The Spoiler’s six favourite things about Euro 2012

This guy definitely wasn’t only there for the sing song…


Player: Federico Balzaretti Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo were drenched in adulation, but The Spoiler’s inherent contrariness forces us to adulate a less lauded soul. This summer was Balzaretti’s turn. Domenico Criscito getting smeared by the match-fixing scandal and a swift shift back to 4-3-1-2 gave Balzaretti an unexpected opportunity and our hero seized it [...]

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Mystic Mancini dusts his magic 8 ball off for the Euro 2012 semis

Man City boss has joyous news for the people of Italy and Portugal


Roberto Mancini was easily the most entertaining man in the Premier League over the final two months of the season (yes, even flying clear of Mario Balotelli) as he brought out a box of mind games that this country had never seen before.

Little did we ignorant Brits know that in addition to the tried-and-tested [...]

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The Spoiler’s ratings out of 10 for England’s Euro 2012 ensemble

Contrary to expectation, the Liverpool bunch weren’t responsible


A wise man once said that it is impossible to quantify a player’s worth with an arbitrary and slightly suffocating mark out of ten. The Spoiler wasn’t listening during that sermon though sadly, so here are our ratings for England’s Euro 2012 target-meeters…

Joe Hart 6 No career-curtailing mistake but nothing memorable either. Proved that [...]

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Czech Republic and Portugal to spoil Euro 2012-starved viewers

Tournament’s return from massive 48-hour hiatus to be gripping


After the UEFA schedulers had the audacity to leave us with a whole Wednesday devoid of football, Czech Republic and Portugal have a chance to make amends in the first quarter-final of Euro 2012.

To many this is the least intriguing of the four rather succulent steaks available to feast on in the last eight, [...]

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How many upsets will there be in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals?

“I’ll have one”


The Spoiler’s favourite ever bet wasn’t even a winner, but provided four days of unrelenting excitement: backing the outsiders in all four Euro 2008 quarter-finals.

Germany saw off Portugal in the first, Turkey’s barmy comeback from 1-0 down in the last minute of extra-time against Croatia kept it alive and Russia saw off the tournament’s [...]

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Spain-dodging celebrations feel a tad dangerous for England

Joy at avoiding holders threatens to lead to underestimating Italy


England won’t have to play Spain in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012. Pretty handy, sure, but it’s not like they were confronted with a choice between Spain or Republic of Ireland. Instead, they will face a team who have contested two more European Championship finals than them.

Italy haven’t trailed in this tournament – or [...]

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Sub standard will be raised by Andy Carroll against Ukraine

Nine of the goals at Euro 2012 have been scored by substitutes


Every report that The Spoiler, a committed reader and copier of proper journalists’ opinions, has examined about tonight’s England versus Ukraine game has stated that Danny Welbeck will start ahead of Andy Carroll.

So why is it that the AC is more fancied to breeze through the co-hosts’ leaky defence than the less muscular match-winner [...]

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The Spoiler’s Italy v Croatia and Spain v Rep of Ireland selections

Positive vibes about Italy, faintly upbeat wittering on Irish chances


The swiftly-emerging norm of one successful prediction, one less impressive pick was maintained on Wednesday. Which one of our Thursday choices is less likely to backfire?

Italy v Croatia

As a noted statistic fetishist, you’d expect The Spoiler to be positively orgasmic over the fact that Italy haven’t beaten Croatia in five meetings since 1942.


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