Monthly Archives: June 2008

EURO 2008 Opening Weekend: Rough Justice

Soccer365’s Martin North checks in after Euro 2008’s opening weekend that saw the favorites win while the tournament’s entertaining hosts suffered. by Martin North Even the most optimistic Swiss and Austrian supporters knew that their hopes of success this summer were slim. The gloomier among them, including 10,000 Austrians who signed a petition against their…

USA holds Argentina

With the beginning of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying just one week away, the U.S. Men’s National Team showed its mettle with a impressive 0-0 draw with No. 1-ranked Argentina this evening in front of a record sell-out crowd of 78,682 fans at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The crowd was the largest for…

Podolski Double Downs Poland

A goal in each half from Polish-born Lukas Podolski was enough for pre-tournament favorites Germany to defeat Poland 2-0 in Euro 2008 Group B. Germany were typically efficient without being spectacular but it was still too much for Leo Beenhakker’s Poland. Podolski’s strikes, the second of which was a wonderful volley, sent Joachim Low’s men…

Swiss Frei Ruled Out Of Tourney

Switzerland captain Alexander Frei will miss the rest of Euro 2008, the national team doctor has confirmed. Frei suffered ligament damage in his left knee during Switzerland’s 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic in the opening day of the tournament on Saturday, and left the field in tears. Swiss team doctor Cuno Wetzel said the…

The Long And Short Of Euro 2008

Special from Soccer365: Martin North’s comprehensive EURO2008 forecast. by Martin North Patriotic bias will cloud the thoughts of many; from Moscow to Madrid, arguments will be made for each nation’s superiority. As an Englishman I have no such problem this year. Steve McClaren’s bungling put paid to my dreams of another glorious failure. Probably for…

Cesc Fabregas Feeling the Pressure

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is in no doubt Spain have the quality to do “something special” at Euro 2008, but warned against adding extra pressure from the country’s “obsession” with success for the national team. Spain – who topped their qualifying group despite a shock defeat to Northern Ireland – face Russia in Innsbruck on…

Mourinho Rues England Absence

Jose Mourinho believes the absence of England’s players and supporters is to the detriment of Euro 2008 – and has backed Spain to take full advantage. The Portuguese was one of those approached to replace Steve McClaren when the former Middlesbrough boss failed to guide England through to finals in Austria and Switzerland which start…

Van Persie Predicts Oranje Crush

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie insists Holland can make a major impact at Euro 2008, despite being drawn in the “Group of Death”. The Dutch kick off the tournament against World Cup winners Italy on June 9 in Berne and then play France, runners up in Germany last summer, before facing Romania – who finished…

Villarreal Agree Altidore Fee

Jozy Altidore is poised to join Villarreal from Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that MLS and the 2007-08 Spanish La Liga runners-up have agreed in principle to a transfer fee with the 18-year-old striker. Altidore must agree to personal contract terms and undergo a medical before…

Sweden

Sweden made it to the quarterfinals of the 2004 European Championships and the semifinals in its first appearance, in 1992, but it has not had overwhelming success since its third place finish at the 1994 World Cup. Still, Sweden has a traditionally solid squad and it made it through qualifying with only two losses and…

Greece

The defending champions of Europe won Group C with a 10-1-1 record. Though the numbers look impressive it was not the most powerful group and Greece –while consistently solid- did not play spectacularly. They were thumped 4-1 by Turkey at home in Athens but did return the favor, however, with a 1-0 win in Istanbul….

Russia

Russia pulled off arguably the biggest upset in the Euro 08 qualifying stage when it downed England 2-1 in Moscow and knocked England out of the second spot in their qualifying group. This is Russia’s third appearance at the European Championships and it will try to advance past the first round for the first time…