• Euro Classics: Ronnie Whelan’s scissor kick against USSR, 1988 June 4th, 2008 Skills

    Surely this spectacular volley from the Republic of Ireland’s Ronnie Whelan signalled the end of the Soviet Union. Or maybe not given that the USSR managed to draw this group game and force their way into the final. Yorkshire’s Mick McCarthy launches a long-throw in and ginger Dubliner Whelan does the rest. A Jack Charlton-era Republic of Ireland goal scored by someone born in Ireland. Priceless.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Top six football rumours, 3 June: Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester United, and other gossip June 3rd, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    Tuesday’s hottest football gossip

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    1. Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester United
    Sir Alex Ferguson is to take advantage of Blackburn’s imminent loss of a manager to bid £15 million for their star striker. The move would represent a tidy return on the £3.5 million Rovers spent on the big Paraguayan last summer. [The Sun]

  • 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. […]

  • There’s Only One: John Jensen June 3rd, 2008 Arsenal
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    THEN: John Jensen’s inability to find the net became legendary during his time at Arsenal, and yet it was he who opened the scoring in the Euro 1992 final against Germany. The goal, it seemed, prompted Arsenal manager George Graham to move for Jensen, although the transfer later became embroiled in the bung investigation that saw Graham sacked. Jensen only scored one goal in his time with the Gunners, against QPR in his 98th match for the club. He had become the subject of the chant, “We’ll be there when Jensen scores” due to his bad luck in front of goal. He left Highbury in 1996, but played on for six years in his homeland with Brondby and Herfølge.

  • 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.

  • Euro Classics: Oliver Bierhoff scores the first ever golden goal, 1996 June 3rd, 2008 Videos

    Germany’s Oliver Bierhoff secured his nation’s victory at Euro 96 with the first-ever golden goal. He did literally get a helping hand from Czech goalkeeper Petr Kouba though. Not a spectacular goal, but a landmark moment nonetheless. And it certainly meant a lot to those German players.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Euro Trash: Uefa Euro 2008 bathrobe June 2nd, 2008 Kits & fashion

    Release your inner Kris Kringle with this overpriced dressing gown

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    What does Santa Claus wear when he is in his hotel room getting ready to go to the opening match of Euro 2008? Probably one of these actually.

  • Six conclusions: Trinidad and Tobago 0-3 England June 2nd, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    England fail to ignite against TnT

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    1. That was not worth ten conclusions.

  • Top Six: European Championship penalty shootouts June 2nd, 2008 Top 10s & lists

    Six of the best shootouts this side of a John Wayne film

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    1. Holland 0-0 Italy, 1-3 on penalties (Euro 2000)
    An exhilarating match followed by an exhilarating shootout. Despite playing with 10 men from the 33rd minute, Holland dominated the match and failed to convert two penalties in normal time. In the shootout Francesco Toldo was the hero as he made three saves (to add to the penalty save he had made in the match itself).

  • Euro Classics: Davor Suker chips Peter Schmeichel, 1996 June 2nd, 2008 Videos

    Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel races all the way back from Croatia’s half to get back to his own penalty area. And for all it matters he might as well have started breakdancing on the centre-circle. Schmeichel makes it back to his goal-line just in time to run out again and be lobbed by Davor Suker. As elegant a chip as you are likely to see.

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Turkey June 1st, 2008 Miscellaneous

    The tournament’s dark horse? Not really… TURKEY (Group A) Group-mates Portugal (7 June, Geneva), Switzerland (11 June, Basel), Czech Rep. (15 June, Geneva) Three most valuable players 1) Nihat Kahveci The attacking midfielder (pictured), who can also play up front, had a fine season for Villareal and will be one to watch. 2) Tuncay Sanli […]

  • Euro 2008 team guide: Switzerland May 31st, 2008 Miscellaneous

    This is how the Swiss roll (lame pun alert)… SWITZERLAND (Group A) Group-mates Czech Rep. (7 June, Basel), Turkey (11 June, Basel), Portugal (15 June, Basel) Three most valuable players 1) Alexander Frei Recently became his country’s leading all-time scorer. The Swiss rely massively on his goals, but he rarely lets them down. Frei seems […]

  • The world’s most articulate Chelsea fan? May 30th, 2008 Chelsea

    John Terry is “always on the England team”, apparently Legend. That is all. [Via our friends at The Spoiler] Watch the full interview after the click…

  • The Fiendish Friday Quiz: Euro 2008 Special! May 30th, 2008 Games

    Fiendishness with a European flavour1. Career path Boavista, Benfica, Fiorentina, Benfica (current) 2. Multiple choice Euro 2012 will be hosted by which two countries? a) Poland & Hungary, b) Poland & Ukraine, c) Poland & Latvia, d) Poland & Belarus 3. Picture round Who’s wearing shades? 4. Team-mates Roland Linz, Martin Harnik and Ronald Gercaliu […]

  • Top Six: Bets for Euro 2008 May 30th, 2008 Betting & predictions

    Make money whilst enjoying the Euros, with Pies’s top tips… (prices correct at time of posting) 1. Lukas Podolski to be top goalscorer: 25/1 (Blue Square) Germany will surely go far in Austria & Switzerland (it’ll be like a home event for them) and they have always been great bullies of lesser teams. L-Pod scored […]

  • U.S. pundit Bob Boonah makes us laugh on the Cesc Fabregas Show May 30th, 2008 Arsenal

    Dennis Pennis creator Paul Kaye on top form, as ever Give Paul Kaye a knighthood now. Or an OBE, at least. More Paul Kaye football vids… Kaye as Labian Quest, football chant composer Kaye gives hooligan lessons in self-defence (classic)

  • There’s Only One: Ronnie Ekelund May 30th, 2008 Miscellaneous
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    THEN: Ronnie Ekelund has the strange claim to fame of having played Premier League football for two seasons without ever having signed for a Premier League club. The story goes that Barcelona boss Johann Cruyff and his old friend Alan Ball, then Southampton manager, were reunited when the two clubs stayed at the same hotel. When Cruyff asked his old mucker what he would like as a parting gift, Ball replied: “A left-sided midfielder.” He woke the next morning to find a Barcelona tracksuit-clad Ekelund waiting in the lobby. The Dane soon linked up well with Matt Le Tissier and made an impressive start to his Saints career. He scored five goals in 17 appearances. A permanent move never materialised because Ekelund refused to have surgery on a back injury. He had brief loan spells at Manchester City and Coventry City, but injuries prevented him making an impact.