With the Polish venues on track in their preparations for co-hosting Euro 2012, the lingering concern for the country’s football fans is whether they will have a national team capable of putting up a respectable performance. Coach Franciszek Smuda has seen his side fall as far as 73rd in FIFA’s admittedly farcical ranking system, with the dearth of playing talent a regular topic for the country’s footballing media. Many wonder what happened to the squad that won the European Under-18 Championship in Finland in 2001. That team included Tomasz Kuszczak, […]
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The squad of Sweden consisting of 23 footballers nominated by the head coach Erik Hamren to participate in European football championships in Poland and Ukraine includes also the striker Johan Elmander, who plays for the Turkish club Galatasaray and was injured during a league match. The footballer got a right foot injury while playing on Saturday in the Turkish premier league against Fenerbahce Istanbul (0:0). An x-ray examination carried out immediately after the accident showed that the 30-year old Elmander fractured a metatarsal. Detailed medical examination was conducted after footballer’s […]
Italians, the European Champions in 1968, will fight for the European Championship trophy for the eighth time. It must be admitted that the team of Cesare Prandelli was lucky in the qualifying rounds to be in the same group as their biggest rivals were the teams of Serbia, and Estonia. Squadra Azzurra easily won the group competition by scoring eight wins and two draws. The best scorer was Antonio Cassano with the score of six goals. In the group phase of the main event it will not be so easy. […]
The Swedes, bronze medallists of Euro 1992 will play for the fifth time at the European Championship. They came out very well in the eliminations taking the second place. As the Swedes turned out to be the best team among those that finished second in their qualifying groups, they were promoted directly to the main event. It was hard to win in the group having the Dutch team as the biggest rivals. It is the fact that the Swedes defeated the Oranje but it was the last qualifying match and […]