It's the stuff that dreams are made of, says our analyst Ray Houghton.
Ukraine, taking part in their first European Championship, couldn't have asked for a better start after they beat Sweden 2-1 this morning (Singapore time).
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This evening, four out of 20 promising young footballers from around the region will be picked for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Barcelona.
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The Lions can mount a realistic challenge for the Suzuki Cup if they have their full compliment of players.
So said national football coach Raddy Avramovic, and his Malaysian counterpart K Rajagobal.
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.
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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