Short Soccer, November 14, 2012

Multiple-country Euro 2020 on the cards

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012, 1:21am

Canaries squawk in mining country

Down in the coal mines beneath Donetsk they use the latest technology to detect the danger that lurks amid the seams of black gold that has built this far-flung venue city and made it one of the richest - and remotest - locations between Berlin and Beijing.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Will the pluck of the Irish be enough?

After an exhilarating, unforgettable week of football in the endearing Polish capital Warsaw, it's time once more to crank my old Land Rover into life and join the Euro 2012 football caravan, journeying this time north to the Baltic coastal resort and port city of Gdansk.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Warsaw opens her arms to the weary

Rising like a king's crown on the banks of the Vistula in Warsaw lies Poland's National Stadium and tonight 58,500 loyal subjects - plus 150 million around the world watching on TV - will file into their seats to worship what Uefa president Michel Platini declared ahead of the opening match as the greatest game known to humans.

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Omens are not great for Spain

Spain, the world's best team for the past four years, are favourites as they try to retain the European Championship but the question for punters is whether their momentum has slowed or even gone into reverse.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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The form book says Russia face a difficult task securing the win in Israel tonight that will all but guarantee qualification for the Euro 2008 finals ahead of England.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

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England get down to the serious business of putting their Euro 2008 qualification campaign back on track this week when they travel to Estonia for a crucial group E qualifier.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Midweek World Cup qualifying matches offer punters best bet

The full-scale start of the European qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup brings the usual problem for soccer punters - how to unearth some value from a collection of games featuring mismatches, little-known teams and virtually no solid form lines.

4 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Fear of failure makes two full-time draws the likely scenario

Losing a semi-final is one of the worst feelings in football, according to many players, and the desperation to avoid that fate at all costs has been very evident at previous European Championships.

The 'fear factor' has manifested itself in a series of tight, tense semi-finals at the past five tournaments - the only previous editions to feature a semi-final stage.

30 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Big Phil has a job on his hands to revive struggling Portuguese

England and Portugal, two of the big pre-tournament fancies, hold contrasting odds-on chances in their midweek games as they attempt to play catch-up at Euro 2004.

16 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Expect draws to be dominant feature of the opening matches

Portugal kick off Euro 2004 against Greece tonight, but the match of the weekend is France v England in Group B. Everyone has been looking forward to this clash since the draw was made in November and, with both teams starting the tournament high on confidence, it should live up to expectations.

12 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


Various (Universal) Football has an official soundtrack . . . and it's not that of chairs being hurled through windows or noses assaulting riot batons. Given the odd line-up of songs considered likely hits, the suits at European soccer headquarters must have come up with this cross-cultural collection to mark the on-pitch events in Belgium and the Netherlands.

30 Jun 2000 - 12:00am