TV Schedule for Euro '08 Group Stage
TV Schedule for Euro '08 Group Stage

 The long wait for Euro 2008 is just about over as we’re roughly 17 hours away from kickoff in the tournament opener between Switzerland, the co-host, and the Czech Republic. The group stage will end on June 18, with two games played every day until that date. Starting Sunday, June […]

Euro '08 Final Prediction
Euro '08 Final Prediction

I’ve been building up to the start of Euro 2008 for two weeks now, providing you with a one-stop-shop of sorts with final rosters for each of the 16 nations involved, previews of each nation and group, and my predictions for the quarterfinals and beyond. Every tournament has a winner, […]

Euro 2008 Semifinals Predictions
Euro 2008 Semifinals Predictions

The countdown to Euro 2008 is now on in earnest as we’re less than three days away from kickoff in the opener, Switzerland-Czech Republic. Along with my final prediction on Friday, I’ll post the complete TV schedule for the group stage for everyone’s convenience. I can’t wait for this thing […]

Mark Hughes Leaves Blackburn, Goes to City
Mark Hughes Leaves Blackburn, Goes to City

Manchester City announced the arrival of Mark Hughes to the Eastlands today, where he signed a three-year contract to manage the team he hated playing against when he was at crosstown rivals United. Hughes took Blackburn as far as he could during his four-year tenure at the club, finishing in […]

Euro '08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 2)
Euro '08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 2)

OK, I’m back. Quarterfinal #3 (June 21, 2:45 PM; St. Jakob-Park, Basel): Italy (Group C winner) vs. Russia (Group D runner-up): This would be a sneakier game for Italy then many people would think, especially if they just looked at the two names and knew that Italy is the current […]

Euro '08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 1)
Euro '08 Quarterfinals Predictions (Part 1)

Last week was devoted to previewing each of the four groups in Euro 2008 and with the start of the tournament less than a week away, it’s time for me to take those previews and make predictions for the knockout rounds. Today, I’ll cover the four quarterfinal matchups I believe […]

Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 2)
Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 2)

Spain: On paper, this team is stacked. There’s no other, more profound way to put it. Player for player, Spain is loaded and may have the most individual talent in this tournament. The key for coach Luis Aragonés is to mold that talent into a TEAM that can really make […]

Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 1)
Euro '08 Preview–Group D (Part 1)

Apologies for the delay in getting this out, but here we go, it’s the final group preview for Euro 2008. Next week, I’ll make my predictions for the knockout rounds, with the quarterfinals on Monday, semifinals on Wednesday, and the final on Friday. That will lead us nicely into the […]

Steven Gerrard's Goal Against The USA
Steven Gerrard's Goal Against The USA

Steven Gerrard put in a Man of the Match performance last night at Wembley, thrusting himself even more into the permanent captaincy discussion.  The first of the two videos below shows his well-worked goal that made it 2-0, set up by his good friend and perhaps soon-to-be Liverpool teammate Gareth Barry. It is […]

Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 2)
Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 2)

After watching England thoroughly dominate the US in their 2-0 friendly victory at Wembley this afternoon, I’m back for the second half of this Group C preview. Italy: As the current world champion, Italy enters this tournament right at the top of the list of favorites. They are also the […]

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group C
Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group C

France: GK (3): Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Sébastien Frey (Fiorentina) DEF (8): Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Jean-Alain Boumsong, Francois Clerc, and Sebastien Squillaci (Lyon), William Gallas (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich), Lilian Thuram (Barcelona) MID (7): Lassana Diarra (Portsmouth), Claude Makelele and Florent Malouda (Chelsea), […]

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group B
Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group B

Austria: GK (3): Alex Manninger (Siena), Jürgen Macho (AEK Athens), Ramazan Özcan (Salzburg) DEF (8): Martin Stranzl (Spartak Moscow), Emanuel Pogatetz (Middlesbrough), Ronald Gërçaliu (Salzburg), Markus Katzer, Martin Hiden, and Jürgen Patocka (Rapid Wien), György Garics (Napoli), Sebastian Prödl (Sturm Graz) MID (8): Joachim Standfest (Austria Wien), Christian Fuchs (Mattersburg), […]

Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group A
Euro '08 Final Rosters–Group A

Czech Republic: GK (3): Petr Cech (Chelsea), Jaromír Blažek (Nuremberg), Daniel Zítka (Anderlecht) DEF (7): Zdenek Grygera (Juventus), Radoslav Kovác (Spartak Moscow), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Zdenek Pospech (FC Copenhagen), Michal Kadlec (Sparta Prague), Tomáš Ujfaluši* (Fiorentina), David Rozehnal (Lazio) MID (8): Jan Polák (Anderlecht), Tomáš Galásek (Nuremberg), Libor Sionko […]

Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 1)
Euro '08 Preview–Group C (Part 1)

As I said yesterday, today’s plan goes like this: this preview (France and Holland), the final rosters for the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Turkey (Group A) all in one post, the final rosters for Austria, Germany, and Poland (Group B) in another post, the final rosters for France, Italy, and […]

Greece's Euro '08 Squad
Greece's Euro '08 Squad

Wow, as soon as I finished posting the Dutch squad, Greece came out with their final roster. Tomorrow’s workload is getting lighter by the minute, as now only nine more nations still need to submit their teams. Greece is the defending champion, and will compete in Group D with Sweden, […]

Holland's Euro '08 Squad
Holland's Euro '08 Squad

Dutch coach Marco van Basten just announced his final 23-man roster, leaving ten nations needing to do the same before tomorrow’s deadline. His last cut was former Chelsea and now Sevilla defender Khalid Boulahrouz. As you’ll see, this team is loaded with attacking players that fit the traditional Dutch 4-3-3 “total football” […]

Euro '08 Preview–Group B
Euro '08 Preview–Group B

I’ll get right to it — here’s a look at Group B, comprised of co-hosts Austria, Croatia, Germany, and Poland. If you’re a history buff and know anything about war in Europe over the past few centuries, you’ll understand why this group could provide some of the tensest, most passionate […]

Russia’s Euro ’08 Squad
Russia’s Euro ’08 Squad

Last week, Guus Hiddink denied reports that he was in talks with Roman Abramovich to become Chelsea’s newest manager. Today, the Russian boss announced his 23-man squad for Euro 2008, with his team set to fight it out with Sweden, Spain, and defending champion Greece in Group D. GK (3): […]