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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Netherlands vs Germany – 5 Key Battles

Netherlands Vs GermanyNetherlands and Germany , considered pre-tournament favorites, now lie in a very dissimilar situation where the Dutch are fighting for survival having lost the first game and Germans looking to strengthen position at the top. There is no shortage of top quality talent in both teams having match winning players at their disposal. Soccerisma tells you about some key battles that can decide the outcome of the game.

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England and France Settle for a Point

Nasri FranceManchester City stars were on the score sheet for their countries as Joleon Lescott’s header was cancelled out by Samir Nasri’s equalizer. England had well organized defensive set up and held France to earn a point in perhaps their most difficult fixture of the group.

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Neymar – Personification Of Football Artistry

Neymar BrazilianI’m going to start this post by admitting that I have little knowledge of the Brazilian game. I’ve been a big fan of Brazil’s national team since the 2002 World Cup win over England, but have only really started to get into the domestic league and teams.

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Balotelli Can Make It or Break It for Italy Against Spain

Balotelli Playing For ItalyMario Balotelli is set to make his first start for Italy in a major international tournament against none other than the World Champions Spain. Media is reporting the versatile Italian to be the key man in this fixture. Technically Balotelli is one of the most gifted players in the world, a match winning player. On the contrary, mentally he is not the most stable one around and has caused his side havoc with his short tempered mind.

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