There was calm. Hopefully it isn't because of an impending storm.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli (above) has never been afraid to experiment, having deployed the 4-3-3 and variations of the 3-4-1-2 formation since he took over the national team two years ago.
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Spain played 74 minutes with no recognisable striker.
Whether the startling strategy was down to overconfidence or over-cautiousness is a question only coach Vicente del Bosque can answer, but it didn’t work.
Spain striker Fernando Torres was almost the hero for Spain in their 1-1 Euro 2012 Group C draw against Italy this morning (Singapore time).
SCORING two headed goals against the Republic of Ireland is like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and getting to bring home the leprechaun that guards it to start your own personal Guinness microbrewery as a bonus.
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They emerged tops from among 1,805 Singapore hopefuls.
He flashed a bright smile as the Uefa official announced his arrival.
Ahead of his massive first test as England manager, Roy Hodgson was cool as can be, nonchalant even.
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It was unanimous. A draw is on the cards.
While the Germans secured a massive result after they beat Portugal this morning, they were not at their best, says TNP analyst Ray Houghton.
The Germans must improve if they want to win Euro 2012, said the former Liverpool player.
They promised a return closer to their roots. The gangster football of the 2010 World Cup would be abandoned, they said, to make way for the free-flowing stuff that has always been a Dutch trademark.
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