Monthly Archives: June 2012

Arsenal (de Sarandi), Champion of Argentina

Arsenal won their first ever Argentine league championship on Sunday after beating Belgrano 1-0 at home on the final day of the Clausura championship. The modest club from the suburb of Sarandi, founded in 1957 by present Argentine Football Association…

Bravo Italia

The tournament’s largest viewing audience was treated to a dramatic match on Sunday, with Alessandro Diamanti scoring the decisive penalty kick to send Italy through with a 4-2 win in the shootout following a 0-0 tie with England. Italy will…

Spain – Portugal in Dynamic Euro Semi

Spain easily brushed aside a disappointing France team to set up a most intriguing encounter against Iberian neighbor and rival, Portugal, on Wednesday in Donetsk. The clash is particularly attractive not only for featuring many of the world’s best players…

Spain and Italy Advance to Quarters

Spain needed a late goal from substitute Jesus Navas to reach the European Championship quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Croatia on Monday. Andres Iniesta passed to Navas inside the area after Spain broke through an offside trap, and the…

Russia’s Shock Exit Meets Press Fury

(AFP) Russia’s media on Monday spared no mercy for national team manager Dick Advocaat and his players after what they said was a “disgraceful” defeat against Greece to send them out of the Euro 2012 championships. “You broke our hearts,”…

France Rues Missed Opportunity, Uninspiring England to Regroup

France entertained a large global audience with a smooth passing game that left English players chasing the action for long stretches, but the French inability to finish allowed England to take a respectable point and a chance to rekindle its…

Brave Italy Able to Hold Spain

(Ben Smith – BBC Sport, June 11, 2012) Cesc Fabregas salvaged a point for Spain as the champions began the defence of their European title in a pulsating encounter in Gdansk. The Barcelona midfielder fired in after a clever pass…

Divided Dutch Fall to United Danes

RAFA VAN DER VAART admits Holland are in a state of shock after their defeat to Denmark. And the Tottenham playmaker insists they must now take three points against bitter rivals Germany on Wednesday to avoid the humiliation of a…

Euro 2012 Set to Kick Off

(AFP – June 8, 2012) Host nation Poland is set to meet Greece in Warsaw’s National Stadium in the inaugural match of the 2012 Euro tournament. Poland is hoping for an opening win on home soil while opponents Greece is…