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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…

All for one and one for Ballack

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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 […]

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1. Germany are through after their scare but they don’t look particularly special. Only a moment of quality from Michael Ballack saw them through without a tense finale.

Germany face do-or-die showdown with Austria for place in quarter finals On paper, the Germans will easily get what they need to go through as runners-up to Croatia in Group B – Jogi Low’s men only need to draw with Austria this evening to progress to a quarter-final showdown against Portugal. In reality, a cup […]

Czech Republic fan and “friend” lament Euro exit I can only admire a man who has the time to facepaint an inflatable sex doll.

Czech Republic fan tries to recreate that Petr Cech look The likeness is uncanny. If Cech ever turns to the bottle – as he might want to do, after last night’s error-ridden performance – then he knows now how he will look, with stubble and a few extra kilos around the waist. Poor Petr.

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With the new ball flying all over the place and causing havoc for defenders and goalkeepers, if you’re taking a shot at Euro 2008 it makes sense to use the force.

From ITV’s Headcases…

Controversial English ref awarded another game by Uefa Despite being accused of being a cheat – and far worse – by most of the Polish population, Uefa is standing by Howard Webb. The English ref has been given Spain’s final group game, against Greece. It’s a meaningless game, in as much as Spain are already […]

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 […]

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1. Portugal’s reserves are on the bench for a reason. The second string (Big Phil Scolari made eight changes) lacked the edge of the first-choice team.

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1. That was a crazy, enthralling game of football. The match had absolutely everything.

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1. Hallelujah, Greece have gone! Banished for crimes against football.

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1. Just when you thought it was beginning more like the Spain we know and love – underachievement and failing to live up to potential – David ‘Luxury’ Villa steps up to win the match. Undeserved, but Spain are through.

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1. What an excellent game. End-to-end action, plenty of excitement and plenty of goals.

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1. So, so close. The Italians – the World Champions – were on the brink of elimination.

Who said journalists were smart? (Not us) A German journalist covering Euro 2008 tried to delay his flight from Verona to Vienna by making a fake bomb threat, according to reports in the Italian media. The 27-year-old hack showed up late at Verona airport on Thursday, where staff from Air Dolomiti told him he could […]

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 […]

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 […]

English ref receives death threats after penalty decision robs Poles of victory Howard “two watches” Webb has received death threats on the web after his controversial late penalty decision cost Poland a 1-0 win against co-hosts Austria. The Poles have to now beat group leaders Croatia in their final group game, and hope Austria can […]

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.