Euro 2012

Euro 2012 preview: Denmark

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Denmark

It’s impossible to think of Denmark at the European Championships without thinking of their astonishing victory 20 years ago. Then, they triumphed at Euro 92 despite not qualifying for the tournament initially…yet they’re even more of outsiders this time around. That’s not due to the ability of the side, but because of their group. Together...
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Euro 2012 preview: Czech Republic

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Czech Republic

Michal Bilek hasn’t been particularly popular during his time as Czech Republic coach, but he has assembled a well-organised, functional side that mixes experience with youth. The three star names are the trio who featured prominently in the superb Czech side that might have won Euro 2004 were it not for Pavel Nedved’s cruel injury...
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Euro 2012 preview: Greece

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Greece

Greece aren’t overwhelmingly different from the team that shocked Europe to win Euro 2004. They’re not as extreme in their negativity, and not as effective, but are still  broadly defensive and their main threat will come from set-pieces. The continuity from eight years ago is obvious when looking at the midfield zone: dead ball specialist...
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Euro 2012 preview: Russia

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Russia

There are many lessons to take from Spain’s dominance of international football over the past few years, and an important one has been the importance of bringing a solid club connection to international level. Spain’s World Cup-winning side had a core of Barcelona players, played roughly the same style of football, and therefore benefited from...
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Euro 2012 preview: Poland

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Poland

Poland come into this tournament with the lowest world ranking of the 16 competitors, but they are certainly not the weakest side in the competition. Their ranking is unfairly lowered, of course, because they are the co-hosts and therefore haven’t been playing competitive games over the past two years. The last two years has made...
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