A powerful duality is encoded in the story of every international tournament. While each lives uniquelyâ€”moldedsui generisby its hosts, its champions, its famous haircutsâ€”the emotions and feelings that grip a tournament remain starkly similar year-on-year.
After long months of speculation that kept the fans of teams like Inter Milan and Chelsea hoping, Bayern Munich announced on their official website last week that the club had appointed Pep Guardiola on a three-year contract. The former Barcelona manager will begin his new mission in Bavaria on the July 1, 2013, as Bayern's current manager Jupp Heynckes announced that he would retire after his contract expires in June.
Fifa's World Rankings for September 2012 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich,
Euro 2012 winners Spain kept their position on top of the FIFA rankings followed by Germany,
England still in their best ever position of third, Portugal and then Copa America champions
Uruguay, Brazil remain out of the top 10 in 12th.
When Luciano Spalletti used it, it made Roma one of the most talked about teams in Europe.Â When
Scotland manager Craig Levein used it, he was roundly castigated for even trying it. And when Spain
used it in Euro 2012, ...
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Iceland came within inches of becoming the smallest country by population ever represented at a World Cup final tournament when they were drawn against Croatia in the European zone playoffs. With 320,000 citizens, the insular nation in the North Atlantic is three times less populous than the current champions - Trinidad and Tobago.
Everton's John Stones managed to out-Pirlo Andrea Pirlo in last night's penalty shootout against Juventus. The usually ice cool Italian broke England's nerve with a classy Panenka penalty at Euro 2012. But last night he put his spot-kick wide of the post. It was left to 19-year-old Stones to show him how it should be [.
When you have a resplendent beard fit for a deity, pass the ball around effortlessly like adivine Leonardo da Vinci brushstroke and score one of the most delicious spot-kicks of all time, you have every right to forget you are human. Alas, the mercurial Andrea Pirlo fell back to Earth at the weekend after launching [.
Bearded Pirlo's eyes burn and every part of his body not encased in dense bearding feels filthy
under the blast of stale air pumping out of the airplane vent above him. Rest has escaped him since
three nights before Italy's loss to Spain in the Euro 2012 final.Â Silva then Alba then Torres then
With United 2-1 down away at Southampton today, Robin van Persie won a penalty thanks to a
reckless challenge from behind. The Dutchman stepped up to score his second equalising goal of the
game but then took a bizarre penalty, a poor attempt at an Andrea Pirlo from this summer's Euro
2012, and the keeper saved it.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emanuele Giaccherini Age: 28 Position: Winger Signed from: Juventus Fee: Â£6.8m Did you know? Giaccherini scored the fastest goal in Italy's international history when he netted against Haiti after 19 seconds... What's the deal? Juve were keen to sell Giaccherini to raise funds for some [.
It can be a deadly problem and depression was brought up at Alan Pardew's press conference yesterday, and Alan reminded everybody that it taken Gary Speed from us less than two years ago. Yohan Cabaye - it was not a deep depression Yohan Cabaye had courageously told everybody earlier in the week that he had [.
Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson helped Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye to battle depression, the Frenchman has admitted. Cabaye revealed he turned to Wilkinson's book for advice as he struggled with depression after Euro 2012. The 27-year-old said: said: "Depression? I am not afraid to say that.
It's sometimes hard for personalities in the public spotlight to talk about having depression, which is often a difficult thing to overcome and it seems to affect us all at some point in our lives. Yohan Cabaye in French colors last summer So we think Yohan Cabaye has shown great courageand openness [.
Santi Cazorla's brilliance for Arsenal may have finally caught up with the
Premier League Pack during their 2-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, but the Spaniard was already
a 'crack' at Villarreal, where he fedÂ Giuseppe Rossi
with many of the best assists in La Liga.
There was some good news for Newcastle players Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy today, and each will start only one game for France during their two match South American tour. Yohan Cabaye - exhausted last summer Alan Pardew would be much happier if both of them were already resting up before pre-season starts in early [.
I don't know exactly why, but the heads of football's most prominent organisations â€“ FIFA's
Sepp Blatter and UEFA's Michel Platini, respectively â€“ often give the air of a deranged, despotic
dictator, bursting at the seams with outspoken controversy and just waiting for a popular revolt to
remove them from power.
With Sir Alex Ferguson retiring as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, OTP looks at some of the runners and riders who could replace him. 1. David Moyes The Everton manager has long been thought of as being Fergie's preferred successor and is already favourite for the post with the bookmakers.
The Mag and Mark Jensen have had a Canal+ interview with Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye translated from the French, and Yohan has revealed that he had an offer to join Tottenham in the summer to replace Luka Modric, who went to Real Madrid, but he turned it down and preferred to stay at Newcastle [.
"I like the [Getafe] coach Luis Garcia. I like how organised his teams are and how he puts them
into practice. I admire his work." said Mourinho before the game. My wife and I have started to
teach our 15-month old son the nursery rhymes: "The wheels on the bus go.... Round and round
During Euro 2012 and the qualifying process that led up to it, groups of opposing fans tried to
get under Cristiano Ronaldo's skin by chanting Leo Messi's name at him. This happened at airports,
outside hotels and during matches. And now, Peru fans have decided to give Messi himself a taste of
Ronaldo's mild annoyance by chanting "Cristiano, Cristiano" at him as he got off the bus and
entered Argentina's hotel ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.
The Los Angeles Galaxy are gearing up for the stretch run of their MLS Cup title defense, and
they've added a Swedish international midfielder with valuable experience to help them in the final
months of the season.
With 10 days to go until the MLS roster freeze deadline, the Galaxy announced the signing of
Christian Wilhelmsson, adding a 32-year-old wide midfielder who was part of the Sweden Euro 2012
team and also played in the 2008 European championship, 2006 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Champions
Nikos Spyropoulos found himself opening the scoring account for Greece as his neatly placed
volley curled inside of the post. Two years ago he scored a similar goal to level against Georgia
in the opening qualifier heading to Euro 2012. Most Greek fans are probably wondering why
Spyropoulos was not [read more]
Hello to all Greece fans. It's been a while since my last post covering Greece's incredible
journey at Euro 2012. After a full two month summer break the Greek national team begins it's
journey to Brazil. Fernando Santos has moved the team in a new direction with the introduction of
Leagues around the world take a back seat to the international game, as World Cup qualifying
The marquee match for U.S. soccer fans is the U.S. men's national team's battle against Jamaica
Friday night, where the U.S. can claim sole possession of first place in its qualifying group with
Like his fellow Premiership colleague Luis Suarez, Man City's Samir Nasri isn't exactly one of the most loved men in football. With a persona compared to that of a spoilt child, Nasri dislikes talking to the press or giving interviews, unless he is feeling particularly Zen or in a Summery mood, which would be now.
Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher will join Sky Sports from the start of next season. The veteran defender had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the current campaign, although the rumour mill had suggested he was thinking of performing a U-turn and staying on for one more season.
Now, I hope that all readers hated the Euro 2012 Mars advert where a man was picked out of the
crowd to save some Dutch penalties. It's cheesiness genuinely made me feel ill. But, as ever, real
life has gone and been more suprising than fiction. When Scotland Ladies took on their Norwegian
counterparts in [.
Fabio Capello will receive his first competitive test tomorrow as Russia take on Northern
Ireland in Moscow to start their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign. Since taking charge, Fabio
Capello has worked to patch the gaps that resulted in the Euro 2012 campaign. Criticism has been
wide spread and intense, [read more]
Even before he relieved Blackburn Rovers of the burden of playing Premier League football last
year, manager Steve Kean struggled to win the confidence of the Ewood Park faithful. The unpopular
Glaswegian is set to go down even further in the estimation of long-suffering Blackburn fans, after
he admitted he has never seen three of his deadline day transfers play.
Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo was spotted at the
Udinese-Juventus game yesterday in a match Sebastien Giovinco the
shortest player at Euro 2012 (that needed to be said!)- scored a brace. The Turin side went on to
win 4-1, sending them to the top of the Serie A table, despite the fact that Antonio
Conte's ten-month ban has forced him to sit out all their upcoming games.
Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about Wayne Rooney's fitness after claiming on Friday that his
injury was a "blessing". Following his break after Euro 2012, Rooney returned to the squad
overweight and unfit, which has frustrated some fans, given that he's the highest paid player at
Ferguson has compared Rooney to people like Giggs, claiming that Rooney needs game to regain his