Monthly Archives: June 2008

Ballack Sends Germany Through

Captain Michael Ballack secured Germany’s place in the Euro 2008 quarterfinals with a superb free-kick in the 1-0 win over co-hosts Austria on Monday. The pre-tournament favorites will face Group A winners Portugal in Basel on Thursday. After the two teams went to the break level at 0-0, Germany broke through in the 49th minute….

Ballack: Germany is Awake Now

Germany captain Michael Ballack admits the defeat to Croatia was a wake-up call for his side as they look to make their mark on Euro 2008. One of the pre-tournament favourites, Germany were outplayed by the Croatians last Thursday as they slipped to a 2-1 loss in Group B. Joachim Low’s men travelled to Vienna…

Last Gasp Spain Ices Sweden

Group D Leaders Spain grabbed a last minute 2-1 win against Sweden after goals from David Villa and Liverpool ace Fernando Torres in Innsbruck to book a place in the knockout stages. Group D Leaders Spain grabbed a last minute 2-1 win against Sweden after goals from David Villa and Liverpool ace Fernando Torres in…

Domenech Blames Stars

France coach Raymond Domenech has laid the blame for their 4-1 loss to Holland at the feet of his superstar players, saying they did not do their jobs. Big names like Thierry Henry, Franck Ribery, Patrice Evra and Nicolas Anelka, on paper a formidable side, did not perform on the night and were outplayed by…

Buffon Save Italy Euro Hopes

Adrian Mutu scored a goal and missed a penalty as Romania held world champions Italy to a thrilling 1-1 Euro 2008 Group C draw in Zurich. The pressure was firmly on Roberto Donadoni’s shoulders after Italy’s 3-0 defeat to Holland in their opening game, while Romania had shown they are no mugs by holding France…

Scolari Takes Chelsea Post

Chelsea have confirmed Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new manager. The Brazilian was one of the favourites to succeed Avram Grant in the Stamford Bridge hotseat but the timing of his appointment has come as a huge surprise. Scolari is currently managing Portugal at Euro 2008 and was not expected to make a…

C.Ronaldo Overpowers Czechs

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one and set up the others as Portugal beat Czech Republic 3-1 in Group A to edge towards the last eight of Euro 2008. Deco put the Portuguese ahead early on in Geneve but Libor Sionko equalized within nine minutes and the game looked to be heading towards a draw until Ronaldo…

Ibrahimovic Sinks Greeks

A wonderful strike from Zlatan Ibrahimovic set Sweden on the way to a 2-0 Euro 2008 Group D victory over defending champions Greece. The Inter Milan striker ended an international goal drought lasting over two-and-a-half years mid-way through the second half with a rasping drive to bring to life a dour encounter in Salzburg. Peter…

David Villa Hat-tricks Russia

A hat-trick from David Villa helped Spain to open their Euro 2008 Group D campaign in style, beating Russia 4-1 in Innsbruck. Villa struck twice in the first-half and again in the second as the Spaniards thoroughly outclassed Guus Hiddink’s side. Roman Pavluchenko pulled a goal back with four minutes left but Cesc Fabregas wrapped-up…

Group Of Death Breathes Life into EURO2008

(Soccer365.com – Martin North) Holland produced a display that harkened back to the Golden Age and left Italy needing a mini-renaissance if they’re to make the quarter-finals. by Martin North It could have been worse for the Azzurri. A French victory against Romania, the group’s supposed whipping-boys, would have left Roberto Donadoni’s men playing catch-up….

Italians Thumped By Dutch Explosion

World champions Italy suffered a calamitous start to their Euro 2008 campaign as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat against an impressive Holland in their Group C opener in Bern. The Dutch were lucky to take a 26th-minute lead after Ruud van Nistelrooy turned in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s effort from an offside position. Wesley Sneijder…