Tag Archives: Euro 2012

Mario Balotelli: An Exciting New Approach

Mario Balotelli embraces his mother Silvia after scoring two goals in Italy’s Euro 2012 semi-final vs. Germany. Image via facebook.

After the game, when I went to my mum I said ‘these goals are for you,

I waited for this moment for so long and I wanted to make my mum happy.

Rumours that Silvia has been approached by Manchester City for an assistant coach role alongside Roberto Mancini cannot be verified at this time.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: The Moment Of Truth

Image: FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages.

Having spent most of the season bristling at comparisons of his on-pitch prowess with that of Lionel Messi, Euro 2012 was Cristiano Ronaldo’s time to shine. It says something about the player that in a season where his 46 goals propelled Real Madrid to the La Liga title and he became the first player in the club’s history to score 40+ goals in two consecutive seasons that that he cares about such meaningless details, but still.

He does, and therefore, so do we.

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Wayne Rooney: Follicular Formation

Image: REUTERS/Nigel Roddis.

Solid at the back, lacking depth in the midfield and quite a lot of uncertainty upfront.

How unfortunate that Wayne Rooney’s new haircut actually mirrors England’s recent international performances.

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England vs. France: Sparks In The Dark

Images:  FRANCK FIFE/AFP/GettyImages, Lars Baron/Getty Images.

Given England’s past form in major tournaments , it would not have been unreasonable of fans to have seen Ray Clemence’s pre-match injury as a portent of doom. The goalkeeping coach snapped his achilles tendon before England’s opening Euro 2012 fixture vs. France, bringing the number of Roy Hodgson’s staff who have succumbed to injury before a ball is kicked in anger to five.

Fortunately, everyone else survived the journey from the pitch to the changing room and back, and ten minutes later, with media hype and optimism at a new and refreshing low, kicked off against a team who hadn’t tasted defeat in 21 international fixtures.

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