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Puyol & Villa sidelined, Pique & Cesc below their best: Spain can't rely on Barcelona this time around

Posted Saturday, June 09, 2012 by Goal.com163 hits

It is often remembered that Barcelona are 'more than a club'. The famous motto rings true for a side that is the symbol of Catalunya and, in recent times, the best team around. And in 2010, the Barca backbone saw Spain seal World Cup success in South Africa. With seven of Pep Guardiola's players starting the final and scoring all eight of the team's goals en route to the trophy, it was a trium...Full Story »

Italy determined to prove worth, says Prandelli

Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2012 by YAHOO Sport32 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team are determined to bounce back from their shock 3-0 friendly defeat to Russia and prove they are better than that. The 2006 world champions are on a run of three straight losses without scoring a single goal. Against Russia in Zurich on Friday their defending was particularly haphazard and in truth they could have conceded a bucket load. But Prandelli...Full Story »

Criscito: Prandelli said he would call me if Italy suffered injuries

Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2012 by Goal.com76 hits

The defender was cut from the squad after being quizzed by police for his involvement in Scommessopoli, but states the Azzurri coach promised him a place in the event of emergency Domenico Criscito has announced he is ready to rejoin the Italy squad for Euro 2012 to replace Andrea Barzagli, who appears to have been ruled out of the group stages through a calf injury, and added that Azzurri co...Full Story »

Casillas: Mourinho and Del Bosque are opposite characters

Posted Monday, June 04, 2012 by YAHOO Sport83 hits

Iker Casillas has admitted to Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho being completely opposite characters though he added he has now warmed up to the Portuguese' way of doing things. The 31-year-old has worked with Del Bosque at both club and international level, and has been under the former Inter boss' tutelage at the Bernabeu since 2010. However, he has now revealed that the two coaches have ...Full Story »

Prandelli: Loss will only make us stronger

Posted Saturday, June 02, 2012 by ESPN154 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes Friday night's defeat to Russia will only make his team stronger ahead of the European Championship. The Azzurri lost 3-0 in Zurich in their last test before Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. "We have suffered a lot," Prandelli said. "We have made many mistakes and we hope that we have used them all tonight [Friday night]. "Russia were better than us phy...Full Story »

Prandelli: Russia defeat could help Italy at Euro 2012

Posted Saturday, June 02, 2012 by Goal.com103 hits

Cesare Prandelli believes that Italy's 3-0 friendly defeat against Russia on Friday will be a valuable lesson for his team at Euro 2012. A goal from Aleksandr Kerzhakov and a double from Roman Shirokov, all in the second half, stunned the Azzurri in what was their final warm-up match before the start of the Euros. After the game, Prandelli rued his side's defensive errors, but admitted to ha...Full Story »

Germany delegation visits Auschwitz death camp

Posted Saturday, June 02, 2012 by YAHOO Sport24 hits

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) A delegation from the German soccer team paid tribute Friday to Holocaust victims at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Captain Philipp Lahm, Poland-born players Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, coach Joachim Loew, German soccer federation president Wolfgang Niersbach and other officials visited the site set up by the Nazis in southern Poland during the German occupati...Full Story »

Prandelli ready to pull Italy out of Euros

Posted Saturday, June 02, 2012 by YAHOO Sport64 hits

Cesare Prandelli says he would have no problem pulling Italy out of the European Championships, which start in a week's time, if that decision was taken to avoid tarnishing the image of the game. Italy is being dragged through the mire once again due to a match-fixing scandal, in which first choice left-back Domenico Criscito was caught up leading to Prandelli ditching him from his tournament s...Full Story »

Sion confirm Del Piero interest

Posted Friday, June 01, 2012 by Goal.com134 hits

Sion sporting director Marco Degennaro has confirmed  that his side are pondering a move for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero. The 37-year-old is currently assessing his options for the future as he is set to leave the Bianconeri after the Serie A champions decided against offering him a new contract. Del Piero has guaranteed that he will go abroad for the next stage of his career, ...Full Story »

Del Bosque: Adrian's inclusion was unthinkable

Posted Sunday, May 27, 2012 by YAHOO Sport76 hits

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has explained the reason he left Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez out of his plans for Euro 2012. The 24-year-old forward enjoyed a dream debut for La Roja on Saturday, netting one goal and winning the penalty which allowed Santi Cazorla to seal a 2-0 victory against Serbia. Del Bosque was full of praise for the Atletico striker, but stated that he could not t...Full Story »

Spain's Del Bosque opts for Negredo ahead of Soldado

Posted Sunday, May 27, 2012 by YAHOO Sport53 hits

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo edged Roberto Soldado for the final striker's spot in defending champions Spain's squad for Euro 2012 announced by coach Vicent del Bosque here on Sunday. Negredo effectively fills the void of Spain's record goalscorer David Villa -- who failed to recover from a broken tibia in time -- after scoring 14 goals in La Liga in the season just finished. Soldado misses ...Full Story »

Prandelli has faith in Mario - Azzurri coach may consider taking all six of his selected strikers

Posted Sunday, May 27, 2012 by skysports.com97 hits

Cesare Prandelli: Has put his faith in Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli ahead of Euro 2012 Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has put his trust in controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. The former Roma and Fiorentina boss has previously been wary of picking the 21-year-old for the national side following his indiscipline in the Premier League. However, the veteran tactic...Full Story »

Bielsa accepts blame for Copa del Rey defeat and says future will be sorted 'one way or another' next week

Posted Saturday, May 26, 2012 by 52 hits

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa took full responsibility for his side's 3-0 defeat by Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey final on Friday night, and revealed that his future with the club will be resolved "one way or another" next week. The Basques conceded all three goals in the opening 25 minutes of the match at the Vicente Calderon, with Pedro making an early breakthrough for the ...Full Story »

Del Bosque laments Villa blow - Boss underlines disappointment after Spain striker is ruled out

Posted Saturday, May 26, 2012 by skysports.com205 hits

David Villa: Will not feature at the European Championship this summer Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque admits the absence of David Villa strikes a blow after he failed to recover from his broken fibia in time for Euro 2012. The Barcelona striker is the national side's all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 82 games but has not played since December and finally ruled himself out of contentio...Full Story »

Marchisio tired of Tardelli comparisons

Posted Saturday, May 26, 2012 by Goal.com155 hits

Claudio Marchisio has grown weary of the Italian media's apparent obsession with comparing him to Marco Tardelli. The 26-year-old Turin native has been nicknamed 'Tardellino' by the press given he plays in midfield for both Juventus and Italy, and has developed a keen eye for goal over the past year or so. However, Marchisio has had enough of the moniker, explaining that he wants to be his ...Full Story »

Kieron Dyer handed QPR contract extension despite season on sidelines

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by theguardian.com61 hits

Queens Park Rangers have handed Kieron Dyer a one-year contract extension despite the midfielder missing all of last season through injury. The former England player broke a foot during the first few minutes of QPR's opening-day defeat to Bolton Wanderers last August, and did not play again. However the manager, Mark Hughes, has decided to give the 33-year-old another chance as he builds for ...Full Story »

Euro 2012 is a chance for Balotelli to deliver, says Prandelli

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by Goal.com41 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called on Mario Balotelli to prove he can make the headlines for the right reasons after including him in his 23-man squad for Euro 2012. There were doubts over whether the striker would be selected for next month's tournament, following several incidents during the domestic season at Manchester City. However, while indicating that he's aware of his ability t...Full Story »

Balotelli must create right headlines: Prandelli

Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 by YAHOO Sport37 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said on Monday he wanted to see headlines only about what volatile Italian striker Mario Balotelli did on the pitch and not off it during next month's European Championship. The 21-year-old Manchester City star has been included in Prandelli's squad despite several moments of injudicious behaviour on and off the pitch last season. However, Prandelli, who is despera...Full Story »

Beckham backing for Neville - Former England captain delighted with appointment of Best Man

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012 by skysports.com205 hits

Gary Neville & David Beckham: The pair have been good friends since playing together for Manchester United David Beckham believes Roy Hodgson's decision to appoint Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville as a member of his England coaching staff is a shrewd move. Former Manchester United defender Neville has signed a four-year contract with the Football Association as England finalise preparations ...Full Story »

Lambert - Ruddy call deserved - Canaries boss delighted to see keeper make England squad

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012 by skysports.com88 hits

John Ruddy: Has been selected in England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012 Paul Lambert believes John Ruddy's England call-up is fully deserved, with the Norwich keeper having worked hard to earn an opportunity. Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has selected Ruddy in his 23-man squad for Euro 2012 on the back of his consistent displays in the Premier League. He is one of two uncapped players included i...Full Story »

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