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Fans fight back in Italy over signings

July 15, 2008

Poulsen has signed for Juve despite fan opposition

Amongst all the talk of football and footballers losing touch with the common fan, supporters in Italy are fighting back.

Axed Donadoni living in the past

June 26, 2008

Roberto Donadoni has lost his job as Italy coach following Sunday’s penalty shootout defeat by Spain in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. 

Vlog on the pitch – A view of Spain’s victory from Cadiz

June 23, 2008

Vlog on the pitch host Owen Wyatt travels to Cadiz to bring us his view of Spain’s penalty shootout victory over Italy in the Euro 2008 quarter-final.

Theatricals starting to spoil the football

June 23, 2008

Villa gets a yellow card

When I go to the theatre, I wouldn’t expect to see a soccer match break out on stage.
And so when I’m watching a soccer match I don’t want to see theatrics.

Group winners pay the price for rotation at Euro 2008

June 22, 2008

Three drama-filled quarter-finals and three group winners are gone. Spain should be worried.

The two Spains: the positive and the negative

June 21, 2008

Fernando Torres

THE OPTIMIST  (Elena Moya)    
Spain’s chances of beating Italy and reaching the Euro 2008 semi-finals are better than ever.      
‘This time is different’ is the line that is repeated tournament after tournament, just before the team inevitably falls in the quarter-finals. But on this occasion it really is different, and here’s why.

Romania, not such dark horses

June 16, 2008

Wounded Romanian player Rat leaves fieldHaving been drawn alongside Italy, France and the Netherlands in Group C, not many people would have predicted Romania would hold their own destiny and that of the world champions and World Cup finalists in their own hands going into the final group matches.

Whatever happened to good old fashioned goal difference?

June 16, 2008

Adrian Mutu gesturesFootball is a simple game so why do UEFA make the Euro 2008 groups so complicated?

Suspicious Italians demand Dutch courage

June 15, 2008

Suspicious ItaliansSuspicious Italians

Italians are suspicious of everything, or so it seems. Several of my friends in Milan refuse to eat pasta or pizza outside Italy because they don’t believe it will taste the same.

No food and crazy taxi drivers — the perils of Euro 2008

June 14, 2008

My non-journalist friends are very envious that I get to go to Euro 2008 matches for free.