Euro 2012

Euro 2012 preview: Ukraine

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Ukraine

It’s difficult to make a case for Ukraine performing well at this competition. They have home advantage, of course (they wouldn’t be here otherwise) but in the long-term they’ve had four coaches in four years, and in the short-term their squad has been suffering from food poisoning, which has hampered pre-tournament preparations. Oleg Blokhin is...
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Euro 2012 preview: England

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: England

Roy Hodgson was the right choice as England coach – at least in the short-term – but realistically, you can’t expect a side to play good football when their coach is appointed a month before the tournament. Besides, even without considering the managerial situation or England’s terrible record of injuries in the last couple of...
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Euro 2012 preview: Sweden

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Sweden

For the first time since World Cup 1994, Sweden are at a major international tournament without Lars Lagerback. Now in charge of Iceland, Lagerback was at the helm for so long (first as a joint-coach with Tommy Soderberg, then in sole charge) that his footballing style -organised, defensive – became merged with Sweden’s footballing...
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Euro 2012 preview: Croatia

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Croatia

Of the 16 teams in this competition, Croatia are one of the hardest to define. They seem trapped between a few different ways of playing, and don’t have a specific footballing identity They are clearly not as good as the excellent side of 2008, despite retaining a few of the key players, and a hint...
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Euro 2012 preview: Spain

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Spain

Spain didn’t win World Cup 2010 through pure tiki-taka. They won because they mixed tiki-taka with different options that brought more directness and urgency to their play. When they went with pure tiki-taka, they stumbled. The defeat to Switzerland in their opening game of the World Cup was a huge shock, but while the Swiss...
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