparisons

“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.”

From The Score Beckenbauer backs Germany for Euro glory Euro 2012

Beckenbauer backs Germany for Euro glory

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.

From The Score UEFA fine Germany €25,000 for unruly fans Pay Up

UEFA fine Germany €25,000 for unruly fans

The Euro 2012 semi-finalists have been disciplined for the behaviour of their supporters during the Group B match with Denmark.

From The Score Off the record: five sports stories you may have missed this weekend Take A Break

Off the record: five sports stories you may have missed this weekend

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.

From The Score Spain won’t be giving Ronaldo any special attention Euro 2012

Spain won’t be giving Ronaldo any special attention

Xabi Alonso insists the world champions will play their normal game when they come up against Portugal and his Real Madrid team-mate.

From The Score Paying the penalty: Rooney ‘gutted’ after shoot-out loss Homeward

Paying the penalty: Rooney ‘gutted’ after shoot-out loss

“We can hold our heads up high, there are a lot of young players in the squad and that will help them in the next tournament,” the Man Utd striker said.

From The Score Peerless Pirlo and seven other ‘Panenka’ penalties Calm

Peerless Pirlo and seven other ‘Panenka’ penalties

Last night’s dinked spot-kick was not the Italian midfielder’s first.

From The Score Gerrard vows to continue as England captain Euro 2012

Gerrard vows to continue as England captain

The Liverpool midfielder says he and manager Roy Hodgson have already discussed Gerrard’s future with England.

Hundreds attend funeral of James Nolan in Blessington

The 21-year-old was buried in his hometown this morning.

From The Score No use practising penalties, insists Germany goalkeeping chief Koepke Euro 2012

No use practising penalties, insists Germany goalkeeping chief Koepke

Miguel Delaney tried to get a few questions past on of the heroes of ’96 at Germany’s press conference this afternoon.

From The Score The Morning Score: Monday Early Doors

The Morning Score: Monday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from how to take a penalty like Andrea Pirlo.

Nick Leeson: On Mick Wallace and his ‘false economy’

The Wexford TD is symptomatic of the move from delayed gratification to credit consumerism which we are still struggling to shake off, writes Nick Leeson.

# euro-2012 - Sunday 24 June, 2012

From The Score VIDEO: England go out on penalties again Going Home

VIDEO: England go out on penalties again

Ashleys, Young and Cole, missed from the spot as Italy advanced to the semi-finals.

From The Score Analysis: Same old story in Kiev Post-mortem

Analysis: Same old story in Kiev

England going out on penalties, Andrea Pirlo’s brilliance… we saw nothing new tonight, writes Miguel Delaney.