Posts Tagged "Italy"

Euro 2012: The Final – Spain 4-0 Italy

By on Jul 1, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Football writers the world over will be frantically thumbing through their thesaureses this evening, desperately searching for new superlatives for a performance from Spain that we may well one day look back upon as the definitive of our age. Over the last few days a frankly tedious circular debate has been raging on the subject of whether Spain are...

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Euro 2012: The Semi-Finals – Germany 1-2 Italy

By on Jun 28, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On the seventeenth of June 1970, Italy and West Germany played out a World Cup semi-final at The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City so epic that earned itself the soubriquet of The Match Of The Century. Perhaps the finest tribute ever paid to an individual football match ever made can be found outside the stadium, a permanent monument to what became known as The Game Of...

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Hopes, Dreams & Reality: On England At Euro 2012

By on Jun 25, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The St George flags will be hanging limply this afternoon. It was after midnight in Kiev last night when the final kick hit the back of the net and confirmed what we all probably already knew – that this England side wasn’t good enough to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championships - but there is little sense of recrimination in the air this...

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

By on Jun 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

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...

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Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

By on Jun 19, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain’s light blue kit was, dare I say it, a bit scruffy, i.e. it suited players such as the Sergios Ramos and Busquets. They produced, for them anyway, a performance to match....

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