Posts Tagged ‘ euro 2012 group c ’

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...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2012 | 27 Comments »

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...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2012 | 81 Comments »

Euro 2012 preview: Italy

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Italy

In many ways, Cesare Prandelli isn’t a typical Italian coach. He’s a highly intelligent man, but one doesn’t think of him as a pure tactician like Marcello Lippi, Giovanni Trapattoni or Fabio Capello. He’s of an Arsene Wenger figure – he wants an overall, attacking philosophy rather than lots of specific tactics, and likes...
Read more »

Tags: , ,
Posted in Euro 2012 | 33 Comments »

Euro 2012 preview: Ireland

June 6, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Ireland

It is a decade since Ireland last qualified for a major international tournament, and the three biggest stars from the 2002 World Cup will represent Ireland again here – Shay Given in goal, Damien Duff on the wing and Robbie Keane upfront. They’re probably still the three biggest stars, which rather sums up Ireland’s situation...
Read more »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Euro 2012 | 13 Comments »