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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 […]

Six of the lowest centres of gravity to grace Austria and Switzerland (or else a bunch of short arses)

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1. Florentin Petre (Romania)
The 32-year-old winger is the shortest man in the competition at 5ft 5in. He is pictured above shortly before being trampled on by Fabio Grosso. The veteran currently plays in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.

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 […]

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1. France were unlucky on the night, but overall they have got exactly what they deserved. They have not really got going in the three games and it is no surprise that they are going home.

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…

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.