Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Group C is an intriguing one, featuring Germany, a side many expect to go far in the competition. The World Cup holders will be eager to add the European Championships to their impressive trophy haul, but they have lost some key experienced players since Brazil, so they are not the same side that lifted the game's most coveted prize. The majority of the players are still available though and they will be expecting to reach the semi-finals at a minimum. …
Rodgers wants a major signing

Rodgers wants a major signing

Speaking after his teams impressive 4-0 home win over Everton, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken about his desire to bring in a "major signing" before Friday's deadline. Rodgers said "I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days," "I saw some headlines after Monday's press conference in terms of the manager being angry with the club - nothing is further from the truth. "We are not just going to get the players we want to get …
The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

The Italy v Spain or Xavi Vs Pirlo Euro 2012 Final Preview

We'll begin with a quick review of the Euro 2012 Semi Final Result:
Italy 2 Germany 1...and ‘It could have been four, or five’. 
  This was the night that Balotelli finally came of age; where Pirlo was involved with 34% of the Azzurri’s play (received or played a pass) and boasted a 92% pass rate. Cesare Prandelli set his team up in his favoured 4-3-1-2 formation for the third game in succession after beginning the tournament with the controversial …
Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Spirited Sweden Sink France - Match stats report

Sweden began their final game at Euro 2012 looking to exit the competition with some pride salvaged and some hope for the future restored. They faced a French side they had not beaten in a competitive game since October 1949 in Stockholm and a team that was looking to finish the group stages at the top of the group and avoid a game against Spain in the quarter finals. Sweden defended well throughout the game and prevented France from having …
Rain in the Ukraine only adds to their Pain | Ukraine match stats report

Rain in the Ukraine only adds to their Pain | Ukraine match stats report

Following a convincing display in Ukraine's opening fixture versus Sweden, opinions were optimistic going into the match against France. After the attacking minded mentality of the Ukraine and their ability to stretch play, some thought there might be another Denmark vs. Holland on the cards. An achilles heel shown by the Ukraine during the Sweden game was their back four's fragility, a supposed area to work on and take forward to the France game. The match failed to live up …
Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Shevchenko sinks Sweden | Ukraine Match Stats Report

Leading up to the game, many thought Ukraine vs. Sweden would be Monday's undercard with England and France doing battle earlier on in the day. To still say this would be disrespectful to either team, as a scintillating second half saw 3 goals inside 10 minutes. Ukraine were somewhat of an unknown entity coming into this tournament, and many doubted them against Sweden . They hadn't played a competitive fixture in over 2 years, many thought their brightest sparks were …
Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's hopes dashed by Shevchenko - A Sweden match report

Sweden's tournament started off with less of a bang than they had hoped, 3 points dropped to a Ukraine team most expected them to beat with games against England and France to come, many expected Sweden to take 3 points and quickly shift their focus to the next game on Friday versus England but this was not the case. 2 goals from Andrey Shevchenko countered the opening goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to give Ukraine the victory and send Sweden to …
Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Euro 2012 Preview: In-depth Germany Profile

Germany qualified for Euro 2012 with a 100% record in their qualifying group, finishing 13 points ahead of 2nd placed Turkey. They are many people's favorites to win the tournament with the likes of Gomez, Özil, Schweinsteiger and Lahm in their ranks and are expected to be there or thereabouts in Kiev for the final. They faced no real challenges in their qualifying group, however, and there were a few close calls. This relatively young squad with new tactics and …
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