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Injuries & Discord: Business As Usual For England

Early on Saturday evening, Roy Hodgsons plucky bunch of underdogs ground out their second single goal warm-up win, this time against Belgium. A win is a win, and anybody taking so much as a cursory look at Hodgsons options ahead of this summers European Championships will already fully aware that anything more than abject humiliation…

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June 4, 2012
Ian

Panorama In Poland & Ukraine – A Polish Perspective

With just a week to go before the start of the 2012 European Championships, the BBC stands accused of spreading alarmism over concerns regarding crowd trouble and racism at this summers tournament. Patryk Malinski felt that there was plenty left to be desired in this particulate programme.

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June 3, 2012
Ian

Euro Moments: Ireland

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Ireland, and a player that would go on to become one of British footballs most incisive pundits. Only joking. It’s Andy Townsend, really. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just…

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June 2, 2012
Ted

Swansea & Norwich: Cities Counting The Hidden Costs Of Success

This weeks news concerning the apparent departures of Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert to Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively means that the warm glow of satisfaction hanging over The Liberty Stadium and Carrow Road following a job well done last season seems unlikely to last for much longer. Swansea City and Norwich City were treated…

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June 1, 2012
Ian

Euro Moments: Italy

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features one of Italys greatest ever players, dressed as a pantomime and holding a glass of white wine. You don’t get this sort of analysis anywhere else. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant…

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June 1, 2012
Ted
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