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Just a few of the many rumours filling up today’s back pages 1. Samir Nasri to Arsenal The 21-year-old French playmaker is expected to join the Gunners at some stage in the next week, although his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes insisted last night the reports on the midfielder’s site of a done deal were “premature”. The […]

Hitler even less amused by sale of C-Ron than Fergie… Made us laugh, anyway – ah, the simple joy of ironic and crude subtitles.

Rio on holiday in Tel Aviv A handy pictorial reminder of why it’s so refreshing that England aren’t at Euro 2008. Much like any English tourists, there are few things more embarrassing than an English football star abroad. Rio, you officially look like a twat.

Barcelona prodigy looks shit-hot Name Alain Richard Ebwelle Age 12 (!!) – not that we always believe African birth certificates. Nationality Cameroon Club history FC Barcelona youth teams Position Striker/winger. Is he any good? Judging by the above clip of him in action for a Barca youth team against Real Madrid, yes he is very, […]

…And it’s much more enjoyable than the real Austria vs Germany game, funnily enough Did they swap paint after the game? [Spotted... all over the web, including at The Offside and The Spoiler]

So this is what a Mediterranean Niall Quinn looks like… Toni came into Euro 2008 with a reputation as one of the best big front men in Europe. He leaves Euro 2008 with a reputation as a giant, useless donkey. Toni was terrible in the Euros. It appeared at first as if he’d lost a […]

Man uses 11,000 dominos to recreate Euro 2008 logo That should read “Man with way too much time on his hands uses 11,000 dominos to recreate Euro 2008 logo.” Impressive, but also utterly pointless.

The Fiendish Friday Quiz

June 20th, 2008

More Euro 2008-flavoured fiendishness 1. Career path GD Estoril-Praia, Vitória FC, Porto, Chelsea (current) 2. Multiple choice Michel Platini top-scored at Euro 1984, with how many goals? a) Six, b) Seven, c) Eight, d) Nine 3. Picture round Which Euro star? 4. Team-mates How many Juventus players feature in Euro 2008 squads (including those from […]

The six men who impressed us most in the group stages 1. David Villa (Spain, forward) Four goals in two games lifted Villa to the top of the scoring charts, and deservedly so. He has looked razor-sharp alongside the admirable Fernando Torres; how Liverpool fans must hope that I’ll be writing that same sentence next […]

Michael Ballack showed C-Ron how to be a real team man Ballack was immense in Germany’s win over Portugal. He inspired his team-mates to play above their level, which is the true measure of a world-class player – Diego Maradona, a better player than Ballack, had the same effect on his Argentine team-mates. The current […]

Co-hosts upset German neighbours with anthem mix-up A Swiss TV station has apologised for running the words of the Nazi version of Germany’s national anthem as subtitles to the current German anthem before their Euro 2008 group match against Austria. Both the Nazi version and the modern version come from the same song, Das Deutschlandlied. […]

Tonight’s first quarter final is being billed as C-Ron vs Ballack. But is it as simple as that? Germany They looked mediocre in the group stages, apart from one solid win over Poland, and I don’t read too much into that, as Poland are terrible. Ballack and co. began Euro 2008 as tournament favourites – […]

Who failed to turn up? Here’s who… 1. Petr Cech (Czech Republic) Euro 2008 confirmed what I long suspected – that Cech has not been the same player since he fractured his skull in 2006. He still makes fine saves, but you can sense that he is reluctant to put his body completely on the […]

South American giants fail to score Brazil and Argentina drew 0-0 in last night’s World Cup qualifier, but at least they moved closer to leaders Paraguay, who lost 4-2 in Bolivia. Having lost 2-0 to Paraguay at the weekend, Brazil’s fans wanted blood against the Argentines, who are also out of form. They didn’t get […]

Arsene Wenger gets his man The next Zidane, eh. That would be Samir Nasri, the 20-year-old French midfielder who made a very brief cameo appearance from the bench against Italy, only to be taken off when Eric Abidal was shown a red card. Reports suggest that Nasri, currently a Marseille player (he joined them when […]

Tony Soprano’s enforcer vs Roberto Donadoni’s enforcer FURIO FACT! He’s one of the rare Sopranos characters that have been written out of the series without being killed. More lookalikes

The last thing Euro 2008 needs is a repeat of 2006 World Cup result As they’ve already proved with a big defeat to Holland, and narrow escapes against both Romania (Buffon’s late penalty save) and France (got to play majority of game against ten men), the 2008 Italy is nothing to be feared. Spain should […]

Driver of France’s team coach, almost as bad as the players Raymond Domenech might have known that it wasn’t going to be his team’s night when the driver of the French team coach made about five attempts – never mind that he backed into the white car behind, twice! – to enter the stadium, albeit […]

Holland can play part in France & Italy’s demise. But should they? If Romania beat Holland this evening, France and Italy will go out of Euro 2008. That’s the simple equation. Normally, I’d favour the Dutch to beat the Romanians, but the thing is, they really don’t need to. Marco van Basten’s side are already […]

Mourinho wants Lamps for his new gang. No, Jose, no. Of all the players in the world that Inter could have at the top of their summer shopping list, they choose Frank Lampard. Does Frank have secret photos of Jose Mourinho doing unnatural things with John Terry? Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, confirmed this week that […]

French team’s sponsors take a cheeky pop at Arjen Robben and co. Clever ad, but the French may be laughing the other side of the road if they’re knocked out by Holland this evening. We’d like to see a C-Ron Portuguese version too. [Via Grid Crasher]

You can’t keep a good Brazilian down, even at the Euros 1. Roger Guerreiro (Poland) The tricky winger was born in Sao Paulo in 1982. He had his Polish citizenship fast-tracked in April 2008, with the help of Poland’s head coach, Leo Beenhakker. More below…

Under-pressure Italian coach and maverick frontman share hair DNA The resemblance is uncanny. [Via When Saturday Comes]

South American giants humbled by smaller nations In this weekend’s round of qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup, Brazil lost 2-0 to Paraguay, and Argentina were lucky to grab a 1-1 draw at home to Ecuador – only a stoppage-time equaliser spared them the same fate as the Brazilians. Watch the action here: Paraguay 2-0 […]