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Balotelli to lead Italy's attack

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by Supersport.com

Mario Balotelli is again set to lead Italy's attack against Uruguay on Tuesday after his impressive display in the win over Poland. Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini replaced injured starting forwards Giuseppe Rossi and Antonio Cassano in Friday's game and both scored to earn Italy a 2-0 victory. It was Balotelli's commanding performance that attracted praise, as well as his first internationa...Full Story »

Newcastle close in on Auxerre star

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by Talksport.co.uk

Newcastle are in advanced talks with Alain Traore, and Alan Pardew is confident of signing the Frenchman in January. Pardew wanted to land Auxerre star Traore in the summer but negotiations stalled and he eventually ran out of time to do the deal. The Newcastle manager has retained an interest in the midfielder, though, and will push through a deal when the window re-opens on January 1. Tra...Full Story »

Arsene Wenger: England can win Euro 2012

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by The Sun

HOT TIP ... Arsene Wenger ARSENE WENGER reckons England could be the shock country at the European Championships. Fabio Capello's side were knocked out in the second round at the last World Cup, but Wenger believes they could provide a 'good surprise'. The Arsenal manager said: "I would place England and France roughly at the same level. "They cannot say that they have the quality to win the...Full Story »

Wrighty: England are not world beaters yet

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by The Sun

CHEER WE GO ... England celebrate after Lamps sinks Spain ENGLAND'S young guns did the nation proud on Saturday — but let's not kid ourselves we're the finished article just yet.Yes, it was fantastic to see the likes of Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Kyle Walker getting involved against the world champions. And it was great to see Scotty Parker getting about the Spanish ...Full Story »

Fabio Capello: David Beckham won’t play at Euro 2012 finals

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by The Sun

EUR OUT ... ex-England skipper David Beckham has no chance of finals place FABIO CAPELLO has officially ruled David Beckham out of Euro 2012. Beckham has refused to give up on England, even though he will be 37 by the Euros. The 115-cap star is tipped to join French club Paris St Germain in a bid to restart his international career. But, when asked if Becks was in his plans for the finals, C...Full Story »

Celtic charged by UEFA over ‘illicit’ Irish songs

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

NYON, Switzerland (AP)—UEFA has charged Scottish club Celtic over its fans’ “illicit chanting” of Irish political songs at a Europa League match. UEFA says Celtic officials have been summoned to a Dec. 8 disciplinary hearing. The case was opened after Celtic’s home match against French club Rennes on Nov. 3 when police reported the “offensive” chants t...Full Story »

Czechs well positioned to reach Euro 2012

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP)—The Czech Republic is well positioned to qualify for its fifth straight European Championship when it takes on Montenegro in the second leg of their playoff on Tuesday. The Czechs beat Montenegro 2-0 in the first leg on Friday in Prague, with Vaclav Pilar and Tomas Sivok grabbing the goals. Montenegro is trying to reach its first European Championship since bec...Full Story »

Blanc still has doubts despite long unbeaten run

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PARIS (AP)—Although France is improving and unbeaten in 16 matches, coach Laurent Blanc still has not decided what his first-choice team is and will continue to experiment against old rival Belgium in Tuesday’s friendly match. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes and Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris have emerged as France’s key players over the past y...Full Story »

Croatia holds lead ahead of decider with Turkey

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP)—Holding a 3-0 lead going into the second leg of their European Championship playoff against Turkey, the biggest threat for Croatia may be a mental letdown at home on Tuesday. Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric says “we have only done half our job, we can’t relax even a little bit, it could be very dangerous.” Coach Slaven Bilic adds that “we all...Full Story »

Historic rivalry as Japan heads to NKorea

Posted Monday, November 14, 2011 by YAHOO Sport

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP)—There are no noisemakers and no one does the wave, yet football fans in North Korea are passionate in their own way about the team that has become a symbol of national pride. That pride will be at stake Tuesday when North Korea faces Japan at Kim Il Sung Stadium in a much-anticipated World Cup qualifier that promises to be about far more than just football. Fo...Full Story »

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