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Euro 2012’s final between Spain and Italy is set to be an interesting tactical battle, as the sides look to outfox their opponents in the pursuit of glory. A number of individual match-ups across the park will play their role in deciding the victor; here are five to watch. Andres Pirlo vs Xavi – As…
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Sunday's Euro 2012 final sees holders Spain take on dark horses Italy in Kiev, in what should be a cagey last game to the tournament. Although the world champions go into the game as overwhelming favourites, the manner of the Azzurri's win over Germany will be a cause for concern for Vicente del Bosque and…
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Spain and France meet on Saturday in a mouth-watering Euro 2012 quarter-finals clash, with a close game predicted between two of the tournament's favourites. Spain qualified top of Group C after beating Republic of Ireland and Croatia, and drawing with Italy. Vicente del Bosque's men have not been at their ominous best as yet in…
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SPAIN So what of the holders? The philosophy surely has to be “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and well, they haven’t. The 2008 Champions and World Cup winners boast largely the same mind-boggling squad that has seen them dominate the international game over the last four years. A few of the key components…
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New video about a true legend Xavi - The 1st part of the video is about Xavi's pure skills, dribllings, passes, assists and goals and 2nd part is about Xavi's vision as a lot of people call him Chameleon Eye.
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Barcelona's season hangs in the balance, as the European champions welcome Chelsea to the Camp Nou on Tuesday for the Champions League semi-final second leg. Barcelona have had a bad week after consecutive defeats to Chelsea and Real Madrid in the space of four days. A 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge against the Premier League…
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So often the question is posed – What if Barcelona and Real Madrid were one? Who would get in the final 11? It would be easy to just select Barca players throughout, seeing as how they are the current Spanish and European champions, but here is my take. Goalkeeper – Iker Casillas: The undisputed Real…
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fifa.comBarcelona duo Lionel Messi and Xavi have been joined by Cristiano Ronaldo in the shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011. Argentinean international Messi picked up the award last year and the Barcelona star is favourite to pick up the title once more after a stunning 2010/11 season where he scored 53 goals in all…
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Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez are pals off the field, and a dream duo on it, as they proved with Bastian’s superb right-wing cross and Mario’s headed goal just 88 seconds into Saturday's meeting with Nürnberg. “They combined brilliantly," said Christian Nerlinger, although the goal was a touch unusual in one respect, as Schweinsteiger long…
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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hailed David Silva as one of the best players in the world and admits he is grateful that Spain's loss is City's gain. The City boss admitted surprise that Barcelona and Real Madrid overlooked the chance to sign the midfielder, who signed for City from Valencia in 2009. Mancini…
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The word ‘legend’ is branded about all too often in football these days, but it could not be more true in the case of Paul Scholes. The quietly spoken midfielder enjoyed a wonderful career at Manchester United spanning 17 years. He has been declared by the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Xavi as ‘undoubtedly the…
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Improving a team which has won La Liga three times in a row as well as two of the last three Champions League titles is a difficult task. Pep Guardiola however has brought in the excellent Chilean Alexis Sanchez whilst Cesc Fabregas is still very much on the radar. With a wealth of attacking talent…