1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has obviously cleared the paperjam that was stopping him 'performing against English sides'. It's safe to say he performed last night. 2. His spectacular fourth goal was something else. You know that's the case when you see England fans applauding an opposition goal. 3. But it did ruin a thousand Zlat-trick headlines.
With many fans left disappointed at the prospect of travelling all the way to Warsaw to not even see a football match, these cheeky shaps made the best of a bad situation by taking a bath. In fairness, it shows you quite how much rain did fall in the city, and makes the decision to [...]
England and Poland played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday, less than 24 hours after their originally scheduled 2014 World Cup qualifier was postponed due to heavy rain in Warsaw.
England opened the scoring in the 31st minute on a goal by Wayne Rooney, but the Brits couldn't hold on for the three points, as Kamil Glik rose above defender Joleon Lescott to head home the equalizer in the 70th minute.
Wembley Stadium will not see anything so good again, as what will happen on Friday evening. For the first time since 1993, San Marino come to town and are promising goals. Granted, these goals are very likely to be flowing in the San Marinese net rather than Joe Hart's, but the travelling side nevertheless have this goal-rich guarantee when they enter the Wembley pitch on Friday.
Just over a year after buying Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton, senior figures at Arsenal are ready to give the 19-year old England international a new and improved contract as a reward for his fantastic, form and improvement since coming to the Emirates. The Ox works as hard as his namesake and has got a brilliant attitude.
Image:Â Facebook. GOOD WEEK Rock n' Goal: Following on from yesterday'sÂ amazeballs kit news post,
we bring you this photo from Manchester City's kit launch. Let lovers of moody rock andÂ rock hard
abs collide. Heavily. Technological Evolutions: England fans can take heart that they will never
have to seek counselling for a flumping Frankie again, after FIFA [.
June 26th Pen-Oh-No Shootout by Off The Post on Mixcloud So, as Andrea Pirlo, his magnificent mane
of hair and an assortment of tight-shirted compatriots saunter into the semi-finals of Euro 2012,
it's time for the OTP Podcast to get the scalpels out and start dissecting another England failure
at a major tournament.
So here it is, the one that all England fans have been waiting for the Quarter Final showdown
between England and Italy with the winner set to face a daunting task of playing Germany in the
Semi-Finals, but first they must focus on this match.
As the tournament has progressed its my opinion that England and Italy are both quite clearly
Okay England fans, take a deep breath. We're almost there. For many of us, this will be the match
of the tournament. The good news is that England is as best prepared for this match as they'll ever
be. They ...
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Although the FA are famously allergic to him, Terry Venables remains closely nestled in many an
England fans bosom. He was the man who squeezed the last drops of genius out of Paul Gascoigne and
almost seduced football to come home at Euro 96. Since that unforgettable summer, the former Spurs
manager has never been [.
And so, both hosts have been eliminated in the group stages. England fans were warned before and
during the match to not stick around when the match finished possibly due to the fact that there
would be some upset home team fans mulling about. Rooney returned to the pitch and scored the lone
goal of the match off a redirect off a cross that clipped some Ukraninan player's junk.
Yesterday was a good day despite the blast furnace heat here in Chicago as England
proved me totally wrong by advancing to the Euro2012 Quarter Finals with a shaky 1-0 win over
co-hosts Ukraine. This win sets up a mouth watering confrontation against Italy on Sunday in Kiev
but frankly, this was a win that England hardly deserved as Ukraine had the majority of the
possession while England reverted back to a defensive posture in front of a highly partisan
Wayne Rooney scored on his England return and John Terry was awarded a seemingly false goal-line
clearance as the Three Lions hung on to a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win over Ukraine to win Group D
over favorites France.
Laurent Blanc's Les Bleus, who entered their last group stage match against the
eliminated Sweden on a 23-match unbeaten run, were finally defeated 2-0 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic
scored six minutes after Rooney's 48th minute strike at the Donbass Arena and Sebastian Larsson
added a late second.
With Germany keeping up their perfect record, an early goal for Netherlands against Portugal put
wind in the orange sails. But Cristiano Ronaldo made sure of Portugal's progression to the
quarter-finals; the Dutch go home without a point.
Could Group C offer the same excitement on its final day?
England will go into their final Group D game against Co-hosts Ukraine knowing that a draw or
win will see them progress to the knock out stages of Euro 2012 with a Quarter Final tie likely
against holders and world champions, Spain.
Englandcurrently sit in second place behindFranceon goal difference but to avoidSpainin the
lastÂ eight, they will need to defeatUkraineemphatically and hope thatFranceslip up in some way in
their final match againstSweden.
Before the start of Euro2012, many England fans were pessimistic about their chances of having a
successful tournament after being decimated by player injuries and with a new manager who had
hardly got his feet under the table. Yesterday's 3-2 win over Sweden in their Group D matchup,
certainly gave us all hope that maybe, just maybe, this tournament might be different.
War leads the way for much of the commentary. We have the midfield general commanding the play,
the aerial threat from crosses and the counter attack. The team captain marshals the squad. When a
goalkeeper blows it, he's caught off guard. It's marching orders for a player receiving a red
It's quite simply one of the biggest moments in the history of English football: England vs.
Italy in the quarterfinal of Euro2012 for a place against Germany in the semifinal. Gadsby reports
from Kiev and gets the thoughts of England fans just hours before kickoff.
Any paranoid England fans who thought that Ashley Young was saving his best penalties for
Manchester United duty can throw away their conspiracy theories. After missing a spot-kick in
England's shootout defeat to Italy at Euro 2012, Young missed again last night as United's
pre-season clash with Barcelona went to penalties.
Quite beautiful this. Created by footballing animator du jour Richard Swarbrick (@rikkileaks),
this little peach see six goals from what has been a superb tournament so far animated using little
more than string although Andrea Pirlo's uber spot-kick against Joe Hart will probably be just as
painful watch to for England fans.
If there is to be one enduring image of England's last throws in Euro 2012 then it would surely be
that of the magnificent Andrea Pirlo brilliantly chipping home from 12 yards. This penalty helped
to switch the momentum of the shoot out and the rest as we know is history...(and those who read my
previous article will see I actually predicted a penalty win for the Italians, I hope you all
cashed in like I did)
It was fitting that Pirlo was to have such a wonderful individual moment after his exceptional
display helped ruthlessly expose the functional and rigid midfield which was set out by England.
Although still being very raw in the minds of many England fans, I feel now is a good time to
look over where it went wrong for England against Italy in last night's Quarter Finals of the Euro
Firstly lets begin by stating that England did very well to last as long as they did in the
competition, and performed admirably against France, Sweden and the Ukraine.
WhileÂ AlanÂ PardewÂ hopesÂ that England do well,Â like all the rest of the England fans,Â in the
Euro 2012 Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, he still thinks Spain will be hard to beat, and
that Germany isÂ probablyÂ the next best team in the tournament. Alan Pardew picks Spain and
Germany For England fans the lads have played well so [.
A Wayne Rooney goal helped England beat Ukraine 1-0, which combined with a surprising 2-0 win
for Sweden over France, means that for the first time since 1996, England have won their group at a
It is all coming up roses for Roy Hodgson at these European Championships.
Though there have been significant problems with violence and racism at Euro 2012 (mostly from
the now eliminated Russian and Croatian fans), there hasn't exactly been the executions in the
streets of Ukraine and Poland and that some foreign commentators seemed so afraid of. Former
England defender Sol Campbell was one of those pundits warning against the worst case scenario in
the days before the tournament, telling England fans to "stay at home, watch it on TV.
England Expects: Striker Wayne Rooney, seen here watching the game against Sweden, makes his
much-anticipated England debut today at Euro 2012 (Associated Press Photo). You could hardly call
Wayne Rooney fashionably late to Euro 2012. Truth is, most England fans are just relieved the their
nation is still in with
Following a draw with France and victory over Sweden, the English national team are in a good
position to qualify for the quarter-finals. However, Russia went in to their final game with the
same number of points a couple of nights ago but after an unlikely defeat against Greece, were
After having a bit of a benny about their instruments being confiscated on quality control
security grounds at the Donbass Arena ahead of England Euro 2012 opener against France, the England
Supporters Band have now received clearance to play in the crowd for England's second group game
against Sweden on Friday.
Forever in touch with the common-or-garden football fan, UEFA bigwig Michel Platini has revealed
that he is pondering a radical rethink of the 2020 EUROs, with cities all over Europe hosting
games. The star of the 1984 Euro Finals said:
England fans will groan at this statement but Ukraine's disallowed goal in the final Group D
game has finally forced UEFA's hand and pushed them toward introducing goal-line technology into
Michel Platini's footballing boffins have been working tirelessly to find a way to introduce
goal-line technology that does something other than setting off a massive buzzer that electrocutes
the referee and forces him to blow for a goal.
Once hated by England fans and then loved by them, Owen Hargreaves, of this video genius, Â is
now training with Queens Park Rangers in yet another attempt to regain his fitness and to salvage
his injury-savaged career.
Despite signing a one-year deal with Man City last summer, the former Bayern Munich midfielder
managed only 13 minutes of league action as his body, battered by injuries and bruised by countless
operations failed to perform at the requisite level.