England vs Italy – 5 Key Battles

England vs Italy Euro 2012England and Italy collide tonight in the last quarter final of the championships. England have never beaten Italy in a major competition having lost to them in Euro 1980 and World Cup 1990. Not to forget they did not qualify for Euro 2008 and the last time they got past quarter final stage of European championships was way back in 1996.

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Zinedine Zidane – Simply the Best

Zinedine ZidaneOn Zidane’s 40th Birthday, our writer Otis writes on his prolific profile. Without a shadow of a doubt Zidane, probably the best player of his generation, is among the names that Footballing World can never forget.

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Spain vs France – 5 Key Battles

Spain vs France - 5 Key BattlesSpain and France will collide tonight’s in the third quarter final. Spain remain clear favorites to win against Les Bleus as they look to complete the mission of retaining the title. France had horrendous outings in their last two major tournaments when they were knocked out of Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup in group stages. However France have never lost to Spain in major tournaments and were the last team to knock La Roja out as well when Zidane inspired French side won 3-1 at 2006 World Cup. Soccerisma covers some key battles that can decide the outcome of the game.

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Podolski and Giroud Signed but Will Van Persie Stay at Arsenal

Podolski and Grioud Signed but Will Van Persie Stay at ArsenalBefore the end of the season, Arsenal were put in an uncomfortable position of maybe losing their captain and star player Robin van Persie. Arsenal fans, going by previous experiences with Cesc Fabregas, perhaps thought that they might have to rely on out-of-favour players like Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young for the upcoming season.

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Baros Retires – Highs and Lows of International Career

Milan Baros Retires From International FootballHaving lost to Portugal in last night’s Euro quarterfinal, Czech forward Milan Baros has opted to retire from international football. At the age of 30, the retirement can be considered premature but Baros could not live up to expectations at Euros and perhaps made the decision to see someone younger take over. He scored 48 times for his nation in 93 appearances and currently plays for Turkish club Galatasaray. Soccerisma covers the highs and lows of Milan Baros’s International career.

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Statistical Preview – Czech Republic vs Portugal

Czech Republic vs PortugalPortugal face a tricky fixture in the Quarter Finals against Czech Republic and will be hoping that captain Ronaldo comes up with another majestic performance to ensure semifinal place.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Give Him Time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing for EnglandAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain is undoubtedly one of the biggest young talents in world football. It’s clear to see from his displays that he can become one of the greats. Not only does he have the talent, he also has the attitude. Motivated by hunger and determination with a down-to-earth persona he is a very likable figure – somewhat uncommon in modern football.

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Euro Nightmare May Cost Ronaldo Ballon D’Or Prize

Ronaldo Portugal Real madridCristiano Ronaldo entered the European Championships with high hopes of leading his nation to new level and making a strong case of winning the Ballon D’Or title. However the tournament thus far has been no less than a nightmare for the Portugese captain. It all started off with an average performance against the German side where Ronaldo was frustrated all night. On the very same day, Lionel Messi did wonders for his nation, scoring a flawless hat-rick against rivals Brazil.

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Jira-Czech On Target as Poland Crash Out of Euros

Czech Republic vs PolandCo-hosts Poland crash out of the tournament with Petr Jiracek breaking the hearts of home fans scoring the only goal of the game. The Wolfsburg man kept his calm and scored the goal that ensured Czech Republic’s progression as Group A winners.

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Time for England to Change Gears

England Vs SwedenEngland were able to hold France to a draw with some resolute defending and determination in the first game. However from attacking view point, French enjoyed large spells of possession in the England half. Blanc’s men were restricted to long range efforts as Benzema unleashed most of them at Joe Hart’s goal, who was under constant pressure.

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