EURO2012

  • Injured Walcott ruled out of Italy friendly August 14, 2012

    London: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out of England's friendly against Euro 2012 runnersup Italy on Wednesday because of a bruised thigh. "Walcott ... was unable to train fully so has returned to his club as a precaution," the Football Association said on its website (www.thefa.com) on Tuesday. England coach...
  • Capello keeps faith with Arshavin as captain August 14, 2012

    Moscow: New Russia coach Fabio Capello kept faith with Andrei Arshavin by naming the underfire forward as his captain for Wednesday's friendly against Ivory Coast. Local media had called on Capello to take away the armband after Arshavin was heavily criticised for his performances during Euro 2012. The Italian, who replaced Dutchman...
  • Pele ranks 1970's Brazil more gifted than Spain July 5, 2012

    Sao Paulo: Brazil's 1970 World Cup winners contained more gifted individuals than Spain's current allconquering national side, the Brazilian side's greatest player Pele said on Wednesday. Asked who would win a showdown between the two teams, Pele flashed a big smile and said: "If I was playing, we'd win, no doubt...
  • Brazil slump to record low in FIFA rankings July 4, 2012

    Berne: Brazil slumped to 11th in the FIFA rankings on Wednesday, their lowest ever position, while tiny Tahiti surged 41 places after their astonishing win at the Oceania Nations Cup. Performances at Euro 2012 had an impact on places, with winners Spain staying top, semifinalists Germany moving up a spot to...
  • France take action against four players July 3, 2012

    Paris: The French Football Federation has opened disciplinary proceedings against players Samir Nasri, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and Yann Mvila for misbehaving at Euro 2012, the FFF said on Tuesday. The federation added that Didier Deschamps, who has just left his job at Olympique Marseille, had asked for time to...
  • Spain celebrates Euro triumph July 3, 2012

    Madrid: Spaniards seized on their European Championship triumph as a source of restored national pride after months of economic anxieties, as celebrations reached fever pitch on Monday with a victory parade in the capital. Across the country many were looking forward to another night of revelry after Spain thrashed Italy 40...
  • Is the present Spain team the greatest of all time? July 2, 2012

    CNNIBN's football experts discuss if Spain's hattrick of Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 makes them the greatest. ...
  • Twitter sees new record during Euro 2012 final July 2, 2012

    Warsaw: Twitter says its users fired off more than 15,000 Tweets per second when Spain made its fourth goal in Sunday's European Championship final, setting a new sportsrelated record on the social networking site. The surge in tweets came just weeks before the Olympics Games in London are expected to bring...
  • Spain medio Iniesta named best Euro 2012 player July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Andres Iniesta, who helped Spain to a second successive European Championship triumph in Poland and Ukraine, was named the best player at the tournament by UEFA on Monday. Iniesta played a central role for Spain in Sunday's 40 win over Italy as they became the first country to retain the...
  • Champions of Europe: Tired Italy were outplayed July 2, 2012

    CNNIBN's panel of experts said that Italy were tired for the final and Spain just outplayed them to lift the Euro 2012 title. ...
  • I haven't changed the game: Del Bosque July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Vicente del Bosque played down a suggestion he had changed football by sometimes starting matches at Euro 2012 without a recognised striker after Spain crushed Italy 40 to retain their continental title on Sunday. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas was again deployed as a roving forward for the game at Kiev's Olympic...
  • Prandelli rues lack of rest before the final July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of European champions Spain after their 40 victory in Sunday's final but was left ruing the lack of preparation time his team had. Spain's win makes them the first team to win two consecutive European Championships with a World Cup sandwiched...
  • Spain answers critics with attacking football July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Spain's talented midfielders answered weeks of criticism over boring play with a masterclass performance of attacking football that led it to a second straight European Championship. Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Cesc Fabregas and David Silva repaid coach Vicente del Bosque's trust in fielding a starting lineup without a traditional striker...
  • There was no contest with Spain, says Buffon July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Gianluigi Buffon feels that Italy were no match for Spain in the final of Euro 2012 as the defending champions cruised to a comfortable 40 victory. The Juventus goalkeeper believes the difference in class between the two sides was obvious, and stressed the match was never a real contest. "Tonight,...
  • Torres pips Gomez to win Euro 2012 Golden Boot July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Fernando Torres has collected the Euro 2012 Golden Boot, scoring three goals during Spain's titlewinning campaign. In a dramatic turn of events the 28yearold ensured it would be who won the accolade with a superb 15minute cameo in the 40 final win over Italy to put another torrid season...
  • Balotelli makes no impact in final loss to Spain July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Faced with his best scoring chance, Mario Balotelli never even touched the ball. That's how little of an impact Italy's most talented striker had on Sunday's European Championship final. Spain did such a great job of shutting down Italy's attack in a 40 rout that Balotelli rarely even got the...
  • A step too far for heroic Italy July 2, 2012

    For the past three weeks, Italy have been living the dream. On Sunday night in Kiev, unfortunately, the dream turned into a nightmare. Having been written off before the tournament began, each passing success over the past three weeks only intensified the feeling across the peninsula that the Azzurri were...
  • Spain win a personal milestone for Casillas July 2, 2012

    Kiev: Though a team triumph, Iker Casillas managed his own personal milestone when Spain beat Italy 40 to win the European Championship on Sunday. The 31yearold goalkeeper became the first player to ever record 100 wins for his national team. Instead of embracing his fiance journalist as he did after Spain's...
  • Spain erupts in joy after historic Euro win July 2, 2012

    Madrid: Spaniards blasted off fireworks and jumped for joy after their soccer team won the European Championship on Sunday night, giving temporary relief from the crushing economic woes that have engulfed the nation. Tens of thousands gathered in central Madrid to watch their team beat Italy 40 and shout out "Gol!"...
  • Fatigue, injuries finally slow Italy down July 2, 2012

    Kiev, Ukraine: Fatigue finally caught up with Italy. Forced by injuries to end the match with 10 men, the Azzurri had no answer for Spain's passing wizardry in the European Championship final. Even "Super" Mario Balotelli couldn't break free to rescue the Azzurri this time, and the result, a 40 loss,...
  • Del Bosque adds European title to World Cup win July 2, 2012

    Kiev, Ukraine: For only the second time in history, a coach has won backtoback World Cup and European Championship titles. Vicente del Bosque added another trophy to his already illustrious cabinet on Sunday as Spain became the first European country to successfully defend its continental crown on Sunday with a 40...
  • Spain's Italian job crowns them Euro Champions July 2, 2012

    Kiev, Ukraine: Spain trounced Italy 40 in the European Championship final on Sunday, retaining their title and extending their reign as the best team in world football. Goals from David Silva and Jordi Alba in the first half gave Spain a convincing lead. Fernando Torres and fellow substitute Juan Mata...
  • Euro 2012 Final: as it happened July 1, 2012

    Full Time: Spain 40 Italy Spain are Euro 2012 Champions! 90th minute: Three minutes of added time to the second half. 87th min: GOAL! It's four nil. Mata scores! 84th min: GOAL! Fernando Torres makes it 30. The Spaniard striker makes it look so simple. Claudio Marchisio loses the ball in midfield, and Xavi's...
  • Euro 2012: It's time for the final showdown July 1, 2012

    CNNIBN experts discuss the possible permutations and combinations of Euro final between Italy and Spain. ...
  • 'Spain hunger for trophies undiminished' July 1, 2012

    Kiev: Spain's triumphs at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup and their ability to make winning matches the routine rather than the exception has not dimmed the players' hunger for success, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Saturday. Just over 24 hours before Spain defend their continental title against Italy...
  • 'Italy midfield can hold its own against Spain' July 1, 2012

    Kiev: Italy have the quality in central midfield to take on Spain and challenge their usual domination of possession in Sunday's Euro 2012 final, coach Cesare Prandelli said. "I hope we can be positive and take the game to them," he told a news conference on Saturday ahead of the game...
  • Spain will start with three forwards: Del Bosque July 1, 2012

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has indicated that he will deploy three forwards from the start of Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Italy. The 61yearold has shown variety in his selections during the tournament, utilising Cesc Fabregas as a 'False 9' on several occasions and also opting for Alvaro Negredo and...
  • Laurent Blanc steps down as France coach July 1, 2012

    Paris: France is looking for a new coach after Laurent Blanc turned down a new contract offer, and former World Cupwinning captain Didier Deschamps is touted as the favorite to replace him. Blanc stepped down on Saturday after a European Championship campaign that ended in the quarterfinals and with his...
  • Spain's Villa, Puyol to attend Euro 2012 final July 1, 2012

    Kiev: David Villa and Carles Puyol will attend Spain's European Championship final against Italy as spectators after missing the tournament because of injury. The Spanish federation said Saturday the two players who helped Spain win Euro 2008 and the World Cup two years later will be at the match Sunday at...
  • Top 5 great European Championship finals July 1, 2012

    Kiev: Spain aims for a third straight major tournament title on Sunday when it plays Italy in the European Championship final, an unprecedented feat for a World Cup winner. In 13 previous Euro finals, no defending champion has retained the trophy. The match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, pairing...