Uefa European Under-21 Football Championship

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Just when the domestic leagues were getting into full swing, everything is on hold this week as attention switches to the final autumn leg in the race to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Saturday, 5 September, 2009, 12:00am

Germans will find form team Spain a tough nut to crack

Euro 2008 has ended up with the final that the betting market predicted at the start of the tournament, even though the road to Vienna has had some unexpected twists and turns.

Accordingly to the world rankings, the only better final than Germany v Spain would have been Italy v Germany. On form at this tournament, however, this title decider is a fitting finale.

29 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Stalemates likely in group of death

Greece, turkey and denmark locked in battle for second spot

There is always a Group of Death in international competitions, and the tag has been attached to group two for the World Cup qualification campaign in Europe.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Aim low as Turks take on Greeks

Attention switches to the international arena this week, with the latest round of World Cup qualifiers. There is no blockbuster match to fire the imagination in Europe, but Holland, Italy, Czech Republic and Euro 2004 champions Greece are all in action.

Greece's visit to bitter rivals Turkey looks one of the closest games on tonight's list.

4 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Group decisions

Home advantage means Portugal are also the best of the favourites in the group stages, as five of the last seven European Championship hosts have finished top of their section. France should finish top of Group B, but an odds-on bet makes no appeal, while Groups C and D are the most evenly balanced.

11 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Euro mismatches will be order of the day

The choice for punters this weekend is whether to go for a short-priced combination bet or take more of a risk

6 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Networks make better selection of Euro games this time round

TO make up for being starved of midweek action these past few days, ESPN and STAR Sports come through with double helpings of European Championship games - tomorrow and Wednesday.

9 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

France the destination for only the skilful few

WITH the memories of Euro '96 still fresh, the focus now falls on France '98 and the two-year struggle for places in the next World Cup.

Hosts France and holders Brazil qualify automatically but this still leaves room for 30 more teams in the expanded format.

30 Aug 1996 - 12:00am