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Day: June 24, 2012

Euro 2012: The Quarter-Finals – England 0-0 Italy (Italy Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)

So, then, to Kiev and to the quarter-finals of the European Championships. It’s the final match of the round this evening, featuring an Italian side that is something of a curates egg, excellent against Spain in matching them every inch of the way before being slightly underwhelming against Croatia and The Republic of Ireland, whilst England remain somewhat enigmatic, decent enough in fits and starts but also a little lucky in places and, for fifteen minutes against Sweden nine days ago, almost apocalyptically disorganised. The history books say Italy, who have a considerably better record against England than many realise due to the infrequency with which the two sides have played each other over the years, but England have showed considerable character over the last few weeks and this match felt, prior to kick-off, difficult to call. After three largely uninspiring quarter-final matches, though, this one gets off to a flying start when, with less than three minutes played, Daniele De Rossi allows a cross-field pass across his body and delivers a magnificent, swerving twenty-five yard volley which thids off the inside of the post and out. Italy fail, initially at least, to take advantage of this strong start and within a couple of minutes England create a chance of their own at the other end of the pitch when James Milner crosses from the right and Glen Johnson,...

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The Chips Are Down In Pompey Roulette

Pompey Supporters’ Trust have made their bid for the club. Pause to take in the enormity of that statement. This is possibly one of the biggest steps taken in the history of the Trust movement. Not because of the fact that a Trust is in a position to take over a club so recently in the top tier of the game but because they are taking on the most paradoxical owner in its history. A self avowed ‘reluctant owner’ who claims to not want the club, yet has been strangely persistent in his involvement since August 2009. An owner who embodies everything that the Trust movement opposes. In August 2009 Balram Chainrai was one of two names put forward to the Premier League as a potential new owner of Portsmouth Football club. The other was his business partner Levi Kushnir. At that time Sacha Gaydamak was unwilling to sell the club to them as they were suing his father Arcadi in Israel over a failed business deal, it was said. Instead he sold ┬áto Suliaman Al Fahim. Al Fahim managed to keep the club for just one month before a consortium alleged to have been owned by an unknown Arab, Ali Al Faraj, took the club over on 5 October. By 6 October Chainrai and Kushnir’s company Portpin held a charge over Fratton Park. From then dates the stranglehold...

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Match Of The Past: Newcastle United

It is now forty-three years since Newcastle United last won a major trophy, but last season saw Alan Pardew restore a little pride to the club with a fifth place finish in the Premier League which brought with it the return of European football to St James Park next season. On todays match of the past, though, we are going back to when silverware was just part of life for the supporters of this club, starting with a compilation of highlights from their FA Cup final appearances of 1951, 1952 and 1955. Next up is the second leg of the final of the 1969 Inter-City Fairs Cup against the Hungarian side Ujpest Dozsa. Newcastle had won the first leg bu three goals to nil, before travelling to Budapest for the return match. Newcastles next appearance in a cup final came five years later and, while they ended up losing the 1974 FA Cup final to Liverpool, their run included one of the most infamous matches of the mid-1970s, a We then skip forward to the start of the 1980s, and extended highlights of a Second Division match from October 1982 against Rotherham United. Newcastle failed to win promotion at the end of that season, but they did a year later, and the next video is a compilation of goals from the season that turned out to be Kevin Keegans...

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