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Buffon proves why he’s the best ‘keeper in the world Watch the brilliant save that kept the Italians in the tournament. Who knows, if the World Cup holders beat abject France in their final group game, they could still win the whole thing. NOTE Euro 2008 vids are getting ripped down from YouTube with alarming […]

Lineker, Hansen and co., more boring than ever The BBC has received complaints about the dress sense of its Euro 2008 football pundits. Viewers say Gary Lineker, Martin O’Neill, Alan Shearer and Alan Hansen look like they’re in uniform, with blue shirts and dark slacks. Writing on the blog of Roger Mosey, Director of BBC […]

Bookmaker offers free gas guzzler to first Spanish goalscorer Paddy Power, a bookies that specialises in special and unusual bets, is offering a free Hummer to the first Spanish player to score against Sweden in tomorrow evening’s Group D clash. There is a catch, of course. To claim the Hummer, the Spanish scorer must also […]

The Fiendish Friday Quiz

June 13th, 2008

Another Euro 2008-themed quiz to hurt your head 1. Career path Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen (current) 2. Multiple choice Patrick Kluivert and which other player top scored at Euro 2000? a) Nuno Gomes, b) David Trezeguet, c) Thierry Henry, d) Savo Milosevic 3. Picture round Who’s this Euro star? 4. Team-mates […]

Portuguese trickster claims to have signed for a “big club” With Porto out of next season’s Champions League – Uefa suspended them in the wake of allegations of bribery in 2003/04 – it seemed inevitable that Ricardo Quaresma would look for a big-money move to England, Spain or Italy. It looks like his wish has […]

German midfielder vs lead singer of Reef Remember Reef? They’re defunct now, but still marginally famous thanks to their one big pop hit, “Place Your Hands”, which was customised by Chris Evans for TFI Friday (“It’s Your Letters”). Anyway, their lead singer, Gary Stringer, always reminds me of Torsten Frings.

Dutch coach looks mean, talks a language we don’t understand… Van Basten has gone into “boot camp marine” mode, but he still talks in a charming whisper – he’s clearly going for the “speak softly, carry big stick” approach to football management. If only we could understand what he’s saying. Any Pies readers speak Dutch […]

C-Ron unveils latest foot con in training Nice move Cristiano – like to see you try it in a game though. We christen it… the circle jerk.

Chelsea look to Portugal’s Gene Hackman-alike As of 1 July, Felipe Scolari will take over as Chelsea’s head coach. That’s just two days after the Euro 2008 final, which could feature Portugal. A bit soon, no? Scolari has a fine track record, but how will his Sgt Major demeanour go down with Chelsea’s stars. We’ll […]

Co-hosts out, C-Ron finds his feet Watch Arda Turan’s added-time goal, which broke Swiss hearts.

A Fab fashion crime, par excellence In which young Cesc smoulders with his very best boy-band look. [Picture spotted at Kickette]

Who’s shone in the first round of group games? Here’s who… Pepe (Portugal) Strong and athletic at the back, and threatening when he ventured into the opposition box. Scored one fine header against Turkey, and had another disallowed. Had the odd lapse in concentration, but overall he was hugely impressive. More below…

Moody striker saves his best for the Swedes’ first game A stunning strike by Zlatan – the goal of the tournament so far (although I did love Sneijder’s team goal against the Italians). Enjoy it while you can – Uefa will rip it down from YouTube soon, no doubt. EDITED Yep, didn’t last long!

Will Guus Hiddink guide the Russians to glory? RUSSIA (Group D) Group mates Spain (10 June, Innsbruck), Greece (14 June, Salzburg), Sweden (18 June, Innsbruck) Three most valuable players 1) Igor Akinfeev Brilliant young goalie, with a nice line in saving penalties. 2) Andrei Arshavin Twinkle-toed playmaker, so important to his country’s hopes that he […]

Will Zlatan and his blond team-mates have more fun at the Euros? SWEDEN (Group D) Group mates Greece (10 June, Salzburg), Spain (14 June, Innsbruck), Russia (18 June, Innsbruck) Three most valuable players 1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic Hugely talented, but mentally fragile – you never know if you’re going to see Amazing Zlatan or Amazingly Crap […]

Euro links for your enjoyment C-Ron voted the hottest player involved in Euro 2008, according to poll of 12,000 women (he hasn’t slept with them all). [MSN Sport] Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s opening goal in the win over Italy was legitimate, says Premier League referees’ chief Keith Hackett. So there. [BBC] And some non-Euro […]

Euro 2008 team guide: Spain

June 10th, 2008

Please don’t underachieve again SPAIN (Group D) Group mates Russia (10 June, Innsbruck), Sweden (14 June, Innsbruck), Greece (18 June, Salzburg) Three most valuable players 1) Iker Casillas Probably the best goalkeeper in the world, and with a suspect defence in front of him, his brilliant shot-stopping skills will be needed. 2) Fernando Torres Yet […]

Not a good look for the Italian midfield terrier There’s nothing like a girly headband for diminishing a player’s hardman status.

Video highlights of both of yesterday’s games. Catch ’em quick before YouTube pulls them down… Holland make it look easy against the world champs: France vs Romania below…

Can the defending champions shock Europe again? GREECE (Group D) Group mates Sweden (10 June, Salzburg), Russia (14 June, Salzburg), Spain (18 June, Salzburg) Three most valuable players 1) Giorgos Karagounis Proved his immense worth to Greece at Euro 2004 – he’s a clever, dynamic, tenacious midfielder, although at 31, he’s less dynamic these days. […]

Another sad story of in-fighting and underachievement? HOLLAND (Group C) Group mates Italy (9 June, Bern), France (13 June, Bern), Romania (17 June, Bern) Three most valuable players 1) Edwin van der Sar Vastly experienced and cool of head, unlike many of his young team-mates. 2) Rafael van der Vaart I was going to name […]

Basketball hero forced to like Chelsea Garnett is on course to help the Boston Celtics defeat the evil L.A. Lakers and win this season’s NBA finals. In between shooting hoops though, he found the time to pick up a personalised Chelsea shirt, free of charge. “Y’all made my day…this is huge” Kev, you’re such a […]

The world’s best player (two years ago) to link up with Darius Vassell? My mind is boggling If Ronaldinho ends up at Eastlands, it will be the biggest transfer coup in Premier League history, perhaps in the whole history of football. That’s not to say that Man City are a small club, but if you […]

In which a Polish lad betrays his former homeland Two goals – the second was a cracking strike – by Polish-born Lukas Podolski gave the Germans the ideal start to Euro 2008. Before the tournament began, I tipped him to win the Golden Shoe, but of course I didn’t act on my own advice. D’oh. […]