UNEASY AZZURRI

Spain-dodging celebrations feel a tad dangerous for England

Joy at avoiding holders threatens to lead to underestimating Italy

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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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EURO 2012 JIBBER JABBER

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

Positive vibes about Italy, faintly upbeat wittering on Irish chances

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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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Down to earth

Spanish U21 player celebrates European Championship win with crisps

Who wears short shorts? 

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Here’s Spanish U21 winger Iker Muniain (left) celebrating his side’s victory in the recent U21 European Championships with a bag of crisps and a can of coke on a bench with some mates.

Along with the posted picture he Tweeted:

“There’s nowhere like my neighbourhood.”

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Depressing news

Spain’s commitment to racism “will never end”

Dani Alves 

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The world can be a scary place. Things are always changing as the old ideals are thrown away or re-jigged – sometimes it seems better just to stay in the house and cower behind the sofa waiting for death.

Unfortunately, there are also some things that [...]

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