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Philadelphia Union Unlikely to Host U.S. Open Cup Final Match: A Fan’s Reaction

Posted Sunday, July 08, 2012 by YAHOO Sport40 hits

The U.S. Open Cup is down to just four teams, all part of the MLS, and the organizers have now released the scenarios for hosting. On Friday, July 6, 2012, the organizers revealed the three locations that would potentially get the game. Only Chivas USA is out of the running, but the Philadelphia Union is barely in the running. The top team, the one that will receive home field advantage if the t...Full Story »

Philadelphia Union Gets First Victory Against LA Galaxy: A Fan’s Reaction

Posted Saturday, July 07, 2012 by YAHOO Sport58 hits

On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, the Philadelphia Union traveled across the country to play the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. The Union had never defeated the Galaxy in the four previous meetings but the Galaxy have not been playing at the same level as previous years. The Union have played better in 2011 but, with a new interim manager, the team seemed to be improving. Still, the game seemed l...Full Story »

Johan Cruyff: I enjoyed Italy and I'm a big fan of Del Bosque's Spain

Posted Wednesday, July 04, 2012 by Goal.com306 hits

Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff praised both Euro 2012 finalists for their style of football after Spain defeated Italy in the final to win the tournament. The former Barcelona player and coach was at the forefront of the development of Total Football at Ajax and reached the final of the 1974 World Cup with Oranje, but this year he saw his country finish bottom of Group B in Poland-Ukra...Full Story »

Fiore: Prandelli made mistakes but there was no stopping Spain

Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2012 by Goal.com175 hits

Stefano Fiore feels that while Cesare Prandelli contributed to Italy's 4-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in the final of Euro 2012 with some poor decision-making, the Azzurri would have lost the game no matter what their coach had done in terms of tactics and team selection. The former Fiorentina boss has been criticised by the national press over the fact that fitness doubts Giorgio Chiellini...Full Story »

Prandelli: Italy must not make 'one step forward and two steps back'

Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2012 by Goal.com277 hits

The trainer is happy with the Azzurri’s displays during the tournament, despite losing to Spain in the final, and believes playing well is the key to getting results in the future Cesare Prandelli insists Italy must make sure their run to the Euro 2012 final was no flash in the pan by pressing on with their development. The Azzurri proved many of their doubters wrong by reaching Sunday...Full Story »

Prandelli praises players

Posted Monday, July 02, 2012 by skysports.com110 hits

Italy boss says Spain were fresher than his well-beaten side Cesare Prandelli: Believed his players had not recovered sufficiently for the final Cesare Prandelli praised his Italy side despite losing the Euro 2012 final to history-making Spain on Sunday. The champions came flying out of the blocks and deservedly took a 14th minute lead via David Silva before Jordi Alba then doubled the advant...Full Story »

Iker hails role model Buffon - Casillas heaps praise on opposite number

Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by skysports.com315 hits

Iker Cassillas: Spain goalkeeper heaps praise on 'role model' Buffon Iker Casillas has revealed he took inspiration from Gianluigi Buffon as he progressed through the ranks at Real Madrid. The goalkeepers will lead their sides into the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday as captains, with both dreaming of lifting the Euro 2012 title at the end of the night. And the Spain goalkeeper believes tho...Full Story »

Prandelli: Spain aren't dull - Italy coach believes derogatory label comes from fear

Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by skysports.com113 hits

Cesare Prandelli: Italy coach laughs off Spain's boring tag Cesare Prandelli has dismissed suggestions that Spain are boring ahead of the Euro 2012 final in Kiev on Sunday. It is a label that has historically been levelled at Italy, as their traditional defensive style attracted criticism from many corners of the game. But under Prandelli the Italians have adopted a more attacking philosophy,...Full Story »

Morientes reveals secret to Del Bosque's success

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by YAHOO Sport59 hits

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque cuts to many people's eyes a lugubrious presence on the touchline but former Spanish and Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes says it is his intelligence that sets him apart from a lot of other coaches. The 61-year-old can make history on Sunday by becoming the first coach to win a European Championship, World Cup and a Champions League title if Spain beat Italy...Full Story »

Giovinco or Marchisio could inherit Del Piero's shirt

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by Goal.com353 hits

Both Claudio Marchisio and Sebastian Giovinco are reportedly in contention to inherit Alessandro Del Piero's No.10 shirt at Juventus next season. According to the Corriere dello Sport, the former is a major candidate for the coveted jersey given that he is Turin born and raised, and Bianconero true and true. Indeed, bar a season-long loan at Empoli during the 2007-08 campaign, Marchisio, who ...Full Story »

Prandelli deflects future talk - Italy boss regards Spain as favourites for Euro 2012 final

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by skysports.com64 hits

Cesare Prandelli: Happy to have guided Italy into the final and is not thinking about his own future Cesare Prandelli has refused to be drawn into discussing his future as he focuses on trying to lead Italy to victory against a 'brilliant' Spain side. Prandelli's contract is not due to expire until 2014 but he is a man in demand after transforming the Azzurri's fortunes and guiding them to the...Full Story »

Prandelli relishes harnessing Balotelli

Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by ESPN79 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is enjoying the challenge of coaching Manchester City's temperamental striker Mario Balotelli at Euro 2012. There had been doubts before the tournament about whether Balotelli - previously dropped by Prandelli due to his disciplinary record on and off the pitch - would make the final squad and several pundits have questioned whether he is worth the trouble of mana...Full Story »

Spain are favourites to win Euro 2012, says Prandelli

Posted Friday, June 29, 2012 by Goal.com111 hits

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has underlined that his side are underdogs for Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Spain despite beating Germany 2-1 in Thursday's semi-final. A late penalty from Mesut Ozil was not enough to deny Italy a place in the showpiece decider after the Azzurri had taken the lead in the first half with two goals from Mario Balotelli. After the match, Prandelli hailed h...Full Story »

Del Bosque: Spain will never regret not sending Italy out with a 'biscotto'

Posted Friday, June 29, 2012 by Goal.com124 hits

Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque has assured that he has no regrets for not sending Italy out at the group stage of Euro 2012 with a 'biscotto'. Prior to the last round of group fixtures, there were fears that Spain and Croatia could arrange a 2-2 draw in their match - a result which would automatically knock the Italians out of the tournament. However, La Roja won the game 1-0, which all...Full Story »

Prandelli - Let's celebrate win

Posted Monday, June 25, 2012 by skysports.com109 hits

Italy coach feels quarter-final success over England was deserved Cesare Prandelli: Italy coach wants to celebrate the win over England before focusing on Germany Cesare Prandelli admits Germany are 'favourites' to win the Euro 2012 semi-final after praising Italy's 'deserved' win over England. Italy set up a last-four showdown with Germany on Thursday after beating England 4-2 in a penalty ...Full Story »

Prandelli selects Pirlo, Balotelli, De Rossi, Thiago Motta and Di Natale to take Italy's penalties

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Goal.com283 hits

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has already selected the five players who will take penalties against England if required, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Azzurri lock horns with the Three Lions in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Sunday, and it is believed that their coach has already earmarked who will take the spot-kicks if necessary. Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli, Daniele De Rossi, Thi...Full Story »

Spain: Campeones del Mundo

Posted Friday, June 22, 2012 by UEFA.com37 hits

A behind-the-scenes film about Spain's triumphs over the past four years has given team reporter Graham Hunter renewed respect for what Vicente del Bosque's team are doing. Every tournament win is a jigsaw of a million pieces. You see the football but not the team talks, the bandages, the pairs of boots, the mounds of strips, shorts, waterproofs, socks, the audio visual aids, the fruit, the sui...Full Story »

Euros 2012 delivers a couple of surprises in the group stages

Posted Thursday, June 21, 2012 by YAHOO Sport83 hits

LONDON – What a tournament the 2012 Euros are turning out to be. We have had everything that is good about our great game. We have seen my favourites, Holland, dumped out at the group stages, not even winning a point. They were first class going forward but a disaster when asked to defend. Russia, one of my pre-tournament tips to be an underdog, thought Greece would be a walkover and also ...Full Story »

Prandelli: Italy can achieve anything with this heart

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Goal.com118 hits

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised his side's mentality following a 2-0 victory against Ireland in their final Euro 2012 group match. Goals from Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli saw the Azzurri finish runners-up to Spain in Group C, on five points, to progress to the quarter-finals. And Prandelli believes that Italy were worthy winners on Monday and has not set limits for the team i...Full Story »

Del Bosque admits Spain not at best against Croats

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by YAHOO Sport69 hits

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admitted the defending champions were not at their best despite beating Croatia 1-0 in Gdansk to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 on Monday as Group C winners. "The team played well, even though things didn't go according to plan," said Del Bosque, who started but then took off Fernando Torres for Jesus Navas of Seville, who promptly bundled in the only goal ...Full Story »

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