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Barca stars flout bowling alley rules In which Xavi, Euro 2008′s Player of the Tournament, takes on Barca team-mate Lionel Messi at ten-pin football.

This is the shocking CCTV footage which saw Newcastle’s Joey Barton locked up for six months. It was released by police after Barton admitted that he also assaulted ex-Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo during a training ground incident. He will be sentenced for that offence later today. Do you think Newcastle can continue to stand by Barton?

For extensive use during all those kit clashes with West Brom and, erm…

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Jose wants Lamps and the Drog. Surely JT is the man he covets most? When British newspapers made up rumours about new Inter boss Jose Mourino wanting to poach Chelsea players, the two they concentrated on were F-Wank Lampard and The Drog. No mention of John Terry, strangely. Could Mourinho tempt JT away from Chelsea? […]

Chelsea sign Deco. Looks like Lamps is off to Inter then Today is Big Phil’s first official day as Chelsea boss. His first signing was Deco, Portugal’s Brazilian playmaker. Deco has signed from Barca on a two-year deal, for a fee of around £8m. The arrival of one of Big Phil’s most trusted players – […]

Jesus, don’t give Old Man Aragones the bumps again! More below…

German fans welcome home Herr Ballack and co. From this video, anyone would think that Germany had won the tournament – and from the way this ceremony looks, perhaps the organisers predicted as much. Fair play to the German fans for giving such a warm wilkommen home to their team, who came so close to […]

Our favourite things about Austria & Switzerland 1. The football (especially that played by the Spanish) For most teams, relentless attack was the best form of defence – that was great news for neutral fans. The few teams that attempted to grind out results in a negative fashion (Greece and Italy, for example) made no […]

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He came so close on three occasions this season, but there’s no cigar for Germany’s captain Michael Ballack might have ended the 2007/08 season as a winner of the Premier League, Champions League and Euro 2008. He made it to final games in all three competitions, but in the end, he won absolutely nothing, nichts, […]

Who had a shocker at the Euros? 1. Luca Toni (Italy) Came into the tournament as one of the favourites to win the Golden Shoe; left the tournament without finding the net, despite having 12 shots on goal and even more chances. Perhaps he wasn’t fully fit, or merely jaded after a long season at […]

Who impressed you most in Austria & Switzerland? Spain were the best team of the tournament, by a street, and congrats to them for deservedly winning last night’s final; it was the most one-sided 1-0 victory I’ve ever seen in a major tournament. But did Spain also provide the tournament’s best player? Have your say […]

A selection of the best images from last night’s final More below…

A team of Euro 2008 players who have caught the eye

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Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
His wonderful performances kept Italy in the competition longer than they deserved. Buffon gets the nod although it could have been Iker Casillas (he just had less to do in the tournament).

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1. It is not always the case that the team which has played the best football wins a major tournament wins it, but it was on this occasion. Spain have been the best team from start to finish and they deserved their victory.

The BBC has cottoned on to what the rest of us have known for some time: John Motson has lost his marbles. Motty is being pensioned off after tonight’s Euro 2008 final. As he hangs up the famous sheepskin coat, Pies recalls some of his finest moments.

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Which unsung stars added a nought to their value after good showings in Austria & Switzerland? 1. Orlando Engelaar (Holland) One of only two Dutch players to start all of Holland’s four games, the giant midfielder impressed with his strength, discipline and passing range. He’d make a good addition to any Premier League club. Where […]

Hleb, Flamini, Diarra and possibly Adebayor off to pastures new? Why do Arsenal’s best players want to leave? Here are a few reasons why… 1. A rigid wage structure Rightly or wrongly, Arsenal has a wage structure that it’s not prepared to mess with. In theory, that’s a good thing – if every other club […]

With Euro 2008 reaching final fever pitch, why not take part in your own football game this Sunday? At 11.00am on Sunday 29th June dads and their kids all over the country will be grabbing a ball and kicking it around for a nationwide BIG KICK. Get involved wherever you are or come along to […]

Pit your wits against our final Euro-themed quiz 1. Career path Servette, Tenerife, Hansa Rostock, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach (current) 2. Multiple choice Before David Villa’s hat-trick against Russia, who was the last man to score a hat-trick in a European Championship finals? a) Michel Platini, b) Patrick Kluivert, c) Marco van Basten, d) Milan […]

Togolese striker to turn his back on Arsenal? Adebayor is “80 per cent” an AC Milan player, according to one of his agents, Vincenzo Morabito. “Arsenal are looking for Adebayor’s replacement. Until that search is over, the negotiations won’t reach the final stage, but I am fairly optimistic,” Morabito said on Italian TV show Studio […]

The best pics from last night’s one-sided semi More below…

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It looks like Luis Aragones was once again using his own unique brand of motivation to propel Spain past Russia and into the final.

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1. Sexy football from Spain. They didn’t do anything special in the first-half, but once they got their goal they were stylish, elegant and brilliant to watch. Just what we had hoped to see more of after they had thrashed Russia in their opening match.

Today’s hottest football gossip, brought to you by the number nine 1. Richard Dunne to Portsmouth Man City’s captain is in the final year of his contract, and Portsmouth are very keen to tempt the player to south, according to the Manchester Evening News. Dunne is currently on holiday but other reports suggest that he […]