European Championships

  • Match fixing rocks world football February 5, 2013

    A wide-ranging match-fixing investigation has uncovered more than 680 suspicious matches - including World Cup and European Championship qualifiers and two Champions League games. ...
  • Cannavaro backs Pirlo, Iniesta to win FIFA Ballon d'Or November 29, 2012

    Rome: Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has publicly stated his support for Juventus' Andrea Pirlo or Andres Iniesta of Barcelona to win the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or.The two midfielders are among the 23-man shortlist for the honour and the eventual winner will be revealed Jan 7, reports Xinhua. "Pirlo is a...
  • 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...
  • Former Greece, US national coach Panagoulias dies June 20, 2012

    Athens, Greece: Greece's football federation says Alketas Panagoulias (78), who coached the national team at its first World Cup and European Championship, has died. Greek media reports say Panagoulias died on Monday at his home in Vienna, Virginia. Panagoulias coached Greece at the 1980 European Championship and 1994 World Cup, where the...
  • Ireland need to rethink on defensive tactics June 11, 2012

    Poznan, (Poland): The Irish are going to have to throw caution to the wind against Spain and Italy after leaking three goals in their opening European Championship match against Croatia on Sunday. With reigning champion Spain next up on Thursday and Italy four days later, coach Giovanni Trapattoni said his team...
  • Croatia striker Olic doubtful for Euro 2012 June 4, 2012

    Poznan: Croatia coach Slaven Bilic could be forced to reshuffle his attack ahead of their Euro 2012 opener against Republic of Ireland as striker Ivica Olic is in doubt for the tournament due to injury. The departing Bayern Munich forward sustained a thigh problem in the friendly draw against Norway at...
  • Ferdinand unhappy over Euros snub by Hodgson June 4, 2012

    London: Rio Ferdinand's representative says England coach Roy Hodgson has shown the defender a lack of respect by repeatedly ignoring him for the European Championship. After Gary Cahill was ruled out of Euro 2012 with a broken jaw, Hodgson selected Liverpool's Martin Kelly, who made his England debut in last week's...
  • Expectations from Spain are too high: Xabi Alonso June 4, 2012

    Madrid: Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso feels that his side face a tough task to win Euro 2012 due to the high expectations, but insisted that they are determined to successfully defend their title. The title-holders are seen as the favourites to win this summer's tournament, but the Real Madrid star believes...
  • Denmark hold potential to upset big teams June 4, 2012

    Denmark are not novices when it comes to the Euros, and have some quality players in their ranks that leaves them in contention for the title. The Danes prefer a 4-3-3 formation and they play well with a lone striker in Nicklas Bendtner, supported by the talented midfielder Christian Eriksen....
  • Co-hosts Ukraine with little hope on Euro debut June 4, 2012

    Most of the media attention Ukraine has received in the lead-up to Euro 2012 has focused on the country's status as tournament co-hosts. Fears over the behaviour of supporters, threats of racism and there are still question marks over the security in the country. With less than four days left, Ukraine...
  • Dominant Spain in quest for history at Euros June 4, 2012

    Four years ago, Spain made history at the Euros, finally ending 44 years of pain and misery as the perennial under-achievers of international football. Now they arrive at Euro 2012 as defending champions and World Cup winners, looking to become the first side to win three major international trophies in...
  • Iniesta inspires Spain win in final Euros warm-up June 4, 2012

    Seville: Spain midfielders Andres Iniesta and David Silva combined to score a late goal in a 1-0 victory over a stubborn China on Sunday in the team's last warm-up before defending their European Championship title. Iniesta jumped on a loose ball inside China's half and scurried into the area before passing...
  • Italy look to draw strength from history June 4, 2012

    If there was ever a list of 'What Not To Do Before A Major Tournament', Italy seem to have covered most of it. Heading into Euro 2012, the team – already hit by injuries – has suffered a loss of form that has seen them lose three consecutive games for...
  • Confident Croatia hope to upset the odds June 10, 2012

    Their squad may lack in quality and depth as compared to their more formidable group opponents, but Croatia will certainly not be short of motivation at Euro 2012. The tournament will be the last for the coach Slaven Bilic, who has agreed to take over at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow...
  • Torres determined to repay Del Bosque faith May 29, 2012

    Madrid: Fernando Torres is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after a spectacular loss of form put him in serious danger of being left out of the world and European champions' squad for Euro 2012. The 28-year-old striker, hero of Spain's triumph at...
  • Campbell warns fans not to travel to Euros May 29, 2012

    London: Former England defender Sol Campbell is warning fans against travelling to Poland and Ukraine to watch the European Championship, claiming authorities are failing to tackle entrenched racism and violence in the countries. "Stay at home, watch it on TV. Don't even risk it ... because you could end up coming...
  • Striker Cacau dropped from Germany Euro squad May 29, 2012

    Frankfurt: Brazil-born striker Cacau was dropped from Germany's squad for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine on Monday. Cacau struggled in his Bundesliga club Stuttgart and was mostly coming off the bench during the season. He was in the Germany squad at the World Cup in South Africa two years...
  • Under-investigation Criscito leaves Italy squad May 29, 2012

    Florence, Italy: Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has trimmed his provisional squad for the European Championship to 25 players. Prandelli will cut another two before submitting his final 23-man list to UEFA by mid-day local time on Tuesday. Zenit St. Petersburg defender Domenico Criscito was left out after he was placed under...
  • Ukraine beat Estonia 4-0 in Euro warm-up May 29, 2012

    Kufstein: Ukraine warmed up for the European Championship in style on Monday, beating Estonia 4-0 in a friendly after scoring three first-half goals. Dynamo Kiev midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko scored for the Euro 2012 co-hosts with a thundering shot from just inside the area in the ninth minute. Oleh Husyev converted a penalty...
  • Greece drop Tziolis, Kone from Euro 2012 squad May 29, 2012

    Athens: Greece coach Fernando Santos dropped midfielders Alexandros Tziolis and Panagiotis Kone from his final 23-player squad for the European Championship on Monday. Santos announced the move after both players had competed in a warm-up game against Slovenia on Saturday. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and was held in...
  • Willems, Narsingh make Netherlands' Euro cut May 28, 2012

    Amsterdam: Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk on Saturday included 18-year-old defender Jetro Willems and winger Luciano Narsingh in his final 23-man European Championship squad that has a wealth of attacking options but could be frail in defence. The squad includes the topscorer from the English Premier League, Arsenal captain Robin van...
  • Borussia Dortmund trio lead Poland Euro squad May 28, 2012

    Warsaw: The Borussia Dortmund trio of Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Lukasz Piszczek lead the European Championship squad for co-hosts Poland. Coach Franciszek Smuda on Sunday also named Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to his final 23-man roster for the competition, which starts from June 8 in Warsaw with Poland taking on...
  • I will be 100 percent fit for Euros: Fabregas May 28, 2012

    Barcelona: Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas insists that he will be 100 percent fit for the start of Euro 2012. The Barcelona man suffered a thigh injury shortly after coming on as a substitute in Friday night's Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao and has been ruled out of action...
  • Late winner takes France past Iceland in warm-up May 28, 2012

    Valenciennes, France: Franck Ribery scored his first international goal for more than three years and Adil Rami grabbed a late winner as France rallied to beat Iceland 3-2 at home on Sunday in a European Championship warm-up match. Coach Laurent Blanc picked an experimental and attacking line-up, featuring several fringe players....
  • Negredo in Spain's Euro squad, Soldado ignored May 28, 2012

    Schruns (Austria): Striker Roberto Soldado was left out of Spain's squad for Euro 2012 on Sunday, despite his scoring exploits this year, as coach Vicente del Bosque lamented the absence of "irreplaceable" David Villa. There were no major surprises as Del Bosque discarded the younger players who have been part of...
  • Spain preparations hit, Fabregas to miss 10 days May 27, 2012

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set to miss a big chunk of Spain's preparations for Euro 2012 after being ruled out for seven to 10 days with a hamstring strain, the Spanish club said on Saturday. Fabregas picked up the injury to his right thigh when he came on for...
  • Second string Czechs beat Israel 2-1 in warm-up May 27, 2012

    Graz, Austria: A last-minute goal by David Lafata helped the Czech Republic beat Israel 2-1 on Saturday in preparation for next month's European Championship. It was the third international goal in 17 appearances for Lafata, who came on as a substitute after 65 minutes for Milan Petrzela. Striker Milan Baros scored from...
  • Greece, Slovenia draw 1-1 in friendly May 27, 2012

    Kufstein, Austria: Midfielder Jasmin Kurtic scored on his international debut to earn Slovenia a 1-1 draw with European Championship-bound Greece on Saturday. Kurtic levelled in the 87th minute. Earlier, he missed Slovenia's best chance by sending a free kick just over the bar. Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis put the 2004 champions in...
  • Poland beat Slovakia 1-0, Fabianksi out injured May 27, 2012

    Klagenfurt, Austria: Damien Perquis scored his first international goal on Saturday to give Poland a 1-0 win over Slovakia in the co-host's second warm-up match before the European Championship. The Sochaux defender's header from a cross by Lukasz Piszczek found the net after half an hour, earning Poland a second straight...
  • Ireland edge Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in warm-up May 27, 2012

    Dublin: Shane Long gave Ireland a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina ahead of the European Championship on Saturday but midfielder Keith Fahey was ruled out of the tournament through injury. Fahey has been struggling with a groin problem since he joined the squad and he pulled up in the friendly on...