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European powerhouses prepare for Euro 2012 qualifiers

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by chinadaily.com

Spain's national soccer coach Vicente del Bosque (L) talks with David Villa during a training session at Soccer City training grounds in Las Rozas, near Madrid, March 22, 2011. Spain will face the Czech Republic in a Euro 2012 qualifying match on Friday. Spain's Xavi Hernandez stretches during a training session at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada March 24, 2011. Coach Joachim Loew...Full Story »

Giovanni Trapattoni takes necessary risks in Ireland team

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Three players to make competitive international debut• Macedonia have history of upsetting Ireland qualification Wolves' Kevin Foley, left, who has played only in friendlies for Ireland, will start against Macedonia. Giovanni Trapattoni likes defensive experience and solidity. He does not like to gamble, particularly in matches when so much is at stake. The Republic of Ireland m...Full Story »

Harry Redknapp denies Wales' Gareth Bale injury claim

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by BBC.com

Bale trained with Wales on Tuesday but felt tightness in his hamstring Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has denied claims that Gareth Bale was injured before joining the Wales squad for Saturday's match with England. Bale has since been ruled out of the Euro 2012 qualifer at the Millennium Stadium with a hamstring injury. Wales manager Gary Speed said the 21-year-old winger suffered the injur...Full Story »

JT: I was born to lead

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by thesun.co.uk

JOHN TERRY says he was born to be a leader. And he intends to justify his return as England captain by ensuring the Three Lions slay the Welsh dragon in Cardiff today. Terry said: "Being a leader is something you're born with. You can't coach it into people. "I had great examples to learn from like Dennis Wise and Marcel Desailly but you can't teach it to anybody. "Leading the side out at ...Full Story »

Sing yer hearts out for the lass...

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by The Sun

MISS WALES reckons a rousing rendition of 'Land of My Fathers' can scare the English to death at the Millennium Stadium. Beauty Courtenay Hamilton will lead the national anthem in Cardiff today, having given singing lessons to the Wales team at their hotel. And she claims the players learning it in Welsh and singing their hearts out will ignite the passion needed for a Euro 2012 sensation. ...Full Story »

England look to Darren Bent to shed the air of predictability

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by theguardian.com

The inclusion of the Aston Villa forward and Andy Carroll shows the England manager wants to overhaul the attack Fabio Capello is hoping Darren Bent can add a cutting edge to the England attack. If England supporters have any reason at all to thank the national team it is for the haziness of the memories that remain from the past year. Anguish has been strictly rationed. The side's fate at th...Full Story »

Chelsea confirm pre-contract deal with Lucas Piazon

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by BBC.com

Chelsea have agreed a pre-contract deal with Sao Paulo's Lucas Piazon but the attacking midfielder will not arrive at Stamford Bridge until January 2012. Piazon, 17, cannot join until he turns 18 next January, meaning the transfer window in the same month is the earliest he can complete his move. The Brazil youth international is "expected to join on a long-term deal", Chelsea said on Friday...Full Story »

Fergie set for BBC showdown

Posted Saturday, March 26, 2011 by UK.eurosport.yahoo.com

Alex Ferguson is set for a face-to-face showdown with BBC director-general Mark Thompson. The pair will sit down to try and end the seven-year dispute between Ferguson and the BBC over a documentary aired by the corporation alleging misconduct by Ferguson's football agent son Jason. No date has yet been set for the two men to meet, but widespread reports claim Premier League chairman Sir Dav...Full Story »

Cristiano Ronaldo's new ad - luxyry sports car

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011 by 7M Sport

Robbie Keane and Richard Dunne insist they are fit to face Macedonia

Posted Friday, March 25, 2011 by theguardian.com

• Senior professionals offer manager Giovanni Trapattoni support• Ireland need a win to maintain Euro 2012 qualification hopes Ireland's Robbie Keane has said he is fit to play in Euro 2012 qualifier after recovering from calf injury. Robbie Keane has insisted that he feels ready to start for the Republic of Ireland in Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Macedonia, despite havi...Full Story »

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