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England vs Italy: 5 Players Hodgson has learnt about amidst shootout heartache


England vs Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final team

That familiar air of inevitability has been swirling around pubs, bars and living rooms as an era of England supporters once again get that horrible sense of Déjà vu that doesn’t at all seem so surprising anymore. Topping the group and avoiding the reigning European champions Spain should be positive things to gleam from another trophy-less campaign, but in truth as much as we prayed and tried to believe, the realists of us knew deep down that this would probably be the EURO 2012 curtain call for England and may well have saved certain embarrassment against a German side bursting at the seams with attacking talent that would have given Terry and company much worse nightmares than the ones endured in Bloemfontein two years ago.

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5 Great Performances: When defensive midfielders became central defenders


Daniele De Rossi Italy vs Spain Euro 2012

The very nature of playing out of position usually comes about out of necessity. Whether it’s to cover an injury crisis or an untimely suspension. While in most circumstances it often back-fires, there are those rare performances where the managers who made the decision to take a player out of his comfort zone can be the difference between walking off the pitch with three points, and cowering away in the office lamenting your ambitious tactics.

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Sparky’s random reports: Sampdoria 3 – 2 Werder Bremen (Werder Bremen win 5-4 on aggregate)


In a weekly addition to the football randomness, I’ll be picking out a game a little off the radar and giving my in-depth report on a match likely to get a lot less love in the newspapers the next day.

With a night free of English interest in the Champions League, the Sky Sports multi-screen roulette (closing my eyes and pressing a number on the remote) served up the second leg match between Sampdoria and Werder Bremen, which was perfect considering I watched the first leg last week.

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Genoa get busy like Man City


Okay, so they may not possess a Middle Eastern sugar daddy like manager Roberto Mancini, but it has been a no less frenzied time in the transfer market for the northern Italian club thanks in part to a chairman who has made his cash from the toy business.

Kevin Prince Boateng, a star in South Africa and a rejuvenated player under Avram Grant at Portsmouth last season (once he rolled his sleeves up not just to show off his tattoos),  was the latest in a line of high-profile players to sign on the dotted line for Genoa this summer, even if KPB has been immediately shipped out to AC Milan on loan.

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