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Which stars will Spain leave out of the side?

June 11, 2010
Which stars will Spain leave out of the side?

The reigning European Champions and the bookmakers’ favourites – this isn’t a position Spain are used to. Usually they are flashy outsiders everyone expects to self-destruct at the knockout stage, but the incredible results Spain have recorded over the past four years shows that this is both a talented and ultra-professional squad.
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Six to watch: the fringe players

June 11, 2010
Six to watch: the fringe players

Often players who weren’t considered part of the starting XI at the beginning of a tournament emerge to play a leading role by the knockout stages. Here’s six who hope to do that:
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Six to watch: the key players

June 11, 2010
Six to watch: the key players

Everyone knows that Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney are the star men for their sides – here are six more relatively unsung heroes that could be crucial for their respective teams.
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Italy’s problem with creativity must be overcome

June 10, 2010
Italy’s problem with creativity must be overcome

No-one is talking about Italy ahead of this tournament, despite them being the holders, despite them breezing through qualification, despite them having received the most favourable draw of any side.
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Japan worse than the sum of their parts

June 10, 2010
Japan worse than the sum of their parts

Japan probably should be better than they are considering their attacking talents, but manager Takeshi Okada is intent on playing a certain way, even if it means leaving out star names.
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