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Cesare Prandelli
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Prandelli sweats on injured stars

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will make a late decision on his starting line-up for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany. The Italian team have had two days' less rest than Germany since their quarter-final matches and the Azzurri's preparation has been far from ideal, with the likes of Daniele…
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Ronaldo: I was next penalty taker

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said he was the next in line in the penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to Spain. Portugal lost the match after Joao Moutinho and Bruno Alves both missed from the spot, with Ronaldo - who usually takes the penalties - not having had…

Fabregas Penalty
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Casillas intent on more finals' glory

Captain Iker Casillas said Spain are unique in the way they have dominated international football in recent years. That dominance continued on Wednesday with their 4-2 penalty shootout win against Portugal in the semi-final of Euro 2012.The Real Madrid goalkeeper saved Joao Moutinho's spot-kick, and saw Bruno Alves' strike rattle…
Bert van Marwijk
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Van Marwijk leaves Netherlands post

Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as coach of the Netherlands national team. The 60-year-old's position had been under threat after Oranje crashed out of Euro 2012 at the group stage with three defeats from three matches.He also faced strong criticism from players and media alike and reportedly lost control…

Steven Pienaar
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Pienaar charged with assault

Steven Pienaar has been charged with assault for his alleged involvement in a night club brawl in his native South Africa. The 30-year-old midfielder, who finished last season on loan at Everton, was arrested by police after he handed himself in following the incident at the Icon club in Johannesburg.Pienaar…
Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Schweinsteiger fit to face Italy

Bastian Schweinsteiger has declared himself 100 percent fit for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Italy in Warsaw. The Bayern Munich midfielder has featured in all four of his country's tournament outings to date, but admitted on Sunday that he has been struggling with an ankle problem that very nearly…

Andrea Pirlo
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De Rossi: Pirlo is a genius

Daniele De Rossi has labelled Italy team-mate Andrea Pirlo a genius ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash with Germany. Pirlo has been the focus of much of the build-up on account of his influential displays to date and Sunday's stunning scooped penalty in the shoot-out success over England.De Rossi…
Joachim Leow
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Loew demands 'brave' Germany against old foes

Germany manager Joachim Loew says stopping Andrea Pirlo and winning the midfield battle are keys to beating Italy in their Euro 2012 semi-final. Germany enter the last four as the only side to have won all four of their games so far but their coach remains concerned by the threat…

Cesc Fabregas
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Euro 2012 semi-final: Portugal 0 Spain 0 (2-4 pens)

Spain scraped through to the Euro 2012 final after defeating Portugal in a penalty shootout on Wednesday. With the scores locked at 0-0 after 120 minutes, Cesc Fabregas struck the winning penalty to clinch the 4-2 shootout win at Donetsk's Donbass Arena.Bruno Alves struck the crossbar with his penalty attempt…
Eusebio
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Eusebio released from hospital

Portugal legend Eusebio has been discharged from hospital after feeling unwell at the weekend. The 70-year-old travelled to Poland to watch Portugal's 1-0 Euro 2012 quarter-final victory over the Czech Republic, but was admitted to Poznan's Josef Strus Hospital after a health scare.He will be moved to Lisbon on Wednesday…

Oliver Bierhoff
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Bierhoff proud of German attitude

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff has praised Germany's squad for their comradeship and team spirit in the lead-up to their Euro 2012 semi-final. Bierhoff was keen to show his appreciation for the German players who have sat on the bench so far at the tournament and argued that their commitment to…
Mario Gomez
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Gomez slams Schweinsteiger criticism

Mario Gomez has dismissed suggestions Bastian Schweinsteiger should be dropped for his performance in Germany's quarter-final win over Greece. Germany coach Joachim Loew made several changes ahead of the knockout clash with Fernando Santos' side, including leaving Gomez on the bench despite him having scored on three occasions in the…

Spain National Team
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UEFA deny rejecting Roque minute's silence

UEFA have denied reports they rejected a request for a minute's silence to be held in tribute to Miki Roque before Spain's Euro 2012 semi-final. The Real Betis defender lost his battle with pelvic cancer earlier this week, aged 23, and Spain stars Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Ramos led the…
Gareth Bale
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Bale signs four-year deal with Tottenham

Gareth Bale has agreed to a new four-year deal with Tottenham that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2016. The Welsh star has long been linked with a move away from the club with both Manchester United and Barcelona reported to be interested in signing the 22-year-old, but…

Mario Balotelli
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Italian newspaper sorry for Balotelli cartoon

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has apologised for printing a cartoon that depicted Mario Balotelli as King Kong. The paper claimed that the cartoon was meant to be humorous, showing the 21-year-old striker as England's conqueror after Italy's quarter-final victory.But in the wake of numerous incidents of racist chanting at…
Roy Hodgson
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Hodgson defends Rooney over Capello criticism

England manager Roy Hodgson has defended Wayne Rooney's performance at Euro 2012 after Fabio Capello's criticism of the forward. The former Three Lions manager hit out at Rooney's 'lost in translation' jibe on Tuesday by suggesting that he could 'only understand Scottish'.Hodgson, however, leapt to the defence of the 26-year-old…

Theo Walcott
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Walcott upbeat about England's future

Theo Walcott insists the future is bright for England, despite experiencing yet more penalty heartbreak at Euro 2012. The 23-year-old winger played a prominent role as a substitute in the tournament, but saw his and the Three Lions' dreams ended by Italy on Sunday night.However, Walcott believes there are positives…
Samir Nasri
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Nasri apologises for Euro incidents

Samir Nasri has apologised for his behaviour in the aftermath of France's Euro 2012 quarter-final loss against Spain on Saturday. The Manchester City midfielder insulted a journalist and challenged him to a fight during a heated exchange in the mixed zone after Les Bleus' 2-0 loss.The French football federation (FFF)…

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 file photo security forces take part during in a combined British police and British Royal Marines security exercise for the London 2012 Olympic Games on the River Thames in London. Fighter jets thunder above the English countryside. Missiles stand ready. And Big Brother is watching like never before. The London Olympics are no ordinary games _and Britain is no ordinary host. Not since World War II have Britain and the United States teamed up for such a massive security operation on British soil, and not without reason. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
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US-UK security experts unite for London Olympics

LONDON (AP) — Fighter jets thunder above the English countryside. Missiles stand ready. And Big Brother is watching like never before. The London Olympics are no ordinary games. Not since World War II have Britain and the United States teamed up for such a massive security operation on British soil.…
Jan Vertonghen
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Transfer Round-up 27 June 2012

Silly season is well and truly here and there has been lots of speculation linking players with new clubs. Liverpool target Gylfi Sigurdsson is reportedly close to a move to Tottenham Hotspur according to the Daily Mail. Spurs have reportedly offered Sigurdsson 30%  more wages than the Reds and after accepting…

Zambia to meet South Korea in Afcon 2013 preps
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Zambia to meet South Korea in Afcon 2013 preps

African champions Zambia will play against South Korea on August 15 as part of their build-up to the final qualifier for the 2013 AFCON. Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) vice-president Boniface Mwamelo said that the friendly will be played in Seoul. “South Korea are one of the strongest teams in…
Olivier Giroud
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Giroud gunning for success at Arsenal

New Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud believes he possesses all the necessary attributes to be successful in the Premier League. The north London club announced the 25-year-old's arrival on Tuesday morning for an undisclosed fee and on a 'long-term' contract.Giroud scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season, helping Montpellier pip…

Morten Olsen
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Danish coach backs Germany

Denmark coach Morten Olsen is certain that Germany will emerge as the champions at Euro 2012. Germany are widely viewed as one of the favourites to secure the European crown, and they the final as they lock horns with Italy on Thursday.Olsen thinks that Spain are also in the running…
David Moyes
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Moyes welcomes new boy to Merseyside

Everton manager David Moyes sees plenty of himself in new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers was named as Kenny Dalglish's successor after guiding newly-promoted Swansea City to a 12th-placed finish in their maiden season in the top flight.The Swans' impressive passing game under his stewardship earned the 39-year-old the acclaim…

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