Posts Tagged "Spain"

Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

By on Jun 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni’s men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne’s arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St. Ledger ended up on his arse...

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Euro Moments: Spain

Euro Moments: Spain

By on May 31, 2012 in Art, Latest | 0 comments

This mornings cartoon for the run-up to the European Championships from Dotmund features Spain, and a goalkeeper with a very satisfying name to say who still goes to the supermarket in his full kit. Don’t forget, you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything here. You can download the Twohundredpercent...

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Euro 2012 – The Runners & Riders: Spain

By on May 30, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

From perennial under-achievers to perpetual favourites in considerably less than ten years, the first decade of the twenty-first century was the one that transformed the world’s perception of the Spanish national football team. Spain began the new century living very much down to people’s expectations, with a quarter-final defeat at the 2000 European...

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European Championship Stories: 1964 – A Battle Of Ideologies

By on Jan 31, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If the early history of the European Championships can be seen as explicitly wrapped up in the politics of the time, then Spain’s victory on home ground in 1964 European Nations Cup could be regarded as one of international football’s ultimate flashes in the pan. This was a victory that was simultaneously the last gasp of one of the greatest club sides...

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European Championship Stories: 1960 – Cold War Football

By on Jan 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

There are plenty of people, not least within the governing bodies of football itself, who would have it that football and politics don’t mix. This is, of course, bunkum, whether we like it or not. The game holds such influence over so many people that it sometimes seems impossible for politicians not to be able to link the two, from the relatively harmless,...

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