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Elbows out, dictaphones at the ready — let battle commence

June 11, 2008

A post-training mixed zoneFor most football fans, it would be a dream come true — go along and meet your favourite player and ask him anything you want.

It may be time for Koller to step down

June 11, 2008

Koller in action against the Swiss

There’s just a few hours to go before the Czech Republic take on Portugal and the Koller question is foremost in my mind.

All-time Euro XI: anyone here who could make it?

June 11, 2008

Van Basten headsNow we’ve seen all 16 teams in action at Euro 2008, here’s a question for you. Could anyone here play their way into the All-time Greats XI?

Should ref have called Van Nistelrooy goal offside?

June 10, 2008

Players react to Van Nistelrooy’s goal

Some you win and some you lose but it looks like almost every journalist and most TV commentators, as well as the Italian players, were totally wrong in claiming Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s opening goal against Italy in Netherlands’ 3-0 win in Berne on Monday was offside.

Italy lack cohesion and fans

June 10, 2008

Dutch parade

World champions Italy had no cohesion, no passion and no luck in their 3-0 defeat by the Dutch, but they also had something else important missing — fans.

Spain are heavily fancied for Euro 2008, but problems remain

June 9, 2008

I’m a bit worried about Spain. I’m not talking about the credit crunch, rising unemployment and the end of the housing boom here, I’m talking about their chances at Euro 2008.

Will Ronaldo A or B dominate the Euros?

June 9, 2008

The start of Ronaldo C?

So now we’ve seen him, the media-acclaimed superstar-elect of Euro 2008, Mr Cristiano Ronaldo.

Euro 2008: For the anoraks, it all points to Germany

June 8, 2008

Ballack speaks at a news conference

Sat with my anorak on in Vienna in the Reuters Euro 2008 office I spent much of the week in the build-up to Euro 2008 buried in weird and wonderful statistics … and a lot of them point to Germany winning.

Non-native Turks pen letters of pride for Euro 2008

June 7, 2008

Turkish delight?The Turkish Football Federation has handed out a glossy brochure to reporters entitled “Letters to Euro 2008″.

Euro 2008: Conjugal visits for Croatia

June 7, 2008

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has banned visits to his Euro 2008 camp by friends and acquaintances but he is happy to let his players enjoy an afternoon with their wives and girlfriends … as long as they announce their visits in advance and don’t disrupt the morning and evening training sessions.