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Sunday 24 June, 2012

As it happened: England v Italy, Euro 2012 quarter-final

There was just one spot left in the last four and we were in Kiev to find out who would fill it. Catch up on how it went.

Non, je ne regrette rien: Blanc defends negative tactics

The French boss also rued Xabi Alonso’s early goal in Donetsk last night.

Here’s your ‘Mario Balotelli tribute in a crop circle’ pic of the day

An Italian artist has honoured the Manchester City striker in a field in Verona.

Preview: Azzurri should prevail in close contest

England and Italy are likely to serve up the most engaging of the four quarter-finals, writes Miguel Delaney.

Memory lane: Five past meetings between England and Italy

Check out classic goals from Kevin Keegan, Roberto Baggio and a young Paul Scholes.

Opinion: does a manager’s nationality matter in international football?

Based on statistics from Euro 2000 onwards, we assess this much-debated topic.

Podolski: England? Italy? It really doesn’t matter

There’s a not-so-quiet confidence about this German side ahead of their Euro 2012 semi-final.

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VIDEO: Robbie Keane pays tribute to James Nolan during LA Galaxy match

The Ireland captain held aloft a jersey with ‘RIP James Nolan’ on the back, and spoke with the 21-year-old’s father.

England and Italy trading stereotypes before quarter final clash

Roy Hodgson’s side are slowly building on a defensive ethic, while Italy have flattered themselves with stylish football.

Samir Nasri launches foul mouthed tirade at journalist

The incident marked the end of a poor tournament for the Manchester City midfielder, who caused upset with his celebration after scoring against England.

Kiev and the shadow of ‘The Death Match’

Sorting fact from fiction in the legend surrounding the notorious series of football games during World War II.

The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting

Turn the phone on silent and the the kettle on. Here’s some of our favourite pieces from the past seven days.

Saturday 23 June, 2012

Analysis: Unambitious French allow Spain to cruise into semi-finals

Laurent Blanc’s side lacked the precision and penetration to test the reigning world champions in Donetsk tonight, writes Miguel Delaney.

Balotelli: ‘I’m more man than a Peter Pan’

The Italy forward has hit back at claims that he needs to grow up.

From The Daily Fix: Saturday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

All the main news from today, plus a few bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…

From TV, air travel and underpants: the week in numbers Prime Numbers

TV, air travel and underpants: the week in numbers

Plus – how TDs are fast becoming an endangered species, and how much Hollywood’s leading ladies can command per film.

As it happened: Spain v France, Euro 2012 quarter-final

La Roja v Les Bleus… who prevailed?

Happy 40th Zizou and three past meetings between France and Spain

The French playmaker, who is 40 today, had a major hand in the Les Bleus wins over La Roja in 2000 and 2006.

Happy camp?: Portugal play down training ground spat

Ricardo Quaresma was reported to have kicked out at Miguel Lopes prompting team mates to step in.

From Funeral of James Nolan to be held on Monday morning Tragedy

Funeral of James Nolan to be held on Monday morning

The 21-year-old will be buried in his hometown of Blessington in Wicklow.

England coach Neville wary of Balotelli threat

England take on Italy tomorrow night in the last of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. And Man City’s Joleon Lescott may face a familiar centre forward.

Friday 22 June, 2012

Euro 2012 analysis: Loew’s gamble pays off as youth has its day

The only numbers that mattered were on the scoreboard, writes Miguel Delaney in Gdansk.

As it happened: Germany v Greece, Euro 2012 quarter-finals

Insert bailout joke here… it was continental powerhouses Germany and the poor man of Europe, Greece. Let’s see what happened on the pitch.

Flying the flag: Angela Merkel banner raises over €20k for charities

Two charities will split the money raised in an auction for the now-famous Euro 2012 tricolour today.

Germany v Greece: money talks but actions will speak loudest on the pitch

Miguel Delaney has landed in Gdansk ahead of tonight’s politically-charged Euro 2012 quarter-final. This could be epic.

This freak goal might give Greek fans some hope for tonight’s Euro 2012 quarter-final

If Manuel Neuer can be beaten once by a Greek strike from 73 yards, surely it can happen again.

As it happened: Euro 2012, day 15

Are the Germans looking a little too laid-back going into their quarter-final with Greece tonight?

Airtricity League: Will we ever learn the lessons of Gdansk and Gortakeegan?

“If we ever want to win more than the party, we have to truly value what’s on our doorstep,” writes Niall Kelly in this week’s Airtricity League column.

Magnificent Seven: reasons why goal-line technology should be introduced

Following Ukraine’s goal that never was, we highlight a few other similar incidents in which officials guessed incorrectly.

Löw Blow! German newspaper wastes no time in having a bailout dig at Greece

You know how those Germans can be with their funny, funny jokes about the Eurozone collapsing…

Euro 2012: Germany hoping patience pays against Greece

Jogi Loew’s men are feeling the pressure ahead of tonight’s quarter-final against an unfancied Greek side.

The Morning Score: Friday

Here’s everything you need to know this morning – apart from the cost of a week away in the sun.

From Post-mortem suggests no foul play in Poland death of James Nolan Tragedy

Post-mortem suggests no foul play in Poland death of James Nolan

Prosecutors in Poland say the results of an autopsy suggests the soccer fan’s drowning was a tragic accident.

Portugal manager Paulo Bento downplays Ronaldo, praises (his own) approach

While the Portuguese manager sought to lessen the hype around his megastar, Czech manager Michal Bilek was gushing about the man that sent his team crashing out of Euro 2012

Thursday 21 June, 2012

King of the world: Ronaldo rises to the occasion… again

Miguel Delaney was in Warsaw to watch Cristiano Ronaldo further banish all the old claims of his career… and send Portugal through to the semi-finals

Hungarian ref admits Ukraine goal blunder

The official said that after the game he “realised straight away that we made a mistake”.

As it happened: Czech Republic v Portugal, Euro 2012 quarter final

We went minute-by-minute as Ronaldo and Portugal tried to overcome the sturdy resistance of the Czech Republic.

Protest at pen of Kiev’s prognosticating porker

Funtik the pig is one of a number of apparently “psychic” animals vying to assume the mantle of Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the results of the German team in the last World Cup.

‘Gerrard has always been my idol’ – De Rossi swoons

The Azzuri midfielder also say that England play the Italian way.