Tardelli hails 'fantastic year' for Irish football

Tardelli hails 'fantastic year' for Irish football

Marco Tardelli will reflect upon a "fantastic year" as the Republic of Ireland bring their 2012 campaign to a close against Greece on Wednesday evening.

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Villa boss backs Ireland duo to learn from Euro 2012

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes Republic of Ireland duo Shay Given and Richard Dunne have learned valuable lessons from their tough Euro 2012 campaign.

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Valcke: Ranking system tough to understand

Valcke: Ranking system tough to understand

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has defended the organisation’s rankings which has placed England fourth in the world and Brazil 11th – but admitted the system can sometimes appear to be “not very logical”.

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No Russia approach for Capello

No Russia approach for Capello

Fabio Capello has not been contacted about the Russia job but would consider any proposal, according to his agent.

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Croatia turn to former defender

Croatia turn to former defender

Igor Stimac has been appointed as Croatia’s new head coach.

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Ireland drop eight places in FIFA world rankings

Ireland drop eight places in FIFA world rankings

Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign has cost them in the FIFA rankings

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Quartet to face French disciplinary committee

Quartet to face French disciplinary committee

The French Football Federation have opened disciplinary proceedings against four members of France’s Euro 2012 squad.

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France step up search for new boss

France step up search for new boss

The French Football Federation will hope to make progress today in their search for a successor to former Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc.

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No easing off, pledges Fabregas

No easing off, pledges Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas insists there is no chance of Spain easing off now they are record breakers.

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Hero's welcome for Spain

Hero's welcome for Spain

Hundreds of thousands of people packed central Madrid tonight to give a hero’s welcome to “La Roja” – the national soccer team that erased the country’s gloomy mood by winning the Euro 2012 Championship.

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Torres: Team-work was crucial for victory

Torres: Team-work was crucial for victory

Fernando Torres believes team-work enabled him to become the leading goalscorer at Euro 2012 as he became the first player to score in two European Championship finals as Spain beat Italy 4-0 last night.

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Van Basten happy at Heerenveen

Van Basten happy at Heerenveen

Marco van Basten insists he has no interest in returning to manage Holland after the departure of Bert van Marwijk following the team’s woeful performance at the European Championship.

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Prandelli tells Balotelli to accept defeat

Prandelli tells Balotelli to accept defeat

Mario Balotelli should accept Italy were beaten by a better side in last night’s Euro 2012 final according to the striker’s coach Cesare Prandelli.

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Fabregas hits back at 'boring' claims

Fabregas hits back at 'boring' claims

Cesc Fabregas is not going to let jibes about ’boring’ Spain spoil the best day of his life.

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Spanish media revel in Euro triumph

Spanish media revel in Euro triumph

There has been an understandably euphoric reaction from the Spanish media after the national side became the first side to win three major international tournaments in a row last night.

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Striker-less Spain rule Europe again

Striker-less Spain rule Europe again

Spain 4 Italy 0
Sensational Spain trampled all over those boring jibes and marched straight into the history books with a magnificent Euro 2012 final victory over Italy in Kiev.

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Spain and Italy gear up for final

Spain and Italy gear up for final

Spain will attempt to win their second successive European Championship final tonight.

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Eriksson surprised by Beckham exclusion

Eriksson surprised by Beckham exclusion

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson would have selected David Beckham for the Olympic squad after he was overlooked by Team GB coach Stuart Pearce.

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Gerrard: Don't blame Wayne

Gerrard: Don't blame Wayne

Captain Stephen Gerrard believes it is unfair to blame Wayne Rooney for England’s Euro 2012 exit.

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Buffon lauds Balotelli

Buffon lauds Balotelli

Italy skipper Gianluigi Buffon has praised controversial striker Mario Balotelli for his willingness to work for the Italian cause at Euro 2012.

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Xavi hits back at 'boring' tag

Xavi hits back at 'boring' tag

Brilliant Spain playmaker Xavi has dismissed the allegation Spain have become a boring team.

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Platini floats idea of 32 host cities

Platini floats idea of 32 host cities

UEFA president Michel Platini has caused a minor sensation by revealing a solution to who will host Euro 2020 could be for up to 32 cities across Europe to do the job.

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Blanc steps down as France coach

Blanc steps down as France coach

Laurent Blanc is to step down as coach of France, the French Football Federation have announced.

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Balotelli attitude impresses Prandelli

Balotelli attitude impresses Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has praised Mario Balotelli’s attitude ahead of tomorrow’s Euro 2012 final with Spain.

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UEFA to award Irish fans prize after impressing at tournament

UEFA to award Irish fans prize after impressing at tournament

Irish football fans are to be given a UEFA prize, after impressing during Euro 2012.

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Platini: Euro 2020 could be held all over Europe

Platini: Euro 2020 could be held all over Europe

UEFA president Michel Platini has revealed the concept of one or two countries staging major tournaments may be abandoned for Euro 2020.

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Riot cop serenaded by Irish fans 'very flattered'

Riot cop serenaded by Irish fans 'very flattered'

A female riot cop who was serenaded by Irish fans at Euro 2012 has thanked them for turning her into an internet sensation.

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Andrews to miss opening qualifier

Andrews to miss opening qualifier

Midfielder Keith Andrews will be suspended for the Republic of Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier following his sending-off at Euro 2012.

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Ramos: We have already made history

Ramos: We have already made history

Defender Sergio Ramos believes Spain can be proud of their Euro 2012 campaign even if they lose Sunday’s final against Italy.

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Juve chief Marotta proud of Pirlo signing

Juve chief Marotta proud of Pirlo signing

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has hailed Andrea Pirlo as his best ever signing after watching the midfielder light up Euro 2012 for Italy.

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Del Bosque: No regrets over chance to eliminate Italy

Del Bosque: No regrets over chance to eliminate Italy

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over passing up the chance to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012 ahead of his side’s meeting with Cesare Prandelli’s men in Sunday’s final.

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Italian press embrace super Mario

Italian press embrace super Mario

The Italian press is unanimous in its praise of Mario Balotelli after last night’s 2-1 victory over Germany that clinched a place in the final of the Euro 2012.

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Beckenbauer mystified by lifeless Germany

Beckenbauer mystified by lifeless Germany

Franz Beckenbauer blamed a “lifeless” first half for Germany’s Euro 2012 semi-final exit to Italy last night.

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Goal hero Mario: I did it for my mother

Goal hero Mario: I did it for my mother

Mario Balotelli insists Sunday’s Euro 2012 final will feature the best two teams in the competition.

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Balotelli fires Italy into final

Balotelli fires Italy into final

Germany 1 Italy 2
Mario Balotelli wrote another remarkable chapter in his amazing career as he fired Italy into the Euro 2012 final with a two-goal salvo against Germany in Warsaw.

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Lloris defends France team-mates

Lloris defends France team-mates

Captain Hugo Lloris has leapt to the defence of his France team-mates, saying they should not be judged on reports of infighting during Euro 2012.

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Low: We must dictate against Italy

Low: We must dictate against Italy

Germany boss Joachim Low is counting on his cheeky boys to secure a place in the Euro 2012 final.

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Spain reach Euro 2012 final after nail-biting penalty shoot-out

Spain reach Euro 2012 final after nail-biting penalty shoot-out

Portugal 0 Spain 0 (After extra-time. Spain win 4-2 on penalties)
Cesc Fabregas converted the decisive spot-kick as Spain reached the final of Euro 2012 after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out victory over Portugal in Donetsk.

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Eusebio leaves hospital

Eusebio leaves hospital

Former Portugal and Benfica striker Eusebio has been discharged from hospital after falling ill over the weekend.

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Hodgson defends Rooney after Capello jibe

Hodgson defends Rooney after Capello jibe

England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed predecessor Fabio Capello’s comments about Wayne Rooney as “cheap”.

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Nasri regrets Euro conduct

Nasri regrets Euro conduct

Samir Nasri has said he “sincerely regrets” some of his behaviour at Euro 2012, including an expletive-laden rant at reporters following France’s quarter-final defeat by Spain.

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Ferdinand critical of England campaign

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Roy Hodgson’s management at Euro 2012, claiming the England boss underused his younger players and was too defensive in his tactics.

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Italian newspaper apologises for Balotelli cartoon

Italian newspaper apologises for Balotelli cartoon

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have issued an apology after they published a cartoon depicting Mario Balotelli as King Kong.

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Iniesta shrugs off criticism

Iniesta shrugs off criticism

Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta is not letting criticism of his side’s style of play get under his skin ahead of their Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal this evening.

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Pirlo: My penalty was key to beating England

Pirlo: My penalty was key to beating England

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes his cheeky penalty changed the course of Sunday’s Euro 2012 quarter-final with England.

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Arbeloa: Portugal not a one-man team

Arbeloa: Portugal not a one-man team

Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa has warned his team-mates not to fall into the trap of assuming Cristiano Ronaldo is the only threat that Portugal pose to their hopes of progressing through to the Euro 2012 final.

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UEFA fines Croatia and Portugal

UEFA fines Croatia and Portugal

UEFA have fined the Croatian and Portuguese football federations for the improper conduct of their supporters during Euro 2012 matches.

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Schweinsteiger fit to face Italy, says Low

Schweinsteiger fit to face Italy, says Low

Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed Bastian Schweinsteiger is fully fit and ready to start Thursday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

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Eusebio on the mend

Eusebio on the mend

Former Portugal and Benfica striker Eusebio is set to be released from a Polish hospital later this week after falling ill earlier this week.

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UEFA take action over racist chanting

UEFA take action over racist chanting

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against both the Spanish football federation and the Russian football union for the “improper conduct” of their supporters during Euro 2012 group matches.

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Sagna laments avoidable infighting

Sagna laments avoidable infighting

Defender Bacary Sagna has lamented the “avoidable” infighting that he believes “wasted” France’s hopes of glory at Euro 2012.

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Twitter abuse unacceptable: FA

Twitter abuse unacceptable: FA

The Football Association have branded Twitter attacks on England internationals Ashley Young and Ashley Cole as “appalling and unacceptable”.

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Expectations of Rooney too high: Hodgson

Expectations of Rooney too high: Hodgson

England boss Roy Hodgson has admitted it was too much to demand Wayne Rooney would win Euro 2012 on his own – but denied the Manchester United forward was not fit enough to do himself justice.

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Celebrations only lasted 10 minutes: Prandelli

Celebrations only lasted 10 minutes: Prandelli

Fewer than than 24 hours have passed since Italy’s dramatic penalty shootout victory over England sealed their placed in the Euro 2012 semi-finals, but coach Cesare Prandelli has told his players to “turn the page”.

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England tactics wrong: Taylor

England tactics wrong: Taylor

Graham Taylor today accused Roy Hodgson of getting his tactics wrong in England’s European Championship defeat to Italy.

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Hundreds attend funeral of James Nolan

Hundreds attend funeral of James Nolan

The funeral has taken place of James Nolan in Co Wicklow.

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Street closed amid football disorder

Street closed amid football disorder

A group of around 150 football fans forced a British town’s high street to shut after they tried to confront Italian fans following England’s defeat in the Euro 2012 quarter-final.

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Babbel: Low 'betrayed' by mole

Babbel: Low 'betrayed' by mole

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel believes Germany coach Joachim Low has been “betrayed” by a mole in the Germany camp who keeps revealing the team selection hours before the games are due to take place.

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Owen laments Scholes absence as England crash out

Owen laments Scholes absence as England crash out

Michael Owen suggested technical shortcomings and the absence of Paul Scholes were the keys to England’s exit from Euro 2012 after their penalty shoot-out loss to Italy.

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Prandelli hails star turn Pirlo

Prandelli hails star turn Pirlo

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli labelled Andrea Pirlo “a star” after the Juventus midfielder helped end England’s dreams of European Championship glory.

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