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Archive for June, 2008

chants of “ES-PAÑA!” and “Olé, Olé, Olé!” Congratuations Spain for a famous 1 - 0 win yesterday over Germany and we can now all focus on the trade action exploding on the scene. Will Frank Lampard be wearing Inter Blue? Will Emmanuel Adebayor be wearing Milan Red? and about all the others flying under the radar including Deco, Samuel Eto’o, Ricardo Carvalho , Cristiano Ronaldo, and Ricardo Quaresma. Newsflash - just heard Deco is going to Chelsea and Lampard is […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 30 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Germany vs. Spain With only two teams left all the chips are on the table. Spain will be short David Villa who was injured in the last semi-final match against Russia, and it looks like the most probable lineup will include the lone striker of Fernando Torres when manager Luis Aragones fields a 4-1-4-1 formation later today. On the otherside of the coin Germany will most definitely start with their second in command, Torsten Frings. Frings cracked a rib earlier […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 29 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

You’re probably thinking what is he talking about Italy are out after losing to Spain 2 - 4 on penalties in the last quarter-final, but perhaps you should think again because there is still one representative left for Italy, Roberto Rosetti. Yes the Italian official is still on at the Euros and referee Rosetti will officiate the final, at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. This is very good for the domestic Italian league, which has suffered attack in recent […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 25 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Guess who was sighted sitting together at the Italy vs. Spain semi-final, you’re right Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger and past Le Bleus captain and golden boot winner, Zinedine Zidane. Wonder if there is a possibility of seeing Zizou in London come the fall??? Perhaps he was asking Wenger about getting his feet wet as manager somewhere soon. You can find out more about World Cup winner Zidane and his travels by viewing the lastest UEFA.com magazine, Zidane enjoying the Euro […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 24 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Giorgio Chiellini a rising star of the Azzurri back-four should be partnered with captain Fabio Canavarro for future World Cup qualifying in my opinion. Chiellini’s place in the national team was cemented in place, after his recent preformance against Spain, during the European quarter-finals Sunday evening.Well done Mr. Chiellini

Posted by Alex On Jun - 24 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Have you been missing Euro 2008 match previews, recaps, player interviews and historical tournament events? Well look no further UEFA.com magazine have it all and to prove it follow the latest installment on the exploits of Team Italia and Team Español. Game Day Spain vs. Italy topics include, Spain’s 88 year wait for victory over Italy, Azzurri midfields Gennaro Gattuso and Andrea Pirlo and their noticeable absence in the last quarter-final match, Christian Panucci provides a few words on how […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 22 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

With the 2 - 0 triumph over arch-rivials France the Azzurri will now move on to the European quarter-finals and face the goal leading duo of Villa and Torres and the rest of La Furia Roja (The Red Fury, Spain) come Sunday at 20:45 CET. Thoughts and murmurs across the blogsphere rate this most recent Azzurri win not only survival for the Italians in this tournament but also salvation for their manager Roberto Donadoni and a final nail in the […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 20 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

If not for defender Christian Panucci poaching a goal and keeper Gigi Buffon making a fabulous penalty save, the World Champions would already be packing for home. Highlights from the Italy vs. Romania match on Day 7Footytube Italy 1 -1 RomaniaItaly: Buffon; Zambrotta, Panucci, Chiellini, Grosso; Camoranesi (Ambrosini 85), Pirlo, De Rossi, Perrotta (Cassano 56); Del Piero (Quagliarella 77), ToniRomania: Lobont; Contra, Tamas, Goian, Rat; Radoi (Dica 25), Codrea, Chivu; Mutu (Cocis 88), Petre (Nicolita 60); D NiculaeRef: Ovrebo (Norway)

Posted by Alex On Jun - 15 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Karel Brückner’s Czech Republic take on Felipe Scolari’s Portugal at 18:00 CET today, and one wonders what is going through managerial minds? I understand Scolari will field the same lineup from game one against Turkey and with so much talent on the bench i.e. Quaresma has someone fallen out with the marionette master? This morning’s mock discussion between managers,Brückner: Hey PhilScolari: Ya,Brückner: Why don’t we call it a draw and both be happy? By the way, I could use an […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 11 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

I’m sure Serie A Weekly readers have by now noticed the absence of any discussion on the 0 - 3 loss by Team Italia. Frankly I’m lost for words in explaining their total melt-down against the Dutch. I have but one response, A Message to Roberto, a message to Azzurri for more analysis on what went wrong see mcalcio, the Post-Dutch Debacle

Posted by Alex On Jun - 11 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Highlights from the Holland vs. Italy match on Day 3 Footytubehttp://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf Holland 3 - 0 ItalyVan Nistelrooy 25 (H), Sneijder 31 (H), Van Brockhurst 80 (H)Holland: Van der Sar; Ooijer, Mathijsen, Bouhlarouz (Heitinga 77), Van Bronckhorst; De Jong, Engelaar; Sneijder, Van Der Vaart, Kuyt (Afellay 81); Van Nistelrooy (Van Persie 70)Italy: Buffon; Panucci, Materazzi (Grosso 54), Barzagli, Zambrotta; Gattuso, Pirlo, Ambrosini; Camoranesi (Cassano 75), Toni, Di Natale (Del Piero 64)Ref: Frojdfeldt (Swe)

Posted by Alex On Jun - 10 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

From match-day 3 the formations utilized by Victor Piţurcă of Romania and his opposite number Raymond Domenech of France will be examined but first scores from Day 3 including match statistics. Day Three Group C Results Romania 0 - 0 FranceHolland 3 - 0 Italy Romania vs FranceVictor Piţurcă utilized the 4-3-2-1 formation for the Romania camp (see diagram below), Often used by Milan with Kaka and Seedorf supporting a lone striker it is a very defensive structure forcing play […]

Posted by Alex On Jun - 10 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST

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