Posts from ‘May, 2012’

Euro fever time

After being forced to qualify via the playoffs for the tournament, the Portuguese are not being talked up as potential champions, especially as they share Group B with Germany and the Netherlands. -Photo by Reuters

One-man annoyance machine Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal picks Spain to win it all

Cops raid Italy’s Euro 2012 training camp

Domenico Criscito. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Big trouble for Italy or the usual thing they face and makes them stronger? You decide…

Cops raid Italy’s Euro 2012 training camp in match-fixing probe –… Continue reading

Relax, lads

Robbie Keane

Keano to Rep. of Ireland team – “Relax lads, sure it’s only Spain, Italy and Croatia we’re playing in Poland, like…“… Continue reading

Toes, thighs, suspensions


The new England manager, Roy Hodgson, talks to his squad during a training session at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

England’s woes pre Euro 2012…Let the panic start, now… Continue reading

Doing what I do

Doyle at BMO Field (Image: Derek Shapton)

In 2 weeks I will land in Warsaw to begin covering Euro 2012. Doing what I do. Doing what I did and what ended up being The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness & Meaning of Soccer

New mini-review of The World is a Ball

Odd, new mini-review of mixed emotions for The World is a Ball. But has nice compliments – …”Doyle’s enthusiasm is infectious. And his book, packed with memorable scenes, should encourage even the most casual fan to take the fun of it all more seriously.” Thanks fella.

And people out there – remember this book for possible Father’s Day gift for dads who like their football, soccer, futebol… Continue reading

Cancel that bet on Spain


David Villa is carried off on a stretcher after breaking his tibia against Qatar's Al-Sadd in the semi-final of the World Club Challenge in Japan in December. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

Now this is getting interesting – Cancel that bet on Spain winning Euro 2012. No Villa for España… Continue reading

Beginners Guide to Euro 2012

A totally excellent Beginners Guide to Euro 2012 from the totally reliable guys at EPL Talk… Continue reading

Shakira & Jarzębina remix

Insane remix of Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) & Jarzębina’s Koko Euro Spoko for Euro 2012.

The madness goes on in Poland…Euro 2012 coming soon

Champion League Final

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben celebrates scoring against Real Madrid from the penalty spot during the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It’s all over for Chelsea, already. It says here. (This author agrees..)… Continue reading

Whither England?

Andy Carroll and Rio Ferdinand. Photo: Getty Images

Oh jeez…Old reliable Rio Ferdinand out. Loose canon John Terry in. Andy “Tarzan” Carroll in. Can this lot beat France, Sweden and Ukraine at Euro 2012..?… Continue reading

Koko Koko Euro Spoko

Oh my dears, this Euro 2012 IS going to be fun.

Poland’s official song for the tournament: “Koko Koko Euro Spoko.” Has to be seen to be believed. Genius…

It’s disco time…

Zatańczymy? It’s disco time – the official theme songamajig for Euro 2012. Warsaw and Kiev, here we come…