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  • Euro 2008 team guide: Romania June 9th, 2008 International football

    Will they find the Group of Death just a bit too scary? ROMANIA (Group C) Group mates Don’t ask… but if you must know: France (9 June, Zurich), Italy (13 June, Zurich), Netherlands (17 June, Bern). Ouch. Three most valuable players 1) Adrian Mutu (pictured, above) The controversy-courting striker has matured greatly since he left […]

  • Polish tabloid publishes picture of Michael Ballack’s severed head June 6th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Pies’ headline of the day! Leo Beenhakker, the Dutch coach of Poland’s national team, apologised yesterday after a Polish tabloid newspaper, Super Express, published a mocked-up image of him holding the severed heads of Michael Ballack and German coach Joachim Low, along with a headline demanding the slaughter of Germany at Euro 2008: “Leo, give […]

  • Euro 2008: The Fiendish Friday Quiz June 6th, 2008 Games

    Another Euro-themed quiz to get your brains around 1. Career path Trelleborg, Juventus, Djurgarden, Rennes, Man City (current) 2. Multiple choice What are Euro 2008’s two mascots called? a) Zagi & Zigi, b) Flitz & Bitz, c) Trix & Flix, d) Flitz & Flix 3. Picture round Name this Euro 2008 player… 4. Team-mates How […]

  • Euro 2008: Top six rising stars June 6th, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    We profile the young players set to shine in Austria & Switzerland 1. Mario Gomez (Striker, Germany) Just 22, although he looks older, Gomez has been tipped by many as a dark horse to win the Golden Shoe at Euro ’08. He’s tall, quick, powerful and has good feet, plus he knows where the goal […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: France June 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Without Zidane, can they escape the Group of Death? FRANCE (Group C) Group mates Romania (9 June, Zurich), Netherlands (13 June, Bern), Italy (17 June, Zurich) Three most valuable players 1) Franck Ribery A revelation for Bayern this season, and will be expected to take over from Zinedine Zidane as France’s creator-in-chief. Potentially the star […]

  • Euro 2008: the perfect fantasy football team June 5th, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    If you’re planning to play a Euro 2008 fantasy football game, here’s our tips for a winning XI… We allowed ourselves just two players from each nation, and in a 4-4-2 formation: GOALKEEPER Igor Akinfeev (Russia) Under Guus Hiddink, the Russian are very well-organised, and don’t tend to ship many goals. Plus, they’re in a […]

  • Top 15 sexiest players at Euro 2008 June 5th, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    Following on from yesterday’s Top 15 Ugliest Players, today Pies brings you the Top 15 Sexiest Players, as chosen by a select panel of female fans (and my gay friend Nick). 15. Alessandro del Piero (Italy) You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Euro 2008: Xavi scores wonder goal in Spain vs USA friendly June 5th, 2008 Skills

    Spanish midfielder rescues win with lovely solo goal Spain beat USA 1-0 in Santander last night, thanks to this super goal by Barcelona star Xavi. The result saw Spain stretch its unbeaten run to 16 games. You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Songs of Euro 2008: Allemann, by Elton June 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    German fans get their own anthem If you watch this video enough times, the chorus will get stuck in your brain, and not in a good way. I’m sure there’s a sly dig at the English not qualifying in there too, but my German is too rusty to figure out what it is exactly. Hit […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Poland June 5th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The lowdown on the hard-to-pronounce Poles POLAND (Group B) Group mates Germany (8 June, Klagenfurt), Austria (12 June, Vienna), Croatia (16 June, Klagenfurt) Three most valuable players 1) Artur Borac Poland’s No.1 keeper is one of the most underrated in Europe; his back-ups, Tomasz Kuszczak and Lukasz Fabianski, are very good too. 2) Ebi Smolarek […]

  • Top 15 ugliest players at Euro 2008 June 4th, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    They may be good at football, but look at the state of them… 15. Jakub Wawrzyniak (Poland) You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Vote: who will you support at Euro 2008? June 4th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    With no England to back, which team will you cheer in Austria & Switzerland? Which team will you support at Euro 2008 ( polls) You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Songs for Euro 2008: Can You Hear Me, by Enrique Iglesias June 4th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Another four minutes of Euro trash Apparently, this is the “Official Song” of Euro 2008. Which means there are two official songs for the tournament: this, and Shaggy’s Like a Superstar, which we posted up yesterday. No idea why. Hit or Miss? It’s catchy in a euphoric, Euro-dance way, but it’s no World In Motion. […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Germany June 4th, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Meet the tournament favourites GERMANY (Group B) Group mates Poland (8 June, Klagenfurt), Croatia (12 June, Klagenfurt), Austria (16 June, Vienna) Three most valuable players 1) Michael Ballack An undeniable world-class act, and in fine form for his club in the last couple of months. Having missed the 2006 World Cup final in his homeland, […]

  • Football videos: Jose Mourinho’s first press conference as Inter manager June 4th, 2008 Videos

    A couple of vids from Jose’s first press conference in the Inter hot seat “I don’t want to be the Special One any longer…” More below… You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Songs for Euro 2008: Like a Superstar, by Shaggy June 3rd, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The first of several songs for the Euros This is just one of the official songs for Euro 2008. It’s slightly less annoying than Crazy Frog, but that’s about the highest praise we can give it. Pure Euro disco nonsense. Hit or miss? A huge, sliced miss into Row Z. You have already read 4 […]

  • Euro 2008: Fabio Cannavaro’s tournament is over (with pictures) June 3rd, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Italian captain injures ankle ligaments, will miss Euros Cannavaro, who led Italy to World Cup victory in 2006, has been ruled out of Euro 2008. The central defender will have surgery on his left ankle in Vienna so he can remain with Italy at the team’s training camp in Austria. It’s a big blow for […]

  • If Jose Mourinho could take just one Chelsea player to Inter, who should it be? June 3rd, 2008 Chelsea

    Do Jose’s job for him If you’ve just come back from a trip to the moon, you may not know that Jose Mourinho is Inter’s new manager. It’s good to see Jose back in football, although we’d have preferred it if he’d chosen to return to the Premier League – still, can’t wait for the […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Croatia June 3rd, 2008 Miscellaneous

    Can England’s conquerors go all the way? CROATIA (Group B) Group mates Austria (8 June, Vienna), Germany (12 June, Klagenfurt), Poland (16 June, Klagenfurt) Three most valuable players 1) Luka Modric Tottenham’s next saviour is a wonderfully gifted playmaker, with a fine eye for a pass. 2) Niko Kranjcar Had a fine season at Portsmouth. […]

  • Top Six: Euro Championship goals of all time June 3rd, 2008 Skills

    Our favourite goals from the Euro finals 1. Marco van Basten, Holland vs Russia, 1988 Pure technique, pure brilliance – and in the final too. The undisputed No.1. You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Top Six: football rumours of the day, featuring Jose Mourinho, Gio dos Santos, Mark Hughes and Karmi Benzema June 2nd, 2008 Blackburn Rovers

    Monday’s best football stories 1. Karim Benzema to Man Utd Fergie is preparing a £30m mega bid for the very highly rated Lyon striker. God help the rest of the league if the United boss gets his man. [Manchester Evening News] 2. Jose Mourinho to Inter Milan This is more than mere rumour now, it […]

  • Trinidad & Tobago vs England, in photos (plus video highlights) June 2nd, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The best snaps from yesterday’s friendly in Port of Spain T&T’s fans: prettier than England’s fans. You have already read 4 premium articles for free todayAccess immediately the premium content with MultipassOr come back tomorrow

  • Football fashion crimes: Sol Campbell’s Ali Baba pants June 2nd, 2008 Kits & fashion

    Pompey defender, putting the loon into pantaloons Here’s Sol in holiday mode, strolling along the French Riviera with his WAG Fiona Barratt, an interior designer to the stars. The white t-shirt is fine, the sandals are fine, the gold chain is fine (just about), the trousers are… sweet holy Jesus, look at the size of […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Austria June 2nd, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The worst team in the Euros? Almost certainly AUSTRIA (Group B) Group mates Croatia (8 June, Vienna), Poland (12 June, Vienna), Germany (16 June, Vienna) Three most valuable players 1) Emanuel Pogatetz Middlesbrough’s Mad Dog is back in favour, after falling out with Austria’s management before the 2006 World Cup. His brand of tenacious defending […]

  • Euro Classics: Ray Houghton recreates Euro 1988 goal vs England for Baddiel & Skinner June 2nd, 2008 Videos

    Blast from the past, via Phoenix from the Flames Fair play to Houghton for subjecting himself – and his country – to utter, total humiliation. This clip didn’t go down to well in Ireland at the time it was shown – something to do with the relentless stereotypes, I guess. England, fresh from defeat to […]