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Euro 2012: Why Group B is the ‘Group of Death’

7 Jun 2012

FIFA have released their latest rankings just days before the start of Euro 2012. Unsurprisingly, Spain remain on top of the pile, whilst Germany have swapped positions with Uruguay and now occupy third place. The...
 

Past European Championships – 1992 (Sweden): Denmark steal the show

7 Jun 2012

Continuing our series of features about previous European Championships. This was the year that Yugoslavia were disqualified and Denmark's players came off the beach and went on to win the tournament. Year: 1992 Host nation:...
 

Sweden team profile

7 Jun 2012

One would be forgiven for thinking that England’s toughest test in Group D will be France in their opening game. Others would suggest that a final game against hosts Ukraine poses the most danger. As for Sweden, you would be hard...
 

Ukraine team profile

6 Jun 2012

When the draw for Group D at Euro 2012 was announced, you would have been forgiven for thinking that France and England would qualify comfortably enough from their groups and slug it out between themselves to avoid a likely quarter-final against...
 

Euro 2012: The outsiders

6 Jun 2012

At major tournaments there is always a surprise package, a team that comes from nowhere and exceeds expectations. In previous European Championships we've had Denmark in 1992 and Greece in 2004. But which team can do it in 2012? Ukraine...
 

Past European Championships – 1988 (West Germany): Holland’s greatest moment

6 Jun 2012

Year: 1988 Host nation: West Germany Winners: Netherlands Runners-up: Soviet Union Number of teams: 8 Number of venues: 8 Matches played: 15 Goals scored: 34 (2.27 per match)...
 

Past European Championships – 1984 (France): Platini pushes France to the peak

6 Jun 2012

Year: 1984 Host nation: France Winners: France (pictured) Runners-up: Spain Number of teams: 8 Number of venues: 7 Matches played: 15 Goals scored: 41 (2.73 per match) ...
 

Euro 2012: Group D friendlies round-up

6 Jun 2012

England’s three Group D contenders enjoyed mixed success in their final warm-up games before Euro 2012. France, the opening opponents on Monday, trounced Estonia 4-0 to make it 21 games unbeaten for Laurent Blanc’s boys. ...
 

Fans could be turned away if Euro 2012 tickets are not bought from UEFA

6 Jun 2012

Thousands of football fans risk being turned away at the gates of UEFA Euro 2012 matches if they buy tickets from websites other than the official UEFA channels. Fans who purchase from websites other than the official UEFA...
 

Interview: Tune in to Sky Sports' David Jones

6 Jun 2012

Total Football catches up with Sky Sports presenter David Jones (pictured) to get his thoughts on the Premier League season just past and the upcoming European Championships. What was your first break as a television presenter? I...
 

Afellay focused on escaping group of death

6 Jun 2012

Holland and Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay talks to Total Football about his recovery from injury and his country’s chances of progressing from the tournament’s toughest group. You played in the Dutch team against Slovakia for...
 

Past European Championships – 1976 (Yugoslavia): The ‘Panenka Penalty’

6 Jun 2012

Year: 1976 Host nation: Yugoslavia Winners: Czechoslovakia (pictured) Runners-up: West Germany Third place: Netherlands Fourth place: Yugoslavia Number of teams: 4 Number of...
 

Past European Championships –1980 (Italy) : Hrubesch crowns West Germany

6 Jun 2012

Year: 1980 Host nation: Italy Winners: West Germany (pictured) Runners-up: Belgium Third place: Czechoslovakia Fourth place: Italy Number of teams: 8 Number of venues: 4...
 

Thigh injury rules Croatia's Olic out of Euro 2012

4 Jun 2012

Croatia's Ivica Olic has become the latest victim of bad luck and will miss Euro 2012 due to a thigh injury. The new Wolfsburg striker suffered the setback during Croatia's warm-up match against Norway on Saturday.
 

BBC and ITV set for Euro 2012 ratings battle

4 Jun 2012

There are now less than 100 hours to go until Euro 2012 kicks off and for the two major power forces of the terrestrial TV market, the next three weeks will be packed with top quality football.
 

Who's on the plane? Spain's 23-man squad

3 Jun 2012

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque announced his final Euro 2012 on May 27 2012 as his side look to add a European crown to their World Cup honour.
 

Van Persie and Afellay star as Holland hammer Northern Ireland

3 Jun 2012

Holland warmed up for Euro 2012 in perfect fashion by hammering Northern Ireland 6-0 in Amsterdam on Saturday. Goals from Wesley Sneijder and Ron Vlaar, and braces from Robin van Persie and Ibrahim Afellay inflicted Northern Ireland’s heaviest defeat in 51 years.
 

Prandelli claims Italy may quit Euros

2 Jun 2012

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has said he would have no problem if the team withdrew from Euro 2012 as a result of the match-fixing allegations in the domestic game.
 

A brief history of the 'Group of Death'

2 Jun 2012

Every four years, countries from around Europe fight it out for the right to be crowned the best team on the continent. For many countries, the battle is simply reaching the championships. For an unlucky few, they are then given the equivalent of a four-and-a-half hour boarding process for their flight home. Why? Because they have been drawn into that headline writers' dream – 'The Group of Death'.
 

Fans of radio are spoilt for choice this summer

1 Jun 2012

Should you get fed up with watching Gary Lineker or Adrian Chiles on your TV screens constantly, there are plenty of other ways for fans to keep updated on this summer’s European Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine. Live text commentaries, Twitter & Facebook updates and podcasts are some of the more digitalised concepts around today but radio is the best alternative output.